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Unspoken (English Edition) van [Padmos, R.A.]
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Sometimes a man has to choose between two very different kinds of love. But what if there is no real choice?

When Stefan meets Adri, it is love at first sight. It does, however, take some time before he recognizes his own feelings. He’s a married man—a family man—with a strong sense of responsibility. In Dutch society of 1935, sex between men over the age of twenty-one might be legal, but acceptance is still a long way off.

As a working-class man without a steady job, he doesn’t have the means to ignore society’s rules and create his own little paradise in which both he and his lover can be together, without his family having to suffer poverty and shame. Despite all this, the lovers find a way to carve out moments of intimacy and happiness.

Then the Germans march into Holland and nothing will ever be the same again. The occupation, which will last five long years, offers both danger and chances, but choices have to be made—choices of the head and choices of the heart.

About R.A. Padmos

In no particular order: woman, writer, in a relationship with my wife since 1981 (though we had to wait until 2001 until we could actually get married), mother of two grown sons, owner of cats (I can pretend, can’t I?), reader and a lot more.

I write in different genres under different names. I’m also S.Dora for my M/M erotica and Ella Laurance for my M/F erotica.


  • Editie: Kindle-editie
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  • Printlengte: 231 pagina's
  • Aantal pagina's van bron-ISBN: 1786519372
  • Uitgever: Pride Publishing (29 maart 2016)
  • Verkocht door: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Taal: Engels
  • ASIN: B01BVDK8A6
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4.0 van 5 sterren An extremely thought provoking story. 10 oktober 2016
door Sinfully - Gepubliceerd op
*Reviewed by Mark for Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews*

In reviews the term raw and gritty is often used although for myself I’m always at a bit of a loss as to exactly what this term means or is trying to say. If we refer to raw as being realistic then this book is definitely that. It is set in a period of history that for a lot of people a HEA would never have been a realistic option and this book does exactly that. There are no harp playing cupids shooting arrows of love at the end of this book. But that’s exactly why I liked it so much as it deals with the raw or realistic situation and doesn’t fluff up a period of history for the sake of romance and having to fit in a happy ever after. Our story starts in The Netherlands just before the German occupation.

Stefan is married, has a family to support and is out of work. A time not only for Germany but for many other European countries where inflation was sky high along with unemployment. He has to queue up every week to receive his pittance for unemployment benefit so he can feed his family. This is where he meets Adri. I loved the way that the author deals with their first meeting. It’s a time in history where the only way to be sure that you are of the same ilk is a process of being careful and using coded language. Not giving too much away to incriminate yourself but enough to let the other person know how you are thinking and feeling. This is why I find the whole aspect of historical novels so fascinating, it reminds me of a time where you couldn’t be open and yet there is a great sense of solidarity once you have met other people who are the same.

Stefan at first is rather reticent about his feelings for Adri, after all he is married and has a family, but there is no denying the physical attraction he feels for him. This for me was the pivotal point of the book. Some people would ask, why is he married then? Is he bi? Well, this can never be answered easily. Like many men in this time, due to the expectations of society and it’s attitudes to being gay, many gay men would have got married to fulfil those roles. They would have fathered children and try to live the normal life while spending the rest of their lives fighting against their true nature. Did Stefan have a sexless marriage? Well no, but you could say that it was a cool and emotionless one deriving from the fact his wife just “performs” her marital duties with no emotion. In the end it does become a sexless marriage but one where both sides could quite happily live with. A kind of “close your eyes and think of England” the deed or duty is done. His wife is not a horrible person, just not able to give Stefan what he needs in bed.

~ Stefan: “We’ll never be sure what our love means, but whoever knows a thing like that for sure? People can make children without love, and people can love without making children. I’m here with you because there is no place on this earth I would rather be, and there’s no human being, man or woman, in whose arms I’d rather rest. If that’s a dead-end street, then so be it.” ~

When Stefan meets Adri then you can feel his blood pulsing through his veins with passion and lust. It’s like a drug. Adri is different as he knows who he is and accepts his fate of being gay with a more realistic outlook on the facts than Stefan does. Stefan runs the whole gamut of emotions from denial, to thinking that he is ill, trying to go against his true nature to falling helplessly in love with someone in a time where they would never be able to have a real or open relationship. As far as Stefan’s wife and family are concerned Adri just becomes the family's best friend and spends a lot of his time with them. Stefan and Adri then have to use the very rare moments they get alone to make love. But necessity is the mother of invention, leading to a cloak and dagger life of subterfuge. Stefan loves his children like any other father, his wife is like his best friend but no one could speak of love. Knowing the truth would be too much for his her, so therefore does it involve cheating? Well, I’m afraid it does but his wife never finds out. She may suspect something but it is the one elephant in the room that will never be talked about. She needs Stefan to support the family because as a female the option of being a single mum would be far worse. Did I feel sorry for her? Yes and no. She is a strong woman but again the period would also leave her no other choice so she makes do with what she has and doesn’t complain. Also for her Adri becomes part of the family and a kind of unofficial, surrogate uncle for her children.

Stefan and Adri have to live out their love in the shadows and those shadows become even darker when the Germans occupy The Netherlands. I liked very much what the author did here. She did not portray the occupying forces, at least those that Stefan and Adri encounter, as some kind of evil, Hollywood style German Nazi. They are ordinary men caught up in the political machinery of the day just trying to survive like everyone else in a time where the world went mad. So good and bad on both sides, nothing is ever as black and white, cut and dried as it may seem. Stefan’s and Adri’s feelings and love will remain under wraps for as long as they live but that makes the moments of intimacy they have together all that more precious. Moments to treasure and enjoy for the rest of their lives.

