The Brass Box by K.M. Mahoney
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: Short Story (70 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus
Is it real, or just smoke and mirrors?
As a member of the British gentry, Marcus Fleetwood-Smythe’s life is an endless round of responsibility and duty. Charged with finding a magician for his sister’s upcoming wedding, he ventures out into the pouring rain and finds Teague, whose free spirit calls to Marcus. And makes him hunger for anything and everything his position won’t allow him to have.
Teague’s stock in trade are his wandering feet and the rather odd lineage that takes the wonders he performs on stage beyond the ordinary. But there’s nothing more magical than the sparks that fly between him and Marcus. Except the duty-bound Marcus fears letting go of a life that’s smothering him almost as much as he fears discovery.
Desire fans the flames until it flares into forbidden passion, leaving Marcus poised on the precipice of the most frightening choice of his life. Risk everything for the man who holds his heart…or watch his one chance at forever vanish in a puff of smoke.
Do you believe in magic? That’s the question that haunts duty bound Marcus as he struggles with his obligations to his family and his desire for the enigmatic magician that refuses to be ignored. Teague is unlike anyone Marcus has known and neither man can get enough of each other. Teague’s traveling ways threaten to tear the new lovers apart but when faced with the choice of staying in London with his family or leaving with Teague, Marcus is consumed with indecision. How can he desert his family when they need him but how can he let go of Teague either?
The Brass Box is a lovely, charming romance that is close to pitch perfect. It’s a quick novella filled with ambiance, magic, illusion, desire, romance, intrigue, and delight. The classic historical London setting is used well without being overwhelming and sets a great backdrop to the time. The characters are wonderful and enjoyable from the very beginning as their chemistry sparks and only grows hotter. There are still some unanswered questions about Teague and his family but this only leaves room to revisit this wonderful couple in the future.
The writing is inspired with wonderful turns of phrase. The pace flies by and the novella is over far before you’re ready to leave the wonderful descriptions and lovely characters. The choice Marcus is faced with is not only reasonable for his time and station but one that really causes him to think and reevaluate. The answer is pretty easy once he’s able to see it but the decision is not instant so the tension is present and nicely handled.
This is the first story I’ve read of this author’s and can’t wait to read more. The atmosphere and touch of magic come alive within the pages and the story is filled with rich sensuality. This is a story that fills its pages and leaves you wanting more. I’m definitely going to see what else this author has written and easily recommend The Brass Box to romance fans that want a shorter story to sink into. You won’t be disappointed.