A Fine Gentleman

bookOkay, this title might sound boring, but the book is anything but! And I’m not talking about the type of pork butts that my husband smokes up outside. I’m just saying (in a long round-about way) that this book is incredibly awesome. It’s one that made me smile the whole way through as characters became friends, and their trials and triumphs became mine as well.

Let me first give you the riveting blurb for A Fine Gentleman so you know it’s anything but boring.

Jason Jonquil can’t go anywhere, it seems, without hearing at least one of his many brothers praised to the skies. He is hard working and accomplished, but no one seems to notice. Especially Miss Mariposa Thornton. On the surface, she seems quite empty-headed. But Jason is certain she is hiding something. Initially, he wants nothing more than to be rid of the exasperating lady. But as her mask begins to slip, he finds himself wishing she saw him in the same way the world sees his brothers: as a gentleman worthy of admiration, respect and love.

My Review

This Regency period romance was spectacular! Mariposa and her abuela have been on the run for years—ever since their beloved home in Spain got overrun by Napoleon’s troops. She has lost her father, grandfather, and brother to the war, and has been separated from her mother and younger brother in the process of escaping to England. Desperate to find them, she turns to a barrister, Mr. Jason Jonquil, to help her find her last living relatives. But with a murderous spy on her tail, she dares not tip her hand or trust anyone—least of all Mr. Jonquil, who is a stranger. Treating him with superior disdain and condescension, she maneuvers him into helping her, while irritating him to no end. Will he ever see beyond the haughty mask she wears to protect herself and her family? Or will secrets and deceit forever keep them apart?

5 DecadentI absolutely loved the characters in this book—even the side ones. They’re just as much fun as the main characters. The story has the perfect amount of romantic tension and suspense. The character arcs for both hero and heroine are sublime and beautiful to watch unfold. I devoured this book once I started. I meant to eat it in proper portions—just like Jason Jonquil (a fine gentleman) would do with one of my husband’s pork butts—but then I gave up and gorged like a starving woman at a Vegas buffet. Burp. Excuse me.

I rated it a 5 all the way across the board–Amazon, Goodreads, and my highly critical Sweet Scale that you can read more about in the top bar. It has everything I like in a scrumptious read.

Giveaway

Check out a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a copy of this book and some Amazon cash. You can use it to buy some pork butt for your next BBQ. And don’t miss out on reading about all of Sarah’s books on her Amazon page. She’s a great author who never disappoints.

Hope your first full week of March is amazing and beautiful. Happy reading!

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More stops along this blog tour:

Color of Love

bookHere’s another great book. It is actually on my 2016 reading list because I read an early copy, but it just released this month. Color of Love by Anita Stansfield is a Regency romance with a unique twist. The heroine is a colored girl of Indian descent and, therefore, doesn’t fit into English society…and never will.

Synopsis:

The British aristocracy is an inflexible judge. And for Amala, a lovely young Indian woman, that judgment is most keenly felt. Raised from a child by the wealthy Hepworth family following the murder of her parents, Amala grew up alongside the Hepworth’s own daughter, Katarina, and was loved as both sister and daughter. The family is part of the charmed circle of the upper class, but Amala’s place in society is tenuous. As an Indian woman, her life is marked by a sense of otherness and voices of prejudice. So when she embarks upon a sweet acquaintance with Henry Breckenridge, a white Englishman, Amala is both elated and terrified. She knows first-hand the opposition that an interracial couple would face, and courtship with Henry could destroy his standing in society.

Determined to spare the reputations of both Henry and her sister Katarina, Amala flees England with the hope that an extended trip will allow her time to heal her broken heart. But she never imagined the repercussions of that decision, and the heartbreak awaiting her. For when she returns to England, she finds those she holds dear facing unparalleled devastation. And now it is her love that holds the key to healing a broken family .

My Review

Amala’s position in English society broke my heart. She was such a beautiful, talented, cultured girl–raised to act English–but because of the color of her skin, she could not break through crusty barriers of those around her. When she meets Henry Breckenridge, they are mutually attracted to each other, but she cannot bear to burden him with all the horrible consequences that marrying her and bringing half-breed children into the world would bring him. Running away brings another kind of heart-break to both of them, but they must move on for society will never allow a mixed marriage.

3 YummyThis story took place over several heart-breaking years and it really tugged at the old heartstrings, let me tell you. I liked the twists and surprises as I turned the pages, and felt it was a gratifying read. My only hangup was that Amala’s adopted family seemed a little too tolerant and casual for that time period and their ranking in English society, but I could overlook that because it’s how I wish more of them would have behaved back then.

Overall, I ranked this a solid 4 to 4.5 on Amazon and Goodreads, and a 3 on my critical Sweet Scale. It was an enjoyable story that showed the different faces (or colors) of love people can feel for one another, and how these feelings can change, grow, or wilt depending on how we act on them.

About the Author

Anita Stansfield is an imaginative and prolific writer whose romantic stories have captivated her readers. Her popularity stems from her ability to empathize with and write about the issues that women deal with on a daily basis. (I’ve read tons of her books, yet haven’t made a dent in the pile she has written. This writer really is prolific).

color-of-love-bannerGiveaway

The publisher is hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway for a copy of this book and cash during the Color of Love Blog Tour. Check it out. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you to win. Happy Reading!

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Blog Tour Schedule:

Kept Secrets

kept-secrets-blog-tour-bannerI’ve had quite a bit of down time due to my hip surgery last week. Four days in the hospital, and I felt I needed every second of that healing time. I don’t think I read once while I was in there, and even in the preceding days at home after, I’ve been too uncomfortable to do anything but feel sorry for myself. My own personal pity party.

But it’s over now–for the most part. Day by day my body is healing and I am beginning to want to read again. This latest book–Kept Secrets–was pretty intense. I couldn’t put it down once I started it. Continue reading

A Place for Miss Snow

A Place for Miss Snow BannerTime for another book review. Another one by Jennifer Moore, one of my favorite authors. This story comes to you from the Greek islands in the Regency time period.

Teaser:

Miss Diana Snow is a chaperone for a younger girl as they vacation to Greece. When a charming man named Alexandros barges in on their outdoor luncheon to chat with them and gain introductions, and then just as mysteriously disappears, she can’t stop thinking about him. Continue reading

His PRM

51tg2btn5wsl-_sx311_bo1204203200_I have a deliciously sweet story to tell you about today. This one gives me warm fuzzies to review because I read it in the beta-phase and then again once it was published. I loved it both times, but the final version really nailed my devotion to the board. Jennifer Peel is a master at writing books just for me. I swear…she has this ultra-sensitive radar that signals in and finds my most favorite books button to push…and then she doesn’t just push that button once…but about eight times. Yeah. She’s that good.

All her books have hit that button in me, so she ranks in my favorite author category. Her stories have delightful characters that are fun, good-crazy, sweet and sassy. Her plots always make me smile because they snag my attention and then hang onto it tight…and I always am sad to see “The End” because I want to keep reading. Her writing style is crisp and clear, fun and witty. Seriously, I can’t think of anything I don’t like. Continue reading