Author: Rachel White
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: October 12, 2020
Genre(s): M/M Regency, Historical
Page Count: 144 pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
"Seventh" is set in an alternate universe that reads very much like 19th century England. However, in this world, homosexuality is not illegal or stigmatized and there is an incurable disease - Rymald's Blight - that withers and destroys skin, although it goes into a noncontagious remission.
Hynd Perrent had the Blight ten years ago and has learned to expect leers and disgusted glances as well as having to show his remission documentation. Hynd is a Royal Scholar researching the mysterious disappearance of the Seventh Dragoons, a unit of 30 men training in the Colwynn Mountains during the Lily Wars. The unit went missing, with its lone survivor branded a traitor.
The unit's commander, Jeardon Walsh, wrote extensively in his journeys of their maneuvers and battles, as well as extremely detailed, explicit details of his love affair with a man identified only as PA. Julius Ocere - tall, golden and leonine - is the great grandson of the man that returned - Pellam Athaby - and is determined to prove his ancestor is not a traitor.
As the two men work together to uncover the truth, what grows is a slowly unfurled romance, coupled with a heartbreaking resolution to the mystery. I'm a huge fan of regency romances, and this book is completely in my wheelhouse with an intriguing mystery and a gentle non-explicit romance. 4 stars.