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A Gentleman's Game

(Romance of the Turf #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  346 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Suave Nathaniel Chandler can just as easily talk himself into a willing lady's embrace as he can broker a business deal. But no amount of charm is sufficient to cloak a chilling, recent discovery: every one of his award-winning racehorses has suddenly and mysteriously fallen ill.

Determined to discover the source of the problem, Nathaniel searches for all possible explanat
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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3.5 stars

"Anyone who could manage impropriety beside a colicky pony is more determined than I am."
He grinned. "Well put. This is hardly a spot for seduction."
Now, why had he said that? Because once he said that word, her thoughts took wing. Where could one pursue a seduction, if one were perfect and unmarred and blithe? Ought it to be in a bed draped with silks? On the velvet squabs of a bespoke carriage? Would there be perfume and rose petals?
Curled against Rosalind, Sheltie took another drin
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars.

Even though Theresa Romain is one of my favourite historical romance authors, I did raise my eyebrows when I learned that she was writing a series of books which would be based around the Sport of Kings (horse racing). I know nothing about it – or horses - and wasn’t quite sure I’d be interested in reading stories about horse-mad people… but Ms Romain has never steered me wrong yet and I trust her to tell a good story in which the characters are front an
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think Theresa Romain is starting to really find her stride. She is a fresh voice in the genre with her consistent ability to create emotional romances with character who are relatable, nice, and easy to root for.

I am not a huge fan of horse racing so the details in the first 30% of the book were difficult to slog through for me, but once Nathaniel and Rosalind took center stage, well, let's just say I was in heaven! Therefore, one less star for the tough beginning, but 5 stars for the excellen
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Gentleman's Game - the first book in Theresa Romain's new Romance of the Turf series - has a freshness and quirkiness in style that sets her apart from a lot of others out there at present. I confess to knowing nothing whatsoever about the world of horse racing, which is the basis for the series, but even though I had to concentrate hard to get into the story, my lack of knowledge didn't actually cause me any problems while reading.

The characters, however, I adored immediately. Was there eve
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Buddy read with Andrea! :) you can find her review here

This was a really enjoyable book! after a slow start, it picked up and became interesting. Although I don't know anything about horses, it didn't bother me at all and I loved the change from the usual london season in other books. I liked the writing and the characters especially Nathaniel who's the sweetest man ever! The thing I loved most in this book, is the developement of the relationship between
“'I pray you, do not fall in love with me, for I am falser than vows made in wine.'” So said Rosalind in As You Like It. She never expected to live out these words.

“I’m not asking anything of you, Rosalind. I know better than to ask for things I cannot have. Stating what I want is risk enough.” His arm slid over her belly, her waist, then up her ribs. Just touching; he liked to touch things. Maybe they seemed more real when he did, an anchor to the world.

When his hand settled, he sighed. “You p
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - This was a different take on the Regency romance novel in that, the characters were basically just hard-working folks.

I liked that both leads had flaws and how the author dealt with them. I felt her characterization of them was strong and yet showed growth by the end of the book. For me, the villain just didn't live up to my sense of dastardly deeds. Also, when we get to that part, it feels a little rushed - hence the deductions of stars.

I was not aware that there was a novella prequ
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Following a glorious prequel, A GENTLEMAN’S GAME is the real first instalment of Theresa Romain’s Romance of the Turf series, and it is every bit as brilliant as I’d hoped it would be. Nathaniel Chandler travels all over England to buy and sell horses; it’s something he’s good at, and just about the only thing his curmudgeon father lets him do, but still he doesn’t get any respect from his pater, the Baronet. The Chandlers will enter horses in the Epsom Derby, but nearing the date of the race, s ...more
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Despite not having read the 0,5 (my mistake) I really liked the world Theresa has showed us in this book. Its not your typical HR, since both our hero and heroine are both working class (more or less).
I love the world of the horses and derby and just how likeable our otp was. The daddy issues were
handled correctly and even if Rosalind's conflict with her "Aunt" wasn't as good, the book never got to be too boring. Now I'm curious about the other siblings and ofc I'll read Hannah's story, even if
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
5.5 stars out of 10 for me

I really enjoyed the author's previous books To Charm and Naughty Countess and It Takes Two to Tangle. If you have not read this author, I can recommend either of those two books.

