In this never-before-published historical romance, New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks returns to the 18th century, where the fight for freedom is as dangerous as the fight for love.
Between searching for the missing Munro sisters and South Carolina being all but lost to the British, Captain Matthais Thomas has more important things to worry about than finding a bride. But his mother has other ideas. When Matthais finds a beautiful woman in his bed who claims to be his betrothed, he is suspicious of her identity…and determined to discover the truth.
Caroline Munro had few options. The British burned down her home, and now, traveling with her very pregnant sister, Caroline is pretending to be someone she’s not so they can have a safe place to rest. But she didn’t count on a matchmaking matron or her rogue of a son…and certainly never dreamed she would fall in love with a spy.
Kerrelyn Sparks is the New York Times bestselling author of a series that mimics its sexy heroes by refusing to die. Now up to book thirteen, the Love at Stake series spreads laughter worldwide in thirteen different languages. In spite of a tendency to nibble on necks or howl at the moon, Kerrelyn’s vampire and shapeshifter heroes are still wonderfully romantic.
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I figured with the long weekend and the kids out of the house (and some much needed time for myself) I would finish this book and write up my review. Less Than a Gentleman is a fast read but such a fun one! The thing I love about historical romances is that not only do you get a little piece of history but you also get the hero and the heroin and oh so much tantalizing romance.
I didn’t stop reading this book in the first 75% of it. I couldn’t put it down! But, with it being 5 am, I had to. The boys were going to be up soon and I knew I was going to need to be up with them. So I had to stop. But, first thing after breakfast I went at it for the last 25%.
The story goes the British are gaining ground in South Carolina, and in their bloody attempt to win the war, burning everything in sight. Captain Matthais Murray Thomas is doing everything in his power to stop them, as well as protect the innocent colonists who find themselves at the mercy of the British. Clearly, Matthais has better things to worry about than taking a bride, much to his mother’s frustration, and since he won’t take the need to marry seriously, Jane does everything and anything she can to “help” him in along. And much to Matthais’s annoyance, she’s even stooped to inviting “suitable” women to stay at their plantation, and sleep in Matthais’s bed.
After the British burned down her home, Caroline Munro is a woman with a mission: get her very pregnant sister, and her niece and nephew to safety. Fortunately they find their way to the Loblolly Plantation where they have a safe place to rest awhile. Knowing that Captain Matthais Thomas was away fighting, Caroline didn’t think it was a problem to masquerade as his fiancée, but when Matthais arrives home unexpectedly and realizes that Caroline is not the woman she claims to be, he makes it his mission to learn all he can about this imposter while hiding his own identity from her.
My thoughts on this book was it was very witty. And by witty I mean laugh out loud funny. I love it when a character says or does something that physically has me laughing. My husband always gives me the sideways glance like he doesn’t want to look head on because he is afraid I’ve lost my mind! And in this, the conversations between the characters sometimes was busting my gut!
This book definitely gets 4 stars from me. I love that even though Ms. Sparks can write the hell out of a paranormal romance, she stepped outside the box and wrote this wonderful book of fiction. It wasn’t your same old, same old kind of romance. It was funny, it was steamy, and oh so sexy! I mean, think about it, Captain Thomas? Lum Lum Lum (would be yum, yum, yum, but there is drool coming out of my mouth)!!!
I don’t normally read historical romances only because they have the “historical” aspect. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a historical fiction. But, I always seem to fall short with historical romance because they are usually generalized around a past war or something similar. But, I would have to say for the first time, I wanted to hear more about the war and the action involved in it. Heck, sometimes I wanted to know more about that that what was going on in the bedroom! And trust me when I tell you that is rare! Ms. Sparks did an excellent job keeping me enthralled and on the edge of my seat. Hats off to you Ms. Sparks. I think I found a new favorite author!
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