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The Fortune Hunter

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  39 reviews
A man with nothing finds everything.
Abandoned at birth, WWI veteran Hal Stanton faces bleak employment prospects in post-war London. Desperation spurs him to reinvent himself to hook a wealthy wife, one he will be devoted to even if he feels no real passion. But when he meets his fiance’s cousin, Julian Needham, it’s all he can do to keep his heart in check and his eye on
Published January 2nd 2018 by Bonnie Dee
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Joyfully Jay
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

The Fortune Hunter is a fine return to form for author Bonnie Dee and an excellent addition to her repertoire of historical fiction. Set just after World War 1 and the Spanish flu epidemic, The Fortune Hunter captures the harsh realities of life amidst the chaos of change. The landed class is struggling to keep up with times and Julian’s family has turned to offering tours of their dusty old home to stay afloat. Julian hasn’t been home since the death of his brot
I'm a fan of M/M historical romance and I especially enjoy Bonnie Dee's historical books set in the years around the turn of the 20th century (The Tutor - set in 1893; The Masterpiece - set in 1909). The Fortune Hunter is set in London, 1920 shortly after the end of WWI. It's a time when life was changing for the upper class, as well as the men returning home from the war.

30-year-old Julian is a fairly unlikable character who hasn't visited his family or their ancestral home Barton Park in years
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historicals
-3.75 stars-
"He loved Hal Stanton with the sort of poetic, romantic, serious love he’d never believed in.

Until now."

I went through various stages while reading this book. I had a rough time with the beginning, then I started engaging more and more, then my interest diminished because I felt that it dragged, but I LOVED the last 30%. Yup, various stages.

For starters, the time frame of this book is the main reason I wanted to read it. The Fortune Hunter takes place during the Interwar period,
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my last review from my 2017 reads.

I love my historical, that's why I really enjoyed it when I came to UK and explored. This brings back memories when I was in Windsor Castle. I felt like I went there again and and met Julian and Hal.
Of course there's never easy living in past life as 'confirmed bachelor' like Julian, but he managed it anyway. Hal came with his intention to marry Julian's cousin, Margaret. They're engaged. Not like many of MM books with annoying female characters, Margare
Lost in a Book
3.75 Stars

Ever have one of those magical lazy days? Where it goes by so peacefully slow and the only requirement is pajamas? Yeah, me neither. But I can imagine they would be a lot like most of this book with its slow pacing, lazy country days, simmering attractions, and budding friendships.

I recommend reading the synopsis because it does a great job of setting the stage. As the book starts, Hal is meeting Margaret’s (his fiancé) family at their country estate. Clearly, Margaret didn’t fully pre
Serena Yates
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, read-2018, historical
With two men who have diametrically opposed interests yet feel attracted to each other, the stage is set for conflict and a confrontation that might end in disaster – or lead to a very passionate relationship, even in difficult circumstances. ‘The Fortune Hunter’ is set in the 1920s, and from the language to the customs to the clothing to the food and the characters’ behavior, this story calls to life a time of the past when high society and its rules just began to lose their grip, when men lovi ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This one took some time to warm up to me. We have the Fortune Hunter, Hal, who wanted to marry Margaret, despite his own sexuality. Hal is a character I sympathize with, he is alone and penniless and just came back from war. He wanted to find a nice lady with money and settle down and be faithful to her. His plan sounds neat and nice but he didn't count on meeting Margaret's suspicious cousin, Julian.

Julian was suspicious of Hal from the get go, but he didn't have any concrete evidence. Thus, Ju
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Loved the time period and the very, very slow burn.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
There’s nothing quite like a Bonnie Dee historical to remind me why I love the genre. This author ranks right alongside Charlie Cochrane, Tamara Allen and some of my other favorite writers in the historical romance category. Her latest novel, The Fortune Hunter, is a love story that evolves wrapped in familiar and reliable tropes, and succeeds in the delivery of a happy ending that remains true to the post World War I setting.

