Where to begin? This book took me on quite the ride … Not only was the genre different from what I usually read, but Sherlock Holmes was also shown in an entirely different light. Placing the cold, intellectual detective with a dashing, impulsive Romanian noble man in an adventure, mystery, and MM romance sounded intriguing, so I picked up the book. Previously, I reviewed Her Perilous Journey by the same author. If you’d like to know more about Lorena Cassady, please check my review on Her Perilous Journey .
The world’s greatest detective has a secret. Ever since his schooldays at Eton the seemingly cool headed Sherlock Holmes has harbored an irresistible attraction to Dragos, a young Roma man who is as impulsive and troublesome as Holmes is calculating and reserved. In the midst of this passionate love affair, Dr. Watson resents this intrusion. He often feels like the fifth wheel on the wagon and objects to Dragos’ s dramatic exits and re-entries into their lives.
When Holmes is called to inspect the murder of a young boy, it turns out that Holmes and Dragos knew the victim. On the quest to solve this murder, Dragos has to face painful memories of his past while Holmes and Watson keep on digging to find the truth.
This mystery leads them from the victim’s mother’s dingy London flat to the grand Spanish estate of the boy’s grandfather where more secrets are uncovered and questions arise about the boy’s father.
In this m/m romance, we see Sherlock Holmes in a completely new light. Although the story starts with the murder of the boy, it also focuses a lot on the tempestuous relationship between Dragos and Holmes. It is a passionate love affair with a long history that started in Eton where they first met.
Although it is clear that they love each other they also cannot be together. Dragos has left the drydetective many times. They can’t be with or without the other. Pressure usually builds up and Dragos sails off on another journey. But when his anger cools he always returns to Holmes, usually bringing trouble with him. Throughout the story I kept on wondering if these two would end up together or not, and I was hoping that they would.
The murder mystery takes the detective and his ever faithful Watson on a journey to Spain where the victim’s family history leads them on a new trail. Danger and intrigue meet them on the way, which Holmes faces effortlessly in his dry and calculating manner. His brilliant mind is as keen as ever.
While this is not a genre I usually read, I really enjoyed the story. Dragos is an intriguing, handsome, sexy, and alluring bad boy, irresistible to Holmes (and to the reader). Besides causing trouble, he also shows cunning and strength, and makes himself useful in the murder investigation.
Lorena Cassady does Holmes’s character justice, describing him exactly as we know him, dry, intelligent, and resourceful. I enjoyed following his every step while he went about on his investigation. Sometimes I felt like diving into the book though and give him a good shake, because he somehow always managed to drive Dragos away.
The side characters are also interesting and complicated. For example, Anca, Dragos’s cousin, is a strong woman who finds herself alone in London after surviving a recent tragedy. Anca is definitely my favorite side character, very three-dimensional, I was relieved to see much of her in the story.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly. There are, however, some crude sex scenes in the story, which is not for everyone. If you’re OK with that, then you can go ahead and get the book. It’s a good page turner, and it ends with a cliffhanger, but not to worry, the second installment in the Dragos and Holmes series is already out and it is just as good 🙂 (Yes, I read that one too)
Dragos and Holmes is available as Kindle and in paperback.