A collar and tie are more than just clothes.
To Henry Blackwell, they represent freedom and choice. They don’t mean as much to Martin, but he wears them to the Metropolitan Ball, an exhilarating rite of passage for masters and slaves alike. At the party, drunk on champagne, Henry convinces Martin to act against his better judgment with devastating results.
Fearing Martin will be taken from him, Henry does what he believes necessary to keep Martin by his side, but Martin doesn’t agree with his methods, and they’re at odds when they most need to act in concert. Henry feels he’s been wronged, but can he find it in his heart to forgive Martin? Perhaps more importantly, does he deserve forgiveness himself?
This is the fourth and final installment in the Ganymede Quartet, continuing the story from A Willful Romantic (Ganymede Quartet Book 3).
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Once again Glass has completely blew me away with the story of Martin and Henry. I do want to say upfront that this is a true series and should be read in order to be able to fully under grasp and enjoy the story of Henry and Martin. Glass has a great skill in writing to where they write in such a way that I was completely drawn into the story and could imagine everything as the characters were going through it. The places they were visiting, the problems that they faced — everything. It was so easy to picture it all because of how Glass was able to spin the tale. I did enjoy getting to see what happened in this book because I still had so many questions left after reading the previous books. I do have to admit though, I was still left with questions even after finishing this book. I do hope that Glass will write another story with these two in the future because I’d love to see how Martin and Henry end up in the future. I couldn’t recommend this series enough simply because the story will draw you in and leave you wanting for more and more. Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*
This is the FINAL book (sighs from the loss!) of the Ganymede Quartet, and the books need to be read in order. I have faithfully followed this series, loving every second of Henry's angst and Martin's solicitousness. The books are set in an alternate historical period, NYC circa 1901, but in this world slaves are still present, and Companion slaves are purchased by wealthy families for the personal use of their teenaged children. Martin is a Companion from the House of Ganymede who was purchased for Henry Blackwell, scion of the industrialist Hiram Blackwell, seven months ago. Henry's darkest secret is that he loves Martin, even though it is unnatural and unacceptable gentlemanly behavior. Henry is a romantic fool, wishing that he could change the world so that his love for Martin could be shared with any, and every, one. He has no desire to marry a woman, even though he knows this is expected. He fears his father will take Martin away if he learns of Henry's proclivities, and yet he cannot contain his ardor. *swoon* Henry is a desirable partner for the ladies, because he is wealthy and handsome, and his lack of interest is almost catnip for some of the girls of his acquaintance. Still, Henry's impulsiveness is bound to get him into more trouble--when he steals private moments at the Metropolitan Ball with Martin. His indiscretion leads to a falling out with his best friend, Louis, and a hasty retreat into the bowels of NYC's seedy gay society. I was so enamored of this part--of Henry finding common folk with whom to share his joy over being with Martin. Being that he's still only 16, Henry's compass doesn't necessarily point in the proper direction. Martin's attempt to steer him rightly is unwelcome, and leads to further discord. Oy vey, Henry! It is meant to be, child, just not the way YOU want it to be... I had my heart broken along with Henry, though I knew he was being petulant and rotten to Martin. I awaited reconciliation and, like Martin, was rewarded for my patience. As a romance, this book (and series) hits all the marks. It is sexy and sweet and sad and joyous. I have angsted alongside these boys for the better part of a year--and I could go ten more years hearing their wondrous tales. All the main issues are accounted for: Henry and his parents have a better relationship. Henry learns to deal with his love for Martin in private. People want to be around Henry, despite his "invert" issues. Martin is fantastic and lovely and wonderful and Henry will be a better man for loving him. This book ends with a satisfying resolution, but I'm still not satisfied. I'm a little bitter that this is the end, in truth. I need more Henry and Martin in my life. I want to know how their lives change. I want to tag along to college, and to see Henry attempt to court a lady. I want he and Martin to live long happy lives together, filled with adventure and love. I know I won't see them again like this, and I am melancholy over it. Sign of a fantastic series....