Monday, March 6, 2017

A Fine Gentleman (The Jonquil Brothers #4) by Sarah M. Eden + $25 and Book Giveaway!

London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.

Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose. As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear.

When the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.

I love, love, love Sarah Eden's books and I love, love, love this Jonquil brothers series.  Well, honestly, I love everything Sarah Eden writes.  She has a masterful gift for creating characters and scenes that play out like movies in my head.  Her characters are always so well defined with flaws and those tiny characteristics that make them unique and identifiable.  

I think I loved Mariposa from the very beginning.  What a sharp mind she has!  It's rather enviable how she worked conversations and situations to her benefit.  It made me laugh.  So, so clever.  But then that mask slipped and she became a courageous but broken young woman, trying so desperately to find her family and stay safe in the process.

Jason is really an uptight guy.  It was fun to watch him be worked over by Mariposa and her personality.  As he loosens up and his thinking shifts a bit, he becomes more and more adorable.  I love the fine gentleman in him.  Honorable, upstanding.  Here is a quote I loved because it pretty much sums up all the Jonquil brothers, including Jason.

". . . One trait you all share with him is a tendency to hide the person you truly are.  You all keep yourselves tucked safely behind various masks and walls, whether it be isolation or playing the fool or"- she eyed him more pointedly- "clinging to the appearance of impeccable respectability.  Being your full self is a better thing, my dear.  Give your brother a chance to be his full self before deciding who he is.  You might both be surprised by what you discover."

I was quickly caught up in this book.  I loved the story and the characters.  You really just cannot go wrong with books by Sarah Eden.

Content:  Clean

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

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