Author: Eloisa James
Genre: Historical Romance
My Copy: Purchased
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Synopsis: 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.
The Essex Sisters series is one of my favorite books by Eloisa James. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for the newest novella in the series, A Gentleman Never Tells, I couldn’t pass up the chance! If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy A Gentleman.
We have good character development. Lizzie Troutt is a young widow who is kind and only wants to live her life on her own terms. She has no desire to remarry and keeps to herself. And we have Oliver Berwick, a country gentleman who deeply regrets his involvement in circulating nicknames given to a few women. Now charged with the care of his teenage niece, Hattie, Oliver is quick to see the error of his ways and wants to make amends. We have a few secondary characters that play a vital role including Lizzie’s sister, Cat, and Oliver’s niece.
What I liked about A Gentleman Never Tells is Oliver’s quest to be a knight in shining armor without asking any questions! I really enjoyed Lizzie and Oliver’s journey and it’s a novella, so obviously their time frame for falling in love has to happen in a matter of days. Despite this, this isn’t one of those instant fall in love books. James really takes the time to have Oliver woo Lizzie and we get to experience falling in love with Oliver via Lizzie. Readers will delight in Oliver’s thoughtfulness when it comes to Lizzie’s preferences especially food. I absolutely adored the croquet scene! My only complaint about the book has to do with Lizzie and food. Having a sister of my own, I know what she likes and doesn’t. Having Cat oblivious to Lizzie’s preferences is a bit far fetched, but I can forgive this knowing Cat was the older sister and perhaps had been out of the house for a while. Besides, how was Oliver going to get close to Lizzie?
If you’re looking for a quick romance to read, I recommend Eloisa James’ A Gentleman Never Tells. I’m pretty sure you’ll want to read the other books in the series after this one, because I know I’m dying to reread Pleasure for Pleasure.
Purchase Link: HarperCollins
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