Title: The Gentleman’s Madness
Author: Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Characters: John Gilliam, Sam Tully
An imprisoned heart finds escape in forbidden love.
No pride. No privacy. No hope.
Academic John Gilliam thought being caught embracing another man was the worst that could happen. Until he agrees to “treatment” at an asylum, where a vicious attack leaves him shaken and afraid.
But having all means of writing or reading taken from him… That is a serious threat to his sanity. Then a moment of kindness from an asylum attendant begins to restore his dignity.
Sam Tully feels sorry for the patient everyone calls “the professor”, but with a back injury that cost him his job on the docks—and without the education that would have bettered his position—he tries to keep his head down, and a tight lid on his attraction to men.
As John prays for freedom, he grows closer to the gentle, innately intelligent Tully. In spite of themselves, forbidden attraction leads to touches, kisses, and more. But there’s something other than curative treatments going on at the asylum. When John and Tully uncover a heinous conspiracy, their very lives are in danger.
I’ve read several books by the writing team of Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee and I have to say, I’ve never read a book by them that I haven’t loved. They have a way of getting to the heart and soul of their characters, while being able to spin a well written tale that leaves this reader almost breathless with anticipation.
One the things I truly loved about the book was how the authors did not sweet John’s time in the asylum under the rug. I found myself quickly becoming both fascinated and appalled by the treatment he was given because of his sexuality. I absolutely loved the tenderness and care that Tully not only showed John, but the other patients as well. Both men go through a lot of personal growth and become stronger men because of their situation.
If you like historical romances and love the writing team of these two amazing authors, this is a must read. This is definitely my favorite read I’ve read so far this year and it’s definitely one I’ll read again. I can’t recommend this book enough and hope that you will definitely consider it.
Reviewed By: Gabbi