Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: The Masterpiece
AUTHOR: Bonnie Dee
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 243 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 13th, 2017
Built from the bottom up: one perfect gentleman.
Man about town Arthur Lawton spends his days pursuing entertainment while shoeshine Joe Sprat labors to better his family’s lives. When an argument about nature versus nurture sparks a wager, Arthur swears to a friend he can turn this working man into a gentleman who will pass at a society function.
Joe is happy to participate in the experiment for a fee but receives more than he bargained for after moving into Lawton’s house. Arthur is determined Joe won’t merely wear a veneer of sophistication but educates him in every way. As he creates his new and improved man, Arthur grows more deeply infatuated with him, while Joe falls equally hard for his charismatic mentor.
Underneath a growing friendship, desire simmers and one day explodes. After their relationship escalates, the pair exists in a dream bubble until the threat of exposure sharply reminds them they belong in different worlds. When the ball is over, each must resume his own life, changed by their encounter but destined for different courses.
Find out if love is strong enough to bridge the gap between peer and pauper in this twist on the tale of My Fair Lady.
Needless to say, My Fair Lady is a classic and the idea that Bonnie Dee had to twist it up and turn it into an M/M romance immediately had me intrigued. Bonnie Dee is a new to me author but I can definitely say I will be checking out her books in the future. Historical books aren’t something that I usually gravitate towards but the moment I started this one I couldn’t put it down. I really loved it. Even though the concept wasn’t unique it really felt unique the way it all played out.
Arthur Lawton is spoiled, rich and bored. He needs something to occupy his time and mind. Wondering how the other half live Arthur finds himself taking a bet with a friend. Arthur believes it doesn’t matter where you come from that anyone can be changed and taught to act like the aristocracy. His wager with his friend involves a shoeshine Joe Sprat.
Joe has worked his whole life for everything he has. He works hard to take care of his mother and siblings. Shining shoes is just a means to an end because Joe has plans and he’s willing to do everything in his power to make them come true. So, when his most recent customers come up with a plan to teach him how to be a gentleman and if he succeeds he‘ll be handsomely rewarded, Joe jumps at the idea.
Joe and Arthur couldn’t have known the intense attraction that would blossom between them after spending so much time together. Both men know a relationship between two men would never be accepted but behind closed doors the men give into the attraction and emotions start developing.
This story is about love outside of prejudices, it’s about friendship, and loyalty…it’s about growing, changing and staying true to who you are. This is a story about believing in happy endings and it gave me all the good feels.