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Charming rascal Tristan Northwood seems to have it all: an ancient name, a noble inheritance, a lovely wife, and a son he adores. Women love him, men admire him, and it seems there is nothing he can't do, whether it's seducing a society wife or winning a carriage race. Little does Society suspect that the name means nothing to him, the fortune is in his father's controllinCharming rascal Tristan Northwood seems to have it all: an ancient name, a noble inheritance, a lovely wife, and a son he adores. Women love him, men admire him, and it seems there is nothing he can't do, whether it's seducing a society wife or winning a carriage race. Little does Society suspect that the name means nothing to him, the fortune is in his father's controlling hands, and he has no interest in his wife except a very distant friendship. Society bores him, and he takes dares because he only feels alive when he's dancing on the edge... until his wife's brother comes home from the wars.Decorated war hero Major Charles Mountjoy jerks Tris out of his despair by inspiring feelings of passion Tris had never suspected himself capable of. Almost as terrifying as those feelings for Charles are the signs Charles might return his affection-or, even worse, that Charles sees the man Tristan has been trying so valiantly to hide from the world....

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Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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kindred hearts Reviews

  • Sheziss
    2019-02-20 10:18

    I may sound like a freak but one of the reasons I loved this book so much was the medical stuff! Ok, I wouldn't have liked this book so much if it were a boring essay. I never read essays, period. Almost. But I surely enjoy m/m romances, and a good historical one is difficult to find. The science part is just anecdotical but I was thrilled when they talked about important historic discoveries or about German anatomy books (has that last thing really changed?). Above all, I liked seeing how Surgeons and Physicians were still separated. It's an interesting part in History. Physicians looked down on Surgeons because they knew no Latin or Greek and studied nothing from books, as most of them were illiterate, so their experience was gained from real patients in battlefields and boats. On the other hand, Surgeons disregarded Physicians because they were theoretical pricks who very rarely touched a body and knew nothing about how to amputate a leg. Physicians had a higher status whereas Surgeons were just carpenters of bones. The funny thing is, when Physicians taught in the universities, they used to read a book while a different person with no theoretical basis opened the human body in the autopsies. As a result, students got into a mess and understood little to nothing about what they were seeing. Vesalio, a Belgian guy at the service of the Spanish Empire, more specifically, at the service of King Charles I and King Philip II of Spain, decided it was a nonsense, and introduced the fashion of only one person cutting the body while explaining their actions and adapting the book-ish information to real life. It was a real revolution that has survived to our days, but it was not until the 19th century when those two occupations of Surgeon and Physician converged in a single career, Medicine.Charles wants to become a Physician, whereas Tristan feels a pull towards Surgery. Both sides of the same professional were represented here. And eventually they meet. I don't mean to read into it more than it's displayed but I almost considered them as metaphors.Rowan Speedwell is more known amongst readers due to Finding Zach but I believe this one is much better. The story is slow-paced and felt quite realistic for me. Tristan is the only son of a distant noble and he wastes his life in liquor and ladies. He's known to be a misbegotten libertine and aristocracy puts up with him because he's a proper (and rich) gentleman when sober. Suddenly he is forced to marry and he decides to stop his roaming habits to fulfill his duty. But he doesn't find a romantic partner in his wife, something he definitely needs in his life, but a practical friendship. This precarious balance is turned upside down when her brother comes back from the continent, and every fiber of Tristan's body comes to life in a way he had never experienced before and defies all he believed in before then.It's a read full of angst. First Tristan's barely mental healthy state, then Charles's threatening return to war against Napoleon, and in between lots of struggling for them to be together, a challenge that in that time was an obvious taboo, and one I like to dwell in. Forbidden issues are quite attractive and a historical romance always implies that.I liked the angsty mood of the book. There was a turning point, though, when everything felt already seen. Not a sense of déjà vu exactly, just that those pages were only meant to fill the space in order for the book to be completed, because there was no much else to say once things were solved between them. On the whole, it's a pretty balanced book, so I don't really complain about that mentioned part, as I enjoyed it immensely.Tristan and Charles are perfectly suitable for each other. Not only as love companions but as business partners and friends. Their moments together were convincing and beautiful, and there are a few sex scenes I still remember today. At first, Tristan is the one in need of help and Charles saves him from destruction. But towards the end these positions are reversed due to an unexpected event that changes their lives forever. I liked seeing how they support each other in order for them to be stronger and build a life together.In conclusion, I thoroughly recommend the book.

  • Ingela
    2019-03-12 14:13

    Written March 28, 20153 1/2 Stars - Well-made drama with both sweetness and some nagging touching momentsIt was time to give this historical M/M romance a chance. ~ Kindred Hearts was a recommendation from my sweet Spanish friend —the future physician— Sheziss (her 4 star review) last summer. (I can see why this was such a great one for you dear.) I listened to the 12:50 hrs audiobook, well narrated by Paul Morey. ***********************************************************London and Brussel 1810 - 1816...Kindred Hearts is the love story about two men, the former party rascal Tristan Northwood and his lovely wife's beloved brother, Major Charles Mountjoy, a decorated by many admired man. (Wife, brother in law?!? (view spoiler)[ — Don't worry, it doesn't feel like cruel or harsh infidelity, the wife is always happy about what happens here.(hide spoiler)] ) This is also a quite long novel (true "novel" feeling here) with several parallel interesting and well-written topics as: relationship with relatives and especially a father, training and urge to become a doctor (or surgeon) 200 years ago, the difficulties and battles under the times around the Napoleon / Waterloo war. Add to that much romance stuff as lust, needs and trust and a fairly large group of characters. Much about learning to like and accept yourself.. One of our MC's has a poor self-esteem when it comes to trust that others actually want to love him and in the end like him exactly as he is. A good topic but maybe a little teenage substance sense to often. ~ Maybe this story lost me there sometimes. It wasn't too sugary cheesy, but to be fair, very nice and perhaps a tiny bit too much whining for me now and then. I liked these characters but at times were both of them just to 'much'. Unwarranted jealousy and suspicion becomes a bit of an anxiety loaded YA / NA book for me. (Not my favorite genre.) ...In between was it very good though. Plus also to a good historical setting and feel.***********************************************************To sum up...This began beaming amusing and really great, fell a bit flat in the middle, was maybe too lengthy for my taste, but bounced up towards the end. Overall, a good well made gay "Regency" romance. I think the narrator partially rescued this one for me. I LIKE - yes, it was good enough["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kaje Harper
    2019-03-06 09:26

