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Helpless characters ä 104 ☆ In London during the gross indecency trial of Oscar Wilde Douglas Shrove finds himself still haunted by memories of his dead lover while skirting violence blackmail and the affections of two men There are two who seek you outThat is what the gypsy told Douglas Shrove a few months after the death of his lover And the gypsy was In London during the gross indecency trial of Oscar Wilde Douglas Shrove finds himself still haunted by memories of his dead lover while skirting violence blackmail and the affections of two men There are two who seek you outThat is what the gypsy told Douglas Shrove. I haven’t read anything from this author so Helpless is my first foray into her writing The story is immediately engaging interesting and carries off a delicate balancing act of keeping the tension high without ridiculous antics and clichéd twists The characters are well crafted and set against the backdrop of Oscar Wilde’s trial so very cautious and aware of the political and social climate against homosexuals There is no easy acceptance for the men and the very real threats they live under are depicted alongside the burgeoning relationship The pace is incredibly uick with good writing and great descriptive uality I can easily recommend this entertaining and fabulous title to anyone looking for an absorbing story with romance mystery and danger in a realistic historical settingThe story follows Douglas Shrove the youngest son of a very prominent family in London He’s been grieving for his dead partner for several months and only now starting to push himself to leave the home and do things besides read and garden On his first lengthy foray about the city he meets two very different but intriguing gentlemen One is distinguished from a good family good looking and very suave while the other is an outlandish artist wearing clothes that are paint speckled and close to rags When both men show an interest in Douglas he must decide which he would rather pursue while dealing with his manservant uitting an unhappy alienated family and moving on from his griefThe plot weaves a lot of elements into the story very well as it mixes romance danger and mystery against the backdrop of the social atmosphere in London The narrative is told through Douglas’ third person perspective and since he is very isolated from the culture of London there is none of the social whirl and constant visiting Instead Douglas is very content with a uiet life of gardening reading and taking care of his lover while maintaining a distant relationship with his family who disapprove of his choices He’s not entirely removed from society and his emotional plight is to decide between the man perfectly suited for him on paper and the one that offers a passionate if dangerous connection So most of the story follows Douglas as he moves about his uiet days seeing both men and struggling to decide which is best for him amid his house making new and disturbing noisesIt’s not a huge stretch to guess who Douglas chooses and his preference is shown pretty early on Douglas waffles between the two based on his upbringing and what he assumes is needed His only other lover was his long time childhood best friend so Douglas is very endearing as he goes about choosing a new lover He thinks of social graces appearance hobbies backgrounds their likes and dislikes and if he likes the look of their hands Sometimes this back and forth edges into annoying as several things from both men send Douglas running for physical and emotional space but Douglas is almost always very uick to snap back into an intelligent decision He is also dealing with a stalker which he thinks initially is his lover’s ghost and he gets into a few tight spots because of this but thankfully none of these scenes feel stupid or cliché Instead the edge of danger and tension is well crafted and interesting even as the reader can no doubt guess the cause and culprit easily What makes the continued tension engaging to read is Douglas’ thought process as he handles each problemAll the characters are well crafted with Douglas as arguably the most three dimensional Both Mark and Warren tip into stereotypes but there is enough to them to keep them interesting There are a few other cast members that are slightly wooden such as Perkins or his soon to be in laws family but this is offset by the lively and entertaining art students who speak in color code and serve six course meals for lunch Especially nice is the depiction of Douglas and Henry’s life together that while not perfect they were deeply in love and devoted Here the story is able to show flaws in both that life and Henry without degrading the dead lover into some evil stereotype Douglas is able to preserve the memories of a good relationship and long time love while opening himself up to a new manAnother great aspect of the story is the descriptive uality which offers a breath of fresh air in the colors sounds and sights included The city of London is shown in both its decadent and the poor sides simultaneously while also showing how careful men must be if they are gay There is very minor acceptance and perhaps some of this edges into unrealistic – such as two men living together – but the men are cautious about showing affection and very aware of the repercussions The additional element of the stalker and a bit of blackmail are not difficult to figure out but they also aren’t so obvious that it mars your reading enjoyment Likewise there are a few stumbles with the final resolution as the man Douglas chooses turns into something slightly else This isn’t needed and in fact negates part of the process Douglas goes through to reconcile himself with a new lifeThese are very minor ualms though in a story that is interesting absorbing and a lot of fun to read There is a lot of romance as both men try to woo the bookish Douglas even as all the sex scenes are fade to black Helpless is primarily a romance and I think most readers will adore Douglas for his charm and deep emotions From what I can glean about the other books from Pearson they are outlandish regency romances and I can say this is a departure from that style and offers a realistic heartfelt story with all the classic elements of a great romance mystery danger and zany servants Check it out I think you’ll enjoy this as much as I did

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To understand One is what he seems and one is not and one is dangerousBut which is which Both men are attractive and attracted to himbut only one has a dangerous secret One of Douglas Shrove’s admirers could be his salvation if the other doesn’t destroy him first. I think I'd better DNF it now I loved two other books by MJ Pearson and I don't want to hate this one But it is so like many many other average mm historicals I guess it is comfortably predictable but I'm not in the mood for this kind of reading right now

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HelplessA few months after the death of his lover And the gypsy was right Two men were vying for his affectionsMark Goldcrest an aristocrat like himself; a golden Adonis cool and discreetWarren Scott a shabbily dressed denizen of a Bohemian world that Douglas can’t begin. My TastingWhy I bought it I won this during the MM Romance goodreads group's anniversary celebrationsDislikelike ending on a high noteDislike Most of my mates know how I feel about historical fiction My rabid avoidance comes from a deep abiding hatred for authors who don't thoroughly research the period in which they are setting the story One of the perils of my working in the history field unfortunately I therefore can't help but begin reading an historical romance expecting the worst cont below Like However and I know this may come across as patronising I was pleasantly surprised by Helpless The author did an excellent job at portraying the time period complete with the historical and social context of Oscar Wilde's trial This added a depth and richness to the story which made it than just a chicks with dicks version of a regency romance It made it a convincing and at times heartbreaking look at what life was like for so called deviants Dislike More of a warning Douglas the main character drove me batshit He seemed so insipid in parts I kept expecting him to have an attack of the vapours and take to bed Yet as the plot progresses and Douglas' character develops I realised the author had emphasised this to show his increasing independence his growth from being 'helpless' Clever yesLike As I sit here typing this I have come to the conclusion that what I liked the most about this were the contrasts in it Things were not always what they seemed and while some characters and situations may be a little trope y the twists the author has managed to work into the plot and subplots as well as the historical context give it a freshness which makes for a very good readSo what I think If you are interested in an mm historical romance with a strong dash of crimethriller I would recommend Helpless to you I enjoyed it very much‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini review where I talk a very little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to Oh and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know