Title: Seconds
Author: Megan Derr
Publication Date: January 19, 2010

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Viscount Alexis Mariemont finds himself calling on the mysterious ‘Dragon’, Haven Linwood, Earl of Chelsea, in the very early morning hours. The two have been named as seconds in the duel of two young friends of of theirs, Henry and Otis. Through these less-than-ideal circumstances, they each find an unspoken interest in the other man, but are both left wondering if they dare speak it. After all, Alexis has rules about this sort of thing and Haven doesn’t really feel like he fits in as a ‘society gentleman’. And yet they seem destined to be repeatedly drawn together by Henry and Otis’ continuing squabbles – will this simply lead to continued awkward encounters or could it become something more?

This is the third work I’ve read by Megan Derr, and I’ve enjoyed them all. Derr has a way of writing that easily conveys what the characters are thinking and feeling – you can really get into their heads. Both the situations and characters come across as realistic, complete, and believable, even when there’s just that little touch of the fantastic involved. Highly recommend this for those interested in historical m/m romance (especially regency era historical fiction).