My Fair Gentleman

by Nancy Campbell Allen

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In this Regency twist of My Fair Lady, Jack would rather be at sea than fixing the mistakes of his grandfather, the late Earl of Stansworth. Instead, he finds that inheriting his grandfather's wealth and title — and securing the welfare of his sister and mother — means joining the ranks of high society and living with the aristocracy. Luckily, Ivy Carlisle, the granddaughter of a dear friend of Jack's late grandmother, is willing to teach him etiquette and properly introduce him into society. Jack soon learns that his challenge isn't surviving his new lifestyle but surviving the conspiracies against him — as well as keeping himself from falling madly in love with his new tutor.


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PublishedShadow Mountain (January 5, 2016)
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RuntimeUnabridged 6 Hrs. 30 Min.

About the Author

Nancy Campbell Allen

Nancy Campbell Allen (N.C. Allen) is the author of fifteen published novels and numerous novellas, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2006, her work won the Utah Best of State award, and she received a Whitney Award for My Fair Gentleman. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loves to read, write, travel, and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children. Visit her at

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(based upon 19 reviews)

A new fan for Nancy
By , Submitted on 2018-05-19

This was a thoroughly delightful book. I actually liked it more than I thought I would based on the blurb. :)
The characters were well-drawn and I bought everything that happened. After reading this, I searched out more by this author because she’s definitely doing a great job.

By , Submitted on 2018-04-19

Worth the read!

What a wonderful Proper Romance.
By , Submitted on 2016-06-24

I completely enjoyed reading this book. It was engaging and the characters were very interesting. Don't we all wish for a rags to riches kind of story. mixed with a bit of romance and then throw in a touch of mystery. I would highly recommend this book.

You will be charmed by this story and be left with wanting more from these characters and this author.
By , Submitted on 2016-05-27

One of my favorite movies growing up was My Fair Lady. I loved to see the witty banter, the transformation of the commoner into a member of the aristocracy, and of course seeing the two leads fall in love. My Fair Gentleman takes the idea of My Fair Lady, which came from the play Pygmalion, and twists it around for some Proper Romance Fun.

We first meet the long time sailor Jack, who is thrust into society to become the heir to his late Grandfather's estate. In order to receive the money and the title he must become a true society gentleman. This is where the clever and very beautiful Ivy Carlise steps forward to tutor Jack in the ways of society. Right off you could see the sparks fly between Jack and Ivy and sometimes it would be in the form of them butting heads. Jack is way too stubborn in his old ways and Ivy doesn't back down in the way that society is run. There were so many humorous scenes in this book as these two very different people began to learn about and from each other.

Though this is a Proper Romance,there is also the big mystery of who is trying to do Jack in. Then there is Ivy's HUGE secret of her undercover writing career. The novel has a great supporting cast with Ivy's Nana, who is a delight to read as she stands up to the snobbery found in society. I loved every scene she was in. I also enjoyed reading about Jack's mother Mary and his sister Sophia, as they found their feet swimming through the "shark infested waters" of the aristocracy.It was fun to see them gain their confidence in their new life standing with the help of Ivy and her Nana Olivia.

Readers will find so much to love in this novel, from the chapter headings from "Mistress Manners' Tips for Every-day Etiquette" such as, "When making a new acquaintance, always present a pleasant face and a kindly manner", to the repartee and flirting between the main characters, and of course the romance that slowly unfolds much to the dismay, surprise, and chagrin of Jack and Ivy. You will be charmed by this story and be left with wanting more from these characters and this author.

Fun and entertaining from start to finish!!
By , Submitted on 2016-05-12

I absolutely loved this book. The characters were enjoyable and well developed, and it was easy to see the situations from each point of view. It was very entertaining and fun to read, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys being swept away into another time and place while they enjoy an endearing story with delightful characters! An absolutely enjoyable twist on a well known story!

Loved this great Proper Romance!
By , Submitted on 2016-02-26

I LOVE Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance line! Each of the books so far have been well-written, clean and amazingly romantic. This one was no exception.

I thought that Jack was a great character, it was really fun to see life through his perspective. He is a young man who has been working on a ship for many years. He's just about ready to captain his own ship when he's sent for by his estranged grandfather who is just about to die. The old man wants to tell him that he is his new heir and that he won't be living much longer. Jack feels torn, he wants to go to sea, but he knows that the life that his being his grandfather's heir will provide for his mother and sister are miles better than the way that they've been living. It was fun to watch him go from a seaman to a gentleman.

Ivy was probably my favorite character in this book. She is honest, witty, and simply amazing. I loved that it was her job to make Jack into a true gentleman of the ton. At times she wants to pull her hair out and at times she has to just sit and cry, but I loved her perseverance.

And her Nana, also an amazing character. I loved that she was always there just when Ivy needed her to do something. But she pretty much allowed Ivy to make her own mistakes and do her own thing, even if she was somehow helping in the background to make everything turn out as it should.

I loved the little quotes at the beginning of each chapter from Mistress Manners. It was fun to read them and guess just what would be coming in the chapter. I have to admit that there were several times that I laughed. And I loved the way that they tie in late in the story.

The story line was fun too! I loved that it was a My Fair Lady story, but in reverse. It was really well done and there was plenty of romance, adventure, kissing, danger, kissing, and great characters to satisfy every type of reader. Make sure you pick up this great new book!

My Fair Gentleman
By , Submitted on 2016-02-19

I liked this book. It's predictable, a little cheesy, and a little cliche, but isn't that what romances are? It's a fast, easy read, and is a good book when you just want to be entertained. I liked the characters and thought they were fairly well developed. I liked Ivy a lot. I think she and I would get along. Jack was not very likable at the beginning of the book, but he did soften as the story progressed. There isn't any profanity or "intimacy." There is some minor violence. There are two little things that made me rate it at PG-13. It doesn't go into detail, but the reader does know that the issues are there. I would recommend it for 13 years-old and up (YA). You may read my full review on my book blog:

Delightful twist on My Fair Lady! in this perfect afternoon read
By , Submitted on 2016-02-13

The characters of Ivy and Jack were equally developed and entertaining. I loved reading from each of their perspectives. The Regency era had so many rules and made it so difficult for people to make "love matches" so Ivy had resigned herself to an arranged marriage of sorts. It was wonderful to see how the romance developed and how she worked so hard to keep herself from falling in love with Jack, the roguish sailor turned earl.

The surprising twists, turns, accidents, and betrayals in this story, made it a very fast read. I'm sure if you're lucky enough to snag an afternoon of reading that you'll devour this book!

I hope that Allen will write another story that explores more of Jack's sister, Sophia as her character was wonderfully developed as well and I would like to see what happens with her future.
I received a review copy from the publisher.

By , Submitted on 2016-02-03

4.5 stars

This book is part of "A Proper Romance" line of books from Shadow Mountain Publishing. The writing and stories are excellent. This is a line of books that I will not pass on reading. I have loved all of them.

This book is a take of "My Fair Lady". The difference is that the gender is reversed. Ivy Carlisle helps a sailor, who came into a recent inheritance, become a gentleman. It is pretty obvious from the start that Ivy and Jack will fall in love, it is the journey to the end that is entertaining.

Jack has enemies from the beginning. His grandfather named him as his heir on his deathbed. Jack does not want to be a member of the gentry, but capitulates for his mother and sister. His enemies add a bit of mystery to the story. It becomes important to find out who is trying to kill him before they actually succeed.

The book is a clean romance. I really liked the characters. I felt that Nancy Campbell Allen did a great job at their development and made them people with flaws, that gave a sense of realism to the story.

I anxiously anticipated reading this book, it did not disappoint. The book is clean with some non-graphic violence and kissing.

A Twist Better than the Classic
By , Submitted on 2016-02-02

I like Regency books, for the most part, I do. And I am especially glad to have run across the "Proper Romance" series because I like knowing the book I pick up is going to be clean and fun and well written. When I heard that this book was going to be a twist on the movie "My Fair Lady," I just couldn't pass it up. I have to say that Nancy Campbell Allen far exceeded my expectations in every area: Beautiful Regency with all a reader might expect, yet with a slight twist that freshens the setting for me. A perfect "Proper Romance" with fabulous flirting and heart-thumping falling in love. The twist on "My Fair Lady" was such that I like it so much more than the original! Specific things I liked in the book--the humor at the first soiree and the absurd (but serious) introduction. I liked Miss Manners' tips at the beginning of each chapter and found myself rereading each after I completed the chapter so I could see how it applied. Also, the author gave each character a very distinct voice, which was a pleasure to read. Overall, a fabulous read I can't wait to reread again and again!

By , Submitted on 2016-02-02

What a fun story. After the first chapter I was hooked. The characters are fun and easy to love. The storyline is fantastic as it's a twist on My Fair Lady. I admit I was skeptical at first but Nancy pulled it off. There were twisted I didn't see coming this time around. I couldn't put the book down. It's fun to watch the growth of Jack and Ivy. It's a wonderful, clean story that I would recommend to any and everyone with love for a good romance.