Set in 1920 England, the one-two punch of the war and the Spanish Flu
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm having a lot of trouble deciding on how many stars I want to give this book. You see, as I get older, I'm having increasing difficulty with people who have the mentality of, "I don't struggle to survive, but I'm going to sit here and judge the methods that you use to literally struggle to survive," which is basically the premise of this book. Hal Stanton isn't seeking a fortune because he thinks it would be neat to be rich, he's seeking a fortune because his alternative is literally death vi ...more
Alex Jane
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
When I read the blurb for this book I was so excited. It promised to deliver something that sounded right up my alley. And it did not disappoint. In fact, it was even better than I could have hoped for.
The writing, as always from Bonnie Dee, was excellent and the story itself was delightful. That is if you like a slow burn plot that you know in your heart must end happily but you spend most of the story not knowing how that could possibly happen between the two main characters. I don’t want to
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
Bonnie Dee is a good writer. This is one of her better books.

I did not like that Hal, during several times of the book, thought of some others as low, e.g. Julian's neighbor as being beneath Margaret's rank, war veterans missing limbs need not have bothered to try working as laborers because they wouldn't have been chose, etc. That is one of the 2 things that kept me from giving this book a 5 star rating
Amy Aelleah
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, lgbt, romance
I almost stopped twice early on, and just refunded the book - because the first 30-40 % was kind of not fun to get through. Once the characters settled down - and quit with the insta-lust - things improved. The supporting cast was good, the romance turned out well and the early obvious 'twist' could be forgiven for just how well the character were handled later in the story.

(Something like 2 stars for the first 30%, 3 stars for the next 30 % and 5 stars for the final 40%.)
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars. A good, historical M/M novel set at the turn of the 19th century to the 20th. Automobiles were starting to happen, telephones also and English society was starting to relax (somewhat) its rigid rules of class and working folk getting together. In this story we have an upper class brother trying to protect his plain but wealthy cousin from a perhaps unwise marriage to a man with a questionable (low class) past trying to pretend to be a gentleman worthy of the cous ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 4 Stars - minor quibbles but I loved it to bits
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Suspicion and loathing turns to love.

I need to start off this review with an apology to the author, Bonnie Dee, and Signal Boost Promotions who provided me with an ARC of this book over a year ago. At the time I had every intention of reading and reviewing The Fortune Hunter but things just happened and I kept pushing this one further down on my To Be Read List (TBRL), along with a few others I'm trying to catch up on.

So, now that I've read this story what do I think? I think it was a wonderful
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Upon returning from the war, Hal Stanton finds employment hard to come by so he decides to become something he's not and hook a wealthy wife. Julian Needham has kept himself away from the family trying to run from the guilt he felt over his last meeting with his brother and not having reconciled before his death. Once Julian meets his cousin's fiancee, he's determined to prove he isn't the Hal Stanton he's presenting himself as. When the attraction between the two blossoms will the truth of Hal' ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfectly Dee-lightful

Despite many little bumps in the road to romance, my headline on this review is straight-on: Bonnie Dee has given us another perfectly drawn historical M/M drama with a good deal of sweetness, a large dose of frustration, and a group of characters who will make you smile every step of the way (OK, most of the time).

You will not particularly like Julian for a while due to a number of circumstances, and despite the fact that he is an imposter you will likely fall in love with
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
4 Stars!

War Veteran and orphan Hal Stanton is determined to marry for money and has found the perfect candidate in Margaret, but her family, especially her cousin Julian might not be too happy about their match and is equally determined to expose Hal.

I will be honest, I wasn't too sure I was going to like this book at first, it dragged a little and frankly, both Hal and Julian were quite unlikable. They did get better eventually and by 60%, I was rooting for them to find a way to be together.

Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, strw, arc, fave, jan-utc
I rarely read historical mm books, but once in a while a blurb or a cover or an author’s name catches my interest and I have a go. The Fortune Hunter by Bonnie Dee was simply amazing. I will definitely reread it and reread again and again. A huge success. It has all the elements I look for in a historical story, not necessarily in the mm world. It’s a romance, a pure romance, the kind of story that lets you dream and brings you into the MCs’ world. I simply adored it, that’s why it deserves all ...more
Page Crusherz
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Bonnie Dee for ages, and I was so excited to get a sneak peek at her newest release, and I was not at all disappointed!

In the Fortune Hunter we meet Hal, desperate to make his life into something better than he has had, he is looking to join the Needham household, a landed gentry family. When he comes to meet Julian, the cousin of his betrothed, sparks fly. Hal is so wonderfully sweet and strong, and Julian is so proper and yet so much in need of love and acceptance. Ms. Dee
I've read two other Bonnie Dee books and found them fun and diverting, which was what I was hoping for here. Sadly, while The Fortune Hunter isn't terrible or offensive by any means, it's nevertheless pretty darn dull. I never got a sense of any spark of attraction or connection between Julian and Hal. All in all, this is a remarkably proper and dispassionate book. I feel like Dee came up with her enjoyably soapy concept -- poor orphan trying to pass himself off as higher class to marry an heire ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book, and what a treat it was. Interwar England isn't as common a setting for historicals as perhaps it should be, with the societal and technological changes of the time providing different opportunities and challenges than characters would encounter in earlier or more recent eras.

I wasn't familiar with Bonnie Dee's writing before I opened The Fortune Hunter, but the first sentence told me I was in good hands. Both protagonists were developed wi
Positively delightful. Moving and complex historical that takes place in the 1920's after the war. Halstead Wiley is engaged to be married to Margaret, a woman of substance who a staunch Suffragette and supports causes. She has Hal meet her cousin Julian. Margaret grew up with Julian and his family at a country estate. Julian immediately knows that something is off about Halstead and means to find out. This was slow moving and slightly melancholy at first but then it takes a complex turn and foc ...more
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First time reading from the author and was not disappointed at all.
The story starts us off at a slow pace as the author introduces us to the characters and their world they made for them. I loved all the characters the author also made in their story. I couldn’t stop reading once I picked up the book.
When things started to unfold, I wondered how all would be happy. I so wanted to see Hal and Julian to get together, But I also wanted to see Margaret happy to.
Julian right off suspects Hal charac
Milly Molly
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
On the surface Julian and Hal seem two very different people, they experience an initial physical attraction to each other and once they start to open up to each other they find they have a lot in common after all.
They are in a sticky situation though because Hal is engaged to Julian's cousin, who he regards as a sister.
Bonnie does a great job of slowly unfolding the story, as we get to know Julian, Hal and Margaret I couldn't see how there could be a way for everyone to end up happy with Juli
Daniel Mitton
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews.)

I always enjoy stories by this author, particularly the historical ones. And so that there isn’t any misunderstanding…I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction, but for some reason, this lady writes ones that I really like.

In The Fortune Hunter we’re introduced to a young man on a mission. He is a WW1 veteran who joined the military at age 16 to escape the horrid conditions he was living in at a Catholic orphanage in London, and the beyond horrid condi
Lillian Francis
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-in-audio
Well written early 20th century historical set between the wars.

I love an enemies to lovers story, and I also love slightly broken characters and outwardly morally ambiguous characters with a heart of gold. And we have these traits to a degree in both of the MCs in this story.

This is a gorgeous book, well written, with both humour and heart rending moments. There were times when I wondered how the author would pull off a HEA for these two, but we get one, oh yes we do. A beautiful one and yet s
Happy endings for everyone.

I especially liked the view into the life of owning a manor house in post-WWI era England. The upper class figuring out their former tenant farmers are more prosperous than they are and they'll have to become a tourist attraction to make enough money to keep the house.

My favorite quote from Hal's (who was raised by nuns) thoughts about anal sex: People in the bible were always anointing each other with oil for one reason or another. He bet they never had this in mind
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