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Gentleman Wolf

(Capital Wolves Duet #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  560 ratings  ·  142 reviews
An elegant werewolf in Edinburgh...

1788. When Lindsay Somerville, the most elegant werewolf in Paris, learns that the man who held him in abject captivity for decades is on his way to France, intent on recapturing him, he knows he must leave the Continent for his own safety. Lindsay cannot take the risk of being recaptured—he may have been free for a century but he can s
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 216 pages
Published August 26th 2019
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*2.5 stars*

I'm not sure what to make of Gentleman Wolf. I think I liked it in the end, but it wasn't at all what I expected.

Things to know about this story:

It is not really a romance. By definition, a romance has a HEA or a HFN. This book simply doesn't. The plot clearly continues on to the next in the series, but I was expecting some sort of HFN at least at the end. I was feeling pretty irritated at 95% in when I realized that it wasn't coming. Just know going in to the story that it is more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr, historical, cliffy
Oh, the sweet torture! My careless blurb reading has bitten me again. Be sure to read the final sentence…“Note: this is the first book of a duology-the story continues and will complete in the second book, Master Wolf.” Gahhhhhhh! I can hardly stand the wait! *impatient wiggle* I do hope it won’t be a terribly long delay. Regardless of the length, I will be anxiously awaiting the release of Master Wolf. I have so many questions and I’m longing for a beautiful HEA. This was a delightful beginning ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joanna Chambers can do no wrong when it comes to historical romance as far as I'm concerned.

Now she's added a paranormal twist to her latest Edinburgh set series and it is an epic tale of mystery, heartache, adventure, and suspense with a seriously nasty villain and a stunning cast of characters.

Edinburgh at the start of the New Town development in the second half of the 1700s is where we find ourselves in this book and, as ever, Joanna's skill in writing places brings Auld Reekie to life wonder
Chambers again prove why she's a favourite author of mine. High expectations met! Lovely historical world, and I adored the unapologetic flamboyance of Lindsay the werewolf, revelling in makeup, powdered wigs and other 16th century fripperies available to rich men at the time. It is with a certain amount of reluctance he finds himself falling for Drew, a man of few words. Who in turn is even more reluctant to find himself drawn to Lindsey.

I enjoyed the romantic dance these two embarked on, comi
I had a blast reading this novel. The clever prose, the complex characters and the unorthodox plot made this a story worth talking about. I quite liked the author's approach to wolf shifters, it was rather unique. The characters both main and secondary were multi layered, so well written and various. As soon as I started reading, I knew from the tone and wording of the book that I would love it. And I was absolutely right.

Funnily enough I liked Drew Nicol despite his at times reprehensible treat
Lost in a Book
3 Stars

Hrmmm… I liked it… I think?

Let’s get some warnings out of the way first. This ends on a massive cliffhanger. No HFN/HEA in this installment, everything will be revealed (hopefully) in the next book. Gentleman Werewolf didn’t really *feel* like a romance. More like a historical paranormal that happens to involve sex? Maybe? Also, there are some trigger warnings for torture scenes and a miscarriage of a baby mentioned that took place in the past.

From the very start, this book felt heavy and
I enjoyed this a lot, but it does help enormously to know that it's the first in a pair of books. Master Wolf is due out in early 2020 and I can't wait.

There was a lot I recognised in Gentleman Wolf as, in some ways, it's a mirror image of JC's excellent "Enlightenment" trilogy. That was told from the point of view of hard-working, closeted Scot David Lauriston, trying to suppress his attraction to the more worldly, cynical, hedonistic and utterly unapologetic aristocrat Murdo Balfour. Here, in
3.5 stars

This review will be short and quick because I need to start the second book right now.

If that doesn’t tell you enough, here’s the long version.

After seeing so many high ratings and raving reviews on my feed for months, I may have suffered from too high expectations when I started this book. I enjoyed it very much from the beginning, but I was also ready to be wowed and I wasn’t, especially when it came to the romance.
I don’t want to give the wrong impression, so I’ll repeat this. I li
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I'm not a big fan of shifter books and historical doesn't really do it for me and yet somehow Joanna Chambers manages to take these things and create something that I really, really enjoyed. The woman is magic...full review to follow, soonish!!!

Ok so I know I’ve said this before but it bears repeating…

I’m not a big fan of historical books but when I read Ms Chamber’s ‘Enlightenment’ series I was totally enchanted I loved that series her writing was superb and each story just enchanted me…
Sally Malcolm
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to love about this book it’s hard to know where to start.

The sense of place is intense. Edinburgh in 1788, with the New Town in the midst of construction, is fascinating. (Anyone familiar with Chambers’ Enlightenment series will recognise it.) And Chambers' distinctive narrative voice gives it great authenticity. It's refreshing to have a story not set in Regency or Victorian England, and how fabulous is it to feature a hero who powders his hair, wears patches, rouge and high h
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.

After a few recent forays into contemporary romance, Joanna Chambers returns to historicals and to the city of Edinburgh for her latest novel, Gentleman Wolf, the first in her Capital Wolves Duet .  As the title suggests, this is a story with a touch of the paranormal, although the paranormal elements are fairly low-key, so if you’re looking for a full-blown shifter story, it might not be the book for you.  I should also point out that there is
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ It wasn’t unforgettable, but I really really liked it. Enough to dash right into book 2. Maybe I’ll give a proper review once I’m done.
True Loveislovereview
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, lgbtq
5 howling stars ! This story started right how I loved them the most!

Picture this: Scotland, March 1682
A dungeon with a creature, once a beautiful human now half human and half... something, incarcerated for decades. Then suddenly he’s freed.

