Published by Perfectly Proper Press
Publication Date November 10, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
From USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews comes a swashbuckling tale of Regency era romance and revenge.
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 the other? Or with a little luck—and a lot of daring—will he find a way to have them both?
I would like to thank Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Gentleman Jim is the first Mimi Matthews novel I’ve read. Having seen her name online, I was curious to experience her writing.
Maggie was a feisty and brave heroine. The circumstances in which she found herself after the deaths of her father and her aunt would have caused a lesser woman to give up, but not Maggie! Not fearing danger to her person or her reputation, she impulsively jumped into situations with both feet.
St. Clare was very much a man’s man. His reputation was quite formidable, especially as a descendant of a line known for their skill with pistols. When Maggie continually wound up in his path, he found himself coming to her rescue again and again.
This was a fun story, filled with emotion. It was interesting to see how few rights women had and how it affected Maggie. I liked seeing her deep love for Nicholas which lasted through the decade he had been gone.
Plenty of action fills the pages. Frederick, Maggie’s intended, had a horrible temper and a vendetta against St. Clare which enlivened the plot. Maggie’s confusion about St. Clare’s identity added intrigue and also had me second-guessing my conclusion about who he really was.
Not being a fan of swearing, mild or not, I was slightly put off by several phrases used. One scene had me concerned that this was not going to be the clean romance I was hoping for due to the place and intense passion but I was pleased to discover that things didn’t go too far.
I will be watching for more releases by Mimi Matthews. If you enjoy historical romance set in the Regency era, I encourage you to get a copy for yourself.