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The Gentleman and the Rogue

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  1,989 Ratings  ·  306 Reviews
A lad from the streets meets a lord of the manor...

When Crimean 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 Alan’s valet, Jem offer
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 225 pages
Published 2010 by Loose Id LLC
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Nick Pageant
Sep 30, 2014 Nick Pageant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody!
Review can be found here.
Written August 7, 2014

3.7 Stars - A light and cozy historical gay romance but also a good novel with more..

I have for some time thought about to soonish pick up and read this historical M/M from an author (Bonnie Dee) I enjoyed some m/f romances by earlier. It also felt like an nice novel to listening to...even if it is yet another "rent boy" romance (seems to be a favorite genre among historical M/M romances!!??).

A good one....chuckle-worthy, and enjoying yummy.
I have a sort of old-fa
I love rent boy stories. But you know what I enjoy even more? Great rent boy stories!! Paired with my fave historical time period (Regency), let's just say I was a happy lady.

Sir Alan is injured physically and mentally from war. He wanted to have one more night's pleasure before meeting his maker and decided to pay for a male prostitute. Who he picked up that night changed his life for the good. He and Jem have their night but there was something about him that kept pulling him towards the young

I am a huge fan of historical romance and a huge fan of M/M loving, you put them together, I become extremely happy, and I was extremely happy about this book. It has a bit of everything, the evil villain, the brooding hero and his upbeat and beautiful lover. The sex is just sweet and erotic at the same, plus our upbeat and beautiful lover has to come in and save our brooding hero, I call that a very good read.

Sir Alan Watleigh is home from the war, and as to be expec
Jun 29, 2010 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bookwatcher by: DarienMoya
Don’t kill me, but my tag to this book is “Adventure Erotic Historical Romance”

Yes, really long one, and let me explain why…

Jem (19 years old, and a whore) after a night with the handsome (and ex Captain) Alan get the change to be his valet. Jem, obviously, is direct and know very well what a men need to be aroused, so he will do it to Alan… a lot… and I love that! You know how historical romances are boring with all the protocol the characters must obey to be accept in society? Well, Alan can t
Sigh, this was charming historical romance -- and this opinion comes from a non-historical romance reader, mind you.

I was recommended by Heather C for this. I had to admit, language wise, I struggled a bit. Some of the words here were pretty 'heavily' uhm, old English? I don't know how to explain it, but that was how it felt for me. I'm an ESL, and I am more familiar with 'contemporary' English. Usually, that would be a reason for me to stop. But it didn't happen with this case.


Because the
One of my first historical m/m romance, I got hooked since the first pages.
Set in the 19th-century London this book tells the story of a rent boy (Jem) who meets a noble and closeted man (Sir Alan). What was intended to be a one night stand turns into an offer of permanent employment as the Lord’s valet; after a slow and wonderfully depicted building relation Jem and Alan become at last lovers and companions. There’s a really intriguing secondary plot with a scary-dirty-evil-doctor villain.
If there's any book that could draw me back to historicals, TG&TR would be the one!

This book engaged me from the beginning - Baronet Alan Watleigh decides to give in to his forbidden desires just once, before committing suicide. He has decided life is not just worth living and I was hooked right up to when he discovers he has someone he wants to live it with.

Jem, his savior, is very, very lovable. Street-smart, as expected for a male whore, but with an innate sense of goodness. He possesses
Emma Sea
A charming historical m/m romance, and my new favourite with a 19th-century setting.

Sir Alan is heartsick with both personal loss, and denial over his "dirty animalistic" attraction to men. Jem is the gutter rat who persuades him not to be so worked up about liking cock. Jem has learned to take his pleasures when he may: a dry place to sleep, a full belly, a strong man's body. He functions as a cross between best friend, valet, court fool, and errand boy, and quickly wins Sir Alan over.

The grow
3.5 Stars

This was my first go at a Bonnie Dee and/or Summer Devon regency story, and I must say I was quite impressed by the overall writing quality and their ability to create a very distinct voice for their characters.

Jem was a fairly spectacular character, very richly developed and entertaining as all get-out. I even liked Sir Alan, with his brooding nature and broken spirit. I liked the way these characters meshed.

I guess the reason I'm rating the way I am - after having said the above - is
Wonderful, fun, sexy and romantic...simply a great read.

Being a huge fan of MM historical romances I am often overly critical of these types of stories. It’s easy for an author to take a “straight” storyline, change the female to male and present a MM romance. This book does not suffer from that problem. This story is told with respect to male characteristics, appreciation of the era and wonderful use of language.

Alan Watleigh is a physically and emotionally damaged war vet. He’s in a very dark
Kaje Harper
Jul 23, 2012 Kaje Harper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, m-m, historical
This story has great characters, believable period detail, and an interesting plot, resulting in a very readable and engaging historical romance. Jem is a 19 year old male prostitute, picked up off the streets by Sir Alan for one night of indulging Alan's long-denied need for a man's touch, before Alan plans to commit suicide. But Jem is no down-trodden silent body to be used. His spirit, his humor and his zest for life have survived all that he has gone through on the streets. By the end of the ...more
Loved this, and historical is never my first choice. Picked it up as a freebie and now wondering why it's taken me so long to read it.

Far more story here than I expected. The characters are instantly likeable, haunted gentleman Alan (only why does he have to be named Alan, that's my dad's name?) and irrepressible rogue Jem. At first I wondered at Jem being so up-beat but that's clearly his defence mechanism. This being a historical the dynamic would seem set but I was pleased to find that assump
I read it and loved it. I listened to the audio version and loved it even more.

