Book Reviews

The Love and the Anger (The Crofton Chronicles) by Rebecca Cohen

Genre Gay / Historical / 17th Century / Royalty/Nobility / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 04-January-2023

Book Blurb

William, Viscount of Crofton, is missing, feared taken. Anthony Redbourn, 1st Earl of Crofton, is beside himself with worry and anger, and sets out with his lover, Sebastian Hewel, to find his fourteen year old son and bring him home.

Only William hasn't been stolen away by a gang preying on the heirs of nobles. Enthralled by the theatre, he's run away to join a troupe of travelling players, and all goes well until someone realises who he really is...


This novel is to mark ten years of my Crofton men. Anthony and Sebastian first appear in The Crofton Chronicles, and this story is set several years after Anthony, Earl of Crofton chronologically.


Book Review

Ain't no sunshine when he's gone. It's not warm when he's away. Ain't no sunshine when he's gone and he's always gone too long, anytime he goes away.” — Betty Wright (Ain’t no Sunshine)


Sebastian and Anthony, of 'The Love and the Anger' by Rebecca Cohen, have hidden their love affair under the guise of friendship for ten years. Not even Anthony's son, William, suspects anything. But William is no longer a child and needs to be told the truth. It is just a matter of finding the right place and time.


As with any teenager, William is rebellious and frustrated. Anthony is at his wit's end. William needs to understand that with privilege comes responsibility, but he needs more time to get it. Anthony's patience is wearing thin. He is trying to figure out what to do but is at a loss. Anthony turns to Sebastian for advice, but he Sebastian hesitates to interfere. As close as he is to William, Anthony is his father and ultimately needs to make the decision he considers best.


While at a birthday party in honor of Sebastian's thirtieth birthday, the conversation turns into a more serious vein. Denmouth, one of the nobles attending, tells Anthony that Lord Greenham's son has gone missing and that if it is the same men, this makes the third nobleman's son, who has been stolen but returned unharmed after paying a sizeable ransom. Immediately, Anthony asks if Denham thinks that William is in danger. Denham tries to reassure him, but Anthony is still concerned.


After a trying visit home, William left leaves to go back to school. He only has a few months before he is off to the university. Anthony is concerned that he hasn't done enough to instill the importance of William's responsibility when he becomes Earl of Crofton Hall, but takes comfort in knowing there is still time to revisit those conversations. With William returning to school, things at the manor settle into a more normal pattern. All seems well until Anthony gets a letter from William's school saying he did not arrive.


In 'The Love and The Anger' Rebecca has created another pleasurable and exciting story about Sebastian and Anthony, who began the Crofton Hall series. They are my favorite couple in the Crofton Manor series. Thanks, Rebecca. I was overjoyed to be able to visit Anthony and Sebastian once again.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 194 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-November-2022
Price $3.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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