Series: Hunt Club Chronicles #4
on June 9, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Romance, Romantica
Source: Advance Reader Copy
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On the surface, Raphael has everything he needs: good friends, a title, and membership to the decadent Hunt Club where forbidden pleasure can be had at a moments notice. Pretending is not what he wants. Expectations by family and friends keep his feelings for Lord Claymore at bay. When his best friend returns to London in a black mood, Rafe sets out to cheer him up and make Claymore’s upcoming birthday an event to remember.
Shaken and uneasy of his growing attraction to men, James has reached an uncomfortable crossroads in his well-ordered, respectable life. Plans to end his torment on his birthday are mere days away. However, his intention to explore forbidden passion just once comes unstuck. Can James follow through with his well-reasoned, sensible decision when a man who knows what he wants, needs him too?
A gay regency romance novella.
Book Savvy Babe’s Review:
I’m going to be really honest here… I’m not the biggest M/M reader ever. I get concerned that the book will be too over-the-top for my tastes and pass on most M/M. But some of my good friends loved the book, so I had to give it a try too. I was wonderfully surprised, immersed in the story, and found I loved this boy on boy historical romance.
I think when I hear (or see) M/M, I automatically assume that the story will be erotica. Boy, did Heather Boyd prove me wrong. Just a Dream is a steamy read, but it is about romance. It’s the romance of 2 friends finding comfort and love with each other. They automatically have many obstacles to overcome; living in Regency England, balancing the duties of their titles, and their own wants and proclivities.
James and Rafe each have their own struggle. James is ashamed of his desires and is determined to put himself out of his misery. Rafe has increasingly complicated family troubles and has never truly been happy. As best friends, Rafe and James are determined to be there for each other. As their relationship changes and romance increases, their future prospects change too.
Just a Dream is an overall wonderful story. As a novella, the story is a quick read, but Heather Boyd does a great job of addressing the issues in the time period, the characters and resolving the conflicts. I really just want more, so I can’t wait to read the rest of the Hunt Club series and dive more into this series.