Muffled Drum

This book was like a cross between The Patriot and The Vow in a good way I m finding myself really liking historical romance with the way the author portray the characters in her books They re still

This book was like a cross between The Patriot and The Vow, in a good way.I'm finding myself really liking historical romance with the way the author portray the characters in her books. They're still masculine but sensitive; Has a sense of humor without going overboard; Erotic but intimate. And even though the plot may be predictable, the chemistry between the characters Rudolph and Mathias was a pleasure to read. There's just something about men falling in love during the medieval times and the Victorian age that's so romantic.The author also seem to be quite conservative when it comes to featuring central female characters in her story. This would be the first book I've read of Erastes that featured a woman, through the character of Augusta von Ratzlaff. Don't get me wrong, I love that the story focuses a lot on Rudolph and Mathias but adding a positive female figure was quite a refreshing element to the story. I liked her character a lot.This is my third book from this author and it seems like I'm working my way backwards to her earliest books to compensate for not discovering her books sooner. I'm happy to say I'm enjoying the experience so far.Popular Muffled Drum By Erastes is a Kindle Bohemia, 1866They met in a port side tavern, their lust filled moments stolen from days of marching and madness After eighteen months, Captain Rudolph von Ratzlaff and First Lieutenant Mathias Hofmann have decided to run away from everything they hold dear Resigning their commissions is social suicide, but there s no other choice Someone will eventually see Rudolph s paBohemia, 1866They met in a port side tavern, their lust filled moments stolen from days of marching and madness After eighteen months, Captain Rudolph von Ratzlaff and First Lieutenant Mathias Hofmann have decided to run away from everything they hold dear Resigning their commissions is social suicide, but there s no other choice Someone will eventually see Rudolph s partiality toward Mathias.Now their plans have gone horribly awry When Mathias goes to Rudolph s tent after their last battle, his lover looks at him without a hint of recognition Mathias can hardly believe the man he knew is gone He wants to fill in so many of Rudolph s missing memories, but the doctor says a shock could result in permanent damage The pain of seeing Rudolph on a daily basis, when Rudolph doesn t remember their love, is excruciating Now Mathias must decide whether he wants to fight for the man he loves or forget him completely43,000 words. Born in Essex, England in 1959, Erastes attended Southend High School for Girls.Erastes is the penname of a female author who lives in Norfolk, UK She drew her inspiration to write historical fiction from works such as Gaywyck by Vincent Virga and the novels of Mary Renault Erastes was the Director of the Erotic Authors Association for two years and is an active member of the Historical Novel Society She is the moderator of Speak Its Name, an influential blog dedicated to gay historical fiction.Erastes has been writing since 2003, and details of all her books and short stories can be found on her website.Her second novel, Transgressions, was one of the flagship releases by Running Press in their M M Historical Romance line which is being marketed directly at the existing romance market and was shortlisted for a Lambda award in 2010.Her releases for 2011 are Mere Mortals Lethe Press in AprilMuffled Drum Carina Press in JulyJunction X Cheyenne Press in NovemberErastes is represented by The Schiavone Literary Agency, Inc.BibilographyNovels NovellasMere Mortals to be published by Lethe Press in March 2011Muffled Drum to be published by Carina Press in July 2011Tributary published in Last Gasp by Noble Romance Publishing novella Transgressions published by Perseus Books novel Frost Fair published by Cheyenne Publishing novella Hard Fast published in Speak Its Name by Cheyenne Publishing novella Chiaroscuro published in Night Moves by Aspen Mountain Press December 2007 novella Standish published by PD Publishing November 2006 novel Short StoriesRight Hand Man published in Unmasked II, erotic tales of gay superheroes by STARbooks.Whatever the Risk published in the Queer Dimensions anthology by Queered FictionThe Snow Queen published in the I DO anthology by MLR PressIf you can t stand the Heat to be published by Cleis pressDrug Colours published by Lethe Press in Best Gay Short Stories Show Don t Tell published in MEN Magazine March 2008Fire Ice published by Cleis Press in their Erotic Alphabet series J is for Jealousy Lifeline published in Alyson Book s Cruising anthologyDrug Colours published in Cleis Press s Where the Boys are Urban Gay Migrations AnthologyRibinks published by The DrabblerThe Bird published in Alyson s Fast Balls Baseball AnthologyMatelotage published in Alyson s Treasure Trails Pirate AnthologyLucky published in Love in a Lock up by StarbooksIn the Dark published in Ultimate Gay