Did not finish at 63%. I tried. The writing style is fine. The characterizations are.. not it for me. Mathew, so conflicted about his desires and what it takes to be a real man, Rief closeted and troubled by his visions and what they mean for him, his acceptance into his society etc. should come together to make a fine story. But the way it was handled is just too hand-wrenching and bosom clutching that it reads like an old-school romance novel I read in the 90s, to be honest. I get that it’s historical, but I’ve read historicals written in current times that are much more compelling reads and aren’t hard to get through. I really did try with this one and maaaybe I’ll come back to it and finish it. If I do I’ll update my review and maybe give it another star if the last 37% get better than what I’ve already read.