Author: Ruby Moone
Release Date: 26th August, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Historical, Mystery
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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?
‘Memories’ by Ruby Moone is a historical m/m romance with quite a nice dose of mystery and danger to it. Amongst the unknown and the uncertainty, love kindles between the MCs which leads to hope and ultimately to an HEA which is not exactly perfect by today’s standards but kind of worked out for everyone at that time when homosexuality was a crime punishable by hanging.
Will Marsden has a painful past and he has been hiding and running from his memories for the most part of his life. He is a hard worker and has been working tirelessly towards the goal of finally owning his own property. But then his new master loses the manor he works at, in a cards game and Will is without a job. So needless to say, his contempt for the good for nothing, wastrel Captain Dearne is without bounds.
Imagine his surprise when the same Captain Dearne is unceremoniously dumped on him and left in his care one day. Dearne is highly injured and Will grudgingly cares for the man and helps him get back to the land of living. And as each day passes, the tiny flare of attraction between the men grows.
Dearne cannot remember anything about how he ended up almost beaten to death and how he gambled away his inheritance. He cannot trust anyone in his family as the mystery behind the unauthorized selling of his property thickens. On top of that someone is definitely after his life and through all this uncertainty, the only person he can put his complete trust on is Will Marsden.
The pace of the story is nice as the mystery behind Dearne’s lost memories gets more and more deep and the reader’s curiosity as to what actually happened increases. The romance also goes hand in hand with the mystery. Will is attracted to Dearne and though Dearne is totally not subtle on letting on about his attraction, Will is more reserved or shall I say scared as hell. A lot of ugly things has happened to him in his past and it kind of twisted him up inside about his homosexuality.
Will’s past trials are mentioned in a way so that we can understand what has actually happened to him but it’s not too graphic. I loved the dynamics between the lovers. Dearne’s vulnerability after a nightmare and the only thing to pull him out of the darkness is being wrapped around Will’s strong arms was endearing and sweet. Dearne was pushy when required and also very understanding of Will’s battling emotions when it came to their feelings for each other. I loved how he helps Will reach the point where he can finally overcome his past fears and accept their love to be as beautiful as it truly was and not some abomination.
Though the mystery part is an integral part of the plot, the conclusion of it was not that satisfactory. There were quite a many lose ends which were left unexplained. I thought that there is this huge sinister plot being concocted behind everything but what finally came out was not too dramatic or over the top (like my imaginationhead-shake) but it does an ok job as an ending. It was not something amazing or too disappointing.
Over all, this is an enjoyable historical read about romance blooming where you least expect it. The issue of homosexuality during those times is also handled well as in it was believable and not sugar-coated much. The conclusion or the HEA is not ideal as I said earlier but it was the most practical and near to perfect as it could get for the couple involved so I definitely count that as a win.