Book Review – The Desire for Dearborne by V.B. Kildaire

Genre: Historical Gay Romance
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615810099
ISBN-13: 978-1615810093

About the book:

“Leander Mayfield is the only surviving son of a poor farmer… or so he believes until the day he learns he is in fact the new Earl of Dearborne. Still recovering from a lingering illness, the sensitive young man travels to Great Britain to claim his estate and embarks upon a bewildering new life.

Julien Sutcliffe, the Earl of Blackstone, is suffering from ennui. He’s tired and bored with all the finery and wealth and wonders about him. Then he meets this refreshingly naive American Earl, newly arrived in England, and suddenly the world comes alive around him again.

Irresistibly drawn to one another, Julien finds himself besotted, and Leander is equally smitten. But just when they think they may have finally found happiness together, Julien and Leander discover that something –or someone– is determined to separate them permanently.”


Leander Mayfield, all alone in the world – winsome and delicate and innocent – newly discovered Earl of Dearborne – is transplanted to London all the way from Boston. He has lost all his family, including both older brothers to the sea (or so he thinks), but seemed to have gained the world – or at least a good proportion of its riches. In other words, he is very very lonely and very very vulnerable. And therefore surprisingly open-minded and calm and accepting about his feelings when he unexpectedly falls into the arms of…

Julien Sutcliffe, who is very much male and bored with the world and London society in general and all its corruption, but is surprisingly not that bad of a chap – he loves his bossy (but very understanding!) Aunt at any rate – if not his succession of toy-boys. Until he meets Leander, of course. Yes, this is a sweet naive heroine (hero in this case) meets dashing rogue/rake and sparks fly story.

I know I sound so jaded, and it’s not like that at all. The story is actually very sweet – and Leander is a very appealing character (so is Julien for that matter) – so the novel is actually a fun read as their budding romance develops. The dialogue is snappy and reads well. There are steamy (but not explicit) scenes in the necessary areas, tender and sweet and flirty in other areas – and it’s all pretty much light and love and romance. And yes, I sound like a total loser girl right now, but still. Trust me – light, love and romance. Plus points for Julien’s lovely lovely aristocratic but scholarly pals who are crazily wonderful and so inapproriate. And plus plus points for the geeking out over King Arthur and the Arthurian legends.

Things only turned sour for me when the author V.B. Kildaire injects some trumped-up drama into the narrative in the later parts of the novel, introduces a villain and has sweet helpless Leander drugged and kidnapped with no one (including Julien) being wise to it. I don’t know, starting from that point, the plot got all hairwired and ran helter-skelter and gave me the impression that the author was not too happy herself at the turn of events and was in a huge hurry to just finish the damned story!

All in all though, I really liked Leander and Julien’s story. If you enjoy a light-hearted regency gay romance, put this on your list.

Other reviews of The Desire for Dearborne are found at Speak Its Name and Rainbow Reviews.

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~ by RandomizeME on July 9, 2009.

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