Renowned actress Ruby Chadwick, the Darling of Drury Lane, has long planned and prepared for her final performance. With exceptional beauty comes the unwanted attention of men, and after years of fending off odious suitors, Ruby is ready to leave it all behind in a favor of a quiet life. The first step is to reclaim a piece of her past: her true identity as Lavinia Fernley. But leaving town unnoticed proves impossible, and in one desperate moment, Lavinia embarks on the greatest act of her life when she throws herself into the arms of a stranger to avoid recognition.
Lucas Jennings is shocked to find the stunning redhead in his arms, but something moves him to play along with her ruse when she calls him her husband. This charade marks the start of an unpredictable journey as he escorts the lovely Lavinia and her traveling companions to Primrose Farm, far from the glaring lights of London. Soon, the tables are turned when Lucas introduces Lavinia to his family—as his fiancee. Before long, their mutual deception begins to feel all too real. But when the truth of her past is revealed, will Lavinia's dream of a happy ending slip through her fingers?
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2017|
Awwwwwwwwww!!! *sigh* I loved this book, and to tell you the truth it was a pleasant surprise. Not that I had any doubt in Karen Tuft's spectacular writing, but the plot wasn't something I thought I'd overly care for. I love this kind of historical drama. Set in my homeland. Honour & loyalty beat out despair and hopelessness. The idea behind it has been done many times - random unwitting member of the gentry, comes to the aid of helpless female in dire need of protection or other such assistance. Pretend marriage or acquaintance - fall in love. However the way in which this was achieved was spectacular & unique. I was engaged from the very first page and could not put this book down.
It's always hard to do it justice, without over playing it in order for another reader to not approach it with overly high expectations. Sometimes I wonder if that's the beauty of a good book. There is magic in the unknown.
Leading an absurd group of travelers is Lavinia Fernley, who was for many years the infamous Ruby Chadwick - The Darling of Drury Lane. She hails from the Theatre District of London, and her talent and unique beauty (namely stunning and rare head of red hair) has propelled her into celebrity status. Pursued by a multitude of men for years, including the awful Earl of Cosgrove, who has outdone them all and is insistent she become his mistress. Celebrity is not what it is today, back then it was something the aristocracy of England cared little outside of the theatre where it belonged, and certainly did not run in their illustrious social circles.
Lavinia is repulsed by the unsolicited attentions of the men that she is subjected to. Has been her whole life. Her little band of misfits have stuck together to support each other and now they are planning an escape out of London. Will she be able to blow Cosgrove off her scent?
Lucas Jennings is a younger son of a Viscount and after 7 years of fighting for his country in Spain, he is back on English soil and preparing to return to his family seat of Alderwood, Lincolnshire. It may have been years, but has it been enough time to heal his heart? Broken by his childhood sweetheart who up and married his eldest brother, the one that receives the title and the estate, mere months after his departure to Cambridge. As he sits pondering this in the White Horse Inn, north of London -a mysterious middle aged woman launches herself at him, declaring him to be her husband!
This is a clear 5 star recommendation from me. Clean, beautiful love story of finding healing and trust, this definitely goes to the top of my list for 2018. (Yes, I know we are only in January, but I've read enough to know pure quality when I find it!)
Thanks to Netgalley & Covenant Communications for the eARC. This is my honest review.
When you have a group of actors and a gentleman get together, anything can happen. In some aspects this book played out like a theatrical performance, you never knew who was waiting in the wings ready to descend and create a little chaos.
I loved the characters, particularly the overacting thespians. Delia and Artie stole the show in many scenes. They didn't know how to act like normal people, the theater ran in their blood and was second nature to them. I loved their antics!
Lavinia is a noble woman, in spite of being an actress. She has a high moral standard and didn't fit the mold of an actor. She had an alter personality, that of Ruby Chadwick. Whatever situation she was thrown in, she easily put on the character and performed admirably. Lucas is a good man. He wasn't my favorite character in the book, but I did love how he cared about the people around him. He freely gave of himself to friends and family without strings attached.
