From the blurb:
By the good offices of Riptide Publishing
KJ Charles’s new Entertainment
WANTED, A GENTLEMAN
Or, Virtue Over-Rated
the grand romance of
Mr. Martin St. Vincent . . . a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem
Mr. Theodore Swann . . . a humble Scribbler and Advertiser for Love
Act the First:
the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London
where Lonely Hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling
Act the Second:
a Pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts)
a speedy Carriage
sundry rustic Inns
a private Bed-chamber
In the course of which are presented
Romance, Revenge, and Redemption
Deceptions, Discoveries, and Desires
the particulars of which are too numerous to impart
I'm obsessed with K.J. Charles, and I think she is an exceptionally talented author. However, this one didn't grab me like her other books.
The book is very adventure-y, and while I sometimes like stories like that, I usually like more character-focused works. I like lots of slow burn and lots of sexual tension, and while we did get some tension in this enemies-to-lovers story, I didn't feel that "snap" of a connection like I crave.
The blurb was great and the characters were well conceived, but it all didn't fully come together. It had moments where I was like, "YESSSS," but I also wanted more the entire time.
I read a few reviews before starting the book, and I saw a lot of hype about a twist about 2/3rds of the way through the story. Anticipating and trying to guess what that twist was distracted me from the story. My best advice to readers is to not think about any twist. It isn't a crazy twist or anything bizarre, but it changed how I felt about the story, for sure. More than anything, it made me feel frustrated because it felt like an inorganic plot device rather that fitting smoothly with the story.
The story shines in the sense of time and place, which this author always does well, but even though I'd say that I liked it, I don't think I'd continue on if this was a series. Maybe with a different author, one who wasn't one of my favorites, I'd be more impressed.
*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Catch ya later!