The Bohemian and the Banker by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon


The Bohemian and the Banker by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (146 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

A night lost in Paris finds two hearts changed—forever.

Sent to Paris on business, Nigel Warren doesn’t quite understand why his colleagues’ eyes twinkle as they tell him to meet them at a local night spot.

When he discovers it’s a drag cabaret and his acquaintances aren’t there, he realizes he’s the butt of a joke. Yet he finds himself quite undone by a singer dressed in an elegant gown, crooning a spellbinding ballad.

It’s not unusual for Jay, a former Londoner, to bring a new “friend” home from the cabaret, but he’s never had a guest quite like Nigel, whose straitlaced manner hides an unexpected passionate streak.

One romantic night on a rooftop under starry skies, followed by an afternoon enjoying the excitement of the 1901 Paris Exposition, bonds these opposites in a way neither can forget—even after they part.

Their spark reignites when Jay comes to London, but he’s not sure he can go back to hiding his true self, not even for the sake of love…unless Nigel is willing to shed his cloak of staid respectability and take a leap of faith.

Finding himself the butt of a rather rude joke while on a business trip to Paris, Nigel Warren decides that, since no one saw him in the all-male cabaret then no harm done, right? Not quite. All it takes is one glimpse of Jean Michel and he’s done for. Inexplicably drawn to this diva in drag, Nigel’s hopes and dreams are completely shaken up and rearranged. But will one night ever be enough?

Nigel Warren could not have had a worse trick pulled on him. Quiet, restrained, and overly discreet, a drag cabaret isn’t exactly his idea of a perfect night out. However, when he decides to relax and just enjoy himself, I think I fell a little bit in love with this poor, sad soul. As much as I adore historical novels, one of the things that always upsets me is that good, kind men like Nigel are forced to keep their proclivities to themselves and either sneak around or live a life of misery. I was certain that, even if he only got one night with Jay, it would be the best thing to happen to him. Simply because he got to be exactly who he really was for that one night.

Jean Michel – better known as Jay – is the complete opposite of Nigel. A true free spirit, he’s intrigued by this stuffy banker who seeks him out after the show. I was pleasantly surprised by how drawn he is to Nigel considering how different the two of them are. They make quite an odd couple, but for them, it works. I really enjoyed Jay’s drag persona, Jean Michel, nearly as much as I enjoyed Jay himself.

Once Nigel goes back to his day to day life in London, I was devastated for him. He got one fleeting taste of freedom, being able to do and love as he pleased, before being forced back into hiding. This made the middle part of the book very sad, but I had hope they’d find their way back into each other’s arms and I wasn’t disappointed. Although things aren’t all roses and sunshine for them, they manage to make it work in the best way they know how.

The Bohemian and the Banker is a roller coaster ride of emotional turmoil, taking you from embarrassed to happy to sad and everywhere in-between. A sweet and powerful love story, it will suck you in and carry you along until the very end, never giving you a chance to catch your breath.

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