    4.5 stars Tristan is a young man rebelling against his wealthy and disapproving father by playing the libertine, until his father insists he marry. And after meeting his fiancée, Tristan realizes that she is restful and practical, and he goes through with the wedding. His wife is undemanding, calm and not romantic, and after a while she gives him a son who becomes the light of his life. And yet his days and nights feel empty and pointless. Until he meets her brother Charles, a cavalry officer and aide to the commander of the British forces in Europe. It only takes a brief span of time for Tristan to realize just what has been missing from his life and relationships so far. In that homophobic place and time, the result is not relief, but flat out panic.Charles is a man who has long been aware that he is gay, and who has managed to hide it without denying it. He's had sex partners, and one short, real relationship that ended very badly. But he never expected to find himself falling for his sister's husband. And worse, he didn't expect to fall for a man so panicked by who he is and wants, that he's thinking of drastic measures to escape his situation. And across the Channel in Elba, Napoleon is not as done-for as everyone in England hopes...I enjoyed this story a lot, both for the setting and the characters of the two men. I really appreciated the sister/wife Charlotte. Although she's phlegmatic to an almost incredible degree, she is a positive supporting female character who has a role to play in the book that is valuable for the MCs and not stereotypical. Her willing collaboration in their relationship makes it seem possible for the historical period, lending respectability. There were a few moments I questioned, particularly dealing with risks of exposure they were willing to take. (view spoiler)[For instance, Charles pressing Tristan to have full-on sex for the first time when he knows the maid is outside the bed curtains tending the fire. His claim that you have to have the support of your servants, and that they're bound to know, may be true. But support would have been much more likely in that era if you haven't made clear the fact that you're having sex in the same room with them. Given that this was a life-and-death issue, I can't imagine him being as casual as he sometimes was, or Tristan not being completely wrecked by the perceived risks. (hide spoiler)] The correctness if the medicine they practiced was also a bit modern. But for the most part I very much enjoyed both the historical adventure story and the romance.

  • Nick Pageant
    2019-03-14 16:34

    BR with my best girl. Very good Regency. I dinged it one star because it felt really long.

  • Lauraadriana
    2019-03-18 16:26

    This book was just fine writing from beginning to end...perfect historical fiction, well researched, the vernacular was just right, and the love story was beyond moving.It's 1810 and Tristan Northwood is going through life as the stereotypical spoiled young English aristocrat having fun, womanizing, drinking too much and indulging as much as he can.In an effort to sober him up (in more ways then one) his father marries him off to Charlotte Mountjoy, a young woman from a good family with financial troubles. Charlotte has no interest in love or marriage so is agreeable but uninterested. Tristan and Charlotte have a friendship, bu there is no love, they produce and heir for Tristan's father. And Tristan begins to fall in to a deep depression. In comes Captain Charles Mountjoy, Charlotte's twin and the man that will change Tristan's life. They share and interest to learn about medicine and become partners in in that too.These two men were perfection, their love and passion for each other, the will to sacrifice, the need for each other so great it was palpable. They were like beautiful music, just good and right, and lovely to experience. This book had all the makings of a great novel I kept getting surprised and thinking..."I can't believe this was written this year" This writer is well acquainted with another time.I loved this book and it's definitely on my favorites shelf. And hope there's much more historical from Rowan Speedwell, perhaps Derek will find his love out there...

  • ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★
    2019-03-19 13:43

    “Life is the death of all of us.' - Tristan” --This is one of the BEST and EXCEPTIONALLY WRITTEN regency romances , I have ever read, and, I have to admit, I have not read many. But, this was a grand induction. And, makes me want more historicals....just, this. This book and what I loved about it .The easiness of this read.The sweetness of this romance.The names of the MCs, gosh I can pronouce them , and they have names that work, unlike "Arcu, Rock, or Red " so, they do not stumble my flow whilest reading. But, there is a SC with the last name of Orange, I found I did not stumble....much. The minimal distressing angst. The couple, OMG, persona perfection. The house staff I was grateful for. The regency romance, and it's absolute simplistic air, was wonderful to read. The writing is suburb, and well researched. The storyline worked.The convenience of Lotte, was perfect. The HEA for this time period was fab. The HFN trope for a MM regency romance and this was done well. The job's of the MCs, they both had good, well respected positions which was extremely nice to read.

  • Audrey
    2019-02-25 11:37

    I just have to say it: This one shot its load a little too early and left me unfulfilled at the finish.I know I know, that was terrible, but it was too good to pass up.I don't really have the juice to write a full blown review right now. Full review (maybe) will follow.For now, let me work on a stream of consciousness "review"ish thing...1) It's a m/m historical set in the Regency. Ding ding ding! Sold!2) There's lots of emo stuff from both Hs at different points in the story.3) The relationship tension kind of disappeared by ~60% into the story, and the tension that did make an appearance later on seemed awfully contrived and a bit forced to me.4) Really nice and vivid historical details of clothing, setting, and turns of phrases (including (view spoiler)[good historical battlefield information about the Battle of Waterloo (hide spoiler)]).5) I really liked the H's wife, who was NOT a raging scheming bitch. She made for a refreshing change from many of the female secondary characters in other m/m books.6) There was lots of emo stuff, but it wasn't necessarily ANGSTY emo. I definitely expected more angst from the not-gay-until-now H. 7) Also was surprised by how many people seemed to know or suspect the nature of the relationship the two Hs had. Such knowledge and attendant reactions didn't seem historically "realistic." Then again, I haven't read any non-fiction on the subject, so maybe it is realistic. Dunno.8) Very impressed with the editing for this smaller-press book. Only caught a couple of punctuation errors. Nothing super glaring or cringe-worthy.That's about it. Pretty good overall, but didn't blow me away. ;)We'll see if I feel like saying more when I recover from the shock that is Amazon's ridiculous "we're pulling all book data from your site, and you can't stop us! " Machiavellian maneuvering. *grumble grumble mutter sputter grumble*

  • Steelwhisper
    2019-02-28 09:35

    this is 2.5*, but I can't bring myself to give this a full 3, and thus I guess I am one of the odd ones out. I decided to be honest and hope this won't end in some retribution-fest again either. The 2.5 stars are for the--mostly--good to very good research effort which went into this book. I appreciate that, though there were niggles, like for instance the anachronisms in some of the medical information.But excellent research isn't enough to outbalance everything. There were simply far too many old tired tropes and other errors/faults.It started with the frigid/cold/indifferent wife, I hate that trope, Tristan was shown to be bisexual anyway, so why pander to prejudices?In the course of the story these men then turn into teary teenage girls or hysterical women. Sorry, I do not buy it. Even in cultures having less of a taboo about tearing up guys this was far too much: the lovers, the father and in the end also half the regiment? I'm sure the author is aware of the dialogue between Lord Uxbridge and the Duke of Wellington ( after his leg was shot off. That was the male ideal of the time!Then there's OK-homo, way way too much of that! Everyone and their doggy were okay with homosexuals at a time period when a youth of 16 got prominently executed for being buggered and his lover as well--both in the army and in front of Old Bailey with half of London watching. The fine citizens of London practically tore apart men who were but suspected of being gay a couple of times and several famous mollyhouse cases took place during the Regency. Ending with bloodshed and death or grave shaming. So no, I do not think so. Not. On the heels of this came the old "everyone is gay" trope. Far too many of those for the logical mind.There were basic writing problems, idiosyncrasies to some, faults to others, me included, like suddenly "happening" fortunate occasions, exposition in the dialogue and namedropping. Things are fine when there's actually plot taking place there, but just to show off historical knowledge?More important, everyone knew everything and was fine by everything, few of the emotions you'd expect people to have in such a triangle ever got looked at closely. There were dizzying jumps in the timeframe and the book could have been a lot leaner. The romance was almost nil, no UST, no real leading up, love at first sight with lots of artificial drama llama. It was partly as if the author wasn't sure where to go with her characters, real depression? Alcoholism? What now?The sex was unsexy, often described like some manual, and the author unfortunately has taken that US American hatred of the epithet so much to the heart that there were 30 first names mentioned in a paragraph of 5 sentences (if that many). That didn't flow and these scenes except for some very short moments were not really sensual. The best sex scene between the men, erotic and also romantic was the first. Too bad it ended as it did. The scene with his wife left me shaking my head.I was irked by this book I have to say, and unlike with another one I read recently I think there are writing and plotting reasons for that which are not a matter of mere taste. Which is why I will rate this. I initially bought it for the basic get up of a married bisexual man of that era who takes up with the brother of his wife. I'd hoped for an interesting and realistic look at such a menage.Once again, the research is mostly impeccable and must have been very extensive. I laud the author for that. But in this case I'd have wished for more work on the plot and the characters instead.As a result this book was merely okay.

  • Irina
    2019-03-15 10:17

    A nice enough historical mm romance. The beginning was promising but somewhere along the way I'd lost my focus. It could've been entirely my fault though. I wouldn't want to discourage other readers. And I did enjoy Paul Morey's narrating, as always. ***3.5 stars***

  • Bookwatcher
    2019-03-02 15:24

    Why this book deserve 5 stars?* The story is VERY good, and I never got bored or tired. It´s hard to write a historical romance, so thumbs up to the writer!* The drama (even if I´ll talk more about it later) was perfect. I like the romance, with dramatic moments, and again more romance... it´s perfect, the balance between both.* It´s a long book, but I dare you to read and search for useless parts. Every chapter is needed, to tell Tris and Charles love story.Why I gave 3, not 5, stars?For a personal reason... I was annoyed by all the cryingAgain, it´s a personal motive, maybe you will not agree with me.I think Tris and Charles should cry a little less! Both are such strong men, why all the crying? I have this problems, reading a strong and great male character crying like a baby... so well, that´s the only think that made me read it already thinking it could be, but it´s not a perfect love story.So well, I know I should give 5 stars, saying just I´m for personal reasons didn't enjoy this story. But no, I think it´s the best way to say to this writer, and to all potential readers, one think:AMAZING BOOK, perfect writing and VERY good historical romance but maybe Tristan and Charles should cry less, because some scenes (view spoiler)[(like when Charles with a broken leg cry and cry,like a baby, just seeing his sister) (hide spoiler)] ruined my mental image of the male men both should be.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Heather C
    2019-02-20 16:42

    Beautiful. So wonderfully beautiful.While I'm not a huge fan of historical romance, I do appreciate one that touches my heart. And this one was just perfect!! A little heartbreaking at times but ends with a wonderful HEA. Plus, I adored all the characters...especially the wife. Definitely one of the best m/m historical romances that I've ever read.

