Title: The Tutor
Author: Bonnie Dee
Characters: Graham, Sir Richard
Sub-Genre: Gothic Romance
Gothic romance with a twist.
Elements of The Sound of Music, The Enchanted Garden, Jane Eyre, and “true” ghost hunting shows make this story feel familiar. Gay love makes it unique.
Seeing an ad for a position at a Yorkshire estate, typesetter Graham Cowrie decides to make an upward career move by passing himself off as a tutor. How hard can it be to teach a few subjects to a pair of nine-year-old boys? But on his arrival at the ancient house, he finds the staff creepy, the twins odd, and the widowed master temporarily absent.
His first meeting with brooding, stern, but oh-so-attractive, Sir Richard doesn’t go well, but with no other prospects vying for the teaching position, Graham manages to keep it. His mission soon becomes clear, break down the walls of reserve both father and sons have erected and attempt to bridge the gap between them.
But strange sounds, sights and experiences keep Graham on edge until he finally admits the Hall is haunted by two entities with very different agendas. Graham works to appease one and combat the other while protecting the broken family he’s grown to care for.
Bonnie Dee is one of my go-to authors. I’ve read a lot of her work and I’ve loved them all. She has a real knack of writing compelling, interesting and sexy heroes that live and breathe off of the written page. I also am huge fan of her historical novels. They easily sweep this reader into the world she creates and I find myself lost in the story she has to tell.
One of the things I really loved about this novel was the nail-biting suspense of it. Not only is there a very strong romance between the two heroes, there is a mystery in the storyline that kept this reader on edge. Before I knew it, I was captivated by the life Graham led. He is such a well-written character and even though he himself is far from perfect, he was a perfect man for Sir Richard and his children.
Graham is living a lie and he knows it. He took the position as a tutor under false pretenses, but once he gets to the estate and meets the children, I thought he really had a knack for it. I liked his creative mind and his determination to get the boys to like him. I also loved how he was able to bring down the walls that surrounded Sir Richard’s heart down brick by brick. Not was there a burning attraction between them, there was also a true friendship that develops and I found myself really rooting for them to be together.
The Tutor is a very easy book to recommend. If you love gothic romances with a lot of intrigue and nail biting suspense this book is definitely for you. I for one, look forward to reading more from Ms. Dee in the future. I can’t wait to see what she will come up with next!
Reviewed By: Gabbi