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The Gentleman's Keeper

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  706 ratings  ·  94 reviews
"Confronting the darkness of his past, he finds the light of his future. "

After years gadding about Europe, Everett Gerard can no longer avoid his responsibilities. Word has come that a child bearing the unmistakable Gerard stamp has shown up at the family estate-and he realizes it's time to face his demons.

As his carriage nears the gates of home, he fights the urge to fle
ebook, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Nick Pageant
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m
BR with Adam

Great regency with a little mystery and a kid I didn't completely despise.
My first historical mm romance and I was hooked from page 1!

I loved the plot line, the character and relationship development. It was just amazing and the fact I want to find more historical mm books speaks volumes to me :)

I will certainly try more books by these two authors, as their style of writing is clear and allowed me to enter into the scene without fluffy/fancy vocabulary.

I loved it <3 <3
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Macky by: Lolita
Being a bit of a historical m/m romance fan I discovered Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon's contributions to the genre a while ago and apart from one, each book that I've read and enjoyed have been 5 star reads and this one definitely joins the ranks.

I just find they always seem to get it right. Well for me anyway! The historical aspects might not be bob on for a true historian but the feel and atmosphere of the era they're writing about works perfectly and I always feel the chemistry between the me
Kaje Harper
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m
These authors know how to write historical romance with the right amount of authentic-feeling detail to support but not dominate the story. This is a smooth, straightforward story of two men who first come together out of opportunity and attraction, but bond over the life they come to share.

Gerard is a nobleman who has been in Europe, ignoring his family estate from a distance, due to the bad memories it holds. He is fairly comfortable in his awareness that he's only attracted to men. Gerard is
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aaa-2

I now know what will make happy and let me tell you what it is:
1) cutting all wired and wireless connections
2) a room full of bookshelves
3) said bookshelves filled with nothing but Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon historicals
4) my cats, Boomer and Tash

Eli Easton
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon always write admirable m/m historicals, but I particularly loved this one. The writing is top of the genre and the story was fun. There's always a surprise or two in each scene, an unexpected turn, a shocking line of dialogue. Very fun to read.

This vaguely regency-era story stays true to the times while allowing these two men to form a relationship that works. I'm always fond of kids in romances and Ipsail was a hoot.

Excellent work, my dear authors. Look forward to m
3.5 Stars rounded down on GR.

This was a pleasant read, flowing smoothly, the prose and plot both were the usual efficient style this writer duo engages in. With one exception--there was a bit too much telling.

However, in the end it didn't matter. The anguish Everett Gerard suffered was transmitted well, the growing love for the boy was quite obvious, and if there was a bit too much telling about what took place between Miles and Gerard, then be it. Both men at least clearly were men and no heter
3.5 stars.
Lovely story, without too much drama or angst.
A tiny bit boring at times, but still, a great read that I will recommend as a nice read to all of you who love historical romance.
I read two of these authors’ books back in January 2014 when I was doing my personal historical MM challenge. I loved those so much I decided to try another story of theirs – despite my personal go-to-person for MM historical, Heather C, said that she wouldn’t recommend this.

Alas, I should’ve listened...

The truth is I found this quite boring. I struggled to finish it and it wasn’t that long. I guessed with the blurb like “as they clash over the fate of the ancestral land”, I was hoping to read a
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, dnf
While I loved The Gentleman and the Rogue I've got to conclude these authors aren't for me. Found this boring, dual POV made it feel repetitive and as both characters were caught in a whirlwind of emotion I gave up. Miles never rang true for me, not seeing any reason for his restlessness and the fact they could be in a lustful moment then the next words out refer to his sister felt unnatural. ...more
K.J. Charles
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m, victorian
This has a tremendous amount going for it - great well-realised setting, strong and very likeable characters, a child who isn't sentimental or a plot device. It didn't blow me away as other m/m historicals by this writing team have done - I'd have liked things to be a bit tougher for our heroes, with a stronger threat - but it's a really enjoyable read, and the more m/m Victorians we have, the better! (And it's nice to see Oliver and Robert from The Psychic and the Sleuth are doing well.) ...more
A solid historical romance story set on an estate in the countryside, not at the social events in London. Both Gerard and Miles are likable characters who are easy to root for. The book didn’t bore me, I finished it without resorting to having affairs with other books and I didn’t moan and groan and roll my eyes, and that is quite an accomplishment these days, really. What it also didn’t do is set my heart on fire and keep me awake at night. In short: I liked it, but I didn’t love it.

The main th
Becky Condit
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The arrival of a young half staved urchin named Ipsial at the Gerard family estate, known as the Abbey, is the catalyst that calls Everett Gerard home. Home to a place he vowed never to return to. Everett witnessed the aftermath of a terrible crime there as a child, and the ghosts still haunt him, so much so that he would rather the walls of his ancestral home crumbled away to ruin, than he ever had to walk within them again. However Everett needs to discover the truth about Ipsial as the note t ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Historical m/m romance taking place some time in England's industrial age (indoor plumbing and rail travel are mentioned). Gerard has been called back to his family's estate (an abbey) to address his byblow, Ipsial.