  • Erastes
    2019-03-09 12:39

    This has the feeling of a "proper" Regency, and as a comparison, if you liked the Regency work of Lee Rowan, G.S Wiley, or Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon you'll definitely like this. It has all the elements in place for a "nice" traditional Regency - an arranged marriage, a brooding rake, clubs and ballrooms etc etc--but it doesn't stick to the rules for too long thank goodness!That's not to say it isn't flawed, but in this case the good definitely outweighs any faults--I can't go so far to say "the bad"--because the flaws are like little touches of inconsistency, like the faint taste of cabbage in your burgundy or something like that. It's not bad--at all--it's very enjoyable, but time and again I was jolted when the writer was doing something nice which many readers would really enjoy.So, we have Tristan Northwood, a deeply unhappy man who drinks and tries to earn himself the reputation of a Rake. He has Father Issues which is very sad, because they are not really merited. His father--as many fathers would have done at the time, being left with a small boy he probably had very little to do with--had to concentrate on running a huge estate and didn't have time to spend time with his son. However Tristan, an only son and the heir to the Baronetcy, takes this hard and feels himself badly done by.He's not a very good rake either. He doens't seduce and violate the innocent, he doesn't leave behind a string of broken hearts and hymens and desperate ex-virgins who then are left in a delicate position. He always sleeps with either the willing experienced lady or willing and bored married women and--thanks to very good advice given by his father, always uses protection and always makes sure his bed partners are satisfied first before allowing himself to climax. So, for a Rake, he's a Thoroughly Nice Chap.The arranged marriage is a success, in as much as Charlotte (or Lottie) doesn't like all that marriage act stuff and the couple are as fond of each other as any couple who only met once before the wedding have a right to be.This part of the book was a little bit too long for my liking, the gay love interest was mentioned a couple of times (Lottie's brother) and it was obvious that he was going to be The One to finally make Tristan realise he was looking for love in all the wrong places but the pre-marriage discussion and post marriage stuff took up about 20% of the book and I found I was a little restless, because I don't read a gay romance to read about hetero marriage and babies. However I should grow up, because this section was good, necessary for character development (in particular Lottie's) and the author was skilled enough to keep to her guns, and spend the time to start with book in the way she wanted to do.I liked all the characters a lot, particularly Lottie who is absolutely deadly sensible--in a Charlotte Lucas kind of way. She knows what she wants and she doesn't want the moon, and in the long run it's probably better the way her marriage goes than marrying for love. I also liked that Tristan was such an arse at times, and wouldn't listen to reason, rather than just being changed in his character by lurve.The research is well done and applied with a light touch, enough to ground us to the era without plastering on thick descriptions of carpets, carriages and chairs. There are touches such a Belcher handkerchief and references to Darby and Joan which are perfectly in tone, and some Heyer style slang, but not enough to make me want to punch anyone.Some of the vernacular was a tad too modern for my taste, but it's very sporadic and it was probably Just Me Being Picky--things like "he washed up" which to an Englishman means something different from an American and "I wrote you" rather than "I wrote to you." Small things, picky things yes, but the quality of most of the book made them stand out like blemishes on a catwalk model. I wasn't absolutely sure about the medical details--it was clear the author had done her research on many things, her treatment of Waterloo seemed to be very solid--but considering that Waterloo is forty years or so before the revolution of medical care, with Nightingale's and Mary Seacole's reforms--the scenes of rather clean injured bodies and the careful use of lint etc seemed a little too advanced for this time and place.The use of food, though. A recurring problem with historicals...Ham and Eggs and Toast and Tea for breakfast...Today, yes. 1815. No. Far too much tea all round, in a time when it was so prohibitively expensive it was locked away to keep the servants from touching it, one wouldn't have tea willy nilly as here.I particularly liked the relationship between Tristan and his father, it wasn't an easy fix--and I particularly liked the way that Tristan remained quite staunchly anti his father for quite a long time, even though the rest of his family was aware that the old man actually adored his son, but had no idea how to show it.I'm sorry to say though, there was far too much weeping for my taste. Even though Tristan keeps asserting that he "was never a watering pot before he met Charles" he tends to burst into tears a great deal, even after he got over his overwrought state. Charles, too becomes uber weepy at times, and I really can't manage two men in bed, weeping all over each other.The other issue I had was the OK Homo. Everyone is OK about the Homo. Tristan's wife (understandable, perhaps as she already knew her brother was homosexual) the companion, all the servants. Even when they are discovered with their hands in each other's breeches by a fellow officer who is disgusted, angry and horrified--he is converted to their love by the realisation that they are devoted to each other. Too many people know, that would--in real life--have really led to problems.The best parts of the book for me--and it's all pretty good, despite my tiny gripey gripes (they seem like bigger gripes than they are)--were actually the conversations that Charles had with his fellow soldiers and officers. They were solid, and utterly believable, peppered with news of the war and the machinations of Wellington and others. I think that if Ms Speedwell was to write a pure historical at any time, she'd do very well.If you like this era, you'll certainly like this one a lot. Highly Recommended, despite my small niggles.

