Thomas (Jaded Gentlemen, 1) Audio CD – Unabridged, April 25, 2017
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About the Author
James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks. James was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.
- Item Weight : 2.54 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-1515961543
- Product dimensions : 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (April 25, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,612,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall, the story was good - don't get me wrong. Especially into the second half of the novel. I appreciated the intrigue and the guessing at secret identities. That was well done, and the reveal was very satisfying. What put me off was the similarity to other characters in her other novels. It's the same unorthodox job for a woman that she's fighting society to do, and the perverse way she says "you have to stop kissing me" after a peck on the head and he proceeds to kiss the rest of her face until he takes an actual kiss. Then she pats his erection! That's not usually the way you say no... which brings me to his seduction of her. The old "I'm not going to dishonor you" while he frees the beast and does everything but.
If this had been the first I'd read in this series, I might have enjoyed it more, but after reading a couple of them, it seemed like the same old thing.
Fairly quickly, the hero figures out that the feelings he has for the heroine are out of the common way and decides to make her his wife. The heroine is not as certain - she has reason to question her judgment when it comes to men - so she has to be convinced. The love story unfolds at a sedate pace, without undue angst, but then the conflict doesn't quite escalate either. The villains - if they could be considered such - are dealt with swiftly and sans fuss.
The book would probably work as a stand alone, but fans of the Lonely Lords series would enjoy getting a glimpse of the period in the lives of Nicholas: Lord of Secrets (The Lonely Lords Book 2) and Beckman: Lord of Sins (The Lonely Lords Book 4) , when they worked at the Linden stables as grooms to outrun their own demons.
Chronologically, the story happens right after David: Lord of Honor (The Lonely Lords Book 9) , and both he and his lady make cameo appearances.
Loris is 25 and has been acting as an estate manager for two years since her father's disappearance. Along comes Thomas Jennings, Baron Sutcliffe to lay claim to the property he's purchased and their attraction begins. I wish there had been more tension between Loris and Thomas in that first one third because I believe it would have gone a long way toward alleviating the stultifying pacing. Loris was initially defensive and a bit argumentative, but Thomas was just too laid back to provide much of a response to her prickly behavior. A little more tension and barbed back-and-forth between these characters would have been welcomed.
There are some good secondary characters in the form of David, Lord Fairly and Nicholas Haddonfield. I've read Nicholas' book and I like his secondary role in this book better than when he starred in his own novel. The secondary plots, the mystery of Loris' father's disappearance and the machinations of Claudia and Giles Pettigrew, are moderately entertaining.
Bottom line: this is a slightly better than average entry in the Regency romance genre. It would have greatly benefitted with a little faster pacing and a little less hand-wringing and vacillating on Loris' part.
Top reviews from other countries
I do love that Burrowes' heroines are grown up women, many of them with responsibilities who are not wilting virgins — or worse, virgin teenagers who inexplicably are sexually mature. Her approach is terrific and has done loads to reinvigorate an ailing genre.
The eponymous Thomas was someone I could relate to - even though it was clear that some aspects of his life were not touched on because they come into other books. He was in many ways a self-made man, despite having inherited a title from cousins, when he never thought he would, or wanted. However, he was remarkably understanding about women, having in the past managed a brothel. Loris was a woman in a man's world, abandoned by a drunken father, whom she had spent most of her life looking after and trying to protect. Thomas's arrival as the new owner of the estate she was working on (her father's job as land steward was being held together by her until such time as her father might return) could lead to her dismissal. But Thomas was sympathetic and intrigued by this woman. The story details their growing relationship, and their realisation that someone was trying to sabotage work on the estate - possibly to discredit Loris.
Some people have commented that there is a similarity in storyline between this and other books. But if you are a reader of Regency Romances, there will, by definition, be a similarity - or readers would be complaining that it isn't what they hoped it would be! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will definitely be reading more by this author.
I pre-ordered Thomas on the strength of past enjoyment. So disappointing - I struggled until I was 35% through and gave up. Where was the magic that drew one into the story? Thomas arrived and by the end of chapter 7 he still was unreal - no real past or background. He finds the steward of his new property to be female, and whilst she had a little more background sketched in she was described as plain and poorly clad, he gives her etiquette lessons. With all the work required to learn about running an estate, I found it unbelievable that he spent time showing his steward how use the correct cutlery etc. I would revist if I was desperate and without a book to read.