Less Than All by Lee Brazil
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: GLBT, M/M, Historical, Erotic Romance
Length: 125 pages
A youthful indiscretion leads to a humiliating encounter between Nicholas Danville and Lord Victor Ware. Nicholas returns home in disgrace, and Victor continues life in the Ton. Years later, Nicholas’s reproving parents send him to town to attain a degree of polish before he prepares for life as a member of the clergy.
A chance encounter with an old friend leads to a new confrontation between Nicholas and Victor. This time, the attraction between them burns brighter, Nicholas is old enough to know his own mind, and Victor is done with self-denial.
From ballrooms to gardens and opera houses, Victor sets about proving that a passionate liaison between two men is possible even under the narrow gaze of the Ton.
Barb Manning’s Review:
Lee Brazil’s Less Than All is a complex tale despite its brevity. Less Than Allis a historical, gay romance about an older Lord Victor Ware and Nicholas Danville, a school friend of Ware’s younger brother, Peter. The novel takes place between 1813 and 1815 in England and much of it focuses on the relationships between the three men.
Lord Ware is the eldest son of an aristocratic family bent on maintaining appearances with the Ton, while Danville is the youngest brother in a less wealthy family and preparing for the clergy. Neither man seems willing to enter into a romantic relationship despite the fierce attraction between them. Less Than All opens with an embarrassing and potentially dangerous episode that will send Danville home from the Ware estate in disgrace. When Ware and Danville next meet, passionate sparks fly between them. However, this being England during a period when sodomy could lead to imprisonment, if not, death and young lords need to marry and produce heirs, the two are off to a less than perfect start.
Lee Brazil tells the story of Ware and Danville from the perspectives of both men. He reveals Danville’s insecurity and fear of losing Ware, as well as Ware’s fear of losing a much younger Danville. The characters in Less Than All are very likable. Unfortunately, the plot is a little rough and the conclusion is somewhat abrupt. Despite these shortcomings, reading Less Than All is a nice way to spend an afternoon.
Rated 3 Ravens by Barb Manning!