The Second Sons by Elle Q. Sabine
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Story Rating: 5 out of 5
Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5
Fiona is an independent woman with special skills, as well as a confirmed spinster according to the ton. All her life, she’s known Oliver and Alden have loved each other, as does the rest of society. So, it stuns her when both men seem fascinated by her. Oliver and Alden have been looking for a woman to make their loving relationship complete and they believe that Fiona is the answer to their prayers. It isn’t simple and her secrets seem to come between them, but if they can have courage, they will find a unique love that will satisfy them all.
I enjoyed this book very much. First, the negative, distracting bits. There is a lot of familial begats that confused me. Who fathered who and whose title meant what became a little bit convoluted and (in my opinion) unnecessary. There were explanations and information that drew me away from the story. And frankly, the story stood on its own merits. The constant maze of relationships of who is related to whom and who fathered who was a bit heavy handed in the beginning. I almost think a genetic chart at the beginning might have been a better idea.
Overall, however, this story is a wonderful mix of a little intrigue, a little angst and a loving relationship between three people that is believable and sweet. The BDSM elements are lightly done in a brilliant way. The writing is damn good and immediately set the historical tone. I loved the characters, especially Fiona.
Oliver and Alden face bigotry and disgust, but this point is not belabored or overdone. Fiona has issues with the male dominated society but she isn’t a shrill harpy about it. Everything in this story was given just the right amount of emotion. The sex scenes are not just hot, they’re deeply touching. My absolute favorite part of the story was Fiona’s reaction to Morpeth, who plays the bigoted asshole, when the idiot shoots his mouth off.
This is the first time I’ve read this author and it won’t be the last. I did get the feeling as I read this story that it was a continuation of a family saga. And a visit to the author’s Goodreads page confirms there are two books before this one. But I was not completely lost, though I did find the complicated connections hard to follow. None of that lessened my enjoyment, however. I loved this book and I’d like to read the other two.
It’s not easy to find good erotic Historicals. This one delivers. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland