Manners & Mannerisms is an Austen-inspired romance, which brings me to a confession. I've never read Austen. I'm familiar with the titles and premises of various books, but I've just never taken the time. So, is this one truly inspired by those works? I don't have a clue. I just know that the blurb does include that, so I'll just assume that it does and move on. What I can tell you is that this one is an M/M Regency romance. Now, we all already know how anything LGBT related was viewed in those days, so what always interests me is how the author handles that part of the story if they handle it at all. I found the way Tanya Chris went with this one to be a bit different than most I've seen, and it proved to be an interesting storyline. I will say that it didn't take me long to guess where it was going, so that particular twist wasn't really a surprise, but it was still interesting. That's not to say that there were no surprises in this one because there were, but I won't spoil it so we'll leave those alone.
The prose in this one does help set the atmosphere of the time period, so it wasn't hard to visualize the characters and setting. The story is a kind of coming of age romance for William as he learns to trust Reginald and his feelings. He's rather innocent in the beginning, and he's very concerned with propriety. William is an interesting character, but he did make me a little bit crazy from time to time with his ramblings. The area I felt needed more attention was Reginald's character. He feels superficial, which makes it hard to connect with him. There were things I liked about him, but I really wanted more. Nevertheless, the story is a fun bit of escapism into another time and place. The angst level is pretty low, and for the most part, the story is light-hearted and an easy read.
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