  • Shelby
    2019-03-05 14:19

    Fan-Freakin-Tastic!!! Wow, oh wow! This is by far the best historical M/M romance I’ve read. I absolutely adored everything about this book and just plain devoured it. I’m a history buff first and foremost and loved the addition of Napoleon’s nasty little second campaign. I completely adored Charlie, Trist, and Lottie as well. If I’m going to have some female parts in my M/M well I guess Lottie is the best option out there. ☺Tristan Northwood lost his mother when he was young when they all came down with scarlet fever. Afterwards his demanding distant father raised him. Tristan has spent his adult life doing everything to piss his father off. If he can’t have his father’s respect well then he’ll at least have his hatred. He’s developed quite the name for himself as a rakehell and drunkard. Still he’s harming no one but himself. He won’t corrupt the innocent only choosing to sleep with married woman and doesn’t gamble. Then his father gives him an ultimatum; get married and produce an heir (and preferably a spare) or be cut off entirely. Charlotte “Lottie” Mountjoy is Tristan’s father’s chosen bride. She’s agreeable. In fact she has little interest in interrupting Tristan’s lifestyle. She’ll do her duty and she hopes to enjoy a comfortable relationship with her husband, but she’s not looking nor dreaming of some romantic love affair. She’s quite content with her life in the country and her correspondences, especially those with her twin brother Major Charles Mountjoy. Charles is a decorated war hero and on the Duke of Wellington’s personal staff. After the defeat of Napoleon he has finally returned home to London. He’s excited to renew his relationship with his sister and meet her husband of four years and their young son. Charlie is ready to sell his commission and settle into his life studying to become a doctor. He’s tired of the killing and ready to help people. Of course he’s developed a liking for his brother-in-law despite never having met him. The frequent letters from his sister have him convinced they’ll get on well together. Still he didn’t expect to be smacked in the fast with want the moment he laid eyes on Tris. When this book started out it had all the feelings of a M/F romance, the arranged marriage and controlling parents. If I didn’t know what way it was supposed to go I would have been totally convinced I’d picked up the wrong book. Then I met Lottie. Ok, she’s awesome. She’s so blasé, so blunt and innocent in the most worldly way possible. Detached from her emotions in a strangely charming way. I loved the friendship that developed between Tristan and Lottie. They were never destined to fall in love, but they do love each other and the children they made together. She’s so eminently practical and non-judgmental. I think my only disappointment here is not getting to see the results of her matchmaking with her dear friend Ellen.As for Tris and Charlie, other than the slightly over done insta-love…I just fell in love with these two. I was so torn apart for Tristan and the internal strife he was dealing with. Ms. Speedwell has such a beautiful handle on how lonely and unhappy someone can be when outwardly they may seem to have everything. Tristan’s life with the ton was so outwardly perfect but he had no one he felt loved him for who he was. I really believed his decline and his internal despair. Charlie is so perfectly the man he needs to understand what is going on with is internal strife. It would have been so easy to make Charlie perfect. He’s a cavalry officer and so confident in his life and plans. I found the training he was doing as a doctor fascinating. But by the end of the story Ms. Speedwell spun things around so prettily revealing Charlie’s insecurities as well while at the same time bringing Tristan around to the man he should always be. The way that Ms. Speedwell intricately wove the historical time frame in here and fit Charlie’s military career in so beautifully was fabulous! I was enchanted with the way things developed with the return of Napoleon and Charlie being called back into service. With Tristan determined to follow after I wondered how he was going to be woven into the story line as well. Of course I needn’t worry. Finally Tristan is forced to use the skills as a surgeon he’s been so enchanted with and really gives him the confidence to be the man he can be. I like that he’s not perfect, that while he has so much potential and brains to bring to bear as a surgeon not ever little thing is going to be exactly what he would dream. Those little imperfections somehow make this story even more incredible. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any one out there. I know some people don’t enjoy the historicals as much but for me this book transcends that. While it is clearly a historical romance (hello I’ve been raving about it’s place within the Napoleonic Wars) this is really just a human story of a bored and disconnected socialite finding himself through his relationship with the one man he never thought he could have. It’s just so bloody beautiful!!!

  • Наталья
    2019-03-03 14:18

    Чтобы объективно воспринимать этот роман, пришлось старательно абстрагироваться от только что прочитанной Love, Like Water этого же автора. Похожи герои, динамика между ними, схема развития отношений. Книга хороша сама по себе, но я получила бы больше удовольствия от прочтения, если бы не читала их подряд. Так что рекомендую этого автора читать дозированно.

  • Shira Anthony
    2019-02-24 10:38

    Such a gorgeous book! The writing is outstanding, and the characterizations are rich and three-dimensional. Set at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, the historical details are vivid and well-researched. I've added this to my "to re-read" shelf, knowing that I will come back to it again and again. Just a stunning story, and so well-executed.MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW: (view spoiler)[ The first 20% or so of the book is devoted to the painful life of Tristan Northwood, a seeming bon-vivant who lost his mother at an early age, is estranged (at least emotionally) from his father, spends his nights seducing women and drinks himself senseless afterwards. Tris' father, tired of his wild lifestyle, gives him an ultimatum: marry and produce an heir, or be cut off and end up penniless. Tristan, with resignation, marries Lottie.Lottie is a fascinating and almost anachronistic woman. She isn't interested in love, but she's a good woman, and she comes to care deeply for the troubled Tristan, bearing him an heir and giving him her solid, supportive friendship. But Tristan is depressed and miserable, and still drinks himself silly each night, if only to avoid the thoughts that keep him awake (he no longer is the womanizer he was). So Lottie contacts her twin brother, Charles, the handsome and successful Major Mountjoy, who is planning on returning to private life after years in the military (Tristan and Charles had never met before).Charles is gay and Lottie has known it for years (they are quite an interesting lot, the Mountjoy's). The attraction between Charles and Tris is immediate, and deeply disturbing to the fragile Tristan. Charles learns that Tris intends to kill himself, and he intervenes - thus beginning a relationship between the two men that will save them both. Through all of this, Lottie, who is more than relieved that Tristan might be happy at last (and completely aware of the relationship - she's not interested in any physical relationship with her husband), gives the two men her blessing. (hide spoiler)]All of this happens before the book is 1/2 over! And that, in my opinion, is the beauty of this lovely novel. We learn about Tristan, feel his pain, understand where he's coming from, long before we ever meet Charles or even Lottie. The last half of the book focuses on the relationship between Tristan and Charles and their journey towards happiness as they recreate themselves. A nice added touch was the time Ms. Speedwell spent writing about the relationship between Tristan and his father, a man who genuinely loved his dead wife, and still mourns her loss, years later.I cannot recommend this book too highly! A must for any lover of M/M historical romance. Definitely a gem.

