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GUEST POST! The Tutor by Bonnie Dee

Today we welcome Bonnie Dee to Two Men Are Better Than One!

I’m Bonnie Dee and I love gay historical romance. If you only read contemporaries or paranormals, I hope to convince you historical doesn’t equal stuffy or boring. Historical novels have automatic built-in high stakes for gay lovers since sodomy was considered a crime punishable by hanging and in more recent years by fines and jail time. Add in the great divide of the upper and lower classes and the story seethes with angst.

As with any romance, the reader desires a happy ending, or at least happy for now. In historicals, the writer must figure out how the couple can manage to remain as close as possible without drawing attention to their relationship.

Some historical writers to check out: Ava March and her intensely erotic gay Regencies, Eli Easton’s The Lion and the Crow, Charlie Cochrane’s Cambridge Fellows mysteries, Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne and Griffin series, KJ Charles’ Charm of Magpies series, the list of sexy historicals to explore goes on and on.

Then there is my own backlist, mostly co-written with Summer Devon, but also some solo works. You can read blurbs and excerpts on my web site: http://www.bonniedee.com/genre/gay-romance/

Here’s a graphic of covers from our many books about lords and commoners, wealthy and workingmen, closeted and fully out—or as fully as a man dared be in the past, all the characters we’ve created over a nearly ten year collaboration.

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My latest solo release is The Tutor. I had a really fun time taking the standard elements of gothic romance and giving them a unique spin. Graham, the hero and narrator, amused me with the dry comments that seemed to pop out all on their own as I wrote. Not to mention, his forbidden relationship with the master of the house is searing.

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Elements of The Sound of Music, The Enchanted Garden, Jane Eyre, and “true” ghost hunting shows make this story feel familiar. Gay love makes it unique.

Seeing an ad for a position at a Yorkshire estate, typesetter Graham Cowrie decides to make an upward career move by passing himself off as a tutor. How hard can it be to teach a few subjects to a pair of nine-year-old boys? But on his arrival at the ancient house, he finds the staff creepy, the twins odd, and the widowed master temporarily absent.

His first meeting with brooding, stern, but oh-so-attractive, Sir Richard doesn’t go well, but with no other prospects vying for the teaching position, Graham manages to keep it. His mission soon becomes clear, break down the walls of reserve both father and sons have erected and attempt to bridge the gap between them.

But strange sounds, sights and experiences keep Graham on edge until he finally admits the Hall is haunted by two entities with very different agendas. Graham works to appease one and combat the other while protecting the broken family he’s grown to care for.
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I appreciate this opportunity to spread the word about historicals at Two Men Are Better Than One. Thanks for hosting me.

 

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The Au Pair Affair by Bonnie Dee

The Au Pair AffairThe Au Pair Affair by Bonnie Dee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

“He left his seamy past…and found a steamy romance. ”

When Louis Guzman signs on with a Hollywood nanny agency and scores a job offer on his very first interview, he’s thrilled for the chance to start fresh-and hopeful that no one will delve too deeply into his checkered work and romantic past.

Helping an amicably divorced Beverly Hills power couple raise their two adorable children is the perfect situation. Too perfect to let a vibe of attraction to the handsome producer tempt Louis to flirt his way to a pink slip.

Since he came out, Dan Krefman has been too busy with his job to experiment with his newly embraced sexuality. But with undercurrents sizzling like live power cables between him and his kids’ hunky Latino nanny, he’s finding it hard to maintain his distance.

Louis promises Dan-and himself-that just one encounter will get the lust out of both their systems. But it’s only the beginning…and when Louis’s past crawls out of the shadows, dirty secrets threaten to destroy not only his own future, but the family he has come to love.

Warning: Hot male loving and sweet family bonding-not bondage, bond”ing,” perv!

So what did I think?

This is a nice story, perhaps slightly predictable but nice all the same.

The story revolves around Louis starting work as the nanny for a divorced couple. Crissi and Dan have two young children but finally divorced when Dan realised he couldn’t deny he was gay anymore.

Dan and Louis are very different, with very different backgrounds and very different sexual experience but are attracted to one another. After
initially trying to keep their distance and maintain their employee/employee relationship, they finally give in and commence a relationship.

It was actually easy to imagine these men together and they really did work as both a couple and a ‘family’ together with the children. Dan and the kids give Louis a focus in his life and Louis gives Dan something that was missing in his relationship with his wife (good sex!).“But experiencing the whole package – friend, partner, passionate lover who aroused him effortlessly – was a new experience.”

Louis is much more experienced but he truly sees something special in Dan. “Louis had a history with men. A lot of men. He’d dated them, slept with them, used them, been used by them. He’d had short term relationship and longer ones, mild flirtations and passionate affairs…..But this near obsession with Dan was not something he’d experienced before. He wanted more of Dan, much more.” And it was easy to believe that it wasn’t the money.

After a wonderful period of time together, Dan and Louis have to face the consequences of both their relationship and also secrets from Louis past. There were a couple of things that surprised me here. Firstly, Crissi (Dan’s ex-wife) is a lovely character and her response to finding out the news was unexpected. It would have been easy to over-dramatise her reaction but it is very realistic and you can’t help admiring her. Secondly, Dan’s reaction to Louis’ past. I expected a huge issue to appear between Louis and Dan but this didn’t happen. Everything was resolved rather simply. Maybe a bit more drama would have been better?

What was done really well was the children, particularly Cara, the five year old. Appropriate behaviour, appropriate dialogue, appropriate parental/nanny response.

Overall, a nice enjoyable story with a happy ending!

3 Stars

 

To find out more about Bonnie Dee and her books visit her website.

Want to read another book featuring a nanny? Try A Nanny For Nate.

Buy The Au Pair Affair from Amazon.

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