3.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Author Provided Book Bullying class difference Closeted Dee Enemies to Lovers Gay Gay Heat Index Hidden Lovers Historical Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mild level angst Misunderstanding Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) pining Regency Scorching/high heat Standalone

Like a Gentleman: a Regency romance (Love in Portsmouth Book 1) by Eliot Grayson

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Blurb: James Rowley, penniless younger brother of an earl, discovers his rejected sensational story has been stolen and printed under another name — and he’s certain his editor is the guilty party. Determined to get his due, he sets out for London to take revenge on the perfidious L. Wells. He means to have satisfaction, even if he needs to pose as a simpering fop in a pink waistcoat to get it.
Two years before, intrigued by his favorite writer’s talent and wit, Leo Wells had visited the Rowley estate incognito, seen James’s portrait — and promptly lost what was left of his heart. Ever since, Leo has fought his obsession with his favorite writer. Unaware of the manuscript’s theft, he’s bewildered and heartbroken when James, acting the part of a sneering dandy, visits him in person only to use his obvious attraction against him.

From Gloucestershire to London to Portsmouth, can two men with society and secrets dividing them find happiness?

Review: This is a well written novella, but don’t let the brevity fool you, it reads like a novel. As a fan of historical novels, I found the description of the period (Regency) pretty accurate, down to the terms used, societal norms and class distinctions.
James is a poor younger brother to an Earl, who supplements his income by writing. His latest works have been plagiarised and he sets out to confront the editor, Leo. Sparks ensue – both smexy and unpleasant. James soon finds out that he’s wronged an innocent man and sets off to find Leo to apologise.
An interesting story, one I really liked. My only gripe is that the author used American spelling –this is a personal thing and in no way detracts from the story.

3.5 stars out of 5


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