The Bitter Rednesses of Love

The Bitter Rednesses of Love Anthony Clark degenerate genius and impoverished nobleman finds himself wedded to the painfully proper young aristocrat Stephen Ayers They ve been pledged since before Stephen s birth Will their ma

  • Title: The Bitter Rednesses of Love
  • Author: Dominique Frost
  • ISBN: 9781623003494
  • Page: 350
  • Format: ebook
  • Anthony Clark, degenerate genius and impoverished nobleman, finds himself wedded to the painfully proper young aristocrat, Stephen Ayers They ve been pledged since before Stephen s birth Will their marriage prove intolerable to them both, or will they find a happy equilibrium, instead As Anthony teaches Stephen the pleasures of the body, will Stephen be able to teach AnAnthony Clark, degenerate genius and impoverished nobleman, finds himself wedded to the painfully proper young aristocrat, Stephen Ayers They ve been pledged since before Stephen s birth Will their marriage prove intolerable to them both, or will they find a happy equilibrium, instead As Anthony teaches Stephen the pleasures of the body, will Stephen be able to teach Anthony the pleasures of the heart

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    1. This is the first of Dominique's books that I read and the one that made me search out her other two. First of all I love historical m/m but this is slightly different in so much as in this slightly regency steam punk setting, sexual preference is not an issue and men can become betrothed to either men or women. Anthony is a rake, a rogue and has many dalliances whilst Stephen is quiet and virginal. Anthony has no time for him and thinks he's pretty to look at but boring as hell. However they ha [...]

    2. Not going to lie, the titleThis is sexier rednesses, IMOBut the story, the story is good. Real good. 4.5 HEARTS--I am fan of Dominique Frost. She hasn't written many books but from what I've read (all but one), there's something about her writing that just works for me. Her characters are never dull or read one-dimensional. And when the snark is on, oh baby, is it on. In "The Bitter Rednesses of Love", the author uses a few of my favorite historical romance themes and did a swell job with them. [...]

    3. This is my kind of historical romance. The style is very, very pleasant and the plot is tight and well executed. No nonsense, no WTF, no OTT, no long-term idiots, no weaklings, no martyrs, good grovelling, mature handling of emotional situations, etc. Nothing silly. And it takes place in a regency society where same sex marriage is socially accepted. The two heroes have been promised in marriage since birth and when the book starts they are about to get married. One is a rake, one is a virgin BU [...]

    4. 3.5 starsI like this alternate steam punk universe where men are promised to one another. Add one horny scientist and one beautiful boy virgin, throw in an arranged marriage, and you have this slightly fantastical, delightfully sensual little story. I wanted just one more chapter post reconciliation, but this was good fun nonetheless.

    5. Review also posted on World of Diversity FictionsThis novella is a historical with the added touch of Steampunk. I loved this world and the two men who live in it. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this novella, the story was well written, the MC’s Anthony and Stephen were well suited and the romance was touching.Anthony and Stephen have an arranged marriage and in this world gender plays no part in who your spouse will be, I loved that! Anthony is a bit of a rogue he beds whomever he plea [...]

    6. “Anthony Rowan Clark was in the midst of a moral dilemma—albeit without the morality.”I have read a few of Dominique Frost's books and enjoyed them all. I don't normally read historicals, but this is more of a steampunk/regency story and I trust the author to write a good book, so I gave it a go.Stephan and Anthony have been promised to each other since Stephan's birth. Anthony is 15years his senior and has definitely enjoyed his sexuality and debauchery. Stephan is the opposite, he has no [...]

    7. Dominique Frost is a new author for me, but after reading this story and her other one The Art of Touch, I'll definitely have her on my mental to-look-out-for list. Because I just really like the way she writes.There is nothing inherently new or surprising about The Bitter Rednesses of Love. It features a common-enough arranged-marriage trope with a bit of steampunk thrown in. There's an experienced older guy who has trouble keeping it in his pants, and the virginal younger one who is all for fi [...]

    8. Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews4.5 Anthony is an inventor, degenerate yes but he does pursue his work with devotion and he puts his inventions to noble uses, helping the poor, refusing to make weapons. He is an equal opportunity seducer, playing faro and drinking. Now, however, his life is taking a detour. He was only 15 when he was betrothed to the newly born Stephen Ayers, son of a very wealthy family. Anthony needs the money and does not intend for his marriage to take away from his pursu [...]

    9. I bought this solely out of curiosity because when reading the sypnosis, I immediately thought - hey this "Anthony" sounds like Tony Stark/Iron Man. Then I realized it's the same name, with a similar description, and this Stephen sounds like Steve Rogers/Captain America. And then I had a suspicion it's probably fan fiction? :\ I bought to give it a read to see. The leads' names are Anthony Clark and Stephen Ayers. Their appearances are also similar to Marvel's idea of the characters. Perhaps mor [...]

    10. Ever get tired of reading the same ol’ gay historical romances?  Where loving another man is punishable by death or incarceration?  Imagine a world, lets say maybe set around the Victorian era, where marriage equality exists.  Throw in a little steampunk, a delicate virgin and a tinkering rake…The Plot:  Since birth, Stephen has been promised to marry Anthony.  Stephen is the calendar boy for purity and Anthony is a bit of a man whore with every intention of having an open marriage with [...]

    11. Substitute title: When a*holes fall in love3.5My historical romantic heart gave this one a 3.5 cuz the idiot wallowed in guilt and misery while the other hero was "no, no, no I'll never give you another chance." *Place hand on forehead - there's even a slight triangle with a supposedly noble friend who really is just trying to get in the pants of the naive hero who believes his friend is just friendly and a*shole hero is just jealous. Ah, crap, just read it. It's good.

