Review: Ingela Bohm – Rival Poet

25642848Author: Ingela Bohm
Publisher: Self Published
Genre:M/M Historical Romance
ISBN: 9781311035691

Rating: ★★★★½ 

1587. A young Will Shaksper arrives in London, hoping to publish his poems. But rejection hits him hard, and he wants to give up – until he meets Kit. Dazzled and drawn in, Will is shocked to find their friendship escalate into something else – something dark and dangerous in a country where sodomy is a capital offence. When Kit finally tries to seduce him, will he be able to resist?
A beautifully written book detailing a plausible romance between Christopher Marlow and William Shakespeare.
Meticulously researched; Elizabethan London comes alive on the pages. The filth, poverty, and squalor is almost palpable. One can almost smell the pollution of the Thames as it flows through London, more sewer than river. The vocabulary, syntax, and writing style conveys the author’s skill. My third trip to the Oxford English Dictionary (unbridged) confirmed this to me.
That being said, this humble reviewer admits this title is not for everyone. Those seeking a salacious book filled with sex scenes will not find it. Those who simply wish for a non -challenging straight forward plot, will not find it.
What the reader will find is a novel filled with insight into the life and times of Elizabethan England when homosexuality was punishable by death. The rich and the powerful nobility engaging in child trafficking get a free pass due to their status and wealth.
Snippets of the works of both Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare ae expertly woven into the dialogue.
I enthusiastically recommend this work for all too at least attempt. The rewards for exceed the effort. A truly memorable work


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