Thank you so much for joining me today. I am featuring a wonderful swoon worthy Historical Romance. Today is my stop on the virtual blog tour of GENTLEMAN JIM; A TALE OF ROMANCE AND REVENGE, Mimi Matthews’s newest historical romance novel.
I want to thank the author Mimi Matthews @MimiMatthewsEsq. for sending me a gorgeous print copy
This extensive tour runs between 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, orreviews of this new Regency-era novel set in Somerset, England.
Author: Mimi Matthews
Genre: General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press (November 10, 2020)
Format: Trade paperback and eBook (376) pages
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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, Nick is the rumored son of notorious highwayman Gentleman Jim. When Fred frames him for theft, Nick escapes into the night, vowing to find his legendary sire. But Nick 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?
“Full to the brim of a passionate spirit that almost bursts from the pages…This is Mimi Matthews on Caffeine…This will charge your brain and light your heart…I freaking LOVE this book.” —Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration
“Equally passionate and powerful…Mimi Matthews proves once again that she is a master of historical fiction in Gentleman Jim.“ —Readers’ Favorite
“I have loved each and every one of Mimi’s novels. This one, especially, deserves ALL THE STARS and a place on my favorites list!… A thrilling Regency adventure that’s one-part hope, one-part daring, and one-part hopelessly romantic.” —The Green Mockingbird
“Just when you think Mimi Mathew’s books are already perfection, she writes another one that is more amazing than all the rest. Gentleman Jim is action-packed, romantic, and nail-bitingly suspenseful.” —Probably at the Library
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.
This was a captivating clean, passionate romance. By far my favorite of all of Matthews book. I know that I say that every time I read and review one of her latest novels. When It seems that her writing is top notch, she goes and ups the bar.
This by far the most passionate of her books. The plot line keeps you interested and the wonderful characters so delightful, that you read straight through. The sigh factor and the pitch perfect dialogue will ultimately transport you the beguiling Regency Era. The writing as always with Matthews is seamless and non stop pacing keeps turning those pages.
Head strong Margaret Honeywell has grown up with Nicholas Seaton. Nicholas is said to be the illegitimate son of the Notorious Gentleman Jim. Nicholas works in the stable as groom in Beasley Park, owned by Margaret’s father Squire Honeywell.
As the two advance in age the sparks fly, even though there is definitely a class difference. Margaret does really care about social doctrine, with heart in her hands she drawn to Nicholas. In a series of events the two become separated, and then the story really takes off. With woven suggestions of The Count of Monte Cristo.
Mimi Matthew has created another delightful tale. this books has it all, with forbidden romance, mystery and suspense.
If you enjoy reading regency depicted time frames, and swoon worthy romance, this a must buy for you.
“Miss Honeywell, if you don’t stop fidgeting with your gloves and look at me, I shall be compelled to take your hand and hold it in mine.”
“Do you think I deserve you? That I deserve any of this? You’re mine! And tomorrow, my love, we’re going to take that special license Lord Allendale procured and you and I are going to get married!”
GENTLEMAN JIM: EXCERPT #3 for Gwendalyn’s Books for Nov 21, 2020
St. Clare watched her awhile longer, and then, in a gentler tone than he’d used thus far, said, “Rest easy, Miss Honeywell. Much as he may deserve it, I don’t intend to kill Mr. Burton-Smythe at dawn. It’s a capital offense, you know, and having spent the better part of my life on the continent, I have no immediate desire to return there.”
Hope surged in Maggie’s breast. “You’ll call off the duel?”
“Ah. No. That, I’m afraid, I cannot do. But I give you my word of honor that Mr. Burton-Smythe will not die at my hand.”
Maggie had a poor opinion of a gentleman’s word of honor. Even so, she knew better than to call it into question. A gentleman could be quite touchy on the subject. She supposed that St. Clare’s assurances would have to satisfy her. “Thank you, my lord. I’m very much obliged to you.”
“Indeed you are,” he murmured. “One might even say that you’re in my debt.”
Bessie gave a sharp intake of breath.
Maggie cast a fleeting glance in her maid’s direction before turning her attention back to the viscount. “In your debt? For sparing Mr. Burton-Smythe, do you mean? But you said you had no intention of killing him in the first place.”
“So I did. And at the moment, that’s very true. At dawn, however…” He shrugged. “Who’s to say? Your Mr. Burton-Smythe can be devilish provoking.”
“Of that I’m well aware, but I don’t see how—”
“There’s a good chance he’ll say something to annoy me.”
Her brows drew together. “He very well might.”
“And when he does, the impulse to put a bullet in his brain may be too great to resist.”
Maggie heard another gasp from Bessie. And no wonder. A gentleman shouldn’t speak of duels at all in the presence of a lady, let alone be so lost to decency as to mention firing a bullet into someone’s brain.
Perhaps St. Clare was trying to put her out of countenance?
If so, he was in for a disappointment. As a girl, Maggie had frequently heard her father threatening to blow this or that person’s brains out, or to tear them limb from limb. Indeed, she recalled making similar threats a time or two herself. The Honeywells were known for their bluster.
“If he offends you in some way, can you not simply ignore him?” she asked. “It’s what I try to do.”
St. Clare leaned back in his leather chair and crossed his legs. The firelight reflected in the mirror-polished finish of his Hessians and glittered in the golden threads of his hair. He was the picture of an aristocratic gentleman at his ease.
Maggie wasn’t fooled one bit.
His light-colored pantaloons clung to long, powerfully made legs, and his dark blue coat appeared to have been molded to his broad shoulders. The elegant sprawl he affected was an illusion. St. Clare was no more relaxed than a lion waiting to spring upon its prey.
“In other circumstances,” he replied, “perhaps I could. But during an affair of honor a man’s blood is running high. Even the most placid sort of gentleman often finds himself unable to refrain from violence when a pistol is in his hand. And I am not a placid sort of gentleman. In truth, I have a bit of a temper.”
“As do I, my lord. What does that signify? Unless… Are you saying that your conduct at dawn hinges on whether or not Mr. Burton-Smythe can refrain from irritating you?” She was incredulous. “If that is so, then he’s as good as dead. I have come here for nothing.”
“Not necessarily. I believe, with the right inducement, I may be able to restrain myself.”
“It strikes me, Miss Honeywell, that if I’m to do this great favor for you, the least you might do in return is to grant me a forfeit of some kind.”
Bessie gave a puff of indignation. “Miss Margaret,” she warned under her breath.
“It’s all right, Bessie,” Maggie said, still looking at St. Clare. If he hadn’t reminded her so much of Nicholas Seaton, she might have been insulted. As it was, she could only be intrigued. “What sort of forfeit?”
“You’ve asked me to spare a man’s life. A man whom I dislike excessively. The comparable forfeit for such a service would be great indeed. Far greater than anything a gentleman would ever ask of a lady. I propose instead, three more moderately sized forfeits to be collected at the time of my choosing.”
“Miss Margaret!” Bessie hissed.
“Hush, Bessie. I ask again, my lord, what sort of forfeits?”
St. Clare gave her a crooked smile. “I don’t know yet, but it will be nothing untoward, I assure you.”
The sight of St. Clare’s smile was like a lightning bolt straight through Maggie’s heart. For a moment she couldn’t breathe. She’d seen that same crooked smile thousands of times before. It worked on her in a powerful way. St. Clare wasn’t Nicholas Seaton, she knew it, but to once again be the recipient of that smile and that stormy gray gaze, Maggie thought she would agree to practically anything in the world. “All right, then. I accept your terms.”
Chapter Three, pp. 47-50
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.
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