Title: A Gentleman’s Agreement
Author: J. Roman
Narrator: Paul Morey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Thomas Derrik is about to have the worst Christmas of his life. Three days before the holiday, he finds out the father he doesn’t get along with is arriving on Christmas Eve, his ex-lover and new brother-in-law will be staying at his estate until the New Year, and his beloved brother, Edmund, has died.
Luckily, Edmund’s last holiday scheme may well save Thomas’s Christmas: Henry Appleby, a young lord fresh from the Continent, has arranged to court Thomas. But the family tragedy and jealous exes may put an end to the romance before it begins.
My View – Story:
So lately my reading preferences have been changing. I usually do not care historicals in the m/m romance, however, I was recently introduced to a historical set in an alternate universe and it renewed my taste for the past. So since I was looking for a historical and was in the mood for a holiday story, I picked this one up since it has both. I was not disappointed and enjoyed this holiday tale.
At first, I was a bit flustered by the presentation of this courtship by Thomas’s rather abrupt father. However, I liked the fact that the father rose above his preconceived notions and did what was necessary for his son to be happy. I also like the unconventional courtship and while things moved extremely fast in the romance department, it was vital to the plot so it worked for me. The wedding was adorable and I loved the epilogue showing that the men were still happy a year later.
I also liked that this was not just a love story. There was a bit of confusion, intrigue, jealousy, and misunderstanding. Thomas had to deal with an ex-lover who even I wanted to smack. He had to deal with mistaken deaths and a family consisting of a simpering sister and a father who he normally did not get along with. For such a short novella, there was a lot going on, but not so much that there were gaping plot holes. It made for an enjoyable listening experience.
My View – Narration:
As always, Paul Morey did a good job narrating this story. His voice was clear and easy to listen to. There was no difficulty distinguishing the various characters and his accents were wonderful.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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