A Fine Gentleman
London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.
Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon's war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose.
As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear. When the truth of Mariposa's quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.
By Heather, Submitted on 2017-06-28
It's been over a month since I listened to this book while driving up to Salt Lake from Arizona and I still find myself thinking about this book. I love how clever Ms. Eden is. I don't know how she is able to do it. There are some seriously laugh out loud moments and then there are other times where you find your heart just bleeding for Mariposa. I'm glad I was by myself while I was driving otherwise anybody else would have thought I'd gone mad, laughing and then crying. I love how Mariposa is able to bring Jason out and help him just as much as he helps her, in fact in the end they really save each other. I love books where the characters are stretched and see how much growth has taken place over the course of the book. I loved Mariposa's twitchy grandmother, she hysterical.. If you have the chance to listen to the book I highly suggest you do so. I'm not sure who narrates it but she did a fabulous job speaking Spanish and French, it was amazing. She really brings these characters to life.
If you've not read any of the other books in the series that's ok Ms. Eden gives you just enough of a background on each of the brothers that you don't feel lost. This book is definitely one of my favorites that I have read/heard in quite some time.
By Lisa, Submitted on 2017-04-30
This is truly a charming story of a dispossessed Spaniard enlisting the help of a fine gentleman barrister in locating her lost family. Comical misunderstandings abound as do disguises, some strangely involving vegetables.
While the humor is delightful, Eden imbues this tale with a depth of real human emotion and struggle which allows the reader personal insights as to the strange ways sorrow causes us to respond. She also shows how two seemingly dissimilar people can bring out the best in each other.
Oh, and it doesn't hurt at all that all of the Jonquils make an appearance!
By Aimee Bryan, Submitted on 2017-04-15
I always know Sarah Eden's books are going to be super clean and never regret buying them before I read them.
Delightful story, witty characters and absolutely nothing with which I was uncomfortable.
Thank you Sarah for always delivering beautiful, clean reads!
By Tressa, Submitted on 2017-03-25
A FINE GENTLEMAN was another enjoyable story from this author who consistently delivers sweet historical romance with lovable characters and engaging plots. The plot was unique with a fiery Spanish beauty who challenges an uptight English barrister at every turn, creating quite a bit of humor as well as some romantic sparks. Recommended to those who enjoy sweet romance or Regency romance with some twists.
I loved jumping back in to the Jonquil family. They're like old friends in a way. It was also fun to see how the other books intertwine here and there. Even though this is a series, each book can be read on its own, but it's fun to piece them all together.
Jason is definitely one of the brothers that I didn't know overly well from the other books and so it was nice to finally get his story. I liked him immediately even though he is being shocked into sputtering and repeating things when Mariposa begins her quest to find her family. Mariposa I also liked, even though she was also rather frustrating. My one issue with the story was that I thought she went much too far with her treatment of Jason and that I thought with her friendship with his brother that she should have confided in Jason much soon or started with the truth. Though, I suppose, that wouldn't have been as entertaining.
The humor and romance were quite enjoyable. Mariposa dishes out the retorts quite easily and Jason eventually takes his own turn in fair play. The romance develops slowly, creating a bond of friendship and love, and surprising the characters when they figure things out. I especially loved the chemistry that developed when the characters travel together and the blundering Jason does later on, which I found quite charming.
In the end, was it what I wished for? I love how Sarah's books never fail to entertain and leave me with sweet contentment at the happily-ever-after endings. This story was one of those. I'm looking forward to reading about the rest of these brothers, hopefully Stanley next!
Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.
By Andrea, Submitted on 2017-03-09
Friends, and any person out there who likes to read, if you are not already a fan of Sarah M. Eden, you really should read some of her books. She is a wonderful author. One of my favorite things about her is that she is an author you can count on. She doesn't add or take out certain content based on the publisher. She writes excellent, clean fiction filled with lovable characters and heartwarming stories.
I jumped at the chance to review A Fine Gentleman when I heard it was coming out. It has been a little while since I read one of Eden's Jonquil Brothers books, but even though it's been awhile, I fell right back into love with the family. Jason is definitely unique. His personality isn't extremely endearing (at least initially), but his interactions with the unpredictable Mariposa really made for a charming story. I loved how she pushed his buttons! And I loved how both Jason and Mariposa helped the underdogs around them.
Eden has just the right about of humor and emotion in A Fine Gentleman. I was drawn into the story immediately, and didn't want to put it down until I finished it. I will definitely read this again.
