- File Size: 2396 KB
- Print Length: 96 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Scarsdale Publishing, Ltd (December 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 5, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075XBD37N
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
One Good Gentleman: Rules of Refinement Book One (The Marriage Maker 5) Kindle Edition
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ONE GOOD GENTLEMAN is the fifth book in "The Marriage Maker" series but more importantly, it's the first of four novellas in "The Rules of Refinement" which is a spinoff of the original. This mini-series contains the stories of four young women who attend (or recently graduated from) Lady Peddington's School for Young Ladies and whom Sir Stirling James will once again put his matchmaking skills to use and find the perfect mates for...
With that being said, this story can completely standalone and there's no need to read the other four stories that came before it unless you really wanted to. This was also my first time reading anything by Ms. Hanford and I was very impressed with her storytelling. Except for a dozen (maybe a little more) small typos, she did a wonderful job building all her characters (even the villains) and setting up and executing a decent plot device too.
I genuinely loved Emilia who was just a total sweetheart, but who also had an actual backbone when she needed it. Robert too was a good and honorable gentleman, but I'll admit to wanting to smack him upside the head a time or two. And though I generally prefer a more passionate romance (there was only a chaste kiss at the end) I still utterly enjoyed this one. It was a clean story with no sex and no offensive language that I recall either.
Overall it was a quick and charming little read that captured my interest and never let go. Not only would I recommend this novella if you're looking for a fast paced and lovely romance, but I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another book from this author anytime. I also adored the epilogue which picks up a few years later and answered any remaining questions I had. I was honestly sad to see the story end but I had a smile on my face when it did =)
Kindle Locations: The story itself ended at 89% and location 1527 of 1722.
Unbeknownst to Emilia, at these balls the honorable gentleman make their choices before midnight. After that, it's understood that gentlemen with an agenda other than marriage may linger and make their own choices. Unfortunately, the married Viscount Dunreid, Lord Ailbeart, has enough influence to have warned all the other men away from Emilia because he's chosen her to be his new mistress, and they dare not cross him. She's a good girl and wants nothing to do with Dunreid, so she elicits help from her favorite instructor, who refers her to Sir Stirling James, a renowned "marriage maker."
Enter Robert Banbrook, who's distraught after having been jilted by two women in a row. It's the first one, Cinthia, that he hasn't truly gotten over, though. The man's a mess and he's done with women, but Stirling enlists his help to protect Emilia during the remaining balls and to introduce her to respectable gentlemen. The tipping argument is that it's Dunreid who stole Cinthia from Banbrook. This makes Banbrook more than happy to cooperate, both for the sake of the young lady in question and also for a little revenge on his old enemy.
Banbrook and Emilia start out in this fashion. He is unafraid of Dunreid and encourages others to stand up to him, too. Emilia is finally introduced to several nice gentleman, any of whom would be perfect marriage material. Both Dunreid and Cinthia do their best to pull Emilia in different directions; Dunreid persists in different tactics to force her to accept his proposition, while Cinthia tries to threaten her into leaving Edinbourgh. Interestingly, in the course of the story Cinthia also offers Banbrook the opportunity for a more potent form of revenge against Dunreid than just protecting Emilia from him.
While this uses many classic romance tropes, there's enough of a new spin here to keep the reader engaged. The writing is excellent, as are the characterizations. It's not overly long and proceeds at a steady pace from the opening scenes to the dramatic climax at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.