Title: The Valet
Author: S.J. Foxx
Publisher: NineStar Press
Characters: Hugo, Sebastian
POV: 3rd Limited
After scandalizing his family name, wealthy brat Hugo is kicked out of his parent’s home in NYC, and tossed into the English countryside. There, he must live with his extended family and learn what it means to be a “gentleman,” or be cut off and left without his inheritance.
Brattish, reckless, and out of control, it seems that Hugo may never learn his manners. That is, until he meets his match: a stoic, no-nonsense valet, Sebastian.
Hugo and Sebastian are swept up in a forbidden fling, and they play a game of power.
Can Sebastian get a handle on his master? Or will Hugo’s foolishness leave him penniless?
I just finished reading The Valet by SJ Foxx and I’m still not sure of how I feel about this book. If you follow this blog, you know that I like historically set romances. The Valet is set in the twenties, and since I’ve read precious little homoerotic romances set during this time, I was anxious to read it.
I thought the author did a good job at describing the loneliness that Hugo experiences while being banned from his hustle and bustle life in New York to the almost droll existence his relatives live in England. There were times I truly felt sorry for Hugo because it is obvious that he is nothing but a disappointment to his family because of his reckless ways.
To say that Hugo can be a brat is an understatement. Even the author calls him a petulant child…which is exactly how he acts. I admit, I never warmed up to him because of his childish behavior. I like bratty characters, but Hugo continued to act as an unruly child through most of the book and so I had some difficulty liking him. Now don’t get me wrong. Hugo isn’t a bad person, I just don’t know if he would be a person that I would want to be around in real life. Men who continue to be spoiled brats grate on my nerves more often than not.
On the other hand, I liked Sebastian a lot. He’s a cheeky spitfire that I found myself becoming fascinated with. His boldness and outspokenness were fun to read and I enjoyed watching him put Hugo in his place more than once.
In the end, I read romance because I enjoy watching a meaningful *hopefully* relationship develop between the two heroes. Though Sebastian and Hugo definitely get very heated sexually, I missed the intimacy of a real emotional connection between them. I honestly didn’t think Hugo spent enough time getting to know Sebastian at all. I wanted to know more about him, but in the end, Sebastian was a big mystery to me and that was a huge disappointment.
Both Hugo and Sebastian’s story could have been a great one, but instead, The Valet left me wishing and wanting more. Though the story is a decent one, I had hoped it would have been a better developed, more intimate one.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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