With her typical skill and creativity, Mimi Matthews has penned another riveting and entertaining tale with her new book, Gentleman Jim. Set in Regency England and full of colorful, layered characters that come alive on the page, this story kept me guessing and turning pages to the end.
The two main characters are superb. Maggie Honeywell is a spunky, courageous, and loyal heroine. I was immediately drawn to her audacious personality. Viscount St. Clare is a bold, courageous hero who is determined to restore his family’s honor and maybe get a little revenge along the way. The villain, Frederick Burton-Smythe, made me want to boo and hiss every time he made an appearance.
Packed with adventure, intrigue, suspense, heart-pounding romance, and with some humor and witty banter thrown in for good measure, this tale is sure to please those who enjoy captivating Regency stories.
Gentleman Jim is no exception. Ms. Matthews’ stories dwell in perfectly drawn, immersive settings. The language, the social norms, clothing…every detail. Her characters are always compelling and you don’t want to part from them. And the stories are ‘clean’ in the Austen manner. In fact, if you know hand-holding can be swoony-sexy, go buy the book.
This story works so well with its ‘lovers torn apart’ story line, that I could ignore the little voice of doubt (suspending disbelief is so important for a transporting experience) on one particular issue. No spoilers here. It works because we want it to. Because leaving the current world behind to spend time in Somerset and London in the early 1800s is exactly what you need to do!
You’ll see in a quick perusal of any Gentleman Jim review that our hero/heroine are separated not just by a mean guy and bad luck, but later by all the overwhelming obstacles of proper society. It makes for the most wonderful conflict and keeps us turning the pages. Will they get together? (what do you think…) Will they keep you glued to the story while they manage it? Absolutely. *I was provided an ebook for review with no obligation to provide a positive review.
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, Nicholas is the rumored son of notorious highwayman Gentleman Jim. When Fred frames him for theft, Nicholas escapes into the night, vowing to find his legendary sire. But Nicholas 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?
AUTHOR BIO: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.
Join the virtual blog tour of GENTLEMAN JIM; A TALE OF ROMANCE AND REVENGE, Mimi Matthews’s highly acclaimed new historical romance novel, November 9 through December 6, 2020. Forty-five popular blogs specializing in historical fiction, historical romance, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with exclusive excerpts, interviews, spotlights, or reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in Somerset, England.
(and a shout out to the amazing Laurel Ann Nattress -visit her incredible blog Austenprose for all things Regency and Anglophile)
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:
Nov 09 Relz Reviewz (Character Spotlight)
Nov 09 Life of Literature (Review)
Nov 09 Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)
Nov 10 Savvy Verse and Wit (Interview)
Nov 10 Greenish Bookshelf (Review)
Nov 11 Library of Clean Reads (Review)
Nov 11 Silver Petticoat Reviews (Excerpt)
Nov 12 Bookworm Lisa (Review)
Nov 12 Heidi Reads (Review)
Nov 13 Lu's Reviews (Review)
Nov 14 The Green Mockingbird (Review)
Nov 15 Bookish Rantings (Review)
Nov 15 The Lit Bitch (Review)
Nov 16 The Historical Fiction Reader (Review)
Nov 16 Austenesque Reviews (Review)
Nov 17 Inkwell Inspirations (Review)
Nov 17 Robin Loves Reading (Review)
Nov 18 Christian Chick's Thoughts (Review)
Nov 18 My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt)
Nov 19 Laura's Reviews (Review)
Nov 20 Jorie Loves a Story (Spotlight)
Nov 20 Foxes and Fairy Tales (Review)
Nov 21 Gwendalyn's Books (Excerpt)
Nov 22 Romantically Inclined Reviews (Review)
Nov 22 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)
Nov 22 Vesper's Place (Spotlight)
Nov 23 Fiction Aficionado (Review)
Nov 23 Historical Fiction with Spirit (Review)
Nov 24 Let Them Read Books (Interview)
Nov 25 The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Review)
Nov 25 So Little Time… (Spotlight)
Nov 27 Among the Reads (Review)
Nov 28 Chicks, Rogues and Scandals (Review)
Nov 29 Book Bustle (Review)
Nov 30 Cup of Tea with that Book Please (Review)
Dec 01 Nurse Bookie (Review)
Dec 02 Confessions of a Book Addict (Review)
Dec 02 Impressions in Ink (Review)
Dec 03 From Pemberley to Milton (Review)
Dec 04 Relz Reviewz (Review)
Dec 04 Rosanne E. Lortz (Review)
Dec 05 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review)
Dec 05 Probably at the Library (Review)
Dec 06 The Calico Critic (Excerpt)