A collar and tie are than just clothes To Henry Blackwell, they represent freedom and choice They don’t mean as much to Martin, but he wears them to the Metropolitan Ball, an exhilarating rite of passage for masters and slaves alike At the party, drunk on champagne, Henry convinces Martin to act against his better judgment with devastating results Fearing Martin will be taken from him, Henry does what he believes necessary to keep Martin by his side, but Martin doesn’t agree with his methods, and they’re at odds when they most need to act in concert Henry feels he’s been wronged, but can he find it in his heart to forgive Martin? Perhaps importantly, does he deserve forgiveness himself? This is the fourth and final installment in the Ganymede Quartet, continuing the story from A Willful Romantic Ganymede Quartet Book More Henry MartinThis is one of my favorite series Being back in their world is like meeting up with dear old friend It's comfortable and brings an easy smile to my face This one did bring a few hurt feelings, but their was a resolution PleaseHenry and Martin! Upon finishing this book I immediately thought about where it all began, how far they've come and what the future holds for Henry and Martin then I felt bereft.I'm not ready to let them go! *wails*They're only 17! They've got a whole life in front of them and I want to sit sidesaddle for their adventures, see Henry grow into himself and run his own household So many things he's going to do and see and feel and discover that I won't be privy to any I believe this is what's known as separation anxiety.Honestly, I have to hand it to Darrah for making these characters so authentic; they have elicited surprising and sometimes irrational emotions from me It's been well established that I'm #TeamHenry, but the possessive and protective feels I have towards him caught me off guard Case in point, I was perusing some of the other reviews/comments and someone called Henry dumb and I bristled and started defending him! A fictional character! Despite my reluctance to let go of Henry and Martin this was a rewarding end to their story in so many ways Henry grows up a lot and learns some hard lessons He realizes his father may be intimidating, but he cares for him deeply and will look after him come hell or high water, if in a brusque and efficient manner He also begins to test his wings in society and comes to realize he has some influence over his peers He and Martin solidify their relationship, though they do have to go through the wringer to get there Henry makes a rather impetuous decision that brings with it some pernicious consequences Henry is devastated Martin is devastated Everyone notices that they're devastated It was really quite devastating! But still, I sided with Henry and wanted to make him lemon cake and tell him everything would work out I know, I know I don't even have a defense My brain logically knew Henry was in the wrong, but my heart told my brain to fuck off because Henry's so completely besotted with Martin and he felt the betrayal acutely! They do have a lot of fun before and after their conflict and an abundance of vigorous sex with pockets of poignancy like Martin choosing to sit at Henry's feet I loved that! Henry's education at Martin's capable hands expands exponentially They're sickeningly in love with one another and can be saccharine which I think is brilliantly executed by Darrah in its teenage authenticity Henry has been sheltered and is naive so the intensity of his feelings rang true Henry is still adorably bashful and persistently blushing which everyone seems to comment on He's still the quintessential dandy and so wants Martin to share in his sartorial interests, but Martin has no designs on dandihood He wants things from Martin that Martin doesn't want for himself and Henry coming to grips with these differences and learning to communicate and compromise is heartbeat of this final installment I attribute 95% of Henry's blossoming to Martin's unwavering devotion, support and love Without it Henry would likely wend up being a shell of a man.The writing, world building and historical references are all exceptional, as always Darrah Glass is a skilled storyteller and how much devotion and time she's spent building this world and these characters shines through not just in this installment, but all of them The secondary characters are just as richly vibrant as the main characters from Jesse and his ebullience to Cora and her strange morbidity; they all added to the experience I did miss Reggie, though I was certain he was going to have a larger role in this book But at the end of the day what I liked best was the message of generosity of the human spirit and how it can affect the recipient and just how easy it is to extend.A lovely series that is sure to become a comfort read in the future and has wormed into my heart and onto my favorites list along with its predecessors, all of which are highly recommended.I'll continue to hold out hope and offer shameless bribes In the vain hope that Henry will come back to me one day Until we meet again xoxox A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Anyone who knows me, knows that this is one of my alltime favorite series everrrrrr I loved this final installment and appreciated the culmination of their difficulties and romance I loved Cora I loved all of Henry's friends I loved Jesse I loved that Henry remained willfully romantic and that he was a dummy I loved Martin for being smart, loving, and a better person than anyone could expect, basically I loved Father and Mother and the ball/parties and Nurse and Baby Ann :D I loved that this series was entirely immersive It's not for casual readers who want to breeze through a story and move on to another It's a long wallow in a world completely different from our own with a couple of boys who are growing into young men It's full of characters that you'll grow to love and want to knowabout It's just the exact sort of thing I love! If you haven't started this series, I urge you to give it a try It's not for everyone, but when it reaches the right audience, you can't help but love it with your whole heart I hope that Darrah isn't done with this universe I want to know so much ! About Cora, about Tom, about the Louis, about Henry's other friends I want to know about Henry and Martin's future I want to know EVERYTHING! This is the FINAL book (sighs from the loss!) of the Ganymede Quartet, and the books need to be read in order.I have faithfully followed this series, loving every second of Henry's angst and Martin's solicitousness The books are set in an alternate historical period, NYC circa 1901, but in this world slaves are still present, and Companion slaves are purchased by wealthy families for the personal use of their teenaged children Martin is a Companion from the House of Ganymede who was purchased for Henry Blackwell, scion of the industrialist Hiram Blackwell, seven months ago Henry's darkest secret is that he loves Martin, even though it is unnatural and unacceptable gentlemanly behavior Henry is a romantic fool, wishing that he could change the world so that his love for Martin could be shared with any, and every, one He has no desire to marry a woman, even though he knows this is expected He fears his father will take Martin away if he learns of Henry's proclivities, and yet he cannot contain his ardor *swoon*Henry is a desirable partner for the ladies, because he is wealthy and handsome, and his lack of interest is almost catnip for some of the girls of his acquaintance Still, Henry's impulsiveness is bound to get him intotroublewhen he steals private moments at the Metropolitan Ball with Martin His indiscretion leads to a falling out with his best friend, Louis, and a hasty retreat into the bowels of NYC's seedy gay society.I was so enad of this partof Henry finding common folk with whom to share his joy over being with Martin Being that he's still only 16, Henry's compass doesn't necessarily point in the proper direction Martin's attempt to steer him rightly is unwelcome, and leads to further discord Oy vey, Henry! It is meant to be, child, just not the way YOU want it to be I had my heart broken along with Henry, though I knew he was being petulant and rotten to Martin I awaited reconciliation and, like Martin, was rewarded for my patience As a romance, this book (and series) hits all the marks It is sexy and sweet and sad and joyous I have angsted alongside these boys for the better part of a yearand I could go tenyears hearing their wondrous tales All the main issues are accounted for: Hanry and his parents have a better relationship Henry learns to deal with his love for Martin in private People want to be around Henry, despite his invert issues Martin is fantastic and lovely and wonderful and Henry will be a better man for loving him This book ends with a satisfying resolution, but I'm still not satisfied I'm a little bitter that this is the end, in truth I needHenry and Martin in my life I want to know how their lives change I want to tag along to college, and to see Henry attempt to court a lady I want he and Martin to live long happy lives together, filled with adventure and love I know I won't see them again like this, and I am melancholy over it Sign of a fantastic series.