*I received an ecopy of this book via BookSirens. This has not influenced my review.*
This was a lovely, fairly low angst romance! A bit of angst because both men weren’t sure if the other really wanted them, but they were still spending all their time together anyway, and as the reader, you know they’ll figure it out and have their HEA.
The characters were both so sweet, and their romance was so tender and understanding. Also sexy, and the sex scenes were infused with sweetness too.
There was a lot of surgery and injury and recovery, as well as one character who has a phobia of surgeons/doctors because of a past experience, but there was also a lot of help and comfort and care. If you like hurt/comfort, then you are in for a treat. But do mind the trigger warnings at the beginning of the book.
I would call this a non-magical fantasy, set in a Venetian-inspired world that’s mostly realistic but has some differences from real history. The setting sounded beautiful, and I especially loved the clothes!
One character has some unique anatomy, and although it’s not intended to represent the experiences of trans or intersex people, I feel like it still helps to normalize different types of bodies, which I like.
Overall, this was a sweet and gentle romance with equally sweet and gentle characters, so much hurt/comfort, and a beautiful Venetian-inspired setting that I really enjoyed!
Anyone who likes lots of hurt/comfort, non-magical fantasy, Venetian-inspired settings, sweet characters, and gentle m/m romance.