Harper Fox – Book review
I recently read A Midwinter Prince by British author Harper Fox, one of the best authors in the male/male romance genre in my opinion. The blurb: Laurence Fitzroy is trapped in a golden cage. The only son of a wealthy London baronet, he’s struggling to escape his father’s suffocating world. But Laurie is losing his fight. At nineteen years of age, bright and imaginative, he’s no match for the brutal Sir William. Laurie wants to be an actor – bad enough as far as Sir William is concerned, but, worse than that, he’s gay. One bitter winter night, he meets a young homeless man huddled in blankets outside the opera house. The two form a bond straight away, and Laurie takes him home, wanting only to offer him food and a warm bed. But Sasha is a passionate Romani immigrant, and his beauty and sweet nature soon overwhelm Laurie’s chaste intentions, leaving him hopelessly in love.
This novel is a perfect example of how an author can use any theme, regardless of how common, and still create a unique and powerful story. At its base we’ve got a token ‘rich boy meets poor boy’ scenario, but the depth of the characters and suspenseful plot gives the story a beautiful complexity. And of course Fox’s writing is stellar as always, moody, emotional, and smart. While some erotica authors out there tend to make plot secondary — and perhaps sometimes that’s what readers want –I want to read a great story when I pick up a book, regardless of genre, and Harper Fox is a true novelist. Rather than padding some details around a primarily sexual core, her books are well researched, engaging literature that just happens to have a sexual romance at its base. This is not to say she shies away from graphic sex, there’s plenty of it and it’s good and spicy, trust me. So check this one out if you’re a fan of the genre, or even if it’s not your usual fare.