*A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

By , Submitted on 2016-01-28

When I was contacted by Shadow Mountain and asked if I wanted to review the new Proper Romance that was released I of course jumped at the chance. I LOVE Proper Romances. Love them. This book did not disappoint!

Jack is happy with his life on the sea. It allows him to send money to his mom and sister. His dad had passed away and he was forced to go to sea at a young age to help pay for his family. His father grew up privileged but when he married Jack's mother he was disinherited by his father. Jack has always hated his grandfather for this.

He never wanted any association with his Grandfather. The Earl of Stansworth. One day while at port he is approached by an employee of the Earl that insisted that Jack meet with his grandfather before he died.

The Earl offers Jack the earldom on his deathbed. Jack tried to refuse by his grandfather tells him that if he takes the earldom he will make sure his mother and sister are moved into society right away. Jack finds he cannot refuse this offer. He will do anything to make his mother's and his sisters lives better.

Jack has been at sea for so long and never imagined he would ever be Earl of anything. Having been blackmailed into this "new" calling of his he meets the one and only Lady Ivy Carlisle.

This story is so much fun. Jack is such a great character. He is snarky and funny, and knows how to ruffle Ivy's feathers. Ivy is sweet, kind and beautiful. She is proper and is insistent that Jack learn etiquette worthy of launching him into the society.

The banter between Ivy and Jack is fabulous. I laughed so hard during this book. There are a few twists and turns in the book that I wasn't expecting and it was such a fun ride.

I loved the writing, the world, and characters. Besides Ivy and Jack, there are other characters that made this book so much more fun. Ivy's Nana is probably my favorite. She is high class and doesn't care if she is outspoken or not. It's awesome.

The love story is of course fabulous. I love how clean and fun these stories are. It's nice when an author can pull me into a world that is beautiful and full of life and be able to keep it clean.

If your like historical romances this is such a great book to pick up.

Source: I was given this book in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this book. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Lots to love about this book!!
By , Submitted on 2016-01-26

Jack Elliot is a seaman months away from captaining his own merchant vessel. His grandfather, the Earl of Stansworth, is on his deathbed and has requested to meet with Jack. When Jack's father married his mother, his grandfather disinherited him. Jack's family was left penniless with mounds of debt when his father passed away. His grandfather wants Jack to become his heir rather than have his nephew inherit everything. Jack isn't interested until it's brought to his attention that this will help his mother and sister.

Ivy Carlisle is the granddaughter of Olivia Carlisle, the best friend of Jack's late grandmother. Olivia encourages Ivy to take Jack on as a client of sorts to teach him proper behavior so he will be accepted in society. Ivy agrees to it and has no idea what's in store.

There are some great characters in this story! I loved Olivia, or Nana. She's full of life and doesn't mind shaking things up a bit. Ivy is proper but her family has recently endured a scandal involving her older sister so she doesn't feel that she's worthy to find a love match for herself. Jack is rough but has a soft heart when it comes to his mother, Mary, and sister, Sophia. Mary and Sophia have had many hardships in their lives and are adjusting to high society. There are lots of other characters that helped shape the story and were fun to get to know.

I loved this book! I loved how it was "My Fair Lady" in reverse, the chemistry between Jack and Ivy, the characters, the story, the writing, and that it's clean! I wasn't ready for it to end and would love more of Sophia's story. I have loved all the books in the Proper Romance line and this one was no exception. I'm looking forward to reading the next one!

I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review. My opinion is 100% my own.

Excellent new addition to the Proper Romance line!!
By , Submitted on 2016-01-25

I love a good Regency novel and when a twist on a classic favorite is added, I'm in heaven! Jack is a sailor who has no interest in becoming a part of the ton, but finds it more important to take care of his mother and sister, so he does just that. Lady Ivy's job is to teach him how to properly behave in society--which is not an easy task. Add a dash of mystery and some swoony moments and this story is the perfect recipe for a satisfying read. I also love how each chapter is headed with a bit of advice from Mistress Manners' Tips for Every-day Etiquette and had to smile at many of the headings.

Ivy has her own issues to deal with a a big secret to keep, but she's so delightful. I found her voice and personality to be so witty and fun. Jack seems bent on annoying her and bringing out the spitfire in her and those interactions are so sweet. Jack is a handsome man, one who wants to do things his way, but one who must conform for good reasons. He's charming, in his rough ways.

