Saturday, June 9, 2018

Book Review: Like a Gentleman by Eliot Grayson


James Rowley, penniless younger brother of an earl, discovers his rejected sensational story has been stolen and printed under another name — and he’s certain his editor is the guilty party. Determined to get his due, he sets out for London to take revenge on the perfidious L. Wells. He means to have satisfaction, even if he needs to pose as a simpering fop in a pink waistcoat to get it.

Two years before, intrigued by his favorite writer’s talent and wit, Leo Wells had visited the Rowley estate incognito, seen James’s portrait — and promptly lost what was left of his heart. Ever since, Leo has fought his obsession with his favorite writer. Unaware of the manuscript’s theft, he’s bewildered and heartbroken when James, acting the part of a sneering dandy, visits him in person only to use his obvious attraction against him.

From Gloucestershire to London to Portsmouth, can two men with society and secrets dividing them find happiness?

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4.5 Stars!

Like a Gentleman is book one in the Love in Portsmouth series and can be read as a standalone.

So, you all know I love historical books, right? MM, MF, I don't really care. However, there aren't all that many MM Regency romances so I pounce on the few that come my way.

I really liked Leo, he was a sweet man who got caught in something that put him in James Rowley's warpath and he didn't really deserve the treatment. Which, in turn, made me dislike James for at least half the book. I will admit, though, that I'm a sucker for men that will own up to their mistakes and James moved heaven and earth to make things right with Leo, and then made sure to show Leo that while their social status couldn't be more different, they still belonged together. It didn't hurt that they had great chemistry and that the enemies-to-lovers storyline, added some extra hotness to their encounters.

This is a short novella, perfect for a rainy afternoon, hot and sweet and with a very satisfying ending. Sometimes it's hard to really get to know the characters or have much of a story development, but Eliot Grayson did an outstanding job with that, nevermind that I felt transported back to the past with the writing. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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