Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Working for the Bureau of Prohibition means facing dangerous criminals, desperate gangsters, speakeasies springing up overnight, a city controlled by corruption, and an employer that can’t be trusted. If that’s not enough, best friends and lovers Harlan Mackay and Nathan Reilly still bear the scars—both seen and unseen—that they earned fighting in the First World War. When a ghost from the past resurfaces to destroy everything they hold dear, it might be the last straw for Harlan and Nathan.
New York City is a war zone, the government is in the pocket of organized crime, and the exposure of their illicit romance is a constant danger. For Harlan and Nathan, it’s not a question of whether they’ll escape unscathed, but of which enemy will get them first….
Roses in the Devil’s Garden is not what I was expecting. This is my first time reading this book even when the original story was part of a free writing event and I’m a fan of this author. I read the blurb and was curious about a love story taking place during the Prohibition. Unfortunately, I was unable to connect with the characters.
It takes a moment to get used to the voices in the book and to situate the characters within the period. The beginning is a bit stiff, but it is to be expected when being introduced to a new setting. The characters are locations are detailed but in this case, it makes the story slow.
As most of this author’s books, the story has funny moments and a lovely relationship. If you want something other than contemporary or one of the author’s paranormal stories this may work for you. If you are not a fan of historical shorts, you should skip this one.
The cover art by Aaron Anderson goes well with the characters and the time period. It’s definitely inviting.
ebook, 67 pages
Published: April 6, 2018, by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English
Series: Fallen Rose
Book #1: Roses in the Devil’s Garden