Review: Less Than a Gentleman by Kerrelyn Sparks

July 2, 2013 Review 0

Review: Less Than a Gentleman by Kerrelyn Sparks

In this never-before-published historical romance, New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks returns to the 18th century, where the fight for freedom is as dangerous as the fight for love.

Between searching for the missing Munro sisters and South Carolina being all but lost to the British, Captain Matthais Thomas has more important things to worry about than finding a bride. But his mother has other ideas. When Matthais finds a beautiful woman in his bed who claims to be his betrothed, he is suspicious of her identity…and determined to discover the truth.

Caroline Munro had few options. The British burned down her home, and now, traveling with her very pregnant sister, Caroline is pretending to be someone she’s not so they can have a safe place to rest. But she didn’t count on a matchmaking matron or her rogue of a son…and certainly never dreamed she would fall in love with a spy.

Title: Less Than A Gentleman
Author: Kerrelynn Sparks
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: 2 July, 2013
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 432
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Patriotism, history, spies and romance: what more could you want?  This story by Kerrelyn Sparks has all of that and more, and told using sublime characters that bring the story to life.

Caroline is completely adorable, you can’t help but like her as her goal is to protect her family: at all costs.  She is smart and clever, with an independent streak a mile long.  Her assumption of Agatha’s identity, although not honest, was done with the best intentions: the first encounters with Matthias are laugh out loud funny.

Matthias is equally attractive, aside from his unwillingness and later inability to share his real identity with Caroline: despite the fact that he cannot pass long moments without thinking of her.  Heir to the plantation and the slaves held there: although he wants no part of it. A recurring nightmare from childhood and the loveless attitude of his father to his mother have soured him on the idea of marriage and children.

This is a historical romance that is well-grounded in the facts of the history, without becoming overwhelmingly factual or dry. Characters maintain a sense of the time, conversations, thoughts and behavioral standards of “appropriate” are all given their just due, yet there is no feeling for the reader that this is a lesson.  Everything flows in a natural and smooth manner.  Loaded with action and adventures for the characters increases both the tension and pacing, there were several points where I could only hold my breath as the confrontations came to a climax.  These are real people, well portrayed with faults and baggage that they must learn to work with or around to finally have their happy ending.

Particularly satisfying is the multiple happy endings afforded many of the characters: without overwhelming us with history and other trivia, Sparks used her research to enhance the story and provide an enjoyable look at people who could have existed years ago, and the love and families they fought for.

I received an eBook copy from the publisher for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Kallysten

                    

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