~Adri: “That’s the problem, isn’t it? Love. Lust stops once it’s sated, and friendship is innocent enough, but you never know how long love will last. I could leave you and the love might still be there for the rest of your life. You could decide never to see me again, but it might not be enough to stop the love. I love making love with you, but I don’t need it to love you—and that is what we couldn’t have foreseen, six years ago.”

The book spans several years from before the German occupation, during and up to the liberation of The Netherlands. And all this time we follow Stefan and Adri as their love deepens for each other despite all the odds being stacked against them. Here for me is the beauty in this book which takes a look at a relationship having to be hid from the rest of the world. It’s like sharing or being part of a secret that no one else is privy to, only Stefan, Adri and the reader. You develop a sense of solidarity with them like no other couple and that is why the ending is all the more poignant as you know there will be no HEA for these two in this period of history. Therefore, when the The Netherlands is liberated Adri has to take the small chance of happiness being offered him by the liberating forces. Both Stefan and Adri take this parting stoically and realistically, knowing there is no other option. Both realise they are unable to change things and accept it for what it is.

~ Adri: “They’ll forget about us, Stefan—or, more likely, they’ll never acknowledge guys like us risked our necks for a society that prefers not to know we even exist.”

This is an extremely thought provoking story. A story that will also make the reader reflect and think but will also make you appreciate what we have today all the more. A bittersweet romance that will have the reader hoping all the best for Stefan and Adri wherever their futures may take them.
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4.0 van 5 sterren excellent read 29 maart 2016
door MRS M D ATTENBOROUGH - Gepubliceerd op
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.

Set in the run up to, during and immediately after the Second World War, in Holland, we follow the love of a lifetime, a love that could get Stefan and Adri killed,

Stefan is a married man with three children. He loves his wife and his children. He has no job, The Depression has hit Holland hard. A question about the time turns Stefan's world upside down and back to front. He realises that his love for his wife is not the same as that love he has for Adri. But he shouldn't feel these things for a man, should he??

I enjoyed this book. Its very different from my usual reads. I loved how, while his body gets with the programme real quick, it takes some time for Stefan's BRAIN to finally catch up. I loved how he tries to rationalize it, to talk himself out of what he feels for Adri, and how miserably he fails at that. I LOVED Stefan's wife. She pulls a young Adri into their family, all the while, knowing just what is going on, but never letting on that she did.

I enjoyed (morbidly so) the way the book tells of the run up to the war, in Holland. About how the war affected Stefan, Adri and the family life they try so hard to maintain. The fears the the two men face. What it would mean for that family if Stefan ran away with Adri.

Its very well written, not overly explicit for a male/male read, but not a bad thing. It also has a couple of male/female scenes, again, not explicit, but needs to be mentioned for the die hard male/male readers. It does get a bit difficult reading, when it talks of the hardship this family faces, during The Depression and the war. Because it makes you lucky for what we have, and that, we should never have to go through that.


We only get Stefan. Yeah, yeah yeah, I KNOW! I know. But I wanted to hear from Adri, and even the wife (sorry, the spelling of her name escapes me) Just even a little bit, from someone other than Stefan would have made this book a 5 star read, I'm certain of it.

so...4.5 stars

**same worded review will appear on Goodreads,,, Barnes and Noble and Kobo upon release**
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5.0 van 5 sterren Worthy of your time 31 maart 2016
door LoriCaroline - Gepubliceerd op
When I started Unspoken, RA Padmos's writing drew me into the historical brilliance of the story, but as I watched the romance develop between Stefan and Ardi - watched the depth of the love form, I couldn't tear my ears away from the page. I don't often enjoy or choose to read romance novels where one partner is being unfaithful to a spouse, but within the time frame of WWII and Stafan (and Arti's) devotion to Stefan's wife and children, the infidelity just works. These were so many beautiful and heartbreaking things about this story and I could wax poetic for quite a while, but I'll let the reader discover those jewels all on their own. You won't regret it!

This is not light reading, to be sure. And the ending is no typical HEA with epilogues, but you will feel both enlightened and hopeful for the future they will carve together. Such a powerful story. Incredibly moving. Beautifully written!
5.0 van 5 sterren Loved it! 4 april 2016
door Kindle Customer - Gepubliceerd op
Really, I'm just left in awe right now.

I just want to say that I really enjoyed this book! Beautifully written. Impeccable writing. Unforgettable story. I was very much very pleasantly surprised!

Set in 1935 in Holland, Stefan meets Adri and invites him to his house for coffee. Stefan doesn't know why he does it- he's a content married man and father after all. But after meeting the young and attractive Adri, Stefan's whole life changes in a way he never expected or hoped for.

So many things I loved about this book! I loved the storyline and being on that journey with Stefan - not knowing what is happening to him, with Adri, him changing, growing.

I loved the characters. It's a true testament to the writing when you can hear the characters voices in your head so clearly. I read this book easily in Dutch and German accents. :) That's how well the dialogue was written!

But oh, the love story between these two characters. My heart hurt for them and cried out in joy when they were together. Torn between family duty and his hearts desire, in a time of war and non-acceptance, Stefan can only be with Adri in secret - which both characters hate but have to accept. And Adri - he never asks Stefan for more than what he can give. And more than anything, Adri never asks Stefan to choose. Stefan feels so much guilt for this.

“I would rather have a tiny part of what I want with my whole being than everything of something I don’t care for.” ~Adri


The only thing I didn't like was how the story ended. Personally, I like clear and happy endings but the ending that was written suited the story perfectly. Unspoken.

I'm definitely looking forward to more from this author!

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