Erotica 2007 by Alyson BooksTen Kisses published in Connections by Iris PrintMy Best Customer published in Travelrotica by Alyson BooksPetard published by Clean SheetsHis Story Teller runner up in Torquere Press Do it yourself competitionBright Souls published by Alyson Books in Ultimate Gay Erotica 2005Sin of the Tongue published by Torquere PressLifeline published by Torquere PressBright Souls published by Torquere Press. A viral Ebook Muffled Drum I never quite connected with this book. Nothing in this book surprised me, except one scene and that was more of a WTF? surprise than a good thing. I liked Matthias, Rudolph was meh, I liked the setting in Germany/Poland, but everything got solved so smoothly that the story just didn't grip me. And then it got stupid. I was pretty much done with it when (view spoiler)[Rudolph finally somewhat remembers that he and Matthias have been lovers before he got his amnesia and what does he do when Matthias comes to see him? Does he fall into his arms and tell him he remembers that they were lovers? Does he thank him for sticking by his side even though it must have been so very painful when the man you've been going steady with for 18 months now addresses you as Herr Hoffmann? Does he apologize profusely for mistakenly falling into bed with his ex on his first evening back, and assure him that said ex is now out of the picture? Of course not: Rudolph decides to extract 'vengeance' on Matthias for not telling him before now that they were illicit lovers, even if he's done nothing to let Matthias know he is attracted to him. He does this by pretending he still doesn't remember and to tease Matthias with said ex, even insinuating said ex may still be around. Seriously, Rudolph?!? That seemed like a good plan to you? Oh no! Now Matthias stomps off and leaves town heartbroken. Now Rudolph wrings his hands moaning that that conversation did not go as planned. No shit, Sherlock. You must be more brain damaged than I was let to believe. Fast forward to Matthias beating himself up and wallowing in guilt for 'abandoning' Rudolph. Blah blah blah, wife dies, children conveniently out of the way, happy reunion.(hide spoiler)]I'd better shut up before this book loses another star.
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  1. Born in Essex, England in 1959, Erastes attended Southend High School for Girls.Erastes is the penname of a female author who lives in Norfolk, UK She drew her inspiration to write historical fiction from works such as Gaywyck by Vincent Virga and the novels of Mary Renault Erastes was the Director of the Erotic Authors Association for two years and is an active member of the Historical Novel Society She is the moderator of Speak Its Name, an influential blog dedicated to gay historical fiction.Erastes has been writing since 2003, and details of all her books and short stories can be found on her website.Her second novel, Transgressions, was one of the flagship releases by Running Press in their M M Historical Romance line which is being marketed directly at the existing romance market and was shortlisted for a Lambda award in 2010.Her releases for 2011 are Mere Mortals Lethe Press in AprilMuffled Drum Carina Press in JulyJunction X Cheyenne Press in NovemberErastes is represented by The Schiavone Literary Agency, Inc.BibilographyNovels NovellasMere Mortals to be published by Lethe Press in March 2011Muffled Drum to be published by Carina Press in July 2011Tributary published in Last Gasp by Noble Romance Publishing novella Transgressions published by Perseus Books novel Frost Fair published by Cheyenne Publishing novella Hard Fast published in Speak Its Name by Cheyenne Publishing novella Chiaroscuro published in Night Moves by Aspen Mountain Press December 2007 novella Standish published by PD Publishing November 2006 novel Short StoriesRight Hand Man published in Unmasked II, erotic tales of gay superheroes by STARbooks.Whatever the Risk published in the Queer Dimensions anthology by Queered FictionThe Snow Queen published in the I DO anthology by MLR PressIf you can t stand the Heat to be published by Cleis pressDrug Colours published by Lethe Press in Best Gay Short Stories Show Don t Tell published in MEN Magazine March 2008Fire Ice published by Cleis Press in their Erotic Alphabet series J is for Jealousy Lifeline published in Alyson Book s Cruising anthologyDrug Colours published in Cleis Press s Where the Boys are Urban Gay Migrations AnthologyRibinks published by The DrabblerThe Bird published in Alyson s Fast Balls Baseball AnthologyMatelotage published in Alyson s Treasure Trails Pirate AnthologyLucky published in Love in a Lock up by StarbooksIn the Dark published in Ultimate Gay Erotica 2007 by Alyson BooksTen Kisses published in Connections by Iris PrintMy Best Customer published in Travelrotica by Alyson BooksPetard published by Clean SheetsHis Story Teller runner up in Torquere Press Do it yourself competitionBright Souls published by Alyson Books in Ultimate Gay Erotica 2005Sin of the Tongue published by Torquere PressLifeline published by Torquere PressBright Souls published by Torquere Press

