Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Gentleman and the Rogue




Title: The Gentleman and the Rogue
Author: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-551-7
Genre: {M/M}, Historical
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

When Jem is picked up by the handsome, yet troubled, Lord, he is worried more about a possible set-up than anything else. As one night turns into more and Jem’s life changes, he soon realizes that he has more to lose than ever.

I haven’t enjoyed a historical this much in some time. Set in 1813 England, The Gentleman and the Rogue is the story of a battle weary military man and the young whore he picks up for the night. The authors realistically portray some of the unfortunate side effects of war when they created the character Alan. Alan is not only a war veteran, who not only struggles with PTSD, but he also fights his desire for other men, something that could result in his being hung, should his desires become known. The despair he feels leads him to make some dramatic choices. Jem is a young whore and as the saying goes, if you were to look up the definition of rogue in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Jem. He is cocky, brash and self-assured. In other words, everything Alan needs in his life. The authors do such a wonderful job developing the character of Jem that he just leaps off the page. The many different stories that Jem uses at times to get his point across had me laughing out loud more than once.

When the authors introduce elements from both men’s past into the story, the reader will not be able to put the book down. Throwing them from one situation to another forces both men to not only reevaluate their own lives but also their relationship with the other.

While I believe I may have read one of Bonnie Dee’s books before, Summer Devon is a new author to me. However, this story has made me a fan of both authors as The Gentleman and the Rogue, with its wonderfully written characters and story line, is one I will be reading again. Fans of historicals should not miss this one.

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