- Title: Gentleman Jim: A Tale of Romance and Revenge
- Author: Mimi Matthews
- Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
- Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press (November 10, 2020)
- Length: (376) pages
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?
As a fan of Mimi Matthews, of course I was so excited to read this book! I found it to be a bit off the path from her usual books, which brought an interesting nuance to this novel! This is a perfect book for fans of gothic romance, mistaken identity, enemies to lovers and all of those fantastic bits!
Essentially, this is the love story between the bastard son of a famous man and a posh daughter of a wealthy family. There are enemies, unrequited love, and so so so much swooning! I felt like I was transported to this era and the story jumped off the page at me! I really enjoyed all of this book and didn’t have anything to quibble with.
The pacing of the book is very good and there is just enough conflict, both emotional and physical, to really elevate the narrative. Usually this genre can be a bit stereotypical, but Mimi Matthews kept me guessing at every turn! You will absolutely love the dialogue, it is superb! Perfect length for a book in this genre, it took me a few sittings to read it, but I was interrupted in the middle. I would normally be done in a day, but I am a fast reader. This is a book to be savored that would make a perfect holiday gift! If you’ve never read a Mimi Matthews book, this is a good one to begin with as it is has beautiful dialogue and it is a standalone novel.
My thanks to the author and Austen Prose for having me along on this tour! I loved this book and would recommend to all readers of historical fiction, romance, and ‘masterpiece theatre’ style books!
USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Library Journal, Publishers 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.
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