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  1. I never quite connected with this book Nothing in this book surprised me, except one scene and that was of a WTF surprise than a good thing I liked Matthias, Rudolph was meh, I liked the setting in Germany Poland, but everything got solved so smoothly that the story just didn t grip me And then it got stupid I was pretty much done with it when view spoiler Rudolph finally somewhat remembers that he and Matthias have been lovers before he got his amnesia and what does he do when Matthias comes t [...]


  2. I m not sure what it is about Erastes writing which resonates with me as a reader Maybe it s the spare, clean prose which manages to get across a wealth of emotion without the fussiness that you sometimes get with historical romance Maybe it s that her historical settings are seeped into the bones of the story without any need for unnecessary information because the characters are just there, in that moment of time Maybe it s that character and setting are so interlinked, so ingrained that I kno [...]


  3. This book was like a cross between The Patriot and The Vow, in a good way.I m finding myself really liking historical romance with the way the author portray the characters in her books They re still masculine but sensitive Has a sense of humor without going overboard Erotic but intimate And even though the plot may be predictable, the chemistry between the characters Rudolph and Mathias was a pleasure to read There s just something about men falling in love during the medieval times and the Vic [...]


  4. Knowing and having read the previous works by Erastes, I was a little scared to start this one a story about two lovers in the Prussian army during the 1866 war I was expecting good setting, dark passion and a lot of drama for these two men, and well, the happy end was not a sure thing But I was wrong Maybe the author tamed a little her inclination for realistic drama due to the guidelines of the publisher Carina Press is indeed a romance publisher, and the happy end is one of the sacred rule of [...]


  5. Reviewed By BlackTulip for Booked UpWhen I choose to read a book by this author I know that I will have a very good time And even interesting, the action takes place in Bohemia where my father s roots are What can I say, she has a way with words when it comes to description It is unique, you can feel the cold of the battlefield, you can smell the mixture of sweat of both men and horses, you can hear the hooves and the shouts all around, you re nearly a part of the action Touch after touch, with [...]


  6. This is the heartbreaking story of Rudolph and Mathias who are secret lovers in the Prussian army To be together they decide to resign their posts and leave everything behind Unfortunately on their final battle Rudolph suffers from memory loss and does not recognise Mathias any Already having resigned his post Mathias makes the decision to travel with Rudolph, who is on his way home to Berlin, in the hope that something will trigger his memory Mathias has been advised not to force Rudolph to re [...]


  7. Oh wow What an utterly exquisite book I knew, having read Mere Mortals, that when I picked up Muffled Drum I would get a tale steeped in history and deep, heart wrenching writing that would keep me spellbound I wasn t disappointed.First, I d like to address the writing It pulls you in, a voice so rich in perfect word choices that I couldn t fail to fall in love with it Erastes has a way of it, where one hundred authors may use the same one word, she chooses another, and it s beautifully done I c [...]


