Welcome to my review for the blog tour of Mimi Matthews’ newest standalone novel, Gentleman Jim! I have loved each and every one of Mimi’s novels. This one, especially, deserves ALL THE STARS and a place on my favorites list!
Join the virtual blog tour of GENTLEMAN JIM: A TALE OF ROMANCE AND REVENGE, Mimi Matthews’s highly acclaimed new historical romance novel, November 9 – December 6, 2020. Forty-five popular blogs specializing in historical fiction, historical romance, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with exclusive excerpts, interviews, spotlights, or reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in Somerset, England.
She Couldn’t Forget…
Wealthy squire’s daughter Margaret Honeywell was always meant to marry her neighbor, Frederick Burton-Smythe, but it’s bastard-born Nicholas Seaton who has her heart. Raised alongside her on her father’s estate, Nick is the rumored son of notorious highwayman Gentleman Jim. When Fred frames him for theft, Nick escapes into the night, vowing to find his legendary sire. But Nick never returns. A decade later, he’s long been presumed dead.
He Wouldn’t Forgive…
After years spent on the continent, John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare has finally come home to England. Tall, blond, and dangerous, he’s on a mission to restore his family’s honor. If he can mete out a bit of revenge along the way, so much the better. But he hasn’t reckoned for Maggie Honeywell. She’s bold and beautiful–and entirely convinced he’s someone else.
As danger closes in, St. Clare is torn between love and vengeance. Will he sacrifice one to gain other? Or, with a little daring, will he find a way to have them both?
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“Tartly elegant. . . A vigorous, sparkling, and entertaining love story with plenty of Austen-ite wit.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Matthews ups the ante with a wildly suspenseful romance…”— Library Journal, starred review
“Equally passionate and powerful…Mimi Matthews proves once again that she is a master of historical fiction in Gentleman Jim.”— Readers’ Favorite
“Rollicking and romantic, passionate and intriguing…Regency romance does not get any better than Gentleman Jim.”— Relz Reviewz
Gentleman Jim is a thrilling Regency adventure that’s one part hope, one part daring, and one part hopelessly romantic. This twist on a tale of revenge spins a Count of Monte Cristo-esque trope of secret identities and the clash of formidable adversaries with true love in the balance.
The hero, St. Clare, is at once capable, bold, and swoon worthy with a deep well of unabashed emotion he reveals only to the heroine. Likewise, Maggie fulfills her role as heroine with a balance of spunk, femininity, and a daring personality as she holds her own in the drawing room and brandishing a pistol. Their romance is full of spark and undercurrents of tension, born of their fantastic chemistry and the many layers of history each character brings to the story. It’s the kind of story you wish you could read again for the first time, discovering the surprises and enjoying the beautiful turns of phrase along the way.
I enjoyed Matthews’ return to the Regency setting for this novel, where duels, waltzes, and horseback riding abound with surprising twists of action and challenges to inheritance. Naturally threaded in this story are important themes of hope, home, and the power of truth leading to justice. But I’d recommend reading it for the clean-yet-amazingly-sexy friends-to-more romance alone 😉
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy. This is my honest review.
USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats. Her next romance, The Siren of Sussex, will be out in 2022 from Berkley/Penguin Random House.
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BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:
Nov 09 Relz Reviewz (Character Spotlight)
Nov 09 Life of Literature (Review)
Nov 09 Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)
Nov 10 Savvy Verse and Wit (Interview)
Nov 10 Greenish Bookshelf (Review)
Nov 11 Library of Clean Reads (Review)
Nov 11 Silver Petticoat Reviews (Excerpt)
Nov 12 Bookworm Lisa (Review)
Nov 12 Heidi Reads (Review)
Nov 13 Lu’s Reviews (Review)
Nov 14 The Green Mockingbird (Review)
Nov 15 Bookish Rantings (Review)
Nov 15 The Lit Bitch (Review)
Nov 16 The Historical Fiction Reader (Review)
Nov 16 Austenesque Reviews (Review)
Nov 17 Inkwell Inspirations (Review)
Nov 17 Robin Loves Reading (Review)
Nov 18 Christian Chick’s Thoughts (Review)
Nov 18 My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt)
Nov 19 Laura’s Reviews (Review)
Nov 20 Jorie Loves a Story (Spotlight)
Nov 20 Foxes and Fairy Tales (Review)
Nov 21 Gwendalyn’s Books (Excerpt)
Nov 22 Romantically Inclined Reviews (Review)
Nov 22 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)
Nov 22 Vesper’s Place (Spotlight)
Nov 23 Fiction Aficionado (Review)
Nov 23 Historical Fiction with Spirit (Review)
Nov 24 Let Them Read Books (Interview)
Nov 25 The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Review)
Nov 25 So Little Time… (Spotlight)
Nov 27 Among the Reads (Review)
Nov 28 Chicks, Rogues and Scandals (Review)
Nov 29 Book Bustle (Review)
Nov 30 Cup of Tea with that Book Please (Review)
Dec 01 Nurse Bookie (Review)
Dec 02 Confessions of a Book Addict (Review)
Dec 02 Impressions in Ink (Review)
Dec 03 From Pemberley to Milton (Review)
Dec 04 Relz Reviewz (Review)
Dec 04 Rosanne E. Lortz (Review)
Dec 05 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review)
Dec 05 Probably at the Library (Review)
Dec 06 The Calico Critic (Excerpt)