A very dystopic world is the background for this first story in a trilogy. Focusing on the oldest of the three Gentlemen brothers Joshua, we have the tragedy that ripped the boys apart described from his point of view. Literally landing on solid ground he is adopted by the landowner and raised in comfort but is always searching for his brothers. His companion in childhood, Val, becomes more as they mature and that is where the story really starts to unfold.
The political structure of this dystopian society is complex and riddled with fascinating steampunk details. I found it a delightful read, if only a little distracted by the British slang sentence structure at times. Think “My Fair Lady” before the professor works his magic.
Joshua is attracted to men but is in love with Val. He just doesn’t know it yet. When tragedy brings them back together the mystery that has been a driving part of his life starts to unravel with dangerous and deadly consequences. The romance between Val and Joshua comes to fruition but the mystery continues. Until the next book.
"You’re brothers. When the sun goes down, stay hidden, stay quiet, and never, ever let go of each other."
The Great Wave sent the lower class into dirigibles high above the wealthy landowners. The Gentlemen brothers lived in such an airship with their father until the night men came to steal them.
Joshua is the oldest and is now a respectable detective. He never stopped searching for his brothers. When a call comes in that the Lord that saved him is murdered, Joshua must face his past and the Lord’s son. Valance Peasley Junior was his best friend, but one night of unexpected passion tore their friendship apart.
Now, Joshua must deal with the beloved Lord’s death, Val’s decadent body, and finding out how it all ties into that dreadful night.
Be Warned: m/m sex, menage sex (MMM)
This starts a series that needs to be read in order.