Author: B. Snow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Tom, museum curator and expert in Renaissance jewelry, doesn’t think his boyfriend Peter is “The One.” Peter is perfectly happy with Tom, but Tom is obsessed with the artist Benedetto Emilio Nesci—exciting, passionate, extraordinarily talented… and dead for over 400 years.
Tasked with researching a bejeweled codpiece, Tom abandons his professional ethics—and his sanity—to try on the codpiece and is transported halfway around the world and back in time, right into Florence, Italy and Nesci’s workroom.
After his initial panic subsides, Tom seizes the opportunity to allow Nesci to seduce him, but Tom discovers not everything about the sixteenth century is as romantic as he’d imagined. Getting back to the modern world and Peter becomes Tom’s only wish, but desire and reality are two completely different things, and Tom might not get what he wants this time around.
Review: Tom finds himself mightily annoyed his boyfriend Chris is bothering him when he wants to examine a bejeweled codpiece. It was made by Tom’s favorite artist. Favorite isn’t a strong enough word. Tom really likes Benedetto Emilio Nesci and his passion for life. Tom doesn’t think Chris is all that passionate. After persuading Chris to go to the gym Tom begins to study the codpiece. By study I mean conjure up a sexual fantasy about it. As you do. Despite knowing better, Tom decides to put the codpiece on and finds himself transported to Emilio Nesci’s studio. Emilio is so not what Tom expected nor is he what Tom wants. Thankfully, Tom is able to get back home where he takes a good hard look at his relationship with Chris.
This story was an interesting blend of needing to be careful what you wish for as you just might get it, and remembering to appreciate and love the things you have in your life instead of constantly yearning for what you can’t have. The premise skirted the line between fanciful and ludicrous without anything truly profound to back it up. It made for an okay read. If you’re looking for a quick and somewhat funny fantasy tale this is good.