Lovers Entwined

by Lillian Francis

Lovers Entwined - Lillian Francis
ISBN: B011J477O2
Pages: 270

Ewan Matthews is one of Boston’s leading genealogy experts. When a would-be bridegroom comes looking for confirmation that there are no skeletons in his ancestral closet, Ewan considers turning the job down. Trey Capell is a jerk of the highest order and yet Ewan experiences an infuriating attraction that’s easy to justify. Trey’s exactly his type—a carbon copy of the man Ewan’s been looking for his entire life.

Harder to explain is the sense of recognition that leaves Ewan speechless the moment Trey steps into his office. Or the stomach-churning sensation at the thought of casting the job aside.

Trey gets more appealing by the day, leaving Ewan struggling with forbidden desire for his client. Desire not helped by strange voyeuristic dreams that have started to haunt his sleep. Dreams that appear to be an echo of the past.

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“Why only five minutes?” Did Trey sound disappointed?

“‘Cos I’m knackered and I want to go home.” Ewan flicked his gaze up to the dark slick of hair, straight and pushed back from Trey’s forehead, and tried not to wrinkle his nose in distaste. All the life and colour was gone from the normally wayward, but temporarily tamed tresses. To deflect from his aversion to the hairstyle, he indicated the high-fashion shirt Trey was wearing. “Anyway, it looks as if you’ve got somewhere to be yourself.”

“Dinner and drinks at the polo club.” Trey glanced down at himself. “D’ya like it?”

“Not really to my taste,” Ewan said as diplomatically as he could muster. In his opinion, it was hideous and did nothing to define Trey’s wide chest or highlight his narrower waist. “I veer from traditional to scruffy casual with little space for anything in between.”


When Trey’s smile dimmed a little, Ewan added, “As long as you like it.”

“Yeah.” Trey plucked at one of the oddly shaped buttons, and left Ewan with no idea if Trey liked the shirt or not.

“I don’t have to meet the others until eight.”

Ewan resisted the urge to state that this gave Trey enough time to go home and change his shirt. It appeared Trey-baiting had quickly lost its appeal, or at the very least, left a nasty aftertaste.

“Honestly, I’m ready for a shower and then bed.”

“I can be all yours for the next hour and a half.” There was nothing suggestive in Trey’s tone, but that sentence following the word bed created interesting and unwanted scenarios in Ewan’s imagination. And surely the flash of something in Trey’s eyes had been the desk lamp reflecting in the pale blue irises, not a flicker of interest.

“Come on. You can’t be that tired.” Trey followed this up with a pout, which should have annoyed the hell out of Ewan, but worryingly, he found kind of endearing.

“An hour.” Ewan gave up against the charm offensive that Trey appeared to be bombarding him with—God he must be tired if he was succumbing that easily to Trey’s allure. “I’m looking into Tristan’s father. You could help me with that.”

The vague dream connection to the eighteenth century would be too difficult to justify. He could continue with that line of inquiry tomorrow, when he was alone.

He had yet to tell Trey about the first two dreams. He certainly wasn’t going to start with one where he’d woken with the tang of gunpowder in his nostrils and a sense of despair in his heart.

Reviews:C E Case on Inked Rainbow Reviews wrote:

5/5 "It’s Ewan’s journey that’s most compelling, falling down a family tree that reveals that love is eternal, soulmates are real, and history, so often, is tragic."

"I loved this book. It has torrid, forbidden romance, ups and downs, triumph and grief, and it made me CRY."

"if you want a good Romance Novel, this one’s it."

Becky on Bike Book Reviews wrote:

5 Victoria Cross Medal rating

"This is one of those books that you wish you could read over and over for the first time!"

"...a beautiful love story that is timeless and beautiful in the telling!"

"This book is epic... you don't just get one love story, you get several, but get out your tissues, because you WILL cry!"

"Thank you Lillian, for a love story that is so big it spans centuries!"

MelanieM on scattered thoughts and rogue words wrote:

4/5 - "Lovers Entwined by Lillian Francis is a moving, romantic story, one that I loved."

"I was sobbing like mad several times in this story, even though I knew it was coming. But the power of the descriptions and the emotional strength of those moments won through and I was lost."

"But (Ms) Francis handles each flashback and couple almost as a separate story, giving them the attention each is due. She gives us a real connection to every reincarnation, and as that love is lost, all that affection and hope is transferred to the most recent couple…Ewan and Trey."

"Lillian Francis is quickly becoming a “must read” for me. I loved her “Theory Unproven“, and now her “Lovers Entwined”. I highly recommend both of these stories and author Lillian Francis!"

Sue Brown on Sue Browns Stories wrote:

"Definitely a 5 star book. I adored Lovers Entwined and read it in one session. Normally I'm wary of the dream sequences but Lillian handled them skilfully and led us into their entwined lives down the generations. As the book progressed I wanted to kick Trey as he dangled on the hook of his relationship but that was handled so well. Lillian didn't make his fiancée the 'villain', so much as a woman whose focus has changed. Trey and Ewan's relationship is gloriously spiky and sweet at the same time. Well worth reading."

Devan Huff on Nautical Star Books wrote:

4.5/5 "Lovers Entwined by Lillian Francis is truly an exceptional book."

"I could not put this book down and there were tears in my eyes during a lot of it. Reading about the historical characters was incredibly moving. Seeing glimpses of these couples and learning how they were all entwined together was beautiful."

"The Epilogue of Lovers Entwined was creative and made me smile."

About the Author

Lillian Francis is an English writer who likes to dabble in many genres but always seems to return to the here and now.
Her name may imply a grand dame in pink chiffon and lace, but Lillian is more at home in jeans, Converse, and the sort of T-shirts that often need explaining to the populous at large but will get a fist bump at Comic-Con. Lillian is a self-confessed geek who likes nothing more than settling down with a comic or a good book, except maybe writing. Given a notepad, pen, her Kindle, and an infinite supply of chocolate Hobnobs and she can lose herself for weeks. Romance was never her reading matter of choice, so it came as a great surprise to all concerned, including herself, to discover a romance was exactly what she’d written, and not the rollicking spy adventure or cosy murder mystery she always assumed she’d write. Luckily there is always room for romance no matter what plot bunny chooses to bite her, so never say never to either of those stories appearing.
Lillian lives in an imposing castle on a windswept desolate moor or in an elaborate shack on the edge of a beach somewhere, depending on her mood. And while she’d love for the heroes of her stories to either be chained up in the dungeon or wandering the shack serving drinks in nothing but skimpy barista aprons more often than not they are doing something far less erotic like running charity shops and shovelling elephant shit.
Drawn to the ocean, although not in a Reginald Perrin sort of way, she would love to own a camper van and to live by the sea.