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A Gentleman’s Promise

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Emma has struggled across a Europe devastated by Napoleon to get her brother back home, but when she arrives she finds her family all but destroyed.

She meets a stranger who claims the estate now belongs to him. Who is this man? Emma doesn’t know. What she does know is that it would be madness to fall in love and surrender her freedom…

Richard never wanted the title and
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published July 1st 2018 by Troubador Publishing
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Jackie M
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Gentleman’s Promise by Penny Hampton. Kibworth Beauchamp, Matador/Trubador, 2018.

This better-than-average Regency Romance appears familiar at first. A viscount and both his sons die unexpectedly. A distant family member is surprised first by the news that he is heir and then by a series of apparent attacks on his life. The real heir and his very protective, unusually well educated older sister appear alive and well after being declared dead. The heroine visits a brothel disguised as a young ma
Mary Yarde
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Coffee Pot Book Club Historical Romance Book Of The Year Award 2018 — Honourable Mention.

When the Honourable Viscount of Easterby died, he left no issue, for his sons were dead. So who would inherit? Richard Lacey had never expected to become the next Viscount of Easterby, in fact, he did not even know he was related to the late Viscount!

Emma Smythe’s father thought nothing of his family’s welfare. Charles had been an adventurer, an archaeologist, but now he was dead, as was Emma’s mother. E
Brianne C.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Gentleman's Promise is a good clean romance with mystery and intrigue. I've rated this book so highly because the author really took the time to make the story believable. She was able to create a romantic story without any of the usual (and often vulgar) love scenes. This is also one of the few clean romances that I have read that were not also steeped in religious rhetoric.
The mystery aspect actually made sense. I deducted a star for the "bad guy" and their motive being made pretty obvious
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced, Heyeresque adventure with convincing characters and faultless period detail in which the course of true love contends with mysterious deaths, attempts on the hero’s life and all manner of skulduggery. And, needless to say, a hero and heroine determined to wait until the closing pages before accepting that they are made for each other. The denouement, in which pragmatism halts the pursuit of justice, may disappoint some readers. It didn’t disappoint me.
Javi reads and reads and reads
Nov 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs, read-2018
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange of an HONEST review.

1.5 stars ⭐️

First, the good things:

Emma was an interesting character. I really liked her in general, though she tended to be very confusing at times in terms of her *feelings* for Richard. She’s a very strong and independent woman who cared not at all about society’s views of her and she would not hesitate to do whatever it takes to achieve her goals.

Francis was another character I really liked. I could have read a w
Wytzia Raspe
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The beautiful gentleman on the cover of this book I could get an ARC of to review, caught my attention. It is a regency novel, or a kitchen maid literature as they call them here: a romance novel set in the 19th century in the better classes. But this one turned out to be slightly different. For one there is a strong gay element in it, there is no sex in it, the pace is slow and the main characters are developed into three dimensional people

Richard inherited an estate from a distant cousin but t
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emma and her brother, Jaime have just traveled across war torn France. Their parents are dead and they're hoping to get to back to England to their grandparent's house. When they get there, they find that their grandfather has died and their grandmother has gone to London. Someone else has taken over the house and the title. Richard Lacey has just arrived to the estate after being informed that he is next in line to be the Lord of Easterby. There have been several attempts on his life while trav ...more
Bethany Swafford
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Richard Lacey, having just inherited the title of Viscount Easterby, is certain someone is out to see him dead. When a ragged pair appears on his doorstep, the true heir to the title and sister who had been presumed dead, he promises to get to the bottom of the situation and keep both safe.

From the start, Richard inspires sympathy. He inherited a title he didn't want, a title which someone appears to be determined to eradicate. Multiple times he is nearly killed, and facts begin to point to an o
Laura J.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Richard has unexpectedly inherited a title and a run down estate from a distant relative. The day he arrives at the estate, the long lost heir, Jamie, and his sister, Emma, also arrive. Although relieved that he is no longer responsible for the estate, he is also troubled by the upheaval of Emma and Jamie’s arrival. Richard is a man who likes life to be orderly and safe. He’s a good person, very proper and a bit dull. Emma is brave, intelligent, obstinate, and always ready to defend her independ ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Richard has arrived at his new estate that goes with the title he has just received. He seems to be the only one to claim the viscount title. The brothers who would be in line for it are both dead as well as the younger brother's family. As he is settling in there are two homeless children at the door. Actually one is the daughter and the other the son, rightful heir. They have been out of the country with their parents for many years. They have no idea what has been happening at home. Richard i ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
The basic premise of this mystery is a good one, and the story moves along at a nice pace. The ending is totally unsatisfactory, however. The villain, who is responsible for a murder and 2 other deaths, gets a pass. No! It doesn’t matter that he’s (maybe) dying, that one of the victims was not a nice person, or that his motive was partially understandable. He was responsible for 3 deaths. There ought to be some retribution. There is some good writing here, but too often we are “told” rather than ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A lot of very modern societal thinking in this Regency romance, and a few unbelievable circumstance, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s not the very best of the genre’s offerings, but I was able to read it all in one evening, and it kept my interest enough that I’d like to read the next in the series (assuming that was the author’s intention with the addition of Phil and the young woman in the brothel). There was some bolder subject matter, but this is still definitely considered a clean re ...more
Mary Hart
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I really liked the cover, that's what made me consider this book.

The writing was good, the hero a bit dull. I think I wanted him to be a bit more dynamic but then the heroine had issues about being dominated and taken for granted. The story was a bit long for me and I felt some modern day attitudes were moved across into a historical content. The 'baddie' ended up being forgiven even though I thought his actions untenable. Not enough passion for me in this romance.

I was given a copy by
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was not bad, but way too long and the plot didn't convince me so much in the end. The author should have also find another way to convey the characters' thoughts in my opinion, because in the end I was reading only the italics...

Non é che questo sia un brutto libro, ma é troppo lungo e la trama non mi ha convinto piú di tanto alla fine, specialmente la redenzione di tutti e scordiamoci il passato. Inoltre credo che l'autrice avrebbe dovuto trovare un altro modo per scrivere i pensieri dei per
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