    12. This is brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed this regency era steampunk story. The writing is just so picturesque and although the storyline is quite simple (rogue falls for innocent) it is deeply enjoyable.This is the first time I am reading a book by this author and I will definitely be reading the others. A fab read!!

    13. This was a good read I just wanted more of it or a book 2 at least. Anthony Clark and Stephen Ayers have been promised to each other since birth. Stephen is prime and proper and shy. Anthony is a rake who needs Stephen's money. I don't read a lot of steampunk but this book was good and I liked both of these character's a lot. I also liked that gay marriage was legal (maybe I need to read more steampunk after all). Anthony is a genius a scientist who is also famous for his conquest. Stephen is th [...]

    14. I REALLY liked this book; it reads like a fairy tale in away, somehow distorted from the tone of a normal historical romance. It has erotic scenes, that are completely inoffensive and compassionate. My only disappointment is the length. There is a complete story here, the two main characters are interesting and/or charming. There is a romantic plot and another more practical story line. I wish the story was longer, the ending seemed a little rushed, and there was so much MORE that could have hap [...]

    15. 3.5 stars.This is candy for the romance reader. Ever feel like you want to escape reality and read something bittersweet? This is your story!Amy, it even has an arranged marriage!

    16. I loved this story. The bitterness of heartache is present at every step forward until I felt like my heart would burst. But the hope of love, such a small light under the dark shadow of war, is brought before us with beautiful writing and wonderfully relatable characters. I highly recommend this.Read the full review at Joyfully Jay

    17. This is clearly an Avengers fanfiction. Anthony Clark and Stephen Ayers. Really. Anthony (Tony) Stark and Steven Rogers. You didn't even try.

    18. Josie's 4 sweet pea review appears at mrsconditreadsbooks/index. A wonderfully delicious angsty steam punk historical AU, with a dash of spice.Anthony and Stephen have been betrothed since before Stephen's birth, an alliance arranged by their parents. Stephen is 16 years younger than Anthony, and now he is of age it's time for the marriage to take place, much to the reluctance of Anthony who has had far too much fun sowing wild oats while waiting for Stephen, bedding both men and woman as he fan [...]

    19. 3 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book ReviewsAnthony loves his life just the way it is, drinking, whoring and his inventions, but the time has come for him to finally marry his betrothed, a man who is rich, handsome and a prude. Stephen has known all his life who he is to marry and can only hope that his husband will give up his whoring ways but knows there is little chance. When Anthony finally realises just who he truly wants will he be able to crack the shell his husband has erected around [...]

    20. Short M/M read about an arranged marriage in earlier times between two young men who were now reaching the age when they would actually marry. One was a virgin and the other an older, experienced gay blade who would now be forced to change his ways with marriage. Anyway, it was a pleasant read but just average. A little angst when the older, more experienced partner was thought to have cheated on his younger, virgin "bride."Oh, and I still don't have any idea what the title means. But, I like th [...]

    21. I think this is one of the better m/m historical romances I have ever read! (Possibly because it ignores the accurate history of gay marriages altogether haha) but I did like the characters and I liked the touch of steampunk elements in there too (hence the "sci-fi" bookshelf tag). I thought this was sweet and a fun quick read!

    22. It was ok. The main character Anthony was an asshole. And in the end I did not think he really changed all that much. I felt sad that Stephen ended up with a husband like Anthony. He deserved so much better.

    23. Well this was just bloody fantastic. It's been ages since I read an Historical/Steampunk story. This was wonderfully written, the narrative fitting with the theme. Once I started I just couldn't stop.Fantastic.

    24. 3.5 Steamy stars!If you're looking for a light and bittersweet story, this would be it! It is short and sweet. I would have like it to be long because for me, story unfolded quickly. But nonetheless, it's a good read! Include this book on your reading list!!

    25. reread 07/01/2017 still good!22/04/2016 , this book is just so good! this is my third read and i love it more each timee ending was too rushed was a sweet book i didn't understand why the author was so hurried to finish it!

    26. **GRammar**I'll start by saying that the book was really good but too short and I wanted more scenes with the MCs. I loved the arranged marriage trope and here there was also a bit of slow burn, at least with the feelings if not with the sex.Anthony is a genius, an impoverished nobleman and as other people call him, also a degenerate. He loves to be single and be able to have sex when he wants with who he wants, he doesnt care if they are married men or women or working girls, the important is t [...]

    27. Good quick read. The characters and plot were delightful. I'm one of those people who isn't very fond of forgiveness or it coming too quickly and in the end I kind of felt one of the characters hadn't done enough to earn forgiveness. But that's just me and my unforgiving ass.

    28. Really liked this little gem. It is set in an alternate history where same sex marriages are practiced if not necessarily the norm. I'm not too sure on how common they were supposed to be as the story doesn't get into that in much detail. A lot of the tags label it steampunk and the author uses that word in the introduction but it really isn't steampunk to me. The only sense that it falls under that heading is that it is the equivalent time in history to when steam power was coming to the forefr [...]

    29. Anthony Clark is a genius inventor, but he is also an impoverished, broke nobleman. In order to fill his coffers so he can afford to continue to invent things to help the poor, he has decides to marry Stephen Ayers. However, he has no intention of falling in love, and instead intends for he and his husband to have an open marriage.Stephen Ayers is richer than Midas. He also happens to very much admire Anthony Clark, a man who creates inventions that make life better for the poor. He admires him [...]

    30. A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsThis story is pure poetry, every word a gem. Incredibly beautiful storytelling in every sense.Anthony has spent his whole life, when he’s not working on some ingenious device, in bed with men and women of all sorts. Stephen, on the other hand, is a virgin who has waited faithfully until his wedding night to learn the ways of love. Unfortunately, Anthony knows all about sex, but nothing about love. Poor teacher, poor student. These two men shouldn’t fit together [...]

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