A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M Eden
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Genre: Regency Romance
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Book Description: London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.
Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose. As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear.
When the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.
My Thoughts: Sarah Eden has an amazing way with words. If you have never read one of her books, pick up one, you won't regret it. This would be a good one to start with. Technically, this is book four of a series, but each can stand on it's own.
A Fine Gentleman is full of humor. There are many giggle out loud moments. The way that Mariposa manipulates Jason is amazing. You have a hard time figuring out who she really is inside. She plays a role. She has learned how to pretend to be someone else to stay alive and get the help that she needs. She has been through a lot of painful experiences, but she is strong and a woman who is on a mission for her family. She is a force to be reckoned with.
Jason is also a complex character. He tries to be serious and responsible. He is a bit stiff, and Mariposa brings out some of his hidden traits. He tries so hard to be a gentleman and to fit in his family of brothers. I loved that Mariposa could bring him out of his stuffiness.
This is a book that draws you in from the beginning and doesn't let go until you are finished. It is a clean Regency Romance!
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About the Author: (Taken from Deseret Book) SARAH M. EDEN read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.
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