  • Edina Rose
    2019-03-12 17:42

    I don't know what to say. This book is brilliant, perfect, wonderful. I was not sure about reading it because one hero is married with children and the other hero is his wife's twin brother! It is not a threesome, so I thought it would be some disgusting cheating and I will not like the characters. I was sooooo wrong! It is a wonderful book, full of love, and nothing disgusting about the heroes or their love at all. Their love and love story is of the purest kind. Ah, my romantic heart! Money very well spent! If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. In the MM romance style, this book is a masterpiece. I don't know how to review this book without spoilers.It is the love story of Tristan and Charles. Tristan is a golden - aristocratic - boy. Noble, wealthy, gorgeous, strong, courageous, charming, adored by women and admired by men. He has a wife and son as well. He seems to have it all. But under all this persona, there is a little boy & a young man who is suffering from lack of love, loneliness, guilt and terrible self-loathing. In spite of a son he adores, he is at the end of his rope.Then he meets Charles, his wife's twin brother, a decorated soldier, who was away, fighting. Charles is the ultimate gorgeous soldier: strong, a war hero, brave, fighting for his country, a live with a higher purpose than partying ... and he was wearing his dark blue cavalry uniform.It is love at first sight. From the moment Tristan heard his smooth and strong and rich baritone voice. But it will not be easy for many reasons: Tristan does not approve of "sodomy", Tristan is depressed and has no interest in life, he has a wife and son, and the country is at war etc.The book is quite long and never boring and all the issues will be addressed. Just read and enjoy

  • LenaLena
    2019-03-16 17:36

    Started out really good. I like Regency and its rules and this was one of the better ones. Tristan was very likable and his desperation well done. And then, about 40% percent in, the MCs get together and turn into the worst kind of sniveling women. You could fill a swimming pool with the manly tears spilled in this book! Of course, we're spending about half the book nursing one or the other back to health, too. And yes, that includes the Grand Declarations of Love for Convalescing Characters. Sigh.

  • Kate McMurray
    2019-02-25 14:39

    I was in the mood for a good historical, and this one really delivered. In some ways, it's a traditional Regency, with a rakish hero and the associated angst involving fancy parties and rich peerage problems. There's even a clever woman. Our hero Tristan has pissed off his father one time too many and the consequence is that his father forces him to marry a spinster named Charlotte, who turns out to be quite delightful. Tristan isn't actually a particularly good rake; he never deflowers the innocent, most of his paramours are bored married ladies, he's responsible about birth control, and he always sees to the woman's pleasure first. He seems to have sex out of some kind of social obligation and not because of any especially strong desire. (Or, he's garnered a reputation for himself mostly to piss off his stern, disapproving father.) He makes it clear to his new wife that he doesn't intend to change his ways. His wife is cool with that, because she doesn't especially enjoy sex. I'd feel bad with her if she weren't such a saint. She gives a speech to her brother Charlie later on in the novel in which she suggests that her husband might be into "your kind of love," because Tristan is clearly someone who needs to love and be loved. Charlotte is not especially interested in love and is perfectly happy staying home with her needlepoint while her husband boinks her brother. See? Saint. (Although, it's kind of refreshing for there to be a woman who is genuinely likable, as well as wise-cracking and funny, rather than a harpy, in an m/m novel. Still, she's perfectly okay with everything that happens between her husband and her brother and never bats an eyelash, which I found... unlikely?) Because the novel's twist, of course, is that Charlie comes back from fighting against Napoleon in France, and he's a dashing war hero. His twin sister Charlotte knows perfectly well that he prefers the company of men in that way, and she doesn't have a problem with it. The first moment Charlie and Tristan set eyes on each other, it's over for both of them. That's about when the book stops being a traditional Regency, and not just because there are two heroes. Charlie intends to remain a bachelor and go to medical school. And Tristan, by the time he meets Charlie, is despondent and suicidal, mostly because he feels useless and like he has no appreciable skills; he relies on alcohol to sleep every night. Charlie essentially rescues him and encourages Tristan to study medicine as well, which is how Tristan finds his calling as a surgeon. But not all is well, as Charlie gets called back to the front, and a good deal of the second half of the book deals with our heroes mired in the Battle of Waterloo. (The attention to historical detail—which I'm assuming is accurate, because my knowledge of the era is lacking—is wonderful here, with a lot of gruesome battlefield moments that, to me, elevate the book above being a mere polite comedy of errors, as most Regencies are, and turn it into a nice, angsty drama, which worked really well for me. The foreshadowing before the second half of the book is a little heavy handed. That and Charlotte's saintliness prevent it from being a perfect novel. It's also long, and therefore was impossible to read in one sitting (which did not stop me from trying; I basically lost a whole day to this book). Still, it was a really fantastic read. Recommended to Regency fans.

  • Jayhjay
    2019-02-21 12:13

    I originally bought this book b/c I loved Finding Zach so much, even though I don't read a lot of m/m historicals. But I am happy to say I loved Kindred Hearts and would definitely recommend it.As much as it is a love story, this book is also really a story of Tristan and personal growth towards happiness throughout the book. When we first meet Tristan he is deeply unhappy, acting out and misbehaving but feeling miserable about himself all the while. Tristan lost his mother as a child and he and his father have struggled in their relationship. His father doesn't know how to relate to Tristan and show his love, and Tristan acts out to anger his father b/c he feels like he is always a disappointment. Finally fed up with Tristan's drinking, affairs, and wild antics, his father forces Tristan to marry or lose his allowance.Tristan's wife Charlotte (Lottie) views her marriage with the same sense of practicality as she does everything else. She has no interest in a romantic relationship with Tristan, nor a physical one. They become very fond of one another and quite close, but it is friendship and not love. Lottie is quite content with this, but Tristan longs for love and begins to fall deeper and deeper into despair as his life continues to spiral downward. Tristan and Charles don't meet until about 1/4 of the way through the book when Charles returns from his military duties to stay with the couple. He is attracted to Tristan but has no idea if Tristan shares his interest in men. Lottie knows Charles is gay and encourages his affections toward Tristan, even as Tristan spirals more out of control. It is only when the two finally get together that Tristan is able to turn himself around and begin to grow into a better person (I skipped a lot there about how they get together to avoid the spoilers).I really liked how finally finding love really changes Tristan. He still struggles with confidence and feelings of low self-worth, but Charles really helps him find himself and figure out what kind of person he wants to be. The two men are very committed to one another and both help the other find happiness.The one niggle I had with the story is the adultery. Charlotte is very supportive of the relationship and is very accepting of the men. She feels no jealousy and doesn't want Tristan for herself. However, I wish her explicit approval/acceptance of them had come before their first sexual encounter rather then after. I mean Charles is lusting after his twin sister's husband and never seems to even think about it as wrong. Again, Lottie is an interesting character and really is so completely content with the situation it is hard to feel wrong about it, but it still bugged me a bit.In the end however, I thought this was a wonderful story that has really stayed with me. I loved Tristan and Charles and was so happy to see how their relationship helped Tristan to really find himself. Lottie was a riot and a very unusual character and the glimpses into the war and battle of Waterloo were really interesting. Overall I would definitely recommend. For more reviews, see my blog Joyfully Jay.

