[Book Review] The Novelty Maker

Little dancersThe Novelty Maker

Sasha L. Miller

What rating would you give it?
4 of 5 Stars

What were your initial thoughts on the book?

A delightful, quick read with fun, easy likable characters. This is how you write a short, quick romance story under 50 pages long! *glares daggers at Duende for wasting my precious time* *LONG SUFFERING SIGH*

What was your favourite aspect of the book?

Handicap and/or disfigured main character? Check. Interesting concept and world? Check. Short, lunch-break read? Check! Lots of silly romantic intrigue and HEA ending? Check, check and check!

Would you recommend this book?

In a heartbeat. It’s the kind of quick read that allows you to escape to another place and time, where characters like the quiet, reclusive Harlowe and lovesick Cole exist. Cole and Harlowe are of different social standing, and yet… they have grown close and mutual affection has turned to love — at least for one of them. Cole is desperately in love with the reclusive novelty maker Harlowe, but is too afraid to announce his feelings and risk the hard-earned friendship he’s built with Harlowe to crumble to dust with a single misplaced word.

But what’s a guy to do when suddenly Harlowe starts receiving love letters from a mysterious admirer, and that “mysterious admirer” isn’t Cole?! Desperate to salvage the situation, especially when Harlowe accuses him of sending the letters and is none-too-pleased by the gesture, Cole offers to discover the culprit and stop the hurtful prank before it ruins their friendship forever and drives Cole to the brink of jealous rage.

I wasn’t so sure about this one, especially after the disaster with Duende, but was pleasantly surprised when this book not only made sense, but also followed the plan, and kept to the elements of its genre with its shore-side world, class-structured characters, and air of intrigue and suspense. Like in Duende, Cole’s got a brother (although not a twin brother) who is looking out for him in what I would seriously call an “obnoxiously brotherly manner” because GOOD GODS. xD If I haven’t done such suchness myself, all in the name of love. (Sibling love, that is. XD)

The only downer to this was that it ended. And how short it was. ASDFGHJK:LKHGFD~~ Because I still had so many questions about Harlowe… Like how did he get his scars? Who is his mother? Who is he… really? And will the brother ever find true love?! THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS THAT PLAGUE MY NIGHTS AND STILL HAUNT MY DREAMS!!!!!!

over dramatic faint

*raises hand to brow in a Oscar-winning display of dramatic distress*

… But I guess that’s fine. Leave a bit of mystery to it, and maybe even the chance for a sequel? *HINT HINT, WINK WINK, YES/YES???*

*is EXTREMELY hopeful*

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: January 2013
Format: eBook
Pages: 53
Genre: M/M Romance, Steampunk,
QUILTBAG/ LGBTQUIA, (Long) Short
Story, Disability
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Free Kindle eBook
Challenge: 2014 Good Reads Reading Challenge (100)

 

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