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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Guise Of A Gentleman by Donna Hatch

The Guise Of A Gentleman by Donna Hatch
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (370 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

The Rogue Hearts Series

The widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for freedom and adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.

A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared accepts one last assignment before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared’s past…or still love him when the truth is revealed.

Light-hearted matchmaking, attempted murder, acts of piracy, and the horrors of Newgate prison make The Guise Of A Gentleman spellbinding.

Widow Elise Berkley, at age twenty-eight, has a son and an estate that she manages well. She likes her life. No longer ‘smothered’ by a husband, she makes decisions and has control of her own life for the first time. She is a lady of grace, courage, and gentleness. She is also intelligent and decisive in her actions. Even though her marriage had been a good one, she’d never known passion—then she met Jared Amesbury.

Jared Amesbury owes his life to Elise’s intrepid use of her shotgun on two men who would have killed him and the boy Jose. As an agent for British Secret Service, Jared leads a double life. His work takes him into elite Society, to the dark dangerous streets, to sea as a pirate, and into the horrors of imprisonment. He excels in his work, but when he meets Elise, he wishes his life could be different. The deep, poignant sadness he’s lived with for so long abates when he is with her.

Ms. Hatch uses secondary characters to reveal much about the mores of polite society and to show the under belly of society. Some of these characters operate in both segments, some to do good deeds and some to do evil.

Donna Hatch weaves the relationship of Elise and Jared with unbreakable threads of caring and incredible love. This thread gleams like gold in a plot full of dark intrigues.

The Guise Of A Gentleman captivates.