Paper Valentine by AJ Llewellyn

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London, 1840. At the height of Victorian hypocrisy, two men meet and fall in love. Their romance is forbidden, punishable even by death, but their passion blossoms thanks to a paper Valentine.

Saint Valentine’s Day has become a new and very popular day for lovers. Thousands of Londonites are clamouring for the ideal romantic gift. While men buy chocolate and posies, they yearn for something more unusual, more personal. Enterprising brothers Aldon and Samuel Barnaby hit upon the idea of paper Valentines, creating lavish presentations decorated with silk, lace, and paper flowers.

Aldon is fortunate to have his perfect valentine going to his expectant wife, Geneve, but Samuel still longs for his own true love, pouring his heart and soul into his beautiful creations. Samuel’s romantic verses inside his paper Valentines are in huge demand, yet not a single local girl can lay claim to his heart…because his passion lies not in a woman, but another man—Jude, a handsome but shy widower.

Jude's heart, haunted by grief, hasn't been ready to consider marriage again. But slowly, through his inclusion in the Barnaby family's lives...and his frequent excursions to stop and stare at the Barnabys’ shop window...he begins to wonder in what direction his future lies.

Can Samuel possibly allow his heart to explore love with another man? Could Jude ever love him in return? He sends Jude an exquisite, anonymous paper Valentine, not suspecting that his entire world is about to be turned upside down…
 

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John Simpson is a Vietnam Era Veteran, former Police Officer of the Year, a Federal Agent, a Federal Magistrate, an armed bodyguard to Saudi Royalty, a senior Federal Government executive, and recipient of awards from the Vice President of the United States and the Secretary of Treasury. John feels that for too long fiction writers neglected gay men. John writes entertaining, enjoyable, and enthralling fiction centered on the lives and lifestyles of gay men. John allows his readers to see life through gay mens' eyes. And just like real life, John's characters have active and exciting sex lives. .John lives with his partner of 36 years who he legally married in 2008, and their three Scottish Terriers. A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffHawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian recordee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled. A.J. never lacks inspiration fos keep this writer refueled. A.J. never lacks inspiration for male/male erotic romances and on the rare occasions this hr male/male erotic romances and on the rare occasions this happens, pursues other passions such as collecting books on Happens, pursues other passions such as collecting books on Hawaiiana, surfing and spending time with friends and animal awaiiana, surfing and spending time with friends and animal companions. A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song bestcompanions. A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song best sung out loud. sung out loud.
 
Published February 14, 2011 by Total-E-Bound Publishing. 70 pages
Genres: Romance, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Erotica. Fiction

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