Guest Review: Acceptable Lies by C.M. Corett

William’s task is clear: catch the blackmailer. William Richmond is an earl, a father, a country gentleman… and a former spy. Catching the blackmailer should be simple, but when William finds a beautiful, injured young man on the beach, unfamiliar desires surge. He is determined to focus on the task and resist temptation—resist Daniel, or his carefully constructed illusions will crumble, exposing his lies to the world… and himself.

Daniel’s question is simple: Should he trust William? Daniel has secrets: his identity, his past, how and why he washed up on the shore… and more. With revelations of espionage, blackmail, and the arrival of William’s colleagues, the danger of exposure grows. Daniel’s instincts tell him that William is a decent man, a man of honor, but his instincts have been wrong before. As the attraction grows, so does Daniel’s desire to confess, but if he’s wrong, he risks everything—his secrets, his freedom, and his heart.

Guest Reviewer: Chelsea

A Gay For You Historical!!! That was unexpected and surprisingly really...really….HOT!

William is an Earl (yes! Hot, right?) who finds Daniel washed up and unconscious on a beach. He notices Daniel’s beauty instantly and that attraction turns to lust, which turns to friendship as they start to get to know each other which obviously all leads up to a HEA. The attraction turned lust is where this book is special. The build up and sexual tension between Daniel and William is insanely hot! Both GFYs and historicals are typically high on the tension, due to the tabooness of the relationship and well...virginity, but adding them both together…

“William was conscious of each and every movement of Daniel’s body. The strong-legged stride. The brush of Daniel’s arm against his, sending quivers through his belly. The smooth curve of Daniel’s neck, begging for his touch. His fingers twitched. Dear God. He needed to control himself. He clasped his hands to keep them from temptation…”
So this sexual tension, where did it lead you ask? You will not be disappointed! It led to three very hot sex scenes, yes three... in a short story, that is pretty rare! The sex scenes didn't drag either, so they weren’t repetitive which can sometimes be an issue with multiple sex scenes in novellas.

Aside from the delicious sexual tension I really enjoyed Daniel and William's relationship. Their interactions with Thomas (William's son) were cute and they had quite a sweet friendship and some fun possessive moments between them.
“He swallowed the lump in his throat as Daniel smiled at some inane comment from Charlotte. The blood pounded through his veins, and a surge of possessiveness welled up from within. Mine.”
My main issue with this story was the blackmail trope. Blackmail side stories often fall flat for me in romances. They take away from the characters relationship, for an action sequence that usually feels rushed, it was no different here. I didn't really care at all about William's past or the blackmailer. Even though I occasionally love a good rescue scene, the end sequence was resolved so quickly, it didn't satisfy my damsel-in-distress-white-knight desire enough for me to want it to interfere with their romance. I really wanted more of Daniel and William and much less talk of blackmail.

I would still recommend this though. A historical GFY… so unique, if you like historicals I wouldn't pass on this one!

Dreamspinner Press

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