With the recent series of college murders behind him, Cambridge Fellow Jonty Stewart is in desperate need of a break.
A holiday on the beautiful Channel Island of Jersey seems ideal, if only he can persuade Orlando Coppersmith to leave the security of the college and come with him. Orlando is a quiet man who prefers academic life to venturing out into the world. Within the confines of their rooms at the university, it’s easy to hide the fact that he and Jonty are far more than friends.
But the desire to spend more time alone with the man he loves is an impossible lure to resist. When a brutal murder occurs at the hotel where they’re staying, the two young men are once more drawn into the investigation.
The race to catch the killer gets complicated by the victim’s son, Ainslie, a man who seems to find Orlando too attractive to resist.
Can Stewart and Coppersmith keep Ainslie at bay, keep their affair clandestine, and solve the crime?
Lessons in Desire is the second book in the gripping Cambridge Fellows series by Charlie Cochrane. Set in Edwardian England, it explores engrossing mysteries and heartfelt gay romances, all set in the historical walls of Cambridge University.
Gripping is right! I loved the gentle romance between Jonty and Orlando that blossomed in the first book, topped off by the twists and turns of a great murder mystery. And Charlie Cochrane has done it again! I didn't guess the culprit in the first one, and I didn't in this!
The beautifully crafted way Jonty and Orlando test the boundaries of their relationship, the fear of discovery and the determination to remain together, as must have been the way for many couples of the era. Orlando's naivete is both charming and worrying, but his love for Jonty shines through behind closed doors.
The story is set on the island of Jersey and the cavalcade of characters, descriptive settings and beautiful prose takes you right across the channel and into 1906. The mystery weaves its way effortlessly through the story of the men's desire to spend some time alone away from St Bride's after the scandalous murders of the previous year. So effortlessly that you are slapped in the face by its utter brilliance when all is revealed.
I have read the blurb for book 3, Lessons in Discovery, and it awaits me on my Kindle. So I'll stop rambling on and nudge you with a hefty elbow towards Amazon to buy your own copies of this amazing series. *NUDGE!* Go on.... off you go.
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