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A Most Unusual Courtship Gerald Smithson, Master Leathersmith, Has Ample Reason To Distrust Mages He Doesn T Take Their Commissions And Steers Clear Of Them Wherever Possible When Lord Leo Harris Tries To Hire Him, Gerald Sends The Mage Packing Unfortunately, The Simple Act Of Leo Entering His Shop Brings Gerald To The Attention Of A Dark Mage Who Kidnaps Him As A Chance To Get To Leo Now Leo Must Not Only Rescue Gerald, But Find A Way To Win His Heart It Will Be An Unusual Courtship, To Say The Least

  • ebook
  • 32 pages
  • A Most Unusual Courtship
  • Nancy M. Griffis
  • English
  • 03 July 2017
  • 1634761561

About the Author: Nancy M. Griffis

Moving around a lot growing up led to a semi nomadic lifestyle as an adult I left Massachusetts for Atlanta and Atlanta for Los Angeles, where I currently reside I write novels and screenplays of the scifi action adventure urban fantasy genres, adore tv and movies, and am a fangirl at heart.



10 thoughts on “A Most Unusual Courtship

  1. says:

    Not the type of stories I m used to, but it was a delightful alternate world The characters were interesting even when we barely had any time to get to know them There s not much of a plot,of an introduction to a series Interesting enough to read the next one.

  2. says:

    I m a huge fan of alt Victoriana stories so I should have loved this one Unfortunately I found myself comparing it to Death by Silver and found it didn t live up to how amazing that novel was Granted, this was only 32 pages long so there wasn t a lot of time to develop much in the way of characters, hence the sequel A Most Unusual Wedding, which I ended up reading.For an unusual courtship , there really didn t seem a compelling reason for these two men from opposite ends of the social and mag I m a huge fan of alt Victoriana stories so I should have loved this one Unfortunately I found myself comparing it to Death by Silver and found it didn t live up to how amazing that novel was Granted, this was only 32 pages long so there wasn t a lot of time to develop much in the way of characters, hence the sequel A Most Unusual Wedding, which I ended up reading.For an unusual courtship , there really didn t seem a compelling reason for these two men from opposite ends of the social and magical spectrum to get together, much less fall in love Gerald, the hunky leathersmith and Leo, member of the nobility and a mage just seemed to be thrown together by circumstance In short, the heat of attraction was just lacking An abduction does not make for the beginnings of true love Having said that, the alt Victorian world, while not as detailed as Scotts and Griswalds , was still an interesting one with magic and a ready acceptance of same gender relationships It s a bit of The Parasol Protectorate with men

  3. says:

    I was quite intrigued with the blurb of Griffis upcoming novel, A Most Unusual Wedding I can t get enough of new urban fantasy series to read so when I saw the prequel being offered for FREE , I immediately pre ordered it I only found out later that this story was first published back in 2012 by a different publisher Now, I didn t read the first edition, so I have no idea if there is any significant revision for this 2nd edition However, since the pages seem to be the same, I will a I was quite intrigued with the blurb of Griffis upcoming novel, A Most Unusual Wedding I can t get enough of new urban fantasy series to read so when I saw the prequel being offered for FREE , I immediately pre ordered it I only found out later that this story was first published back in 2012 by a different publisher Now, I didn t read the first edition, so I have no idea if there is any significant revision for this 2nd edition However, since the pages seem to be the same, I will assume that it is basically the same story.Anyway, if the story is meant to introduce us to key players of the upcoming novel, I felt that it lacked important information, especially regarding the background of these characters Gerald is a master leathersmith who dislikes and distrusts mages and refuses to serve them as customers WHY We never know because Gerald had no intention of revealing how gullible he d been as a new shop owner nor of his horrific interactions with mages even before that. In the middle of the story, Gerald is kidnapped by a Dark Mage who seems to have a reason for revenge against Leo How come What happened between Leo and this dark mage There was a clue of them being lovers before but we never really understood why things went south Then why does Leo need to order the bands for protection of the royal family Is there danger that looms over the royalty Why is Leo responsible for providing it There are so many information gaps which failed to satisfy me as a reader I did like the setting the time period is not specifically mentioned, but I felt that this might be an alternate universe that combined royalty and the modern world Much like an alternate European kingdom, so to speak In this universe, union between the same gender is absolutely acceptable, which reduced the possible drama stemming from homophobia bigotry.I still give this short story 3 stars because I have hope that the universe will be deeply explored in the novel I mean, I did find Gerald and Leo to be likeable characters I have a weakness when it comes to grumpy characters and I thought Gerald fit this profile to a T Leo was pretty charming and if only we gotpages of him, it would be fun to read about him courting Gerald In anyway, I thought it would be nice to read about their upcoming wedding Oh, and I was also very smitten with Gerald s eighty three year old grandfather who was such a hoot he was adamant to be a matchmaker for Gerald and definitely would love to read about him again.Bottom line if you are already interested in the novel, you can try to read this one It is free on the publisher s site, so you have nothing to loselists it as 0.99 though But, if you want to skip it altogether and just wait for the novel, I think it will also be okay

