First of all, I have to say BRAVO to Riptide Publishing, K.J. Charles, and anyone involved in making the blurb for Wanted, A Gentleman . Seriously, it is definitely one of the most creative blurbs I have ever seen!! I love the sub title, Or, Virtue Over-Rated; which kinds of giving a clue about what the story is all about, really.
The gist of the story is this: Martin St. Vincent ropes the help of Matrimonial Advertiser’s scribbler Theodore Swann in order to locate the daughter of Martin’s former master who is going to elope with a questionable gentleman. Then we have a rush of carriage pursuing the couple — and of course Martin and Theo getting attracted towards one another in between.
Since it was a novella length, I thought things happened pretty fast between both men. The relationship wasn’t as ‘deep‘ as I preferred it to be. There is a huge twist around 2/3rd of the book that I didn’t see coming. While in retrospect, after I finished reading, it sort of fit with the characters, I couldn’t help thinking that the twist made the story felt … well, less romantic for me.
Personally, I thought that the relationship felt like more like a business trade after that. I couldn’t help that maybe they getting together was pretty much helped by the pleasure of the flesh rather than attraction of minds and virtues.
But then again, maybe like the blurb says, virtue is over-rated
Charles’ writing is as delicious as ever; unfortunately Wanted, A Gentleman is not one of my top favorites from her. Even if it was still a quick entertaining read.
The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.
Title: Wanted, A Gentleman
Author: K.J. Charles
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 157 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 9th, 2017