Series: Tales of the Highwaymen #02
Author: Marie Medina
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Length: Short (43 Pages)
Publisher: Evernight Publishing (January 15, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Blurb: When Jacob fell moving a portrait in the museum where he worked, he was worried about damaging it. He never imagined he would fall into it and wake up in another dimension. Though his day does start to improve when a sexy masked man rides to his rescue…
Gerard thought his friends Adam and Eloise would be the enchanted portrait’s only victims, but when he finds a gorgeous but bewildered young man wandering in the woods, he realizes how wrong he was. Now he has to enlist the help of a man he can’t stand to put a stop to the magic, even though he’d much rather be spending that time in the arms of the sexy man now sharing his home.
Review: A very sweet short story about a magic painting that links different dimensions. Sounds lovely, but once you fall through, you’re stuck, so you’d better hope there’s someone you want to spend the rest of your life with on the other side. Jacob’s first reality in this new dimension was the sight of a masked fantasy coming towards him on a horse, complete with a cape; a highwayman who proceeded to steal his heart, his very own Robin Hood.
I really liked this other reality. When Jacob was telling Gerard about his life in our real world, and about being a closeted gay man, he had to explain the concept to Gerard. Gerard couldn’t understand the world Jacob had come from. To live in a world where your sexuality or orientation was nothing more spectacular than the sun rising every day, well, that seems like a right fantasy, a civilized country that uses horses for transport and has running water and equal rights. I want to know where to sign up! What museum is that painting in, again?