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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Gentleman Says "I Do" by Amelia Grey



A Gentleman Says "I Do" by Amelia Grey
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (328 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Her Writing Talent is Causing All Kinds of Trouble...

The daughter of a famous writer, Catalina Crisp has helped her father publish a parody that makes Iverson Brentwood's whole family the talk of the town, and not in a good way.

Because He's the Reality Behind the Story...

Furious and threatening, Iverson storms into Catalina's house, demanding satisfaction, but the infamous rake has finally met his match. With her cool demeanor and intense intelligence, Catalina heats his blood like no other woman in his notorious history...

A sparkling love story from the core out, A Gentleman Says "I Do" has a hero and heroine who grab one’s heart and take it on a magical journey from antipathy to ecstatic love.

Threatening a young lady’s father with bodily harm does not engender trust—a truth Iverson Brentwood has to work around as he and the enchanting Catalina Crisp engage in a stimulating, on-going verbal scrimmage that verges on all-out warfare. Neither seems to gain much advantage over the other as emotions run high and gossip runs rampant.

When The Daily Herald publishes Phillip Crisp’s parody “A Tale of Three Gentlemen”, London’s Society finds it highly entertaining, but Iverson Brentwood does not. He feels it shows his deceased mother in a bad light. The parody is not funny to him and he intends to stop the writing of anymore such innuendo.

Since he and his twin brother Matson have used the “bad twin—good twin” routine in business with great success, he’s become accustomed to being the bad twin—“Rake of Baltimore”. He sees no reason why his “bad” approach won’t succeed with Mr. Phillip Crisp, the writer of the uncomplimentary parody. He, of course, had not taken into account Mr. Crisp’s unflappable, pleasant, irritating daughter Catalina. She shows no fear of his arrogant, authoritative, impatient demeanor, but answers him as an equal and even with a touch of amusement.

An interesting group of secondary characters enliven the plot. Catalina’s alcoholic Aunt Elle, her irresponsible but charming father, and the assortment of servants in their house who are more or less the discards of society all look to Catalina for taking care of their needs and keeping the household solvent—frightfully difficult in the best of times and has become nigh impossible. These characters, even though worrisome, create an undercurrent of humor and a bit of mystery.

Amelia Grey gives the reader a sense of place and time with wonderful descriptions of places and activities of the period. Her subtle metaphors and great character development make the characters come alive. Of course, the love scenes escalating from sweet and gentle to sizzling sexual send the heart racing.

How the hero and heroine work through their lack of trust in each other to that ethereal state where love conquers all makes captivating reading. The happy-ever-after of A Gentleman Says "I Do" gives the reader that sighing, “Oh,Yes!” feeling.

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