Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Review: "Gentleman Jim" by Mimi Matthews

I mean, is there anything better than a new Mimi Matthews book? I can't believe I just discovered her writing this year! When I heard she had a new novel releasing, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!

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?

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press (November 10, 2020)

Gentleman Jim is exactly what I'm looking for in a Regency romance: swoony kisses, intrigue, villains you love to hate, and a happily ever after. Mimi Matthews is a master of writing romantic chemistry, and in Gentleman Jim, she's also written a heroine with plenty of sass.

I simply loved Maggie - though life dealt her some difficult blows, she persevered and eventually found the courage to go after her desires. I especially loved the way she wasn't afraid to stand up to Fred, her "guardian" who wanted to marry her. Perhaps she was a little unwise in the way she dealt with him, but I couldn't fault her courage.

I also loved St. Clare - he changed more than anyone throughout the course of the novel, largely due to Maggie's influence, and I adored the man that he became.

Then you have the romance - it's fantastic! St. Clare and Maggie make a great couple, and I couldn't get enough of their interactions. (Also, those kisses!!!) This is an excellent Regency romance, and I highly recommend it! 5 stars.


Read my reviews of Matthews's The Matrimonial Advertisement (4-1/2 stars), A Convenient Fiction (5 stars), The Winter Companion (5 stars), and Fair as a Star (5 stars).

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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 through 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.

Nov 09 Relz Reviewz (Character Spotlight)
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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)
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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)

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.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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