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Rob Rosen has gathered the hottest stories of romance and sex between wealthy aristocrats and the hard-working estate staff, all with a preWorld War I backdrop, including the fashion and art and the latest inventions of the day. War is years way, the estates are huge and sprawling, the fashionably elite have too much time on their hands, while the toiling underclass are always on the lookout for a means to a brighter future no matter whose bed they end up in. Think "Downton Abbey" and "Upstairs, Downstairs," but with enough sex to make the town vicar blush.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-08-25
- Reviewer: Staff
Gay erotica veteran Rosen delivers 13 tales of masters and servants, dandies, fops, and schoolboy dalliances that carry into adulthood. They range from the playful, like Sasha Payne’s “Master Jeffy Learns a Lesson,” an erotic riff on Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster stories, to the pornographic, as in Michael Roberts’s “Manor Games,” where a servant secretly services his master’s opponents at a poker game to help him clear a debt. There is some exploration of the damaging nature of class-driven social structures, tangentially in J.L. Merrow’s teasing “Brass Rags,” in which a young lord rescues an unjustly terminated servant with less-than-noble intentions, and more seriously in Logan Zachary’s “Front Door, Back Door,” where a household servant who suffers the young heir’s unwanted attentions tries to spare the new chauffeur from the same fate and finds a new friend. The collection will appeal to fans of agonized internal conflict, unabashed raunch, and charming euphemisms such as the “joys of rear occupation.” (Oct.)