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Less Than A Gentleman
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Publisher: HarperCollins/Avon Books
Publication date: July 2, 2013
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense
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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.

I was delighted when Less
Than A Gentleman
was among the books gifted to me from Avon books when I
became an Avon Addict. Have I ever
shared my affection for men with facial scruff? Hmm, let’s see, one need only look
at my Pinterest boards to discover three of my favorites; Jensen Ackles, Ian
Somerhalder and Joseph Morgan. *fans self* How did I get on this subject? Oh
yes the cover of Less Than A Gentleman immediately
caught my eye and yum!  I didn’t know
what it was about but oh dang I wanted to find out. Thankfully Kerrelyn Sparks
delivered on more than just eye candy and what I discovered was a suspenseful
historical romance that had me turning the pages. Three word review:
suspenseful, romantic and riveting.

The tale is set during the American revolutionary war in the
south. Caroline Munroe is in a pickle.
Her homestead has been burned to the ground and she is traveling with her very pregnant
sister and her two children. She is hoping to reach her father who is serving
in the war against Britain but when they approach a southern plantation and the
lady of the house assumes Caroline is her son’s intended bride Caroline lies to
protect her family.  Recently escaped
from a Red Coat prison, Captain Matthais Thomas is charged with the task of
cutting off the British supplies routes and finding Major Munroe’s daughters. When
he stops by his home and discovers a woman in his bed masquerading as another he
lies and claims he is a servant. The tale that unfolds is suspenseful, romantic
and had me completely enthralled.
I love feisty, strong and opinionated heroines and Caroline
fit the bill. A Major’s daughter she is strong, capable and fearless. She is
also naïve, sweet and made me giggle. Captain Matthais Thomas is a fearless
soldier who is loyal to his men and haunted by the past. He is brave, smexy and complicated so naturally I fell for him. Getting to know him, his mother and
the slaves on the plantation was interesting. The
interaction between Caroline and Matthais from the onset was hilarious, filled
with sexual tension and a joy to watch unfold. The fact that he keeps his true identify
from her added to the tale and the two worked side by side against the Brits.  Jacob, a slave was fascinating and his storyline
was very interesting. I would like to know more. Everyone from the children to the British
soldiers added and enhanced this suspenseful tale.
We’ve seen this troupe before or similar ones regarding
meddling mothers and  their sons. He says no, she says yes and then he ends up falling
for the girl his mother picked despite his protests. What Sparks did was delightful; she wrapped
this troupe in suspense with spies and danger. She added in humor, social
issues of the period, and a haunting past. She then stirred in a romance with two of the
most likable characters. The result was a tale that kept me turning the pages,
fearful of discovery and hoping we’d get out happily-ever-after. I would be perfectly
content reading a series about this man, woman and their families. The romance felt genuine and built slowly.
What I would have liked was a little more heat but the banter and innuendos had
me laughing and rooting for them. The ending gave closure but also left things
a little open ended. I would love to see more books develop.
Fans of strong characters, spies, suspense and romance will
love Less Than A Gentleman. This was
a wonderful tale set in one of the most fascinating and dark periods in
American history. There is a book that precedes this one called The Forbidden Lady and it tells the story of Quincy Stanton. (each work as standalone)

Four and half cups of coffee out of five

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