Love is everything, but sometimes it’s not enough.
At the dawn of 1901, Henry Blackwell is gathering the courage to share his feelings with his companion slave Martin. Henry is in love, and he’d do anything to make Martin love him in return. In anticipation of making such a declaration, Henry works to be a better person, the sort of man whose love is worth having.
But simply having love returned isn’t enough. Henry wants unreasonable things, impossible things. He wants his love for Martin to be accepted and acknowledged, even admired, by the world at large. He desperately wants there to be a place in the city where he can behave as he likes with the person he loves. Practical Martin doesn’t approve of Henry’s romantic notions and urges caution. Henry struggles between keeping Martin happy and pursuing his dream of acceptance.
This is the third of four installments in the Ganymede Quartet, continuing the story from A Proper Lover (Ganymede Quartet Book 2).
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I really think that out of this whole series so far, this book is my favorite. I loved how we get to grow more with Henry and Martin, and follow along with their relationship. Glass did a great job at this story because the emotions that were portrayed onto the page were amazing. Everything that the characters were feeling was so life-like and so realistic, I couldn’t help but feel that way as well. Henry’s love for Martin was just amazing, and I loved how even though they can’t have a “normal” relationship Henry is still trying to do that with Martin. Henry’s frustration is completely obvious at how Martin keeps baulking on everything, but who can blame a young man in love for wanting to share that love with everyone? I do have to say that the ending of the story? As bad as this sounds, I was so hoping that something like that would happen! I know, I’m a horrible person but in all honesty, it added that extra bit of “reality” to the story and made it that much more great. Once again Glass has blown me away with this series, and I can’t wait to get my hands on book 4 because I *have* to find out what is going to happen next with Henry and Martin! Being able to be so involved with their lives so far has been great, and it just keeps getting better. If you haven’t started this series yet, then I would completely recommend that you do because it is so unlike anything else that I have read, that it puts it in a league of it’s own. Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*
Disclaimer: I am a super fangirl of this alt historical M/M romance series and stalk the author, unashamedly, so I can get my next Henry and Martin fix. This is the third novel in the Ganymede Quartet series. It is best to read them in order. Okay. Where we start in this book is New Years’ Day with Henry bursting with love for Martin. He so desperately wants to share his joy–it is a wonder to him how intelligent, beautiful Martin can truly care for him–about having a companion who is so caring. It troubles Henry that Martin may only love him because it is his job, and often questions Martin about how he might feel if he were a freeman. Martin thinks this is all nonsense. He isn’t free, and has no desire to be free. He feels exceptional gratitude to have a master who values him as a person, and shows genuine affection. The two of them are absolutely besotted. Still, this is all behind closed doors. True gentlemen make make use of their slaves, but they are not to kiss them, or ensure their mutual pleasure, or –Heaven forfend–confess to loving them. But Henry is a willful romantic, and a Valentine has been procured. He is still nervous about Martin’s close friendship with a fellow slave, Tom, and he desires to know more about Martin’s history of training at Ganymede, but the edge of jealousy is wearing off. (Yay!) I really enjoyed Henry’s attempts at closeness with Martin. He laments the difference in their station only because slaves are free to be gay, and free men can be (secretly) gay, but a master/slave gay relationship is doubly tricky. His attempts at public claiming/closeness grow ever more dangerous. Both Henry and Martin get a bit more voyeuristic in this book, but Henry continues to claim Martin all for himself–never sharing him. There is talk and fantasies about including a third, but Henry’s possessive stance soon garners him a bit of recognition, in a good way for a change. Slave relations are definitely in the forefront of this book, and we end with the knowledge that these boys are in for big changes. Cannot wait for the next book!