Title: The Plantation Affair
Author: Gregory Jonathan Scott
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novel (236 pages)
Publisher: Gregory Jonathan Scott LLC (March 18th, 2014)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 2.5Hearts
Blurb: During a time when love between two chaps was not spoken of, Deklan and Logan found a way to bring their affair of the heart to life. One was the white son of a wealthy Plantation owner, and the other a black servant who worked the property to survive.
This romantic fairytale took place in the deep south of Georgia in the late eighteenth century where horse carriages and kerosene lighted lanterns brought a town to life. Deklan and Logan’s affair was ignited one night with the help of a mysterious man who magically appeared and then disappeared without a trace after leading them into the realms of love.
Love was found, Love was lost and then Love was found again in a spiraling and uplifting fairytale between two lovable beings that were meant to be in love.
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Plantation-Affair-Gregory-Jonathan-Scott-ebook/dp/B00J2GEUOA
Review: Logan lives as a servant to a rich family in Georgia in the 1800’s. Not only is it frowned upon to associate with the hired help, but Logan is also black and gay. Tolerance only goes so far, and in the Deep South during this time Logan is not well tolerated. He suffers hatred from the other servants, enjoying his escapes down to the pond, taking moonlight swims. It’s during one of these swims he first meets Deklan, the son of his master.
At a ball thrown in Deklan’s honor, intended for him to choose a bride, Deklan chooses Logan. Deklan’s father is beyond outraged. A servant, a black man, and a man?! No, not his son. He puts the motions into play to find his son a suitable bride to marry and produce an heir. Successfully driving a wedge between Deklan and Logan. But fate won’t be silenced and in several strange twists of fate, Deklan and Logan are given a second chance at love.
I loved the base concept of this story, an interracial gay love story with a Cinderella twist. And the setting, the time period. I was born and raised in Georgia and I saw the hatred toward anyone different first hand. There were three kids of people acceptable in heart of the south, Straight, White, strict Southern Baptist. Anything or anyone else was just wrong. So I could connect with that part of the story on a personal level. The struggle that Deklan faced trying to get his family to accept the person he loved was heart breaking, and very well conveyed.
Overall, my connection with the story and the characters was choppy though. The story was sometimes sporadic and scattered, didn’t flow well from start to finish. Some of the phrasings and words used confused me, as well. I realize there are only so many words that can be used to describe the male anatomy, the love between two men and making love. But most of the phrasings for this story were too grandiose or too childish, in my miniscule opinion.
I’m on the fence with this one. On the one hand, I loved the story, concept and relationship between the two ML. But on the other hand, when they were supposed to be in a passionate setting whether making love or having sex, it came across more like a children’s book. Like the author couldn’t decide between YA and NA. That and the choppy delivery of the book overall, made my rating a little lower than I wanted it to be.
At the time of my review this book is on sale for 99 cents, grab a copy and decide for yourself if it’s a fantastic read, don’t take my word for it!
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews **