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Wanted, A Gentleman
     

Wanted, A Gentleman

by KJ Charles
 

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By the good offices of Riptide Publishing

KJ Charles’s new Entertainment

WANTED, A GENTLEMAN

Or, Virtue Over-Rated

the grand romance of

Mr. Martin St. Vincent . . . a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem

Mr. Theodore Swann . . . a humble Scribbler and

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By the good offices of Riptide Publishing

KJ Charles’s new Entertainment

WANTED, A GENTLEMAN

Or, Virtue Over-Rated

the grand romance of

Mr. Martin St. Vincent . . . a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem

Mr. Theodore Swann . . . a humble Scribbler and Advertiser for Love

***

Act the First:

the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London

where Lonely Hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling

Act the Second:

a Pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts)

featuring

a speedy Carriage

sundry rustic Inns

a private Bed-chamber

***

In the course of which are presented

Romance, Revenge, and Redemption

Deceptions, Discoveries, and Desires

the particulars of which are too numerous to impart

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/14/2016
In this short, eloquent novel, randy adventures ensue in a lighthearted feel-good but historically plausible early-19th- century setting, with just enough intrigue to stay interesting. Merchant Martin St. Vincent, a black freedman, goes into the offices of London’s Matrimonal Advertiser to compel the publisher, white Englishman Theodore Swann, to disclose the identity of a correspondent to the paper who is pursuing the daughter of St. Vincent’s former owner despite her family’s objections. When the daughter and her swain try to elope, St. Vincent brings Swann on a recovery mission that allows the two men a great deal of private time together. Charles (Rag and Bone) elegantly uses period language to support the feeling of the era in a way that’s easy to read, and is honest about 19th-century race relations while meticulously avoiding clichés and stereotypes. The sex scenes between St. Vincent and Swann are always mutually enthusiastic but still have an aggressive, testosterone-driven heat. The eloping couple serve a plot role rather than becoming a secondary romance, but their characterization is strong. (Jan.)
Library Journal
12/01/2016
Martin St. Vincent, elegant, attractive, and black, walks into the London office of the biweekly Matrimonial Advisor demanding information from white publisher Theo Swann about one of his advertisers. Martin, an emancipated slave and now a wealthy merchant, is trying to stop the underage daughter of his former owner from being taken in by a fortune hunter, and he knows they've been communicating through cryptic messages in the Advisor. He fears the worst—and isn't about to let Theo off the hook. Soon the two men are haring off to Scotland in search of the fugitive pair, only to find passionate love, as well as betrayal, along the way. VERDICT With humor and wit, Charles puts a unique, sensuous spin on the classic Regency Gretna Green elopement plot. This lively M/M romp explores the hard-hitting issues of racism, classism, and homophobia and delivers an enjoyable read as well. Charles (Rag and Bone) lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626494725
Publisher:
Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
01/09/2017
Pages:
138
Sales rank:
769,628
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.32(d)

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