  8. Barely 1 5 I utterly HATE giving such low ratings, but this book pissed me off on so many levels.I loved the story until the last 20 pages or so I even cried at the very beginning, when Mathias finds out Rudolph is not coming with him This is a great example on how to ruin one of the best reads I ve had in months, in the last 10 pages Facts That Rudolph is willing to leave his wife for his lover, that I can understand But leaving his children without a goodbye I was willing to overlook that, bla [...]


  9. Muffled Drum is an absorbing page turning historical story In fact I didn t want to put this down as the setting and characters sucked me in from the beginning The story is poignant and often bittersweet but with a solid HEA ending that should definitely please fans The writing is very strong with a rich, descriptive setting and lots of contrasting interests The characters are intriguing with flaws and nuanced depth My only slight issue is with the predictable villain character thrown in towards [...]


  10. Stars 4.5 5OverallThis is a well written novel that I emotionally struggled to finish, not because of the writing or the heavy content, but because the character s suffering spoke true to me Although it s not an overly intense in any one way, it is the story of two lovers, one of whom has forgotten the past two years during which the lovers came together While in the end I was rewarded, I had a hard time making myself read when I knew the characters were in emotional pain However, if you struggl [...]


  11. Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal RomanceThe blurb above is the perfect setup for this devastating and compassionate tale Mathias has resigned his commission and now his love, Rudolph, doesn t even know who he is Rudolph injured his head during the battle when he fell from his horse and is suffering from a rare case of amnesia Rudolph can t remember the last two years of his life and, at times, can t remember what happened yesterday Mathias has no one, no family, no friends, no employment Rudolph [...]


  12. Well, it wasn t that bad Rushed, plain and predictable but not downright bad, I guess The writing was average at best, nothing quote worthy Second half of the book felt trite and unrealistic Couldn t stop myself thinking that I ve read fanfiction with better plots and character development than this and those were free to read I guess my quest for a good historical gay romance must go on.


  13. Life often throws us into circumstances which seem unreasonable Muffled Drum by Erastes presents us with a vivid story of two men, hopelessly in love, ready and willing to leave everything behind to be together With war and death all around them, Rudolph and Mathias choose love and life instead When Rudolph falls off his horse he loses the last two years of his life, the ones which unfortunately include his relationship with Mathias In different ways, they face the challenge of putting the piece [...]


  14. I like historical romance very much and this story was deeply emotional.Rudolph and Mathias have become lovers during the war They don t want the army to find out they are lovers, so they decide to take part in their last battle and then resign their commission and run away together, even if this will probably be deemed disgraceful by their peers.After resigning, Mathias goes to Rudolph s tent and discovers his lover was injured during the battle and lost two years of his memories Suddenly Mathi [...]


  15. Gerry B s Book Reviews gerrycan.wordpressHaving written over ten successful novels to date, it seems author Erastes has decided to challenge herself with a devilishly complex theme, i.e loss of memory, which is what Muffled Drum Carina Press, July 4, 2011 centres around And if that wasn t challenging enough, she has also chosen an obscure but bloody war, The Austro Prussian War 14 June 23 August, 1866.Although I have in my possession a sabre bayonet from this very era, inscribed Cavalry de La Ch [...]


  16. Erastes throws the readers deep into the nineteenth century, immersing us in both battles and society She has us living, smelling, and lurching through this time, and suffering right along with Mathias and Rudolph On the eve of abandoning their previous lives and much else in order to be together, a battle injury steals Rudolph s memories and Mathias hope Muffled Drum plays with every emotion possible in rebuilding their lives.Everyone has their own opinion of what is best for Rudolph where he s [...]


  17. What would you do if one day your beloved, otherwise himself, ceased to recognize you It s an intriguing dilemma and one that is at the center of Erastes Muffled Drum A fall from a horse and the resulting concussion changes everything for Captain Rudolph von Ratzlaff and First Lieutenant Mathias Hofmann Rudolf is left with no memory of the previous two years, two years during which he and Mathias fell in love Mathias is left anxious and unbalanced, unsure what to do Here Erastes raises and answe [...]


