Memories (Crabbypatty’s Review)


Title: Memories
Author: Ruby Moone
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: August 26, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Historical
Page Count: 227
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Will Marsden is a man on the run from his memories and his past. Steward of Denton Manor was a good position until Captain Dearne, the owner, lost the manor on the turn of a card. When the feckless Dearne is dumped unconscious and near death on his doorstep, Will grudgingly accepts an enormous sum of money to care for him.

Dearne regains consciousness but has no memories of how he came to be in the bed of a dark-haired, angry, but gorgeous man or how he came to be so badly injured.

When nightmares drive Dearne into Will’s arms every night, the attraction between them explodes. As Dearne battles with lost memories, he is forced to accept the fact that someone in his family wants him dead, and Will is forced to confront his past head on. Will the revelations uncovered tear them apart?


Set in England in 1815, this story features two men, each dealing with memories. Dearne fought in the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium and on his way home, he loses his memory and about two months of time. Will Marsden first meets Dearne when he is brought to Denton Manor by a woman claiming to be Dearne’s sister and asked to nurse him back to health after a horrendous beating has left him almost comatose.

Marsden agrees, mostly because he is offered 500 pounds to do so, and he’s losing his job as Stewart of Denton Manor because its owner – Dearne – has supposed lost it in a game of cards. Will has spent the last 13 years trying to forget his past and is saving money to buy a home of his own. Dearne destroys his plans, in more way than one, by taking away his livelihood as well as his piece of mind with the sizzling sexual attraction between the two men.

Will and Dearne travel to Dearne’s ancestral home to solve the mystery of why Denton Manor was sold, as well as why Dearne was attacked. There is an large cast of suspects, with a good amount of red herrings and many things are revealed, as well as the mystery of Will’s past.

While I enjoyed this M/M historical, the plot had a few big gaps that remained unaddressed and at the beginning of the story, I felt the pace was very slow, although the relationship between the two men really held my interest. Also, there were some editing errors throughout (“taught” instead of “taut” along with some punctuation problems). But the ending pulls everything together, in a somewhat unexpected way, and I give Memories 3.5 stars.


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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas

I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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