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Mere Mortals by Erastes

Each impoverished young man has a secret in his past that haunted or mere mortals erastes him from his school. But the biggest secret is that of Phillip Smallwood, as he seems to shape the three young men for an unknown position. Mere mortals erastes and unconsciously, the young men compete for the honor, as they are dressed, valeted and tailored.

mere mortals erastes Love affairs between them, and Phillip, blossom and wilt like tropical flowers caught out in the English winds. They are paraded at a party to the county, where neighbour Doctor Baynes upbraids Phillip for treating his wards like dolls.


Who is Philip Smallwood? Why has he given them such a mere mortals erastes new life? What secrets does the house hold and what is it that the Doctor seems to know?

Mere Mortals

Trust acclaimed author Erastes to tell a moving story in the field of gay historical romance. Erastes is the penname of a female author who lives in the area where this book is based.


I give myself ten more pages, then 30 minutes, and suddenly find myself finishing mere mortals erastes novel well past my bedtime but incredibly satisfied that I spent time in the hands of a master storyteller.

Erastes tricked me into such a nighttime sojourn with a compelling storyline and characters that you come to adore. I kept reading to find out why the three had been brought together to this isolated setting.

I do have one criticism, so let me dispense with it before giving more detail about what so engaged me with this novel. The book has too many editing errors.

Enough to drive me almost mad at times. Whether the fault of the author, the editor, or the press, the book contained far too many mistakes that detract from an otherwise marvelous read.

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I don't think I've read a historical that manages to blend drama, romance and suspense with such skill, and Mere mortals erastes highly recommend this book.

I give this one four stars, as my vote of confidence in Erastes.

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This is the first book of hers I've read and even though it had its problems, I'm going to seek mere mortals erastes more of her novels. I believe Erastes is just what I've been looking for in the historical romance genre, gay and heterosexual alike.

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She's very deft in her writing although I couldn't help but I can't seem to stop mere mortals erastes up books that I later have to rate based on principle, because they leave me feeling so ambivalent.

She's very deft in her writing although I couldn't help but notice that there were some typos and minor mistakes, but I blame that on the editorher prose style is perfect for the historical mere mortals erastes. The pacing in this book is one of its strongest suits, and one of its weakest, at the same time.


The best thing for me is that the romantic plot is never rushed or put there for titilation. But make no mistake, when it happens, it IS hot.