Foggy Panes by Thea Winthrop
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I believe I had the wrong expectations when I purchased this book. I was expecting a historical romance novel, but it was something entirely different. I suppose the first chapter was a precursor of the things to come; the main character was practically wet with anticipation as she awaited a sensuous night with her lover after the ball. I have no problems reading smutty books, just was not anticipating it to be at the level of BDSM erotica.
I highly enjoyed the historical aspect of it, however, the setting of Austria in the 1880s was absolutely exquisite. Superb! I love historical novels, and the author did not disappoint when it came to the historical accuracy or allowing the reader to effortlessly slip into that time period. Another feature I noticed was the LGBTQ romance, which was unexpected, but really tender-hearted and pure. I found myself rooting for the two lovers in the hopes of them finding happiness.
The low ratings is not a reflection of the author's writing capabilities, it is only a result of the BDSM erotica genre that does not appeal to me. The whole "Savior" and "Sinner" complex before the sex scenes where Stefan would ultimately "punish" the main heroine was severely off-putting for me and the main reason I was not able to complete the novel in full (rest assured I did try).
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