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The Gentleman and the Lamplighter: A Short Story by [Devon, Summer]
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THE GENTLEMAN AND THE LAMPLIGHTER is a historical romance NOVELLA about two men from different worlds who find acceptance--and red-hot passion--in each other's arms. From Summer Devon, who writes "gay Victorian romance with emotional tension" (Publishers Weekly). 
You Can't Walk Away from Love. 
Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he's ever loved--until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything....
 But You Can Walk Toward It... Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the handsome, haunted gentleman he's admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love--if they can overcome social taboos, and their own fears....

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2489 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (6 January 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OXJYI84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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It's Victorian London, and wealthy young gentleman Giles Fullerton is still grieving a year after the death of the man he loved, his grief made worse by the need to conceal it. He deals with the emotional pain by walking the streets through the night, until he can face sleep. Young lamplighter John Banks knows a thing or two about grief himself. He loved his wife dearly, even though he's gay, and has missed her each day since her death. The young gentleman who wanders his route on so many nights may have attracted his attention with his good looks, but John can see that something drives him into the night. Enough so that at last John speaks to him, concerned for his safety. Curiosity about John's job of lighting and dousing the streetlamps provides something for Giles to focus on outside his grief.

There's companionship of a sort in a stranger to speak to, and gradually the two young widowers reveal more about themselves to each other in their conversation each night; first in coded and deniable references to their grief, and then more openly. Enough so that they finally act on their attraction. But this is Victorian London, and a relationship is barred by more than their being both men; the social gulf between them would be every bit as shocking to society, and moreover puts them at far greater risk of exposure than if they could meet as equals. Will they both have the courage to find a way through to a chance at happiness?

This is a gentle, slow romance, and all the better for it. It's a lovely short novella with a pair of well drawn, appealing main characters and some good secondary characters, and a sex scene that adds to the emotional development rather than being there to make up the word count. One for my re-read list.
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Attractions between the classes even among the gay community can show that love is real and fulfilling and need not be denied for pride sake.
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By Sandra R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 February 2015
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Well written - an emotional read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well developed plot and characters...READ THIS BOOK! 8 January 2015
By Beth in Ohio - Published on
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Really enjoyed this historic M/M romance. Two men who have and/or are, at some stage, experiencing grief. Giles, the gentleman, has lost his first and only love, Wool (Oliver), after Wool commits suicide because he isn't happy with his lot in life or has he ever been happy? Giles, a year after the death, is still wrestling with his own memories and unhappiness about his life, takes to the streets of London late at night to walk and talk with a lamplighter, John Banks, who Giles realizes is stuck in the same situation, being a homosexual and hiding that from society. This is a touching, thought provoking and truly romantic romance story. I usually don't read M/M stories (this is only my second one) but I found this story to be a great story with more character development and back story then the other M/M one I read. It only has two love scenes (very little sex and not graphic) so if you are into that then this may not be the book for you but if this is one of or your first venture into M/M stories then READ THIS BOOK!! This book can still be read as a standalone but I saw on a website that this is part 1??? I hope that this is true, I would love to read more about how Giles and John's story develops. Well done, Summer!! Please advise on this being a multi-book serial...Please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Short Story I've Read in Years 21 March 2015
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This book was very well done, and I would gladly read it a few more times. The tale of the lower class (though not low class) person with a positive disposition meeting someone of higher class is my favorite type of romance, albeit quite common. But reading each chapter in the perspective of the one of the two characters made me feel much closer to them. John Banks' sections were my favorite. His line of thinking is funny and adorable. I kind of wish that this book was 100 pages longer and 2 editions came out, a John Banks perspective and a Giles Fullerton perspective. The cover, which shouldn't matter (matters a great deal to me) fits the descriptions of the characters well, so that helped me visualize a bit.

