The Temptation of a Gentleman by Jess Michaels

August 22, 2014 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★½

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Temptation of a Gentleman by Jess MichaelsThe Temptation of a Gentleman by Jess Michaels
Series: The Jordans #2
Published by Jess Michaels on August 19, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 287
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
Noah Jordan misses the life he once led as a spy so when he's asked by his former superior to head to the countryside and investigate a potential murder, he jumps at the chance. He doesn't expect to meet Marion Hawthorne, a young woman his suspected murderer is interested in taking as his wife. In an effort to help her... and to get closer to the fascinating lady, Noah asks for her help in his investigation. But as they grow closer, their desire grows and suddenly Noah has a harder and harder time remembering any duty, any promise or any future he ever imagined without her.

Noah Jordan, Marquess of Woodbury, longs for the excitement he once had as a spy for the War Department.  But he understands that he must also settle down and begin a family to pass along the title.  When his former boss comes to him with one last assignment, Noah jumps on the chance for adventure.  The assignment takes him to the family estate in Woodbury where a man is suspected of killing his last wife.  There, he meets Marion Hawthorn, an enchanting woman to whom he is instantly attracted.  As he escorts her home, Noah learns the Marion and her father are staying with the very man whom Noah has been sent to investigate.  And that the suspected wife-killer is looking to replace his dead wife with Marion!

Marion is spunky and impulsive, but utterly charming.  And despite her rocky relationship with her overbearing father, she seems genuinely confused about why he wants to harm her and would marry her off to Mr. Lewis.   She sees the good in everyone, even when they don’t really deserve it.  And yet, she’s sensible enough to know when she needs to get out of a dangerous situation, even if her plan seems a bit reckless and impulsive.

Noah is assertive and noble – he feels an intense desire to protect Marion from her scheming father and murderous clutches of Mr. Lewis.  It was very entertaining the watch him battle his emotions regarding Marion and still try to solve the murder mystery surrounding Mr. Lewis’ late wife because what we have learned about Noah thus far (in The Jordans Book 1 and here in Book 2) is that he is a notorious and unapologetic rake.  And there is nothing so sensual and sweet as a “reformed” rake.

I think one of the things I liked most about this book is that Noah and Marion’s love developed from friendship first.  Although they were both attracted to each other almost from their first meeting, they begin as friends before becoming lovers.  And watching them try to solve the mystery of Mrs. Lewis’ death was a lot of fun.  Noah and Marion work well together as they gather information and from this partnership grows a deep love and loyalty.

A very sweet romance wrapped in a Gothic package.  Very enjoyable!

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