He didn't think he had a heart. Until he lost it.
St. Bride's College, Cambridge, England, 1905.
Jonty Stewart is handsome and outgoing, with blood as blue as his eyes. When he takes up a teaching post at the college where he studied, his dynamic style acts as an agent for change within the archaic institution. He also has a catalytic effect on Orlando Coppersmith.
Orlando is a brilliant, introverted mathematician with very little experience of life outside the university walls. He strikes up an alliance with Jonty and soon finds himself heart-deep in feelings he's never experienced. Before long their friendship blossoms into more than either man had hoped.
Then a student is murdered within St. Bride's. Then another...and another. All the victims have one thing in common: a penchant for men. Asked by the police to serve as their eyes and ears within the college, Jonty and Orlando risk exposing a love affair that could make them the killer's next target.
©2008, 2016 Charlie Cochrane (P)2016 Charlie Cochrane
What I loved most about this story was the relationship between Jonty and Orlando. They are so sweet together. I also loved the fact that I did not know who the murderer was until just before the end.
This was definitely more sweet than erotic. A bit like M/M written for one's Nana. That said, I liked it. It's a period piece, taking place in 1905, and it feels authentic -- the language, mannerisms, etc. I didn't notice any jarring anachronisms. The narration was very well done.
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