Their love was a death sentence.
Deacon, Viscount Carlisle, was aware of the slums and gin-lanes of London. Just as he was aware of the underground traffic that furnished the brothels and bath houses with human innocents. He was also aware that the so-called justice system would hang the accused without much of an attempt at a defense, unless the unfortunate had deep pockets to pay for it.
He just hadn’t expected to be directly involved in any of it.
It started with a plea for help and ended with forbidden love, the love between a Viscount and a stable-boy. An impossible love and a guarantee of the hangman’s noose.
Will Deacon fight for Tom? Will he risk the death sentence and take that fight from the stately halls of his English mansion to the horrors of Newgate Prison and the slums of London?
Or will he realize that if he doesn’t, death will be a welcome end to the loneliness of the sentence he is already living?
This was such a good story. I really enjoyed watching how Deacon rescues Tom effortlessly, changing Tom’s life without realizing the impact of his actions until much later. I loved seeing how Tom grew and blossomed while having some freedom out in Rawdenscliffe.
It was fabulous seeing these two dance around each other at first. Then see them try to deny their feelings as they explained away all the reasons they couldn’t be together.
My heart broke watching Deacon’s cousin Beau go through all of his problems. I really wanted to see him get a happily ever after. However I completely understand why he had that journey and why Deacon had to be a part of it. The last scene with Beau, Deacon, and Tom was so painful. But it was full of emotion. The writing in that scene was amazing. I felt like I was there and feeling the exact same things as they were.
I loved the ending though. Oh man I love how things turn out for Deacon and Tom. The ending is realistic for the time the story is written in, Yet still gives me enough happy feels that I don’t go begging for more because the happy ending wasn’t up to my (admittedly very high) standards. I do want more from these characters and some of the others we meet along the way. Plus the way Ms. Sue writes is always a pleasure to read so me wanting more is pretty much standard fare.
Victoria Sue has loved books for as long as she can remember. Books were always what pocket money went on and what usually Father Christmas brought. When she ran out of her kids’ adventure stories, she would go raid her mom’s. By the age of eight she was devouring classics like Little Women, and fell in love with love stories.
She’s still in love with them. Any size, any shape, any creature – love is love, no matter what it says on the box.
In fact if they don’t fit very neatly into any box she loves them even more!
She has a very patient husband and three wonderful children. In 2010 in search of adventure they all moved from the UK to the US and are happily settled in Florida. Finally, after reading love stories for so long, she decided to write her own.