Title: Baymore’s Heir (In the Company of Men #3)
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: Erotic Historical, M/M
Length: Novel (60K words)
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Jackson and Will have the perfect life. Baymore is thriving, and no one knows of their love. During a visit to Will’s family home, their lives begin to unravel. Duke Holcombe discovers that Will and Jackson are lovers and are told never to return. All Will has left is Jackson.
But Jackson’s pride gets them in trouble again. Duke Holcombe’s talk of heirs starts Jackson thinking that what he needs is a son.
Baymore’s Heir is the third book in the series In The Company of Men and it’s just as delightful as Jackson’s Pride and The Mercenary’s Tale.
Lord William Holcombe and Jackson, the former mercenary now Duke of Baymore, have been living and loving together at Baymore since Jackson inherited the lands and title from his father. The book opens as they’re on their way to Holcombe to attend the christening of William’s nephew and namesake. Will was overjoyed to see his family again and planned to spend a few days with his brother since they had not seen each other after he left Holcombe to live at Baymore. However, things didn’t quite work out according to plan as his father found out about him and Jackson and banished him, never to return Holcombe. Will was understandably very upset and depressed, to the point where he was almost inconsolable and he could not wait to return to Baymore to lick his wounds.
In the meantime, while Will and Jackson were away a child named Liam had arrived unexpectedly at Baymore, without any explanation as to the reasons why he had travelled so far. He was so frail Marcus, master of arms, had taken pity on him and allowed him to stay until Jackson’s return. This would prove to be fateful and almost fatal for one of the characters.
On the way home Jackson was slightly injured and everyone was so worried it made him think about what would happen to Baymore if he were to die without an heir. As he continued to be concerned about the fate of Baymore and everyone living there should he lose his life prematurely, he decided that there was only one solution to the problem – he must have an heir. Jackson would never deliberately hurt Will because he loved him so much but he was consumed by the thought that Baymore must remain safe after he was gone, and producing an heir seemed to be the only viable solution. He demanded the impossible of Will and directed that he find him a wife to bear sons, thus ensuring that the fate of Baymore would once again be protected. Being completely dense as to the ways of the heart he had no idea why this upset Will as, for the first time since they had become lovers 2 years ago, he refused to have sex with Jackson for several days.
When Jackson asked Will to find him a wife, to say that Will was devastated was to put it mildly. This was Will’s second blow to the heart in such a short time, but finding a wife for the man he loved was far worse than being banished from Holcombe or anything else he had suffered in life so far. He was heartbroken but there was nothing he would not do for Jackson, and there was no task that Jackson could ask of him that he would not accomplish to the best of his ability. Will knew that Jackson would never deliberately hurt him, but he wondered how he would survive without Jackson since there was no way he could stay at Baymore should the marriage of convenience take place. Jackson on the other hand went about his business as usual and could not understand Will’s reaction. After all, they would still be together and nothing would change when he gained a wife. It never occurred to him that having a wife changed everything or that he could lose Will forever.
Will, who ran Jackson’s vast holdings and was of noble blood knew how to deal with others in similar positions, and he did his job of finding a wife for the man he loved sooner than expected. Shortly after Jackson’s request he found a suitable candidate to be the bride and wrote the marital contract. Everything was proceeding according to plan and Beth, the lovely bride-to-be was agreeable, but Will still held out hope that somehow the marriage would not happen. In desperation he put in place his own plan to stop the wedding but if this plan worked would it mean the fall of Baymore?
This wonderful historical tale is as good as, and in some ways, better than the two previous books because the emotions between Jackson and Will are much more intense in Baymore’s Heir. The sex was so hot it burned up the pages as Will and Jackson could not be apart during the day or night. It’s rare for me to read a book with a lot of sex where I don’t skip over those pages because I find too much sex in these books boring, but in this story the sex was a vital part of Will’s and Jackson’s relationship and it was integral to the plot.
The characters in this book were all well drawn, from the protagonists to Will’s brother, sister-in-law and father to Beth’s brother Basil and Marcus, two honourable men that I thought were wonderfully portrayed. And what of Liam, the boy who travelled to Baymore under such difficult circumstances? He will surprise you and you will fall for him as I did. The plot and various sub plots, even though they were complex and involved many characters, was well executed and believable. The world building was breathtaking as I was drawn into the affairs of Baymore and everyone who lived there, and the lifestyle of the servants as well as the master were clearly defined even though the era was over a thousand years ago. I was impressed by the level of detail and care taken by the author to make the story and the era as authentic as possible. The pace was fast, and while there were not many action sequences like those in the previous books, Lynn Lorenz managed to maintain a sense of excitement and pending danger throughout.
If you are a fan of the series In the Company of Men you should not miss book 3, Baymore’s Heir, which I think is the best so far. If you have never read any of these books and would like to try something completely different, this series will blow you away. These books introduced me to Lynn Lorenz’s writing and I still think that this series is the best thing she has written to date.
This book is not a standalone and must be read as part of the series.