This latest offering, though, I found to be slow and lacking in any sort of interesting tension. I felt like I was watching paint dry, and the book's 340-ish pages took me 4 days to finish.

The heroine here is keeping secrets--we vaguely know what is going on because we are told about it ad i
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
„A Gentleman’s Game“ by Theresa Romain is the first novel in a series called “Romance of the Turf”. In the beginning I wasn’t sure if I’d like it because I am absolutely not into horses. I wouldn’t say I dislike them, just don’t care about these.
When Nathanial Chandler comes home from another tour through England to buy horses and meet “milkmades” he meets Rosalinde Chandler, his father’s new and female secretary. He’s the younger son and nobody really cares about his whereabouts, not even his
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Theresa Romain is a new-to-me author, but one whose name isn't completely unfamiliar. And although this was my first Theresa Romain historical romance, it certainly won't be my last.

A Gentleman's Game was slow to start, but once it gained speed and traction, it was difficult to stop. (Possibly why I finished it in an afternoon.) I had to see the story through, figure out who was behind the mysterious illness of Nathani
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
4.5* rounded up.
I adored this book. This Regency is set among the backdrop of horse racing. In addition, neither of the two leads are titled. Rosalind is the daughter of innkeepers. Nathaniel is the second son of a baronet, whose father got his title somewhat recently for military service to the Crown. Both of these set this apart from most of the historical romance I've read.
Rosalind was burned at 13. To save her life, her parents sent her to live/stay with a family friend. This friend paid f
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
... horses, hearts and hurts!

I had such high hopes for the romance between Nathaniel Chandler and his father's secretary, Rosalind Agate. The beginning started well with Nathaniel and Rosalie working together, helping to cure the sickness developed by some of the thoroughbreds trained by the stables of Nathaniel's father. Nathaniel knows that his father doesn't trust him. It's obvious. It takes us some time and a heap of hints for us to discover the cause. And it takes a long time for the story
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Theresa Romain basically created a series just for me, and the first full-length book just confirms it. She reached into my head and found the references and plot that would make me happiest, and gave those thoughts a beautiful cover and said, “Here!”

The thing that delighted me NO END was the fact that Nathaniel, upon hearing Rosalind’s name, quoted Shakespeare: “Just as high as my heart” and I went “WAITASECOND” and asked Romain if she was deliberately
A Gentleman's Game was quite charming, with two protagonists both with secrets, both attracted to one another, with differing stations in life forming an unusual bond that grows as the story progresses. I love the way that Nathaniel and Rosalie just kind of grew into their relationship and how the secrets that they've been keeping from other people seems to just easily spill out when they've been in each others company and aren't held against them in anyway. They felt so wonderfully ordinary in ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this from Netgalley/ Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. This is a story about a woman with some secrets. We have Rosalind who is working for the Chandler family as a secretary and Nathaniel who is trying to prove himself to his father. They embark on a journey to try to when a derby race. The story was so slow. It took me forever to get into. I usually love a good historical but this one needed more action well more speed.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swoon, grownup
LOVED the verbal banter between these two!
First of all, I loved Nathaniel and Rosalind. They had a great connection and witty banter. Nathaniel, the younger son of Sir William Chandler, is trying to earn back his father’s trust after losing it when he was younger. Rosalind is, well, that’s the part I couldn’t get into. She is indebted to a woman she calls “Aunt Annie” who she works for by finding out information for her. Basically, like a private spy. This part of the story completely annoyed and frustrated me. The more we find out abou ...more
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This poor book did suffer a bit reading wise, I got a review book that had to be read, I got another review book that had to be read. So there was this break in the middle, but honestly, it was so easy jumping right back in!

Rosalind is not who she say she is (and I did wonder about that whole spy thing, secrets! I mean there must be more in other books I guess). Anyway, she was a good woman, just she had this debt, and she never did anything horrible. She told secrets.

Nathaniel was a gentleman.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A new historical romance that features the horse racing community. I enjoyed the setting and the characters that are introduced, a wonderful start to a new series.

