Tour and Book Review – Of Hope and Anguish by Silvia Violet

A big welcome to Silvia Violet as part of her review tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Of Hope and Anguish.


I’m reading this series out of order as I haven’t read book 1 as yet but it didn’t detract from my reading experience as I found it easy to pick up on what I’d missed. However, in saying that I need to go back and read book one now!

I enjoy a well-written historical and this is the first one I’ve read set during the American War of Independence. I loved the historical details that the author has included in the story, and found the setting very easy to visualise. Eli and Jack are interesting characters, as is Constance, a strong woman who plays an important part in the story. Eli and Jack’s love for each other is obvious in the way they act, and their need for each other comes through strongly throughout, although there was one part of the story where I wanted to smack Jack for his behaviour towards Eli. The author does a good job in showing his fear of losing the man he loves and what they have together, although his behaviour almost does just that. However, I did feel that Jack is very quick to doubt Eli, but having emotions running high will do that.

Andre—an historical figure—is well written, and I liked the way he was described. It was easy to believe that Eli and Jack were on the American side as their beliefs in their cause felt very passionate and real. Randall was an interesting character, and I hope to see more of him, and his relationship with Constance.

I’d recommend Of Hope and Anguish to readers who enjoy erotic historical romances with interesting characters and a mix of action/drama. 4 out of 5 stars.

Length: 50,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

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Jack and Eli have been separated for months while Jack gathers intelligence in Philadelphia and Eli spies on British officers in New York. When Jack has to take on the role of spymaster and work behind-the-scenes, Eli offers to insinuate himself in Philadelphia’s loyalist circles, taking Jack’s place.

As Eli works to uncover traitorous negotiations between a high-ranking American officer and the British, he cozies up to British spymaster John Andre. Jack doesn’t like Eli putting himself at risk, nor does he like seeing him fawning over a beautiful, charming man.

As the chances of the American army surviving the winter decline, tensions mount between Jack and Eli, threatening to tear them apart. They will have to rely on their love and trust for one another to make it through these harrowing months.

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About the Author

Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia’s stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, curling up with her favorite books, and spending time with her family.


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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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