Mini-Review: Teacups and Roses by E.T. Malinowski

Teacups and Roses by E.T. MalinowskiTitle: Teacups and Roses
Author: E.T. Malinowski
Genre: Steampunk Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: Review copy provided by publisher
Published: December 11, 2013 by Dreamspinner Press

The second son of one of the wealthiest men in the city, Perry Loughton longs for simple comforts but fears nobody will want him for anything but his name and his money. While working as a steam cab mechanic to distract himself from his worries, Perry meets tea shop owner Alex, and soon shy Perry wants more than their casual association. With an optimistic heart and a natural talent for clockwork, Perry hopes his gifts will convey the feelings he can’t yet express in words.

Alexander Fitzgerald lives a quiet life with his handsome boyfriend Marcus. Alex just wishes the passion between them carried beyond the bedroom. Then the anonymous handcrafted gifts he begins receiving make Alex more and more curious about their maker, and the intricate devices might be the key to what’s missing from his life.


Reviewed By: J9

I enjoy steampunk so this synopsis of an MM steampunk grabbed my attention. I liked the characters here of Perry, the shy second son of the wealthiest family in the city and Alex, a tea shop owner who wants a quiet life to share with someone. The relationship development between Alex and Perry managed to be both tender and passionate which I liked.

However, I really didn’t like the story line involving Alex’s ex-boyfriend Marcus, who was the boyfriend to start the novella. The ending was entirely too neat as Perry’s issues with his family are miraculously solved in a conversation and both Perry and his brother find their soul mates. In my opinion this little novella tried to pack too much plot into what should have been a relationship-focused story.

J9’s Rating:
2 1/2 Frogs

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About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.


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