Monday 5 April 2021

A Gentleman’s Promise: A Regency Romance (Gentlemen Book 1) by Penny Hampson


A docile wife is what he wants. A husband is the last thing she needs. Can a quest for a killer teach them that they are both wrong?

Emma Smythe and her brother arrive at Easterby Hall to discover that a handsome stranger has laid claim to their ancestral home and the family title. Have her relatives been murdered, and is her brother next? Determined to find the answers, she has no option but to trust the gentleman who insists that he will help. But danger appears in many guises, and for a woman intent on remaining single, her intriguing protector may prove the biggest threat of all.

The attempts on Richard Lacey’s life begin when he inherits a title and a rundown estate. A coincidence? He’s not so sure. Problems multiply with the unexpected arrival of Jamie and Emma Smythe. Long thought dead, they too are potential targets. Richard thinks he wants a docile, obedient wife, but will the task of keeping headstrong Emma safe from danger change his mind?

Embroiled in a sinister mystery, can Richard and Emma work together to catch a killer? And will this dangerous quest teach them that what they both wish to avoid is exactly what they need?

Filled with intrigue, unexpected twists, and faultless period detail, this slow-burn romance is a must-read for lovers of classic Regency fiction.

This a lovely historical romance with a mystery to solve, humour, and suspense.
I enjoyed following Richard and Emma on their investigative pursuits. I appreciated how unflappable Emma was when she was in danger or when it was necessary to be in places that were normally deemed inappropriate for ladies.  She is not an airheaded damsel in distress willing to leave everything up to the men to sort out. She has a good influence on Richard who is quite uptight and likes things orderly. He learns to be a little bit more relaxed as the story goes on. They complemented each other well and I was looking forward to seeing them get their HEA.
The untimely deaths of Emma's parents and the subsequent attacks on Richard were quite dramatic but I felt the investigation dragged on a little bit as it became clear quite early on who was responsible and why. I like dramatic conclusions to mysteries but this one was resolved quite tidily and nicely. However, it still left me with a warm feeling to see these charming characters get their happy ending.

A Gentleman's Promise is available now. Amazon

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