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Love Continuance and Increasing

Julian Griffith

Out of Print

Lieutenant William Thorne, of His Majesty's Navy, is a man of humble origins. He knows that his affair with Major Anthony Rockingham of the 43rd Infantry can't last forever, not only because the war against Napoleon has sent him on blockade duty in the English Channel while the major's regiment trained ashore, but because Rockingham is a viscount, and viscounts must marry. When Rockingham's letter reaches him, saying that he'd chosen Miss Caroline Filmer as his bride, it is no more than Thorne had expected.

What he does not expect, when he returns home after the Battle of Trafalgar, is to find an invitation to the christening of Rockingham's son. He does not expect, when he meets the young viscountess, that he would fall instantly and passionately in love with her. And he certainly does not expect that Caroline would fall just as desperately in love with him. Thorne is sure that their feelings for each other can only lead to disaster, even more so as his love for Rockingham has never gone away. While the war with France continues, Thorne finds himself fighting a war within his own heart.

Thorne stood at the weather rail, letting the wind and spray clear his head of the brandy. One task was completed, but the rest were still before him. He hoped that the Clarkes would take the news as calmly as the Major had. Somehow he doubted it; Rockingham seemed possessed of an almost preternatural calm. He'd had the urge to shatter it with a blow, before; now his thoughts strayed in another direction. What would that smooth face look like, if he grabbed the base of Rockingham's queue and pulled him down into a rough kiss? Would his hazel eyes look startled and widen? Would they narrow in anger? Or would they close, yielding to desire? Any of those would be a welcome change, but the last one especially so.

He shook his head. Even if Rockingham shared his tastes—and he suspected that was true, given the remarks he'd made about Marcus and Alexander—it was too much to expect that a peer of the realm would want the advances of an officer who was only a gentleman by courtesy. Even if he had invited him to dinner. Even if he'd seemed, once or twice, to be studying his face with more than ordinary attention. Even if he'd invited him to address him without rank... well. They'd meet again in London, something else my lord had invited. Maybe he'd get a chance to test his suspicions then.

It was filthy city fog, not salt spray, which blew against Thorne's face as he made his way along Bruton Street. He mounted the step at Number Twenty-Six and knocked at the door.

"May I help you, sir?" The Clarkes' butler spoke the words as if helping him would be very much against his wishes.

"Lieutenant William Thorne, of His Majesty's Navy," Thorne said. He supposed he'd be saying that phrase often enough, these next few weeks. "I have a letter for Sir Henry, from Admiral Lowell."

"I shall make sure he receives it."

"I was charged to give it directly into his hand," Thorne countered.

"If you will wait, I shall see if Sir Henry is at home, sir," the butler said, closing the door firmly enough to set the crape ribbons on the mourning wreath trembling. Thorne did not fail to notice that he hadn't been asked to wait inside. Either the man had a very high opinion of the Clarkes' importance, or, as seemed more likely, they weren't inclined to welcome anyone in a naval uniform just now. If that were the case, it gave him hope for how they might take his news.

The door opened again. "If you will come with me, Lieutenant? Sir Henry will be down to see you presently." The butler led him to an empty sitting-room with no fire lit, and departed without offering him refreshment or inviting him to sit. No, there was no love for His Majesty's Navy here.

4 - Vivian at Hearts On Fire Reviews
"A sweet romance that meanders and explores love and duty. This story embraces a range of sexual preferences and all three protagonists have experienced fluidity to a degree prior to engaging in their menage a trois. Great tone and period realism without the glittery Ton. The historical references are wonderful and are well researched. Overall, a beautiful and romantic love affair that grows, changes and grows again."

0 - Natalie at Radish Reviews
"I read it over Labor Day weekend and just wowsa. So great. ...Where the book gets awesome: everyone acts like an adult and talks to each other. And they totally figure something out and it was just, oh. Exactly my sort of thing. They’re all aware for the need for discretion because they know that what they’re embarking upon is completely unconventional and not anything that needs to be flaunted, especially since both Rockingham and Thorne have no intention of giving up their military careers. The way they negotiate the strictures on their relationship is just fantastic and I appreciate that Griffith made it explicitly clear that she was trying to work within existing social structures and not overthrow them. The result of this is a story that feels firmly grounded in time and place but which also doesn’t erase the existence of queer people. I’ll definitely add Griffith to my list of writers to keep an eye on in the future."

0 - Shira Glassman
"Several wickedly witty bits charmed me enough to quote them to my friends, such as an older family member’s takedown of a drunk relative, or someone’s aunt discussing how her husband thinks he can always spot a gay man but in reality he’s completely clueless. I felt more emotionally engaged by the m/m couple and the married couple than by the extra man and the other man’s wife, but I think that has much to do with my own preferences in what kind of couple-dynamic I enjoy reading about."

Length

77,000 words

Release Date

Book Type

Novel

Categories

Gay, Bisexual, Heterosexual

ISBN

978-1-62757-022-0 (print)
978-1-62757-021-3 (ebook)

Cover Art

Lou Harper

Keywords

M/M, M/F, M/M/F, bisexual, historical, menage a trois, military, polyamory