Title: The Bohemian and the Banker
Author: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Characters: Nigel, Jay
Sub-Genre: Historical Romance
A night lost in Paris finds two hearts changed—forever.
Sent to Paris on business, Nigel Warren doesn’t quite understand why his colleagues’ eyes twinkle as they tell him to meet them at a local night spot.
When he discovers it’s a drag cabaret and his acquaintances aren’t there, he realizes he’s the butt of a joke. Yet he finds himself quite undone by a singer dressed in an elegant gown, crooning a spellbinding ballad.
It’s not unusual for Jay, a former Londoner, to bring a new “friend” home from the cabaret, but he’s never had a guest quite like Nigel, whose straitlaced manner hides an unexpected passionate streak.
One romantic night on a rooftop under starry skies, followed by an afternoon enjoying the excitement of the 1901 Paris Exposition, bonds these opposites in a way neither can forget—even after they part.
Their spark reignites when Jay comes to London, but he’s not sure he can go back to hiding his true self, not even for the sake of love…unless Nigel is willing to shed his cloak of staid respectability and take a leap of faith.
Contains a virgin who doesn’t speak French but is fluent in numbers, and a drag performer who is trilingual in English, French and Love. Not responsible for extra pounds brought on by the urge to dine on croissants au deux.
It is no secret that I absolutely adore the writing team of Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon. I’ve read almost all of their books, and each and every one of them are some of my favorites. Why do I like their books so much? Well, the short and easy answer is: They write amazing characters with strong, sexy storylines that keep this reader’s attention, and I always crave for more.
The Bohemian and the Banker starts off with a bang and ends with one. It begins with Nigel being asked to meet some co-workers at a local hot spot. When he shows up, he realizes no one showed up but him. Well, unbeknownst to him, it ends up being a somewhat raunchy burlesque show with interesting characters, including a very sexy drag queen, which Nigel can’t help but be fascinated with. Nigel finds himself extremely attracted to her, and ends up outside after the show just to see what the man is like without all the makeup.
When Nigel lays eyes on, Jay, he is immediately drawn to him. He can’t help but go along with his attraction for him. Even though Jay is performer and comes from a very different cultural standpoint from Nigel, they both crave a way to be together. Soon, both men must make some hard choices if they want to keep their relationship and love alive.
I loved this book! At first, Nigel has this stiff upper lip thing going on. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him relax and enjoy life with Jay. Jay definitely brings out the best in Nigel. Although he will always be more serious than Jay, it’s good to see him become a more fun-loving man with Jay. I also thought, Nigel brought out the best in Jay too. Even though Jay loves to sing and act, his heart belongs to Nigel and he does what he can to be with him.
I liked how these men had to go through some serious issues before they could be together. It’s not easy for them, but oh the ride for their happy ending was such a wonderful one! I thought this book really balanced out the angst, sweetness and romance that I crave when I’m reading a story. It’s a perfect balance, strong storyline and has amazing characters I truly loved.
The Bohemian and the Banker was a sheer joy to read. Before I knew it, I had read the entire book in one sitting. When it comes to writing romance, Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon are definitely masters at what they do. If you like historical romance, this book can’t be missed. If you like strong characters and heavy romance, this book can’t be missed. The Bohemian and the Banker has a permanent place on my keeper shelf and I know I’ll reach for it again and again in the future.
Reviewed By: Gabbi