Picture this: Paris, October 1788
Lindsay is free of his vicious keeper for over a century and living a pleasurable life.
Sadly, he has to return to Edinburgh because of the approaching danger trying to find Lindsay to keep.
In Edinburgh, Lindsay has to live a
Excellent start for a duology that can easily end being my best read of the year.
My expectations were so high here: The new J.Chambers story!, a paranormal historical romance... And so far it delivered every thing it promise and more!

Everything here is so well written. The way the MCs get to meet and know each other, their personal struggles and personalities! The secondary characters!
The way Edinburgh is described, with such detail!
In the majority of the historical romance I get to read, the a
5/21/20 Currently on sale for 99c via Amazon: ...more
Kaje Harper
This story of werewolves in Edinburgh in the late 1700s is deeply believable in its historical setting, and fascinating in its paranormal worldbuilding. The end is a very tentative HFN, and I will definitely be on the lookout for the next installment. Lindsay is a wolf-shifter, effectively immortal but far from being immune to pain. There's both immediate fear, as an old enemy stalks him, and a poignancy in his thoughts about the length of his life, the ephemeral quality of the humans who have p ...more
JD Crittendon
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having The Best Reason: Love!

“Foppish” Lindsey Somerville first whiff of architect Drew Nicol and he was intrigued, he was connected. This is an excellent historical fantasy romance. Although I understood what was about to happen, the good, the bad, and truly ugly; I still was an anxious reader. I became very invested in this tale, which is a sign of good storytelling, interesting MCs, and intriguing premise. Can I bare to read the conclusion of this story?!?
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Another great historical read from Joanna Chambers...this time with werewolves 🐺🐺🐺. Loved the scene-setting, the cover and the characters with the exception of Duncan MacCormaic and his cohorts of course 😉, but we can only hope he gets what he deserves in book 2 Master Wolf...pretty please? Is it January yet?? 4.25 stars from me. ...more
Joyfully Jay
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay, sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

I am a huge fan of Joanna Chambers’ historicals, so I was really excited to see the author’s foray into historical/paranormal. Like many of her books, this story is set primarily in Scotland and the sense of place and historical details are really well done. The book takes place in the late 1700s, around the time when New Town is just starting to be built in Edinburgh. Chambers fills the book with great details about the changes to the city and what life is like the
Fearne Hill
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you pick up any book by Joanna Chambers, you can be confident that it will be well written and this is no exception. The Enlightenment series is the bar by which I judge all other M/M Regency romance. I'm not a huge fan of shifter books (I was always rooting for Edward in Twilight) but this also falls into the category of M/M Regency so I was easily swayed.
Lindsay is sexy and sweet and deserves a HEA, but we don't even have a HFN. I will definitely be reading book 2 and hopefully, it will be
Suanne Laqueur
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed that. Onto the second book.
Lisa The Novel Approach
~ 4.5 Stars ~

Anyone who’s read author Joanna Chambers’ Enlightenment series knows full well she’s a deft hand at writing historical romance, so my confidence going into this book was already high. What I wasn’t sure of is how the werewolf aspect would play out, but I needn’t have worried because Chambers handles that with aplomb as well. And that cover? Well, it all came together in a trifecta of goodness in Gentleman Wolf, and now I can’t wait for book two in the series.

The Prologue hits its ma
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joanna Chambers is my go-to author for historical novels, and Gentleman Wolf is an amazing little detour from the usual fare I expect from her. I went into this novel expecting a little intrigue, a little romance, and some great historical detail. I got all of that, but also... more. Gentleman Wolf is dark, with a thread of unease that followed me throughout the story. It is clear from the beginning that the author is building up to something unpleasant, and as much as I wanted to curl Lindsay a ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, best-of-2019
Gah! How could publish this book now and then make your readers wait until January (January!) to read the second installment. I do not forgive you, Joanna Chambers!

Okay, I forgive you, but it's going to be painful 3-4 months. Can you at least promise us a January 1st release date?
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four * for book 1

I'm not sure I should be giving a rating at all, because this is so evidently half a story. But what a half! I don't want to wish my life away but roll on 2020 so I can find out how it ends.
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Lindsay Somerville knows about pain and humiliation, and he remembers his time in the hands of his torturer as a nightmare he does not want to experience ever again. But when his friend asks him to go back to Scotland to retrieve certain papers of vital importance, he is ready to face his fears to help those who once rescue him. He uses the façade of a frivolous Macaroni, and sets to the task, only to crash into handsome, unattainable Drew Nicol. Drew is restrained and distant, and Li
Em Wittmann
I’ll preface this with a disclaimer: I am predisposed to like anything Ms. Chambers writes. She's a favorite of mine & I often return to her Enlightenment series whenever I'm at a loss about what to read next. It’s brilliant.

I was intrigued by the blurb for this one, and surprised/delighted to discover Ms. Chambers was writing a queer shifter romance. I love queer shifter romances, and I liked Gentleman Wolf. But look, if you hate cliffhanger endings, shifters or abrupt insta-lust relationships
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: books, read-in-2020
I liked this, it was a good starting point for this duology. Despite historical isn't my to go genre I enjoyed how this times and characters were portrayed.
I liked Lindsay a lot, he has a vibrant personality despite everything, and I liked Drew too... more or less... (view spoiler)
Not the easiest to rate but that's more because I'm in the wrong mood for something more on the serious side and which applies more to my inner nerd. Joanna Chambers is using a slightly different approach to the werewolf legend and its romantic variant and her historical setting is as impeccable as expected. So if I would go for a short review I'd say: fascinating.

You only have to be aware: it's a duology and you shouldn't expect the HEA yet. I wouldn't even tag the end of #1 a HFN. It just s
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