By Katie, Submitted on 2017-03-09
I'm not someone who can usually think up spur-of-the-moment comebacks and witty dialog...until way after the conversation has ended. Then I can think of a million things that I should've said. Mariposa has a plan and it takes some tricky plays on words and purposeful misinterpretations to set this plan into motion. The result is an amusing banter between a daring and beautiful woman and a serious and uptight barrister, which seriously made me laugh out loud at times, especially as their roots emerge.
I loved being given another story about the fabulous Jonquil family and Jason is a very interesting brother to get to know better. I loved the glimpses of his brothers and the way he feels about each of them. I loved "hearing" his thoughts on his family. I could literally picture the sarcasm and eye rolls.
The way these characters interact gave me smile after smile and it's especially tender to discover who they truly are and what motivates them. I loved peeling those layers off throughout the book and was treated to a fantastic story. Any happy ending is only made sweeter by the battles fought to get there and I truly felt that there were battles fought (and won) on many levels, which only a great author can pull off. Overall, I was delighted by it all.
Content: mild romance; very mild talk of war.
*I received a complimentary copy through the publisher, which did not affect my thoughts or opinions in any way.*
By Rachelle, Submitted on 2017-03-08
I am a huge fan of Sarah Eden's books and if you love regency romance, then you should definitely pick up her books. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Eden's books because her writing is impeccable, her wit makes me laugh out loud, and the love stories are inspiring and swoon-worthy. What's not to love?
I was very pleased to have a chance to read A Fine Gentleman and from the first pages found myself smiling, chuckling, and rooting for the dear Mariposa Thornton and poor Jason Jonquil. I loved the depth of Mariposa's character--her abilities were much more profound than I would have guessed at the first meeting. And Jason also held a side that was wonderful to discover. I like how Eden went back and forth between the two characters viewpoint, weaving a tale that was pure enjoyment to read. The historical setting with the aftermath of the war and Napoleon's shadow on this time of the world was interesting. I liked seeing a character from Spain and learning about what people might have gone through during that era of history.
I've come to love the Jonquil family and you'll note that several of Eden's books tell the stories of these adventurous brothers.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review which I have given.
By Lisa F, Submitted on 2017-03-07
Have you ever been in a public place, quietly reading a book and snorted at a very humorous part? That is what happened to me when I read this book. Of course, there was a lull in the conversation going on around me and everyone looked at me. This book has many "snort out loud" moments.
The book is part of a series featuring the Jonquil brothers. I have read a few of them and not in order. The books can stand alone, but it is more fun to find out what happens to all of the brothers.
This is a regency romance that the MC is a young woman from Spain who is looking for her English relatives. She tricks Jason Jonquil into being her solicitor. She has a quick wit and is a strong female lead. She is desperate for help and goes to a family that is full of integrity.
Jason is a bit stiff. His goal is to be respectable, and being a solicitor is about as respectable as it gets. He doesn't like frivolity and holds his character. The question is, will Mariposa be able to get through his tough outer shell to the man who is hiding behind respectability?
If you love regency, laughing, banter, intrigue, and clean romance, you should definitely give this book a try.
By Aimee Brown, Submitted on 2017-03-06
I love, love, love Sarah Eden's books and I love, love, love this Jonquil brothers series. Well, honestly, I love everything Sarah Eden writes. She has a masterful gift for creating characters and scenes that play out like movies in my head. Her characters are always so well defined with flaws and those tiny characteristics that make them unique and identifiable.
I think I loved Mariposa from the very beginning. What a sharp mind she has! It's rather enviable how she worked conversations and situations to her benefit. It made me laugh. So, so clever. But then that mask slipped and she became a courageous but broken young woman, trying so desperately to find her family and stay safe in the process.
Jason is really an uptight guy. It was fun to watch him be worked over by Mariposa and her personality. As he loosens up and his thinking shifts a bit, he becomes more and more adorable. I love the fine gentleman in him. Honorable, upstanding. Here is a quote I loved because it pretty much sums up all the Jonquil brothers, including Jason.
". . . One trait you all share with him is a tendency to hide the person you truly are. You all keep yourselves tucked safely behind various masks and walls, whether it be isolation or playing the fool or"- she eyed him more pointedly- "clinging to the appearance of impeccable respectability. Being your full self is a better thing, my dear. Give your brother a chance to be his full self before deciding who he is. You might both be surprised by what you discover."
