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The Masterpiece by Bonnie Dee

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Built from the bottom up: one perfect gentleman.

Man about town Arthur Lawton spends his days pursuing entertainment while shoeshine Joe Sprat labors to better his family’s lives. When an argument about nature versus nurture sparks a wager, Arthur swears to a friend he can turn this working man into a gentleman who will pass at a society function.

Joe is happy to participate in the experiment for a fee but receives more than he bargained for after moving into Lawton’s house. Arthur is determined Joe won’t merely wear a veneer of sophistication but educates him in every way. As he creates his new and improved man, Arthur grows more deeply infatuated with him, while Joe falls equally hard for his charismatic mentor.

Underneath a growing friendship, desire simmers and one day explodes. After their relationship escalates, the pair exists in a dream bubble until the threat of exposure sharply reminds them they belong in different worlds. When the ball is over, each must resume his own life, changed by their encounter but destined for different courses.

Find out if love is strong enough to bridge the gap between peer and pauper in this twist on the tale of My Fair Lady.


Let me say that the play My Fair Lady is one of my all time favorite stories. So I approached this story with a few preconceived ideas on how it should unfold. Bonnie Dee took the basic idea and in my opinion improved it.

Like so many of the privileged in the regency period life existed to either indulge yourself or make the connections to improve your status. Arthur had the first. So when presented with a challenge to improve a commoner he jumps at the chance. Joe is no fool and he to accepts the challenge to have himself remade.

Where the author excelled was in having Arthur not only polish the exterior but educate the mind on current topics, art, and politics. Believing that he must be able to hold his own in both looks and manners, as well as conversing on any topic that may come up in conversation Joe and Arthur end up realizing that they are very well matched in intelligence and opinions, as well as in bed.

I like that the story continues on after the big reveal. There is definitely a HEA that we all want to see.


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