I've been in somewhat of a slump since June and it's making me a bit crazy. I'm unsure if it's just me picking the wrong books or if I'm just sick of books period. I'm hoping that's not the case but I'm beginning to wonder. With that said, this book was started in June and took me nearly two full months to finish. I'd pick it up, read a few pages and put it down again. Thus, this review and my memory is not to be trusted.
The main problem here was the fact that I had some issues with the main guy Edward Munrow and it tainted everything and made the story difficult to enjoy. He was spoiled and admittedly a lazabout, mooching off the family funds and his brother and bitching and moaning about his lot in life. Oh woe is me. I don't like lazy, good-fer-nothings in real life and can barely tolerate them in books unless they're exceptionally charming and this guy wasn't exactly my idea of charming. He's drinking and partying and enjoying the high class life when lo and behold he inherits a large estate! What luck, eh? Why can't someone drop a mansion on me?! But there's a catch. He must secure a wife and an heir in order to keep it and he'd be a real fool not to keep it. He prefers men and enjoys his freedom so he's not at all happy about this turn of events (I can't blame him for that, really). He is then blackmailed into marrying a woman with a handsome grown son. The son spends the summer getting to know our lucky protagonist Edward who lusts after him and awakens him to pleasures of the flesh (this part did manage to grab my attention, can you believe?). Edward calls him "his little lamb" which is fitting considering his innocence and willingness to follow Edward's lead and it leads him to some seriously sexy times.
This was a sensual, sexy book with a decently done three-way lust story but it didn't grab me emotionally in any way which was disappointing. There were no deep emotional connections developed here despite the "love" declarations and I truly wish I could have seen the world through the little lambies eyes as well. I felt cheated out of some scenes that I was anticipating and am sure I missed something that would have changed my world. I feel like a meanie because everyone seems to adore this story but I just wasn't feeling it for the most part.