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  • The Count of Monte Cristo, romance style

    Mimi Matthews ventures into the Regency era rather than her usual Victorian with this romance, but as usual, the book is filled with period details and characters that are easy to root for. The overall plot is modeled after one of my favorite books as a teenager, The Count of Monte Cristo, a book that is rarely the inspiration for a romance but which is used to good effect here. I loved Maggie, a heroine who is physically weak due to a bad case of influenza, but whose mind and spirit are strong. She's determined to seize as much happiness as she can in spite of the way her deceased father tried to use her love for her estate to tie her into the marriage he desired for her with the obnoxious, bully who is heir of the neighboring estate. She also doesn't hesitate to come right out and confront Viscount St, Clare with her suspicions of his "real" identity, that of her long-lost love, Nicholas. I'm not going into spoiler territory, I'll just say that her hero is definitely worthy of her love. The author even had a brief highwayman scene just to get a few extra Regency trope points. After all, Nicholas'' father was rumored to be a famous highwayman, so the scene made perfect sense. It was also refreshing to read a standalone romance for once. Instead of dealing with sequel bait in the form of Maggie's best friend, she was given a resolution to her own romance in the epilogue. I would recommend this romance to anyone who enjoys historicals. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Excellent!

    Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews Need a feel good happy making romance to make you smile? If so, this very well could be the book for you! I was definitely in the mood for a story that was easy to read and filled with an eventual happily ever after for soulmates that almost didn’t get their shot at happiness! What I liked: * Nicholas Seaton: a young man working as a stableboy, seemingly unloved by his mother, abused too often, in love with Margaret “Maggie” Honeywell. He ran for his life and in the time away grew and changed. * Maggie Honeywell: a feisty, honorable, kind young woman raised by her father – the soulmate of Nick. * John Beresford/St. Clare: strong, imposing, dead-shot, skilled, icy, heir to much – falls for Maggie quickly * Jane & Mattingly: great friends to Maggie & St. Clare and perfect for one another * Enzo: interesting character employed by St. Clare – could have a book of his own when he is older * St. Clare’s grandfather: wily old goat who knows what he wants and has a plan to get it * The story, way it was written and the way it made me happy while reading. What I didn’t like: * Fred Burton-Smythe: a bully all of his life * Lionel Beresford and his mother: easy to hate * The childhood Nicholas endured Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more by this author? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and Perfectly Proper Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

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  • A thoroughly captivating romance!

    Wow, what a gem! This story has everything -- scandal, betrayals, secrets galore! I loved the well-developed storyline, and the connection Maggie has with her beau was solid from the start. It's hard to discuss the characters without giving away the main spoiler, but rest assured that Maggie does get her HEA, which is followed by a years-later epilogue that was truly heartwarming. The exquisite attention to detail and wonderfully insightful writing style made this an easy story to get lost in. The wide assortment of characters just come to life on the page and I was instantly absorbed in this delightful world. I highly recommend this story for all Regency romance fans. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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  • Entertaining story

    1807 Son of Gentleman Jim, Nicholas Seaton, a groom on Beasley Park, owned by Squire Honeywell, has been wrongly accused of theft, by Frederick Burton-Smythe. Friend and lady, Maggie Honeywell helps him to escape. Between these two is a young frustrated love, they feel only complete with each other. But after ten years apart is it time Maggie married as her father's will instructed. But after the death of her father she visits friend Jane Trumble, in town, where events conspire for her to meet John Beresford, the Viscount St. Clare and heir to the Earl of Allendale. Can secrets be uncovered, what family mysteries are there to be solved. A delightful well-written Victorian romance with its hint of mystery. It is wonderful to read a story where the author can write conversations that read so true, and have such well-developed characters.

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  • Satisfying Victorian Romance

    Mimi Matthews is the master of Victorian romance and Gentleman Jim is a perfect example. Maggie is a strong, lovable heroin who knows her own heart, regardless of what others try to press upon her. I love the backstory of Maggie and Nicholas and how their love surpasses all obstacles. I enjoyed the transformation of Viscount St. Clare and the way all the loose ends came together. The passion is tampered, but palpable, and thoroughly enjoyable. This story leaves you feeling warm and satiated from head to toes. You do not want to miss this one by Mimi Matthews. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own, freely given.

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