The Highwayman by Ali Katz

Amber Quill Press

Amber Allure

M/M Historical

ISBN: 978-1-60272-517-1

Reviewed by Ley

   

 

Janos Vesh’s past has left him scarred and broken. He roams the hills of the Carpathian Mountains, Hungary in 1750 trying to satisfy his need for vengeance. Janos leads a very self-destructive life and pushes away the only people who truly care for him, including Stefan, the soldier who loves him even with all his faults.

Stefan tries hard to save Janos from those who want to destroy him, but it becomes difficult when that person is Janos himself.  The more Stefan fights for Janos, the more it feels as if he will lose him forever. However, for Stefan giving up on Janos is something he cannot do.

The Highwayman opens with a not so gentle sex scene and that pretty much set the tone for the rest of the story.  From there on I knew this was not going to be a sweet little romance.  Janos’ actions and reactions from that scene on had me under his spell and on his side, even when I didn’t always agree with him.  Janos was so conflicted and torn up inside that it was heartbreaking.  Stefan, although Janos kept his anger levels high, he never gave up on Janos. I was right in my initial assumption that this was not going to be a hearts and flowers romance. It wasn’t, but it did have some wonderfully sweet and tender moments. Through all the anger, angst, and self-doubt Janos was capable of love and it was a beautiful thing when he showed it.  The Highwayman is an engaging story that will hold its readers captive from start to finish.

     

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