This book is full of humor, embarrassing situations, chaos, and noble people found in the nobility. I would suggest this book for anyone who loves regency romance.
Source: I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Regency romance is a fun genre and one of my favorites- especially when it's a bit off the beaten path like this one is. I've never read a regency that places the main character in the role of a stage performer and it made this story all the more intriguing.
The deceptions that fill this book will have your head spinning. It seems like everyone, at some point or another, is part of some sort of ruse. Some more than others! It's nuts. And then it blows up!
I felt like the first half of the book was a bit slow in pacing but the last half more than made up for it. I loved the ending and I loved Lucas. What a kind gentleman. I also loved watching Lavinia come back to herself. Oh! and one more love. The cover! It's so pretty!
If you love regency romance, you should definitely give this one a look.
Content: mild peril, kissing
- I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
Having read Tuft's The Earl's Betrothal and loving it, I was eager to get my hands on this new book of her's. And it turns out this one is related to that one. Lucas was a friend of the main character in the other book. I found it delightful to return to a character already known. And like the other book, this one also has a rather unusual story line.
Lucas Jennings has bid adieu to his friend the Earl of Halford and is reluctantly making his way home. Reluctantly, because he must face the woman he loved who married his brother, and the rest of his family without anything to show for the last seven years. He does not at all expect a strange woman to throw herself into his arms and claim him as her husband. Yet that is exactly what happens. As he comes to know the beautiful Lavinia, he wonders if he's found his path after all. At the very least, he's found a way to postpone going home. But Lavinia is on the run from her past as a famous actress and isn't really prepared for what she finds at Primrose Farm, the property she has inherited.
The witty banter between Lavinia and her friends added much to the book as Lavinia has to relearn how to be herself and how to trust. Lucas makes for an honorable hero that I couldn't help but cheer for in his efforts to help Lavinia open up about her past. Tuft has written another engaging, enjoyable regency romance.
THE GENTLEMAN'S DECEPTION is a story full of quirky characters, a darling damsel in distress, and the dashing hero who comes to her aid. Full of humor and sweet moments as they fall in love with these characters, is sure to charm readers. Recommended to historical romance readers who like their stories sweet with some fun twists.
These characters were so much fun! Between Lavinia's friends and Lucas's family, there is quite a range of characters and throwing them all together just livens things up. Of course, my favorite characters were Lavinia and Lucas. I loved their strength—Lavinia's determination and brilliance in the face of men who would only use or hurt her and her desire to find a safe place for her and her friends to retire and Lucas's equally stoic stance on helping Lavinia and her friends and being honorable. They were an ideal pair with plenty of sweet moments as they both begin to trust each other and open their hearts.
I did think some parts could have been developed slightly more. It seems like Lucas's brother got off rather easily for the disaster he caused. I also thought the shock towards the end and the reconciliation could have actually been stretched out more to allow a little more depth to the characters and story. Regardless, these were minor and I still enjoyed the story immensely.
In the end, was it what I wished for? An enjoyable Regency romance with quirky characters, a little adventure, and sweet romance that was fun to read. I'm looking forward to seeing what Tuft writes next!
Content: Some innuendo, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.
A Gentleman's Deception is a very enjoyable piece of mind candy. Sometimes I enjoy a story with some more serious issues and depth, but often I just want an engaging, easy read, and that's just what I found with this novel. I read it fairly quickly, and I liked the characters. The actors added a fun new aspect to a Regency Romance. Their eccentricities kept you on your toes.
I couldn't help but wonder after the fact what would have happened if Lucas decided not to play along. Of course, the story probably wouldn't have been nearly as interesting.
The story has a happy ending (one of my requirements), and I’d probably read it again.
This book is such a hoot! I loved the whole plot line, it's a Regency Romance with a twist. The heroine is...gasp...an actress. How shocking! I loved that part of it!
