A Gentleman Never Tells
featuring characters from the Essex Sisters Series
by Eloisa James
ISBN 10: 0062573063
Harper Collins/Avon Impulse
On Sale: 06/28/2016
FICTION / Romance / Historical / Regency
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
A witty, sexy novella about a virgin widow and a rake with something to prove.
Eighteen months ago, Lizzie Troutt’s husband died in his mistress’s bed, leaving her determined to never marry again….and unfortunately virginal.
Eighteen years ago (give or take a few) the Honorable Oliver Berwick blackened his own soul, leaving him hardened and resolutely single.
When the chance for redemption in the form of a country house party invitation comes his way, Oliver is determined to prove himself a gentleman.
Until he breaks all the codes of gentlemanly behavior…once again.https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062573063/a-gentleman-never-tells
As always, Eloisa has written a charming romp through mind, heart, drawing room, and bedroom. One could almost believe croquet might just replace flowers and candy as a way to a woman’s heart.
With a charming, but not rakish, gentleman of means who is the absolute opposite of her late, limp husband, it’s finally possible for Lizzie to find happiness with another guy. She is resolute, about not getting involved, until he begins his delightful campaign to win her heart.
The funny thing is that we are privy to the exact moment when Lizzie’s resolve begins to erode under Oliver’s onslaught of love. And, I was charmed into the romance right along with the character. There’s a slightly silly bent to the story; just enough to make it an amusing instead of melodramatic.
The characters are very well developed for a novella. I felt I understood them perfectly. At first Lizzie’s behavior is annoying, ridiculous even. But as she is pried from her shell of seclusion, and we learn the cause of her aloofness, her behavior seems almost rational; it reminded me of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
Thankfully, it has a much happier ending (of course) than Lady Diana’s life story.
This is sort of a part of the Essex Sister’s quartet by Eloisa, but is very much a stand-alone novella. I found it fun to read and very romantic, and highly recommend it.