  4. says:

    Reviewed on Hearts On Fire I was totally surprised by this wonderful short story and the remarkable amount of world building Ms Griffis could pack into thirty pages Set during the reign of Queen Victoria but in a reality ripe with magic and gay marriages, Gerald Smithson is a master leather worker He lives with his wily old grandfather that loves Gerald but wants in the worst way to marry him off The problem is that Gerald doesn t want to get married so im Reviewed on Hearts On Fire I was totally surprised by this wonderful short story and the remarkable amount of world building Ms Griffis could pack into thirty pages Set during the reign of Queen Victoria but in a reality ripe with magic and gay marriages, Gerald Smithson is a master leather worker He lives with his wily old grandfather that loves Gerald but wants in the worst way to marry him off The problem is that Gerald doesn t want to get married so immerses himself in his work Leo is a mage of the highest ranking and a protector of the royal family Leo enters Gerald s shop one day and is immediately told to leave as Gerald does not work for mages Leo is in need of Gerald s craftsmanship and a battle of wills begins between the two men I found the characters of Gerald, Leo and the elder Mr Smithson to be well developed and extremely charming The story line itself was fun and I was sucked in from page one by Ms Griffis writing style The actual courtship between Leo and Gerald was left up to me to imagine for the most part as the story s length did not permit much The HEA ending was icing on the cake of this short masterpiece This story is too good to pass up and I would definitely buy a further story about Gerald and Leo

  5. says:

    I liked this cute little novella Lord Leo Harris is a rich mage who wants Gerald Smithson to commission a leather band for protection Gerald immediately declines him He believes mages don t pay up Leo doesn t take no for an answer He s clever and funny Gerald ends up in trouble with Leo to the rescue and in the end he comes out betrothed to Leo.

  6. says:

    It s not prudent to judge a group of people by the misdeeds of a few In A Most Unusual Courtship by Nancy M Griffs, Gerald almost misses out on a fabulous opportunity due to his prejudice against those who practice magic Gerald refuses to serve those who practice magic and sends Leo away However, he soon discovers that Leo is no ordinary mage If they are to work together, Gerald has to admit that he s wrong and, after all of his years of distain for mages, it is not going to be easy Leo It s not prudent to judge a group of people by the misdeeds of a few In A Most Unusual Courtship by Nancy M Griffs, Gerald almost misses out on a fabulous opportunity due to his prejudice against those who practice magic Gerald refuses to serve those who practice magic and sends Leo away However, he soon discovers that Leo is no ordinary mage If they are to work together, Gerald has to admit that he s wrong and, after all of his years of distain for mages, it is not going to be easy Leo and Gerald are both very strong willed, secure individuals, each with a very special, well developed talent Leo for magic wielding and Gerald for leather making Even though both men are the best at what they do, they don t flaunt it or use it in a manipulative way for self gain Leo is a bit of a scoundrel, but has a good and generous heart and would never take advantage of his gift In this way, Gerald is similar because even though he makes the finest leather creations in all of London, he refuses to overcharge so that even the least fortunate can afford his creations I liked the way that they were represented as different, but equal in spirit and strength It made for an interesting competition between them Gerald s absolutely charming, good hearted, humorous, and loving grandfather, added a lot of humor and loving to the story His fondest wish for his grandson was to see that Gerald was well matched before he died Even at 75, he proves that he is a force to be reckoned with The world building in this tale presents an interesting, alternative view of London, roughly in the Renaissance period Much of the lifestyle, speech, clothing, weapons, and customs are similar to our reality however, mingled in with the history are hints of imagined things such as mages, wizards, magic spells, and an unusual representation of same sex unions which definitely put a twist on things I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to everyone who likes unique stories, in a historical setting, where things aren t always as they seem Thanks, Nancy, for the delightful story NOTE This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews

  7. says:

    A true bookaphile, book collector or literary aficionado, whichever term you want to use, never looks a free horse book in the mouth and grabs it with both hands This is because the quality of an item isn t as important as the item itself in the eyes of a true fanatic which I am Bearing this previous statement in mind, when starting this story I really doubted it would score on my star chart as the only things it had in my mind going for it was that it was gratis and mine In addition to A true bookaphile, book collector or literary aficionado, whichever term you want to use, never looks a free horse book in the mouth and grabs it with both hands This is because the quality of an item isn t as important as the item itself in the eyes of a true fanatic which I am Bearing this previous statement in mind, when starting this story I really doubted it would score on my star chart as the only things it had in my mind going for it was that it was gratis and mine In addition to being a book and manuscript collector I am an avid, vivacious and tenacious reader My tenacity and vivacity insured that I read this book and give it an honest for me review The story surprised me My preconceptions of its worthlessness were way off base, as my review will attest Set in Victorian England and centering around a master leather smith, Gerald Smithson, a world of underworld and demigods is exposed Lord Leonard Leo Harris is a mage On one of his peculiar and mysterious quests he is in need of Gerald services, reputedly being the best leather smith in London, to produce an intricately and precisely cut belt Gerald refused to work for any mage and sent Leo on his way This short encounter serves as the catalyst that ignites an underworld conflict of almost epic proportions At one point I wondered if all the men of London hadn t gone queer sexually speaking The hidden world of Harry Potter is out among the muddles and won t go quietly into the night This unexpected story has worked its way up from 0 stars to 3 which in my book isn t bad I can still honestly state that the genres dedicated to the underworld and homosexual relationships aren t in my top ten or even twenty but this tale has somethingto offer what it is I, alas, can t say My three star judgment means that I look forward to the conclusion to this tale of Victorian England Lovers of dark magic tales may even score it higher

