Title: The Gentleman and the Rogue
Author: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
Publisher: Loose ID
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Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Patchcat
A lad from the streets meets a lord of the manor...
When war veteran Sir Alan Watleigh goes searching for sex, he never imagines the street rat he brings home for one last bit of pleasure in his darkest hour will be the man who hauls him back from the edge of the grave.
A night of meaningless sex turns into an offer of permanent employment. As Sir Alan Watleigh’s valet, Jem offers much more than polished boots and starched cravats. He makes Sir Alan Watleigh smile and warms his bed. Just as the men are adjusting to their new living arrangement, news about a former soldier under his command sends Sir Alan Watleigh and Jem on the road to save a child in danger.
The journey brings them closer together as they travel from lust toward love. But is Sir Alan Watleigh's love strong enough to risk society discovering the truth about him?
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.
Okay. I don’t give this rating often. But this book? Totally deserves it. The world is well-built, the characters just about leap off the page, and the plot flows exceptionally well. Now, I will admit that I had the tiniest bit of a problem with the opening few pages, but that’s only because it took me a minute or two to get used to Jem’s turn of phrase and rough manner of speaking. Once I got past that, though, I absolutely loved this story.
Jem and Alan meet under rather unusual circumstances. “Unusual” in the sense that Alan has picked up Jem, a common street whore, in order to indulge himself one last time before he ends his own life. It does not, however, go as Alan plans as he discovers that the whore he’s picked up is just what he needed to make an otherwise joyless life livable.
I think the reason I love this book so much is that it’s believable. Jem and Alan’s relationship is by no means perfect -- both because of Alan’s rank and Jem’s more common roots, and because the punishment if their affair is ever discovered would be death for both of them. In the end, though, they manage to overcome the obstacles before them and find happiness in each other.