Nathaniel Chandler has wanted to be a part of his father’s life for years, yet they are often at odds. Sir William is in a wheelchair, still proud and able to run a successful horse farm, but Nathaniel was a wild one in his younger days, drinking to excess and his father does not trust him. While visiting, they realize several of his f
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
A sllllloooowwww burner of a romance. I loved the main couple as both individuals and as a couple, but man it took a while for the plot to get going. I read the prequel novella to the series and enjoyed it - maybe because it was shorter and therefore didn't need all this unnecessary puff.

Nathan Chandler is the son trying to do good in his dad's eyes and ends up falling short. He has the chance to prove himself but needs his dad's secretary, Rosalind, to go with him as a way to get his dad on hi
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rosalind and Nathaniel become acquainted when he returns to his father's home and meets his father's secretary.

Sir William is a horseman who trains horses. Even though Sir William is confined to a wheeled chair, he is in charge of every aspect of the training and conditioning in the stables. Nathaniel has worked for his father traveling the country and generally doing whatever needs to be done. The relationship between father and son is not a good one. Sir William treats Nathaniel as if he does
Opening with a fresh perspective, Theresa Romain gives us the story of two ‘commoners’ who are functioning in the horse-racing world. Nathaniel has a gifted eye for horseflesh and training, and has spent years working to gain his father’s approval. His father received the title of Baronet as recognition, and he’s never wholly approved or trusted him. Sir William has a secretary, Rosalind, daughter of innkeepers and a knowledgeable and trusted employee. More importantly, Sir William treats Rosali ...more
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical, 2016
A Gentleman's Game is a fantastic historical romance featuring the middle class. Nathaniel is the son of a Baronet, part of a family who are embedded in the business of raising, breeding, and racing horses. Rosalind is the daughter of a couple who run an inn, working now as a secretary for Nathaniel's father.

I loved how fresh the story felt. I've never read a horse-racing-centric romance before, and romances between people in this middling class are only just beginning to become popular, I think
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
The Chandlers raise and train Thoroughbred horses. Sir William gained his title by providing mounts for the army during the Peninsular War. His relationship with his son is not so successful. Consequently Nicholas spends most of his time on the road purchasing likely racing or hunting prospects.

At the beginning of the story, Nicholas returns home with a couple of horses and discovers that some of the established and most valuable equines are colicking. To deal with the horses and find the cause,
Debbie Glenn Brown
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Gentleman's Game has an excellent back story with true character building in the beginning of the book. Rosalind Agate, the daughter of innkeepers, is working for the Chandler’s horse racing farm as a secretary with secrets. Rosalind is hiding something, she’s secretly writing letters and you cannot help but wonder is she up to no good. The second son, Nathaniel Chandler is trying to prove himself to his father. When his mother died he turned to alcohol to cope with her death and ever since Si ...more
Amy Alvis
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is book 1 in the Romance of the Turf series.

Nathaniel Chandler has never done anything right in his father's eyes, so when the family's horses need to be taken to the Derby, he volunteers and hopes that he can finally prove to his father that he can contribute to the family business. His father agrees, but only if Nathaniel will take his father's new secretary, so that she can report back about every step of the trip.

Having arrived at the Chandler estate under false pretenses, Rosalind Agat
Connie Fischer
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: want-to-read
Newmarket England - 1818

Nathaniel Chandler travels all over England buying and selling horses for his father’s business. Baron Sir William Chandler, a widower, is confined to a wheelchair as the result of a palsy he developed. Nathaniel and his father are not on the best of terms with each other. Some years ago after the death of his mother, Sir William’s grief expressed itself as coldness to his son, making Nathaniel turn to drink and now he is still working to regain his father’s trust. But th
Buddy read with Lacey! You can find her review here

Too tired for a real review, so please excuse my rambling thoughts :)

This was lovely. For the most part it was just a delightful story about two people falling slowly in love. There's not much "action" (except poisoned horses (don't worry, they're all fine ^^), a blackmailer, and a trip to a derby), the obligatory big-bad-secret-that-could-destroy-everything wasn't too present for my taste (it's mentioned, then ignored for a while, until it com
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Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Rewards series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Praised as “one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance” (Booklist), she has received starred reviews from Booklist and was a 2016 RITA® finalist. A member of Romance Writers of America® and its Reg ...more

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