There's nothing very surprising about this story that you wouldn't find in a m/f historical romance except for the m/m main characters. Gerard starts off as a rather arrogant man of wealth (not nobility!) who gets physically ill due to bad memories of the abbey. But he's a de
Kate McMurray
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, historical
I want for more books like this to exist in the world; this one hit a lot of my buttons (in a good way). If I have one complaint, it's that I wish we'd gotten a little more with the heroes; I was interested to know how they negotiated their relationship under the circumstances. (I finished the book thinking the ending was probably historically realistic but it didn't quite go far enough to assure me of their HEA. Not because I didn't buy that the characters were in love, but more because the ext ...more
nisie draws
i thought i was over the dissolute gay lord character trope, but this book was a fresh take on it. Gerard drinks to keep at bay the fear and memories of a murder witnessed, but with the help of his strapping estate manager, overcomes his fears, learns to love his lands, and together they adopt an orphan. Victorian gay country dads! what a great ending!
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a quiet, loving story, which fit micely into its historical time period. I would have liked more of the backstories of these two restless characters, and I felt I was told, rather than shown how much they settled each other down.

Sweet stuff.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: quick-easy-reads
A sweet little historical read.

A little slow to get off the mark but enjoyable once young Ipsial enters things. No real drama just hints that never really go anywhere.

Overall a sweet gentle read.
Katrina Passick Lumsden
This one was just OK for me. I enjoyed it, but I was hoping for more. It suffered my high expectations, I suppose. I expected a bit more depth of feeling between the MC's, but there was a disconnect there that made the entire plot suffer. ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed several of these authors' historical novels, and this one was no exception. A little slow paced to start with but picked up about a third of the way in. ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story, review to follow
Heather C
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This was just ok. Didn't love it. It was a bit too slow and uneventful; and I think the kid was the best part. ...more
Ulysses Dietz
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mmes. Devon and Dee do know their way around a historical romance. I realize that the most ardent fans of this genre are less nitpicky than I am. It's not just because I'm a man, but because of my longtime love of 19th-century English novels. Read enough Trollope and Dickens and Thackeray - even George Eliot - and you develop a sense of what the right tone is; the right sense of time and place and character and language. Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee manage to pull it off, repeatedly, and for a fu ...more
Elisa Rolle
Everett Gerard, for various reasons, decided long ago to forget about his property, the Abbey. It’s 1888, in England, and while homosexuality is for sure forbidden, it’s not uncommon. Everyone basically knows Gerard is a sodomite, thanks also to an old scandal with an Italian count, but until he manages to disguise his real sexual inclinations with a libertine life, no one question why he is still a bachelor at almost 30 years old, and considering the fact his father died, he is not even worried ...more

I’ve read several books by the writing team of Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon and I’ve enjoyed them all. They have a knack of writing really sexy, interesting characters that live and breathe off of the written page. When it comes to writing gay historical romances, their books are definitely not to be missed. Between their descriptive storytelling ability and their likeable heroes, it’s easy to get swept up into the lives of their characters.

The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story,
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ah, what can I say---either you like these sorts of historical romances or you don't---and I most certainly do! I've read (and reviewed) a number of other titles by Devon and Dee, which I liked very much, so this new novel was an auto-buy for me. Didn't even have to consider my purchase for a moment; once I saw they had published another I picked up a copy instantly.

How does it compare to the others? Well, the plot is perhaps a bit simpler than what I've been accustomed to from the authors' prev
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Exposition of What Family Means

Not fair, ladies. You need to consider sequels to each of your 19th Century m/m romances, most especially this one. It's overwhelming in the way each main character, Everett Gerard, Lord of the Manor, and Miles Kenway, Keeper of the Abbey, manifests his feelings to the other and the reader--about the other man, about life goals and most especially about the ragamuffin boy, Ipsial, who enters their lives and pulls them together while others would pull them
Lisa The Novel Approach
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
3.5 Stars

I try not to dwell so much on the show vs. tell argument, but there are times that it’s just critical to the building of believable relationships for me, and I felt there was some show-me missing from this story that, in the end, made it a pleasant read, a very heartwarming tale, but didn’t set me over the edge into a place where I was emotionally invested in the relationship between Gerard and Miles as much as I was glad that Ipsial had finally found a home.

You can read the rest of thi
Becky Black
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, historical
Books with children in them are tricky, but this one steers clear of sappiness over that. Paints a nice picture of two men figuring out how to make a life and a family with the restrictions of society hemming them in. And interesting how the fact of both being outsiders sexually bonded them despite their class differences. Like they recognised each other as friends despite the barriers society put between them.
Good story with wonderful characters. Ipsial is a treat. What a strong little boy to make his way to find a new home at such a young age. And not an easy child to be taken in by a smarmy gent.

I liked that there were no stupid misunderstandings, no manufactured angst. Just a straight forward story with some problems but with resolutions.

A good solid enjoyable read.

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