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.
Let me tell you a story. Last night, I was 40% done with this book and I thought “well, I’ll read a bit before going to sleep.” It turns out that “bit” was the 60% that was left of the book, since I couldn’t put it down once I started. The story hooked me in and I just had to keep reading.
This one has all the signs of being a KJ Charles book: the well-researched historical setting, the great writing, the unique characters and the chemistry between them. I loved Theo and Martin, and their adventure; but most of all I loved how their relationship developed as they traveled and how they got closer with each step of their journey.
If I had to think of a word to describe this book, it would be fun: the elopement, the race to pursue the heiress and her intended… I loved accompanying Theo and Martin. But along with it being fun this book tackled some serious issues, in true KJ Charles fashion. There was a conversation about slavery and social justice that I just had to bookmark, it was so well done. It also didn’t feel out of place for the characters and their process of getting to know each other.
In short, if you’re already a fan of this author you should pick this up; if you’re not, this is a great way of getting to know her writing, so pick this up, too. And enjoy it!