There were a few downsides. The story was written so well, but there were times when it seemed that a very big event took place within 2 sentences to rush the plot along, when it could have been a whole chapter and added to the excitement. Then other times I read a paragraph and the next paragraph took place a day later. I think the author didn't want to write a long story, when it would have been more appropriate.

I would have liked if they had met a couple more times so that it would make more sense on Giles' end. Otherwise, I thought that he was very idiotic and obsessed with the idea of another man. Some of his thoughts were meant to be of the time, but there wasn't enough background to really tell the reader why he was being so narrow minded.

Overall, it was a great read, and well worth the time. The descriptions of every moment were elaborate and beautiful/steamy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price and the read, 3.5 stars 1 March 2015
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This was my first read by this author and I must say I enjoyed it. I liked Giles, despite him being a bit stiff at times, but I understood that because for one, he was raised in the environment of high society; two, he was still in a state of perpetual grief for his friend; and three, in those days you had to be extremely careful with same-sex relations. I liked John, except for the fact that he was always so quick with an apology to Giles as if having a difference of opinion was something to be sorry for. But he and Giles were on different levels of society. What I found very interesting was that in Giles paying a visit to Mrs. Woolver, he (and the reader) were able to see his deceased friend in another light. It seems that maybe his friend wasn't as magnificent as he'd built him up to be. It was more like the fact that they'd been friends for so many years, and that they'd lost their virginity together. Sometimes people fall in love with their first. I liked that John was expanding his repertoire and that it was going to allow the 2 of them to be seen together in public. I liked the ending, though an epilogue with them living together would've been nice. Overall, this was very short and very sweet. Note to readers: as this is a historical romance, there is not very much in the way of sex. There is more graphic details and description than in most of the historical M/M's I've read, but on the heat meter it's about a four.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short, but gentle and sensitive historical tale 19 January 2015
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4.5 stars rounded up.

These was a sweet, gentle story of finding love in unlikely places. I liked the characters and the setting. I'm no expert on Victorian London, but the setting felt right and nicely captured. There was chemistry between the MCs, and yes, as other reviewers have noted, it probably would have been worth exploring further in a longer work.

One of the things that did elevate this book for me was the treatment of women characters. Giles' great love of his life married and them committed suicide, leaving behind a very young widow. While at first I thought young Mrs. Woolver would be demonised she'd be cold or even evil, some kind of villianness simply because she was a woman. This happens all too frequently in m/m romance. And I really wish more writers would not take the easy path of 'all women are automatically evil'. However this time, to my great surprise, the young widow was sensitively handled, and there was even recognition that she was not 'evil' for the simple fact of having unwittingly married a man who was gay. Short though the scene was, the recognition of Mrs. Woolver's situation and Giles' friendship/love for the late Mr. Woolver was very well done.

Oh, and the cover -- loved the cover. Kudos to the artist.
4.0 out of 5 stars My first historical m/m romance and I loved it. 25 December 2015
By Celebrity Readers AKA Carla Waluck - Published on
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This is the first historical M/M romance I have ever read. It’s a short story but it didn’t read like one. The author made very good use of the words; there were no wasted words if that makes sense. It was great, I totally loved it. I actually got this novella for myself after seeing it on somebodies wish-list at Jingle Bell Book Exchange on FB. It’s over now or I would give you guys the link.

But it was nice, the two personalities played against each other. They are from two different socio-economical tiers I guess you could say. They came across each other like two ships passing in the night honestly. (I know the adage is overused but it’s appropriate) They never would have known each other if not for some traumatic circumstances. I like reading those kinds of books where one single act of walking out a door can literally change your entire life.

The historical aspect of the romance was really neat because it was set in a time where I think things were still in a grey area. They weren’t really spoken of in a positive or a negative way, they just weren’t spoken of, like a turn your head the other way kind of thing. It was cool to set it in that time as opposed to a modern time m/m romance. I think I’m gonna read more in this genre. If I can find any, this is the first historical m/m romance I have ever come across. I didn’t even know they existed but I totally recommend it.

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