I was quickly caught up in this book. I loved the story and the characters. You really just cannot go wrong with books by Sarah Eden.
- I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.
By Heidi Reads..., Submitted on 2017-03-06
Bliss! Several years ago when I finished the first four books in the Jonquil Brothers series, I wanted to immediately read the next, A Fine Gentleman, only to discover it was out of print and I could not locate a copy anywhere! So you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn that it was going to be republished, and the day finally arrived that I had it in my eager hands! This is one of my favorite family sagas and the sometimes complicated dynamics between the characters are infused with the trademark light humor of the author.
In the previous books Jason has been pretty straight-laced and even stern. The bond between him and his brothers is obvious, but his harsh criticism of the oldest brother Phillip's facade of an empty-headed dandy created a wedge between them. Mariposa also presents herself to Jason with a mask, and her patronizing treatment of him aggravates him to his wit's end. I think he takes it so personally because she's poking at a particularly sore vulnerability he's struggling with- living up to the examples of his brothers and expectations of his late father. Mariposa's tragic history is unfolded to the reader and then as Jason becomes aware of her fight for survival he is seriously humbled. Learning not to condemn others so quickly is a lesson he then applies to his relationship with his brother, and I appreciated that he came to accept Phillip before learning the truth of why he has been putting on an act for so many years. I loved seeing the continuation of Phillip and Sorrel's story and the way he also helped resolve some of Mariposa's fears. Once Jason and Mariposa let their guard down with each other they have hilarious banter and great romantic chemistry. I love how he becomes her hero and the confidence it gives him of his purpose in life. I also appreciated that Mariposa finds an important purpose as well, one that is close to her heart as a survivor of war. Highly recommend this book and the entire series! They read well as stand alones but of course I recommend reading them in order for maximum enjoyment :)
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
By Heidi G., Submitted on 2017-03-05
I am thrilled to be able to review A Fine Gentleman. Sarah Eden has proven once again why she is one of my all time favorite authors. I was excited to return to the Jonquil family. I've loved every one of these books (Friend or Foe?, ) and this one was no different. It was fun to read Jason's romance as he faces off with a woman who is a match for him in intelligence and wit. But things don't start off to well when Mariposa Thornton shows up in Jason's office and tricks him into helping her. Pretending to be simple and vacuous, Mariposa desperately needs help to find her family before her spying past catches up to them. But she doesn't dare tell the truth, and after her horrible experiences in war torn Spain, it was hard to blame her. Unfortunately for her Jason doesn't appreciate her approach, especially once he realizes its all an act. After some rather painful encounters, Jason realizes Mariposa does really need his help and with his father's training in being a gentleman ringing in his ear, he can't help but offer his help. And as the two start to see the person behind the mask, feelings beyond irritation and guilt become involved. It was especially fun to see characters from previous books show up, including one of my favorite characters, Jason's older brother, Philip. The ongoing relationships between the Jonquil brothers is delightful to read about and always makes me smile, especially once Jason sees behind Philip's mask.
Sarah Eden has created a wonderfully enjoyable series with the Jonquils and I am excited to be able to read Stanley's story later this year. If you enjoy regency romances with depth to them as well as delightful characters, then I highly recommend Sarah Eden's Jonquil Brothers series.
By Charissa, Submitted on 2017-03-01
This Regency period romance was spectacular! Mariposa and her abuela have been on the run for years—ever since their beloved home in Spain got overrun by Napoleon’s troops. She has lost her father, grandfather, and brother to the war, and has lost her mother and younger brother in the process of running to England. Desperate to find them, she turns to a barrister, Mr. Jason Jonquil, to help her find her last living relatives. But with a murderous spy on her tail, she dares not tip her hand or trust anyone—least of all Mr. Jonquil, who is a stranger to her. Treating him with superior disdain and condescension, she maneuvers him into helping her, while irritating him to no end. Will he ever see beyond the haughty mask she wears to protect herself and her family? Or will secrets and deceit forever keep them apart?
I absolutely loved the characters in this book—even the side ones. They’re just as much fun as the main ones. The story has the perfect amount of romantic tension and suspense. The character arcs for both hero and heroine are sublime and beautiful to watch unfold. I devoured this book once I started. I meant to eat it in proper portions—just like Jason Jonquil (a fine gentleman) would do—but then I gave up and gorged like a starving woman at a Vegas buffet. Burp. Excuse me. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review, and I loved it (see above burp comment for proof).