The Bibliophile (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: The Bibliophile
Author: Drew Martin Frayne
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: November 26, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Historical Romance
Page Count: 221
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Nathanial Goldsmith is the only son of the richest man in the Idaho territory, Jessum Goldsmith, the Silver Baron of the Western Lands, as he is called in all the newspapers. But life in the late nineteenth-century American West weaves no magic spell for Nathanial, who longs for the academic worlds his father has forced him to leave behind.

To toughen him up, Nathanial’s father has indentured him to a ranchman, Cayuse Jem, a large, raw-boned, taciturn man Nathanial’s father believes will help teach his son to “become a man.” Cut off from his books and the life he has always known, Nathanial is not only forced to co-exist with Cayuse Jem, but to truly get to know him. In doing so, Nathanial discovers there is more to this silent horseman than meets the eye. And, in the process, Nathanial also learns a few things about life, about human nature, and about the differences in being a man and a boy…

“The Bibliophile” is set in 1888 and written in the style of Nathanial Goldsmith’s journal as he is torn away from his beloved books and higher education and basically hired out to a ranchman, Cayuse Jem, to learns his father’s business and “become a man.” But Nathaniel wants to become “a man of letters, an intellect, someone who wrestles with idea – to me, that is a man – that defines a man.” It’s fascinating to see how Nathanial copes with living in a basic cabin, learns to cook and clean, do chores and slowly appreciate the pace of his life with Cayuse Gem. The plot and pace of this story kept my interest throughout and I especially like how Nathanial uses his education to save people.

What didn’t work as well for me is the relationship between Cayuse Jem and Nathanial, mostly because we only get Nathanial’s POV throughout and there is no background or insight into Cayuse Jem; for this reason the boy/sir relationship seemed to come out of nowhere. In this M/M historical romance, I enjoyed the historical much more than the romance. 3.5 stars.

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  • @Crabbypatty
    When you say boy/sir relationship was it something that developed from the circumstances of their living arrangement or is it more of a “domestic discipline” kind of thing? Because although I rarely, to the point of the never, read historical romances this one kinda drew me and I would love to give it a go, especially if the boy/sir relationship is how I think it is.

    • Good question. Because we never really get any insight into Cayuse Gem, we don’t know why the boy/sir works for him. Nathanial is so young and this is his first relationship, I don’t think Nathanial had a daddy kink and again Cayuse Gem is a complete unknown so the relationship seemed to come out of left field and definitely feels undeveloped. Again, just my opinion.


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