Thursday, November 12, 2020

Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews #regencyromance #blogtour #GentlemanJim #SwashbucklingHero


Gentleman JimGentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source:  Received to Review
Genre:  Regency Romance

Book Description:  She Couldn't Forget...

Wealthy squire's daughter Margaret Honeywell was always meant to marry her neighbor, Frederick Burton-Smythe, but it's bastard-born Nicholas Seaton who has her heart. Raised alongside her on her father's estate, Nick is the rumored son of notorious highwayman Gentleman Jim. When Fred frames him for theft, Nick escapes into the night, vowing to find his legendary sire. But Nick never returns. A decade later, he's long been presumed dead.

He Wouldn't Forgive...

After years spent on the continent, John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare has finally come home to England. Tall, blond, and dangerous, he's on a mission to restore his family's honor. If he can mete out a bit of revenge along the way, so much the better. But he hasn't reckoned for Maggie Honeywell. She's bold and beautiful--and entirely convinced he's someone else.

As danger closes in, St. Clare is torn between love and vengeance. Will he sacrifice one to gain other? Or, with a little daring, will he find a way to have them both?

My thoughts:  I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I started reading this book, I thought it might be about someone named Jim. He is part of the story, but not the focus.

This book follows Maggie and Nicholas. They were childhood friends that realized that they loved each other as teenagers. Nicholas is forced to flee his home when the neighboring son of a landowner, Frederick, accuses him of stealing Maggie's jewelry. The word of a servant does not carry the weight of someone with money.

The book picks up ten years later when Maggie makes a clandestine trip to ask the Viscount who is going to duel Frederick not to kill him. Her father has entrusted her care to him when he passed away. He has control over her finances and whom she marries. She faints when the Viscount bears a striking resemblance to Nicholas.

This book.... sigh. I honestly enjoyed every moment of it. The relationship between Viscount St. Clair and Maggie is intriguing. She speaks to him just as she did Nicholas. She's not afraid to voice her opinion and take chances. She is a strong female MC set in Regency England. The banter and the relationship that they share is fantastic.

The book also deals with extended family who wants to secure their future and threaten the legitimacy of St. Clair's claim. I honestly did not like them one bit. I didn't like Fred either. They get lumped in with him at one point and they become less likable together. Anywho.....

If you are looking for a fast-paced Regency Romance with intrigue and fantastic characters you should definitely read this one!

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author:  USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Library JournalPublishers Weekly, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats. Her next romance, The Siren of Sussex, will be out in 2022 from Berkley/Penguin Random House




"Tartly elegant. . . A vigorous, sparkling, and entertaining love story with plenty of Austen-ite wit."— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Matthews ups the ante with a wildly suspenseful romance..."— Library Journal, starred review

"Equally passionate and powerful...Mimi Matthews proves once again that she is a master of historical fiction in Gentleman Jim."— Readers' Favorite

"Rollicking and romantic, passionate and intriguing...Regency romance does not get any better than Gentleman Jim."— Relz Reviewz

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