Title: The Bibliophile
Author: Drew Martin Frayne
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: November 26, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Historical Romance
Page Count: 221
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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"The Bibliophile" is set in 1888 and written in the style of Nathanial Goldsmith's journal as he is torn away from his beloved books and higher education and basically hired out to a ranchman, Cayuse Jem, to learns his father's business and "become a man." But Nathaniel wants to become "a man of letters, an intellect, someone who wrestles with idea - to me, that is a man - that defines a man." It's fascinating to see how Nathanial copes with living in a basic cabin, learns to cook and clean, do chores and slowly appreciate the pace of his life with Cayuse Gem. The plot and pace of this story kept my interest throughout and I especially like how Nathanial uses his education to save people.
What didn't work as well for me is the relationship between Cayuse Jem and Nathanial, mostly because we only get Nathanial's POV throughout and there is no background or insight into Cayuse Jem; for this reason the boy/sir relationship seemed to come out of nowhere. In this M/M historical romance, I enjoyed the historical much more than the romance. 3.5 stars.