This was a great historical fiction. Set in a time when it was not in any way acceptable to be gay and it was also a crime. David is an honorable man that was brought up to believe that his inclinations for other men were shameful and unnatural. He meets Lord Balfour one night and has an encounter he can't forget. Balfour is a man that accepts who he is and is determined to have everything out of life that is possible, including a family. However, he can't seem to move past their chance meeting as well.
There's more to this great read besides that very hot encounters between David and Balfour. There's also a great plot complete with spies, intrigue, and assassination attempts. The inner turmoil that David deals with is also a big part of this book and you feel for this character as he deals with these issues.
Overall, I loved this one and can't wait to continue with the next in this series. It is one for those over 18 as the scenes between David and Balfour definitely heat things up. If you enjoy M/M and historical romance you should give this series a try.