Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Review Tour: A Position in Paris by Megan Reddaway (Giveaway)

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 65,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Natasha Snow


Paris, 1919. World War One is over, and wounded hero James Clarynton is struggling to face life without one leg, one eye, and the devilish good looks he had before the conflict. Now he must pay for affection, and it leaves him bitter. He’s filling the time by writing a book—but it’s the young man who comes to type it who really intrigues him.

Edmund Vaughan can’t turn down the chance to be secretary to the wealthy James Clarynton. He’s been out of work since the armistice, and his mother and brother depend on him. But he has secrets to hide, and the last thing he wants is an employer who keeps asking questions.

As they work together, their respect for each other grows, along with something deeper. But tragedy threatens, and shadows from the past confront them at every turn. They must open their hearts and trust each other if they are to break down the barriers that separate them.

A heartwarming romance with some dark moments along the way.

4 Stars 

I’m not one to read historicals all that often, at least not one this far in the past. My favorites are the 60’s to the 90’s, my co-blogger Mari is the historical fan, but after reading the blurb for A Position in Paris, I was intrigued and for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed.

I loved the telling of the story, it is written and told through alternating journal entries written by Edmund and James. Although told through these entries, the author still managed to make the story feel as if it was unfolding before my very eyes, rather than simply being told what occurred. This was an interesting and unique way of telling James and Edmund’s story.

I liked both James and Edmund, although I wasn’t sure what to make of them at first. They were both intriguing characters, who had interesting backstories. Both men had been through so much at such young ages and my heart went out to them both.

As far as the romance portion of the story, this is where it fell short for me. This story took slow-burn to a whole other level and spoiler, James and Edmund don’t get together until the very end, and then, bam the story is over.

I was so disappointed that I wasn’t given a chance to see if these men had chemistry or worked together. I also, especially as someone who has never read a story in this early of a timeframe, was interested to see how two men would make a relationship work. Although homosexuality is not outlawed in Paris, at least according to James, I can’t imagine it was accepted or easy to make a relationship work.

These are the things I was missing in this story. Still, it was an enjoyable read with not only interesting main characters, but some intriguing secondary characters as well. Although it left me wanting more, it’s still recommendable!

*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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About The Author

MEGAN REDDAWAY lives in England and has been entertained by fictional characters acting out their stories in her head for as long as she can remember. She began writing them down as soon as she could.

Since she grew up, she has worked as a secretary, driver, barperson, and article writer, among other things. Whatever she is doing, she always has a story bubbling away at the same time.

For news of Megan’s gay romance releases and two free stories, visit her website:

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