  • Anne Freya
    2019-02-20 15:26

    Romance-nya indah. Dan angsty sekali karena ini ada masalah psikologi juga, sampai habis berapa tissue buat buku ini. T____T Dan salut buat riset author soal medisnya yg mendalam, karena hisrom lain atau novel genre lain yg kubaca biasanya rada malas buat riset soal bidang-bidang tertentu.Kurasa ini historical romance m/m yg paling berkesan buatku, walaupun sebetulnya jumlah hisrom yg kubaca terbilang sedikit sekali (untuk m/f ga lewat dari 5 buku kayanya, untuk m/m kayanya juga belum sampai 5 buku), karena salah satu alasannya adalah aku bosan dengan trope bangsawan playboy tampan berduit bergelar x wallflower. Aku praktis hilang selera sama Harlequin setelah baca 5 bukunya yg isinya itu-itu saja topiknya, menarik sih memang pada waktu pertama kali mengenal Harlequin, tapi mungkin karena bukan fans fanatik Harlequin jadinya biarpun bagus eksekusinya, aku tak begitu selera sama hisrom m/f. Nah, kalo hisrom m/m menurutku jauh lebih menantang isinya karena gay itu tabu banget pada masa itu. Tapi bukan berarti aku jadi menggarap tiap hisrom m/m yg kutemukan tanpa menghiraukan premis. Variety bagiku itu penting sekali. Di situlah salah satu alasan kenapa aku sekarang fokus di m/m ketimbang m/f, karena begitu banyak genre dalam m/m ini, ga sekedar fantasi dan kontemporer saja, dari supernatural, paranormal, sci-fi, steampunk, historical, psychology, dystopia, dan genre-genre yg ada di m/f semuanya ada di m/m dan itu lahan subur buat digarap, apalagi banyak plot berkualitas dari m/m yg jika kubandingkan dengan m/f yg kubaca, jauh lebih berbobot dan berkesan, tapi sayangnya tidak populer dan tidak dikenal banyak orang cuma karena itu m/m.Anyway, aku geleng-geleng kepala waktu baca review naysayer yg bilang cowok itu POKOKNYA tidak boleh nangis, APAPUN ALASANNYA. Cuma cewek yg boleh nangis dan baper katanya. What the fuck banget. Kasihan banget ga sih cowok tidak diijinkan nangis jika ada keluarganya yg meninggal atau si cowok sedang menderita, cuma karena dia COWOK gitu loh. Entahlah, different upbringing different principle and point of view juga. Adikku yg cowok sangat mudah menitikkan air mata, tapi aku tidak lantas menilai dia itu kecewek-cewekan dan lemah, menurutku justru itu kelebihannya. Justru aku lebih suka sama orang yg sensitif, baper, dan honest with their feelings, mudah bersimpati dan berempati dan tidak malu untuk menunjukkannya, ketimbang orang yg tidak sensitif dan tidak bisa berempati.Crying is not weak. It's expressing how you feel like how you laugh when you're happy, or shout when you're mad. There's nothing wrong with it. It's just an emotion. It's because you care. So, go ahead and cry. It's okay to cry. We all are a little broken, imperfect human beings. Pretending to be strong is exhausting. When you need to cry, cry. There's no reason to hold back. Crying isn't a sign of weakness. It's a sign of having tried too hard to be strong for too long."

  • Karen K
    2019-03-12 10:39

    This was a fabulous read and since I don't usually get so hooked on historicals, that's saying a lot. I love the author's writing style and her characters always just pop for me and stay with me for a long time. Tristan was no different, whether portrayed as a sexually-heartless rogue or the sweet, needy man he was on the inside, I absolutely fell for him right off the bat. The story worked well, the descriptions taking me right into the characters' heads and scenes and the characters themselves truly memorable. I'm usually not a fan of women in my m/m but Tristan's wife was remarkable and I adored her thoughtfulness and attitude when it came to her husband and his well-being. I loved Charles too - all his strength and determination, on top of the softness and support he showed Tristan. Together, the couple are now a fave of mine and they truly deserve all the happiness they came to achieve.

  • LDDurham
    2019-02-20 13:29

    This started off pretty strongly. It could get a bit repetitious at times, but I was fully engaged and invested in the story. However, the moment the two protagonists began their love affair, it seemed to devolve into a soppy melodrama. A repetitive melodrama. Both men suddenly became criers with Tristan leading the waterworks race. There were several places in which both of them rhapsodize about their love for the other, to each other or to anyone else, it seemed. The story dragged out, as well, and in places became predictable. There didn't seem to be any real climax due to several mini climaxes and this made the ending sorta peter out. I can't be sure what happened other than the author is an amazing historical writer but a not-so-great romance writer. Or it may all just be my distaste for fluff stories that makes me disappointed with where this book went. Too bad for me.

