As Peter, Lord Northrup finds young, middle class student Stephen asleep in his bed during a visit to some friends he expects him to be a friendly offer for a more exotic house party. But Stephen is really the friend's son's friend come for a visit, but even after the misunderstand is cleared up, Stephen is intrigue by the dark, older Peter and asks him to show him the pleasures of the flesh he thought he might never indulge in. They spend two sensual days together at the house, Stephen getting more and more enamored with Peter, till the owner of the house has to ask Peter to leave, before he corrupts his son's friend.
But even after he has to take his leave, Peter can't quite forget the shy, passionate Stephen.
I liked this book a lot. The Characters have depth to them and there is good character development too.
Stephen starts out shy and repressed, but he grows up, becomes stronger, more confident. Stephen doesn't stay the mooning boy, who is unreasonably fascinated by the first man in his bed, it is Peter who ends up falling in love and falling hard, while Stephen is more the voice of reason.
The book had a very realistic ring too it. While it's still HEA and quite romantic, it's also full of problems. It doesn't get too sappy or forced.
The views and laws on homosexuality are an obvious deterent, but also Stephens sense of duty to his stiff middle class parents. I felt it was downright depressing at times, which is why I gave it only 4 stars. It certainly were necessary and reasonable downers, but I wasn't something I was quite in the mood for.