  8. says:

    The courtship in this short story isn t the only thing that is most unusual , since the author has developed an alternate reality world with some interesting differences to reality as we know it Some are rather obvious there is magic in this world, somesubtle like the fact that same sex couples and marriage are considered normal which is nicely explained The setting is the London of Queen Victoria and her surviving children after Prince Albert s death.Gerald is a very talented l The courtship in this short story isn t the only thing that is most unusual , since the author has developed an alternate reality world with some interesting differences to reality as we know it Some are rather obvious there is magic in this world, somesubtle like the fact that same sex couples and marriage are considered normal which is nicely explained The setting is the London of Queen Victoria and her surviving children after Prince Albert s death.Gerald is a very talented leather worker, if somewhat quirky He refuses to work with mages, which leads to all kinds of interesting twists as the story develops His reactions to suddenly being pursued by a mage are funny, but he is willing to learn and adapt and ends up less blinded by his prejudice than I first feared.Leo is a mage of the very highest caliber and desperately needs Gerald to work with him on a project of royal importance Once they meet, he is also desperate forthan a temporary working relationship, hence, the courtship that follows I loved Leo s tenacity and the creativity in what he comes up with to convince Gerald.If you like stories that are funny with humor coming from unexpected angles, if you enjoy reading about two men working through their differences, and if a bit of magic is the spice of life for you, then you may like this short book I enjoyed it as much the second time around as I did when I first read it NOTE This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review

  9. says:

    The courtship in this short story isn t the only thing that is most unusual , since the author has developed an alternate reality world here with some interesting differences to reality as we know it Some are rather obvious there is magic in this world , somesubtle, like the fact that same sex couples and marriage are considered normal which is nicely explained The setting is the London of Queen Victoria and her surviving children after Prince Albert s death.Gerald is a very talent The courtship in this short story isn t the only thing that is most unusual , since the author has developed an alternate reality world here with some interesting differences to reality as we know it Some are rather obvious there is magic in this world , somesubtle, like the fact that same sex couples and marriage are considered normal which is nicely explained The setting is the London of Queen Victoria and her surviving children after Prince Albert s death.Gerald is a very talented leather worker, if somewhat quirky He refuses to work with mages, which leads to all kinds of interesting twists as the story develops His reactions to suddenly being pursued by one are funny, but he is willing to learn and adapt and was less blinded by his prejudice than I first feared.Leo is a mage of the very highest caliber and desperately needs Gerald to work with him on a project of royal importance Once they meet, he is also desperate forthan a temporary working relationship, hence, the courtship that follows.If you like stories that are funny with humor coming from unexpected angles, if you enjoy reading about two men working through their differences, and if a bit of magic is the spice of life for you, then you may like this short book NOTE This book was provided by Torquere Press for the purpose of a review

  10. says:

    Gerald Smithson, master leathersmith, has ample reason to distrust mages He doesn t take their commissions and steers clear of them wherever possible When Lord Leo Harris tries to hire him, Gerald sends the mage packing Unfortunately, the simple act of Leo entering his shop brings Gerald to the attention of a Dark mage who kidnaps him as a chance to get to Leo Now Leo must not only rescue Gerald, but find a way to win his heart It will be an unusual courtship, to say the least.An explosive Gerald Smithson, master leathersmith, has ample reason to distrust mages He doesn t take their commissions and steers clear of them wherever possible When Lord Leo Harris tries to hire him, Gerald sends the mage packing Unfortunately, the simple act of Leo entering his shop brings Gerald to the attention of a Dark mage who kidnaps him as a chance to get to Leo Now Leo must not only rescue Gerald, but find a way to win his heart It will be an unusual courtship, to say the least.An explosive prequel to the Mage and the Leathersmith book 1 A Most Unusual Wedding.This is the second time reading this enjoyable steam punk M M romance in readiness to start the next book in the seriesA Most Unusual Wedding, and still as good as it was the first time round.If you like the review and would like to read reviews on other books I have read, visit my blog at www.finalchapterreadersgroup.wordpres like, comment and follow

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