Highly recommended in both versions.
This book has everything to be loved! It's a captivating story, with two magnificent men: Sir Alan is a broken man... he survived a war but he might not survive his ghosts... he is in desperate need to be rescued. And Jem... just the perfect character: beautiful, funny and with so much love to give! They bond perfectly and it was so beautiful to see how their love grew!

The story has more, much more! It was my first book by these authors and all I can say is that I loved it!

Sep 17, 2010 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mel by: Nightcolors
Former Commander – now Sir- Alan Watleigh is fed up with life. Having lived through the horrors of Badajoz, only to come home and learn that his family died of a terrible fever, and constantly chastising himself for his 'sinful perversities', Alan has given up the fight. On his self proclaimed last night on earth, he allows himself one indulgence: a night with a male prostitute. His eye is caught by the vibrant Jem whom he takes home. But the night has many surprises and Jem turns out to be more ...more
Leslie Nicoll
Mar 16, 2010 Leslie Nicoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon are becoming must-buy authors for me, especially with their historicals.

This has some similarities to Seducing Stephen, with an older man who is unhappy with life meeting a younger man who shows him what joy and happiness is. In this story, the older man is Sir Alan Watleigh who has returned from the Iberian War, injured and ill and also family-less. The younger man is Jem, a prostitute that he picks up, intending on one night of sexual release
This was the first book I've read by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon and it was a very enjoyable historical romance, with a dark twist half way through. Sir Alan, having recently returned from war due to both mental and physical injuries wants to end his life. However before he does he gives in to his forbidden desires and enjoys the pleasures of rent boy Jem. After one night of sweet erotic sex with the beautiful boy Sir Alan finds himself coming alive again and no longer has thoughts of killing hi ...more
Heather C
Aug 12, 2013 Heather C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a fan of "rent boy" stories but in a historical setting, they some how work for me. This one started out all hot and sweaty and ended up turning into a bit of a thriller type story. Didn't see that coming...but I liked it. 

Yes, I usually prefer more sexual tension in my romances but these guys were hot and sweet. 

Bark's Book Nonsense
Jun 30, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I read this for JERR's newsletter and cannot post it here but I will say I loved everything about it. If you’re looking for a moving love story you simply can’t go wrong with this book. This is how all love stories should be written, IMO. I loved brooding Alan, loved wise-ass, cheerful Jem and together they were intense. So good, I hated to come to the end.


This was a nice enough story, but the audio version had made it less enjoyable to me. The narrator was making a good personalisation of MCs, but in my head they sounded differently and I just couldn't get attached to them properly with the other voices. As usual, with audiobooks, it's either hit or miss, and I'm afraid this was a miss for me.

Having said that, I did enjoy the story of the gentleman and the prostitute rogue. There even was a villain to fight and the little damsel in distre
J.L. Merrow
Mar 19, 2010 J.L. Merrow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this was fun! Read a lengthy excerpt from the start of the book and was hooked - I had to dash out and buy it! And the rest of it didn't disappoint. Regency rentboy meets toff - do I have to say more?
Some wonderful turns of (profane) phrase from the lovable eponymous rogue, Jem, and a colourful supporting cast.

Some of the slang used seemed a little suspect to my admittedly ignorant ear, (ETA: but turned out to have been thoroughly researched - see comments!) but the whole thing was told wit
Nothing like getting pressured into an impromptu BR with new BR buddies and loving the book. And the buddies. And I only needed my hand held for a little while.

The audio gets 5 stars too.

Review to come.
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Jul 23, 2012 ttg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, reviews
This book is like an m/m version of a lovingly produced (and very leisurely paced) BBC production. But although a bit slow, it's still an enjoyable historical romance, and would probably meet the needs well for anyone wanting some good Regency-era romance.

The story focuses on depressed Sir Alan, sent back from the battlefield with his injuries and still haunted by what he saw. Feeling like life can’t get any lower, he requests the company of a male prostitute before planning to kill himself. In
Lovely historical m/m romance about Sir Alan Watleigh, a veteran of the Crimean War, who is sick in body and mind from the atrocities he witnessed there. His preference for men is just another thing he hates about himself but he decides to indulge in one night with a male prostitute before removing himself altogether from this world. But the young man he meets, Jem, is full of life and optimism despite his rough and tough existence, and Alan finds himself prolonging their acquaintance.

This is a
Apr 05, 2010 Jenre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, historicals, romance
I really enjoyed the last historical story, Seducing Stephen, by this talented pair of authors and so I was looking forward to this book especially since it contains one of my favourite themes of the gentleman who falls in love with the prostitute. I'm glad to say that this story didn't disappoint in the slightest.

Male whore, Jem, is picked up one evening by a mysterious gentleman and take to the man's house. The man in question is Alan, who has returned from the Peninsula war a broken man both
Jan 13, 2012 Snowtulip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, historical
3.5-4.0 (keep going back and forth)

I must admit that there was a slow start at the beginning of this book, but I am so glad I pursued. Alan is a tortured soul with atrocities and loss that he has had to endure, but must come to terms with his life and look toward a future. Jem is exactly what he needs, a light in the darkness with his own demons to deal with. The additional plot of Anne really brought the characters together and provided more depth to the storyline. I enjoyed seeing Jem and Alan
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