I can't imagine living in a time when there are certain gender roles that aren't considered acceptable and enjoyed seeing the way this issue was handled in this particular story. The sweet, stolen moments are so tender and I learning little snippets into the secondary characters lives. I would love to see a story about Sophie and even little Pug! This book is a great addition to the Proper Romance Line.

Content: mild romance; mild violence/moments of peril (accidents, non-graphic blood, etc). Clean!

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

A delight from start to finish!
By , Submitted on 2016-01-24

This is a book that is definitely going on my favorites shelf. I loved it, all of it. The characters, the plot, the setting, the time period, I enjoyed it all. While I don't particularly like the movie, My Fair Lady, I found myself loving this version, probably because Jack and Ivy and such great characters. The interactions between Jack and Ivy as they get to know each other were great, thoroughly witty and amusing. I was very sad when the book ended, I truly hoped it would never end. ;)

The secondary characters added a great deal to the story. Jack's mother and sister's situations provide some side stories that could become books in and of themselves (I hope they do!), especially since they are the primary reason that Jack becomes the new Earl of Stansworth in the first place. It's fun to follow the changes that Jack undergoes as he prepares to face society as the new earl. Ivy's efforts to 'tame' the sailor are delightfully difficult. And Ivy's grandmother is one of those characters that make me smile every time they show up in the story. Nana is the supportive mentor that Ivy needs with her rather dull, scandal conscious parents. All sorts of details make this a fun read, everything from Ivy's secret job to Jack's twelve-year-old valet to Sophia's (Jack's sister) desire to establish a young woman's training home. A great book for those who enjoy delightful romances with some depth.

Another wonderful Proper Romance
By , Submitted on 2016-01-24

I have been very pleased with Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance novels, and My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Campbell Allen did not disappoint. I got it in the mail on a Monday afternoon and finished the book the next evening (sadly work interrupted finishing as quickly as I would have liked).

I was immediately pulled into the story. Jack had an appeal right off. I suppose it was a bit of a bad boy attraction (which I haven't really thought of as being my thing, but it worked very well in this story, especially because he wasn't really bad). He was stubborn, but his love for his family's well being trumped his personal desires, and that definitely added to his appeal.

Ivy was a great character as well. Her sister's shame on the family made a big difference in her life. She tried so hard to be proper and please her parents, but she was also very kindhearted, and that lead her to not fit society's proper mold at times. I loved the interaction she had with her grandmother, and the strength and support that gave her.

It was just an all around great story that I'm excited to read again.

I loved it!
By , Submitted on 2016-01-22

Jack is very close to becoming captain of his own ship when the solicitor for the Earl of Stansworth approaches him in a seedy tavern. The solicitor tells him that his grandfather is dying and wishes Jack to come and be his heir. Confused and bitter, since his grandfather had previously disowned the family, Jack eventually (and very begrudgingly) agrees to his terms and when the earl passes Jack becomes the new Earl of Stansworth. Upon inheriting this fortune and title Jack must learn quickly how to behave among "polite society" as London's elite is very shallow and extremely snobby. Fortunately Ivy Carlisle, her grandmother was a friend of the family, is asked to tutor him in etiquette. She struggles to teach him what he must know to survive among London's cranky ton. But, as she becomes successful in the daunting task helping Jack survive in society she finds herself charmed by him. Jack delights in tormenting her...until he realizes that she is his most important ally as conspiracies stack against him and someone begins threatening his life! I can't give away any more but I can tell you it was a delightful read! I loved it!!

My Fair Gentleman
By , Submitted on 2016-01-21

Ms. Allen has done a great job of making the protagonist into a likable character. Her antics are humorous, almost annoying, but not quite. It was an enjoyable read the whole way through. No wordy paragraphs meant to beef up the length of a novel.

My Fair Gentleman
By , Submitted on 2016-01-20

I absolutely adored this book. It was a joy from start to finish. I loved all of it. Nancy did an incredible job with writing her characters. All them stood out to me and I longed for each of them to be in the story more. I especially enjoyed how the story started and ended with the same character. (He was a very pleasant surprise.) It took me a chapter or two to appreciate Jack's character and how rough around the edges he was, but he was great to get to know. Jack's love for his mother and sister, and those who were most important to him, showed in his actions. He is a very devoted person. Ivy, though, was my favorite. Her enjoyable demeanor and countenance leapt off the page and I loved it when she and Jack would have their battles of words. The story takes an interesting turn in regards to Jack and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't give anything away, but he is a great, great guy. Sophia, too, was a delight. I honestly can't say enough about the awesome book. The pages wouldn't turn fast enough. When I reached the end, I was wanting more.
I received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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