  18. Originally posted at Rarely Dusty BooksGenre keywords M M, Romance, Historical, Bohemia Prussia, 1866, Soldiers, Battlefield, Aristocratic Berlin, Loss of Memory Why I Recommend I absolutely loved the premise of this story and thought it was handled with care throughout the whole book The amnesia Rudolph suffers from is such an agony for Mathias, especially since Rudolph only misses memories from the past two years He believes he s still with his ex lover Ernst, which causes some extra tension a [...]


  19. 4 Stars In a matter of moments, all of Mathias hopes and dreams have been shattered A knock on the head had stolen Rudolph s memory of the last two years and with it his devotion to his lover Mathias is a stranger now As much as he desires to tell Rudolph of their relationship, and that they had been about to embark on their own life together even though it was at great cost, Mathias is told by the field doctor that Rudolph should be allowed to remember naturally or the consequences could be dan [...]


  20. Muffled Drum, is a work of art that someone really needs to study and internalize When you have gotten the concept of trying your best to make the one you love remember the times of passion and bliss that you shared, without trying to cause a uneasiness is heart wrenching That is what this book is about, and had me flipping its pages eagerly The characters and written smoothly, as well as the imagery and feel of the location that she places the characters to be Combine imagery and emotion with y [...]


  21. A highly enagaing and page turning historical romance, set in the Austro Prussian war As always, Erastes delivers the vivid historical details Comparing to many other historical romance stories, I ve always found Erastes to be slightly edgy, don t know if it s the right word, but even when she s writing a romance, there s gritty and uncompromising realism in it A loss of memory romance plot is always a risk, as the situation is usually helpless and it can easily frustrates readers In this story [...]


  22. You might think amnesia could not be done in an original way, but Erastes manages it by omitting the recovery of memory Officers Rudolph and Matthias are lovers just about to defy all convention and run off together in the middle of an active Prussian war During the last battle Rudolph is thrown from his horse and loses two years of memory Matthias is heartbroken and follows him back to Berlin hoping his memory will return Instead Rudolph rekindles a bad relationship he has forgotten the end of [...]


  23. A rough story in the respect that Mathias gave up everything only to find that Rudolf had suffered an injury that derailed all their plans I almost lost hope for them but circumstances worked to change things and Mathias returned to give their LANs a second chance I think I d like to have heard a out how their future worked out for them It may e I should just dream a little A good read and recommended to you history buffs


  24. Muffled Drum by Erastes is wonderfully written character driven novel with a unique and fascinating story line Mathias and Rudolph are vibrant protagonists who are three dimensional and immensely appealing To read this review in its entirety, please visit blackravensreviews p


  25. For some reason, historics comfort food for me right now.I thought the ending ended kind of quickly The resolution also wasn t quite what I expected, in that it wasn t necessarily the most ideal of possible outcomes to happen, and with a hint of HFN tinging the happiness Still, I rather liked it Erastes writes good historics.


  26. Erastes is one of the best authors of historical m m romance I ve come across rich in historical atmosphere, with likeable characters and plenty of pathos Good stuff My only complaint about this tasty story was the too pat ending including the view spoiler convenient death of Rudolph s wife hide spoiler.


  27. An engaging, fast paced historical gay romance that isn t bogged down by issues of sexual orientation but focuses instead on two lovers dealing with amnesia and finding a way back to each other I loved the setting, the details, and how the conflicts were resolved Both main characters were lovely too.


  28. Not finished yet So far so good DSuper fight scenes, a sort of sympathetic villain and a HEA arrived at by rather convoluted means Historical details appear to be spot on I particularly liked the horses Great fun with some tense moments.


  29. I really loved this book Wish there were six stars Authentic historical views and dialogue Long buildup to the fun stuff, really creates tension Plus that cover is beautiful enough to stare at for hours on end.



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