Beautiful, heartfelt and sexy. I'm not sure what I expected this one to be.. Especially with how Christina described it. It's mostly Historical Romance though it does have a little dab of Paranormal - a bit of "magic" sprinkled in. Galen and Azriel haven't been very fortunate growing up, also being gay in the times they were born is dangerous. They might have found a way of earning a living, at least for now, but it's not a real future. Seeing each other, feeling the attraction, the pull towards one another, makes them wish for something more.
Galen had to leave the small town he grew up in after he was caught stealing. Ashamed of himself, and not wanting to cause any problems to his aunt who raised him he moves to the next town, earning a living (barely) by selling his body. He has a certain gift that helps his make a better decision when guys approach him, but he made a mistake which almost cost him his life.
When the twins (Wren and Sparrow) came to his rescue he is unsure of the whole situation. They look like two angels. When he arrives at their home he is grateful for sure, but he also doesn't want what the lady of the house - Madam Langley - is offering anyone who stays there. He will pay his debt and go. What he didn't expect is Azriel.
Madam Langley takes good care of the guys. She makes sure they get everything they need and are treated well, but she also has her rules, one of them being - unless two guys are fated (whatever that means) she doesn't allow them to be together (in any capacity).
Azriel is very devoted to Madam Langley and the work he does for/with her at the apothecary (the "main business") and Galen has just arrived and doesn't want to lose Azriel so he abides by the rules. It leaves them in a very conflicted state. They form a connection, a friendship but anything more they can only share in a very specific setting (I would rather not spoiler, I'll just say it was sexy but also tender).
There is more to the story than just the two of them, there are the other guys who live at "Moon Flower" - one of them being Bellamy who will have his own book! YAY! There are also two villains with bad intentions either towards the club or Galen and Azriel specifically.
I really enjoyed the way the story was resolved. It was exactly what I would have imagined and I'm so happy for Galen and Azriel and also so thankful for the person who had the eyes to see, and the heart to feel and be there for them at the very end.
HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
I kindly received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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