Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Guise of a Gentleman by Donna Hatch

Genre: Regency Adventure

Publication Date: March 2010

One Word Review: Swashbuckling-fun

Author Website: www.donnahatch.com

First Line: “Lady Standwish was a traitor.”

GoodReads Synopsis: The widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for freedom and adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret. A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared accepts one last assignment before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared’s past…or still love him when the truth is revealed.

Kathy’s Review: This was definitely different from your typical regency novels. It starts out kind of the same, the first half of the book takes place in regular society, but then things take a turn and Jared’s pirate life takes on a much bigger role. I really enjoyed the story, it was fun and adventurous. I really liked Elise and Jared. Elise is witty, brave and very ladylike. Jared brings out a different side in her and she does the same for him. He’s kind of a rake without really being a rake, which I liked. I really liked that he had a lot of respect for Elise and even though there was mutual attraction he was still a gentleman and I think it made their relationship stronger. There is a lot of chemistry between the two, and lots of kissing, but a really sweet romance.

I accidently read this book not realizing it was the second book in the Rogue Heart’s series. Book one is about Jared’s brother Cole and Alicia. Knowing them from this book I am excited to go back and read their story. I am also hoping there will be books for his other brothers Grant and Christian, I felt like they each had some secrets that I’d like to find out.


Bookworm Rating: 4.5
Rouge Heart Series:
Book One: The Stranger She Married
Book Two: The Guise of a Gentleman

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