  • Snowtulip
    2019-02-27 16:38

    The storytelling, the history, the character development...all just perfect. I was riveted to the story and could not break myself away from learning more about Tris and his insecurities and his growth in developing a sense of self.This is such a great heartfelt love story between Tristan and Charles. We see the full range of emotions with these two men and the people in their lives. A wonderful read!

  • Jacq
    2019-02-23 17:18

    A sweet historical love story... But but but a little bit to long and drawn out. But still a five star!

  • Deeze
    2019-03-20 17:30

    An enjoyable historical. Plenty of story.I was unsure of Tristan at first but he soon grew on me. Watching him and Charles find each other was realistic for me. The time they took and how Tristan reacted felt very real. I thought I might get bored once they got together but the story kept me interested till the end.

  • BlackTulip
    2019-03-20 11:39

    Reviewed By BlackTulip for Booked UpWell, I will simply say that this is how every m/m Historical romance should be ... what a treat!How many times have I thought or said in my reviews that there was definitely a lack of background, well in this book there is no such thing!The wealth of details, the observation of the human mind, and its reaction when faced with very specific situations give much depth to the story and seem utterly genuine. Page after page you are given a piece of the puzzle of life and all you have to do is go with the flow. And at the end, you have a story where nothing is missing.The three main characters are wonderful, strong, and flawed enough to make them completely likable. The beauty of this book is that we get to know the main protagonist, Tristan, when he is very young. We are sharing all the suffering and the unhappiness of the boy and then all the frustration, the boredom, and the despair of the young man!Against all odds, the marriage of convenience arranged by his father is a success. There is a real friendship that develops between his wife and himself. Lottie is a good woman who has not a romantic bone in her body. Charles, her twin brother who is a soldier, has inherited all of it! At one time Tristan thought that his marriage could maybe bring him something else, something more but even friendship and a son, whom he loves dearly, are not enough. He is still miserable and depressed and each night he drinks until oblivion to forget this frightening void.He seems so lost and powerless. There is a sentence in the book that says it all :He's walking through life, not living it.It is beautifully said, so true but also so sad.Charles enters Tristan's life when he is on the edge of despair. But as soon as he sees Charles he knows he is lost. Charles is the trigger for something even worse ... But you often have to go through the worst to achieve the better. And when you have found your other half everything is possible...The description of Waterloo's aftermaths is gripping and so terribly vivid and gruesome, I still shudder thinking back!This is a wonderful story about love and passion between two kindred souls. It is such an exceptionable and inspiring novel, I highly recommend it and give 5/5.

  • Rosie
    2019-02-28 09:35

    REREADFIRST READ: 22/12/14 The beginning of this story was incredible. Actually, this has to be one of my favourite historical reads! Historical (of this kind of time period) always tend to follow the same routine with quite similar characters - its very rare to find one that stands out. But oh my god, the characters in this story are definitely my favourite! The best character was Charlotte, a woman who pretends to be dumb because it amuses, doesn't really care about much, and is, more than anything, just 'sensible'. Honestly, I don't really know how to explain her. She was unflappable and didn't stick to any of society's conventions, and was a fantastically original character. I'm also fairly sure she's asexual? Which is just amazing.Tristan's the one who truly pulled me into this book. His utter heartache at the beginning truly mesmerised me, and I loved reading about what he was going through (that sounds quite sadistic oops). So for the first half of this book, I was obsessed. It was well on its way to a five star rating and a place with my favourites, but from about 60% onwards, the whole tone of the book shifted. I wanted the climax to be based around something emotional, to go with the beginning and truly test their characters, but it didn't. It went for the physical route, and while I hoped it would be emotional, I pretty much knew exactly how it would end. And I was not very happy that after falling in love with this book, the second half didn't give me any pleasure. It was just boring, reading about what I already thought would happen. It would've been fine for any other book, but (to mention it for the millionth time) I was so built up from the first half!!Still, the characters were incredible and I do love Speedwell's emotional reads.

  • Lexi Ander
    2019-02-21 12:26

    I have now said this twice in as many days...I don't like many historical romances. I read earlier this week Bitterwood and really enjoyed it so I turned around and tackled Kindred Hearts. I have to say that I would eagerly read any historical written by Rowan Speedwell.The plot, the setting, the characters was written with such meticulous care giving the story depth and life. The knowledge and care for the period that this was written in is evident on every page. The story is touching, engaging, gripping, and emotional. The cast of characters are rich and colorful. Even Lottie, who I was prepared to despise charmed me.The love story between Tristan and Charles was wonderful and beautiful. Tristan stole my heart from the very beginning. Whether he was a womanizing drunk or the respectable gentleman, I couldn't help but love him and cry for him. I am going to be talking about this for days.

  • Katharina
    2019-03-03 09:26

    Oh wow, this was exceptional for me. What a read! I love good historical novels and this one fit that bill perfectly. The writing was awesome, the setting felt authentic, the characters were interesting, likeable, but far from perfect, the implementation of real historical events was fantastic, the romance heartwarming and electrifying, and the drama level - that could have become totally soap-opera-worthy if you look at the character constellation - was appropriate and never too over-the-top.I could write a LOT here about why I liked this book so much, but there are other reviews which already do that, so let me just tell you, that I really really enjoyed this book. So damn much. Clearly one for my favourites shelf!

  • Antonella
    2019-03-20 11:37

    - My major pet peeve: MCs = grown men often weepy and sobbing- Charles is too perfect, Tristan too self-deprecating all the time- Lenghty (500 pages): I understand the need to embed the plot in the historical time, but I would have appreciated less... history ;-). But maybe this is because although I do read historicals, they are not my favorite genre.It will be a satisfying read if you don't mind points like the ones I've listed above. I liked Charlotte (her first meeting with Tristan! LOL!) and the characterisation of the father. The author has obviously done a great deal of research, but doesn't dump information on the reader.