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1[[quoteright:350:]] ² [[caption-width-right:350:Wherein a whaling harpooner inherits a baronetcy and falls in love with his estate agent.]]²²->''Morgan Turner, agent to the Winthrop estate, owes everything to his benefactor. When the late baronet’s will tasks him with finding the lost heir and making a gentleman of him, he is determined to succeed.\²Thirteen years ago, Evelyn Winthrop ran away to sea. Now that his hated patriarch is dead, the ancestral home he returns to is more shadowed than what he left behind. Ungrateful relations and old friends alike tie a knot of scandal and depravity only a sailor could hope to unravel. And all the while, the siren song of the sea calls him to return at the first opportunity.\²Neither anticipated forming more tender attachments.\²To Evelyn, his unexpectedly handsome agent is the only thing anchoring him to shore. He sees a captain’s soul within Morgan, and his heart is caught upon the hook of command—if only Morgan would return his affections.\²To Morgan, his new employer’s charms threaten to tear down the thorns that have grown around his heart—thorns he cultivated to restrain his unnatural instincts.\²When the estate and all who live there are threatened by a maelstrom of bitter secrets and sinister plots, it is down to Morgan to take command, down to Evelyn to hold fast, and down to them both to navigate their own treacherous sea.''²²A QueerRomance by Sebastian Nothwell. Set in 1890s Cumberland, England (modern-day Cumbria).²²²----²!! This book provides examples of:²* {{Blackmail}}: Bound to come up in a story about two men in a romantic relationship in Victorian England.²* BlackmailBackfire: [[spoiler:Basil tries to blackmail Evelyn and Morgan, so Evelyn locks him in a wardrobe.]]²* CallingTheOldManOut²* ConfirmedBachelor: Morgan, Evelyn, and Ashmore.²* DuelToTheDeath²* EarnYourHappyEnding²* FancyDinner: Two, if you count the mock one Morgan puts on to prepare Evelyn for the real deal.²* FauxAffablyEvil: Ashmore can be very charming when he wants to be.²* FormalFullArrayOfCutlery: Morgan has to teach Evelyn how to use one of these.²* TheGayNineties: In every sense of the phrase.²* GrandRomanticGesture: Evelyn offers to give Morgan the Winthrop estate hothouse. When Morgan points out the property is entailed, and therefore cannot be given to anybody apart from Evelyn's natural heirs, Evelyn offers to rent it to him... at the rate of a penny per century.²* HappilyEverAfter: A prerequisite of the genre, which is fulfilled. Eventually.²* JerkassHasAPoint: ²* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The title is a line taken from the song ''Sailor'' by IAMX.²* LoveAtFirstSight: Both leads experience this, though only Evelyn goes for it. Morgan, meanwhile, does his best to pretend it's not happening.²* MarriedToTheJob: Morgan.²* MysteriousPast: Morgan.²* QueerRomance: Or "same-sex romance," as the author sometimes puts it.²* ShoutOut: An abbreviated list of real-world titles appearing in this book follows...²** ''British Ferns and Their Allies'' is borrowed from the Winthrop library again and again by Morgan, presumably to fuel his pteridomania.²** ''Literature/LeavesOfGrass'' by Creator/WaltWhitman is one of two books Evelyn keeps in his sea-chest, the other being ''Moby-Dick''.²** ''Manners and Tone of Good Society, or, Solecisms to be Avoided'' by A Member of the Aristocracy is used by Morgan to teach Evelyn to be a proper baronet. This marks the second time Sebastian Nothwell has named-dropped this book in his novels.²** ''Literature/MobyDick'' by Creator/HermanMelville is Evelyn's favorite book, and inspired him to become a whaler in the first place.²** ''Two Years Before the Mast'' by Richard Henry Dana Jr. also contributed to Evelyn's desire to run away to sea... [[spoiler:particularly the scene with the lash.]]²* SleepingWithTheBoss: Part of Morgan's reluctance to act on his feelings for Evelyn are because Evelyn is a baronet and Morgan is his estate agent.²* TenPacesAndTurn²* VictorianLondon: Or rather, Victorian Cumberland (modern-day Cumbria).²* {{Workaholic}}: Morgan.²²----


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