The heroine of this book is Ruby Chadwick or Lavinia Fernley, whichever way you prefer to see her. Lavinia has been living under the assumed name of Ruby Chadwick. Her father died, leaving her with no funds and in order to keep herself and her maid/friend Hannah alive, she's been working in the theater. That's all about to end though, Lavinia is escaping to a whole new life in the country and leaving Ruby to die a sudden and not at all painful death...at least that's the hope.
I loved the scene where Lavinia meets Lucas. It's so funny. Lavinia is trying to escape those who know her as Ruby, in costume. But she spots someone who obviously recognizes her, so she does the first thing she can think of. She jumps into the nearest trustworthy looking man's arms and declares him to be her husband. So improper at this period of time, yet so funny!
I love Lucas. He really is trustworthy. He has so many opportunities to take Lavinia's good character away, but that's not in his character. He goes way out of his way to help her. But, as with all deception, the two of them are bound to be found out, but that's just part of the fun of this book!
This one has a great plot, great characters and a great setting! I loved everything about it!
Finally, Ruby Chadwick will no longer exist!
As Lavinia was making her escape, things did not go as plan. Her cohorts were not at he planned destination.
Oh, No! One of the Earl of Cosgroves minions was there and, even through her disguise, recognized her! Desperate, she threw herself at one lone man, in deep thought, sprawled at a table across the room. She declared him her awaited for husband. He looked at her but before he could show his surprise, he saw the pleading look in her eyes so played along.
He persuaded the other man to treat his "wife" with more respect than to gawk at her and they went upstairs to his room. He soon realized the other man wasn''t leaving the hotel, realizing he had put himself in a very compromising situation.
As a gentleman, he slept on the floor and escorted the "lady" to her companions the next day. They were anxiously awaiting their "lady"...having gone to the wrong hotel.
When assessing the situation and realizing they were going the direction he was, Lucas decided it it wise to accompany them...and perhaps get some answers.
As the journey moved forward, even more adventures began!
This is a wonderful book in realizing how appearance can be so misleading, how often others' judgments can ruin lives or force one to be what he/she would not otherwise be, and of self-respect and endurance.
The Cover was attractive and nice but not really portraying the content of the story. The Title was okay but not totally depicting the tale. It can be misleading.
The characters are very well-developed and become very "real". The scenes are well portrayed.
The beginning felt slightly awkward but soon the 'flow' went well throughout the rest of the tale.
I Give it a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted to me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
This regency romance features Ruby Chadwick, Darling of Drury Lane, a renowned actress in London who has saved up enough money to escape her fake life and start out on her own (with her quirky friends) and live a normal life as herself--Lavinia. But when she runs into trouble leaving town, she forces herself into the arms of a stranger and calls him husband to escape a sinister man who has less than honorable intentions regarding her. Lucas is shocked when an older woman thrusts herself upon him and urges him to play along to get her out of that inn. But when he realizes she’s wearing makeup and a costume to disguise her gorgeous looks, he doesn’t know what to think about the woman. I don’t want to spoil anything, but these two get more pulled into the deception, along with Artie and Delia, two elderly actors, and Hannah, Lavinia’s nurse and protector as he introduces her to his family up north as his betrothed when he returns home from the war. This has some good funny parts. The actor/actress theme was hilarious, especially with the side characters. Delia and Artie are a hoot. I was pulled into their world very easily and grew to love Lavinia’s sweet, but misunderstood character. Thankfully, Lucas came to understand her as he grew himself. The characters provided the unique take on this regency romance that made it distinct from others. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
While this is one of my favorite genres to read- Regency romance, I haven't read many with an actress as the main character, so I was intrigued to learn more about the details of that life. I found it interesting that Lavinia had to "escape" to a new life that is more respectable in order to keep men from pursuing her. I enjoyed her character and her relationship with Lucas, even though their deception provided conflict and uncertainty. The cast of supporting characters rounded out the story and it was fun to see how everything worked out in the end. Recommend to fans of Regency romance and sweet romance!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
This was a delightful book to read. Just as one deception seemed to iron itself out, another one was added to the mix. It kept me on my toes and turning the pages to see how many deceptions would happen and when they were going to be exposed. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good, clean read.