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Gentleman Wolf

(Capital Wolves Duet #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  917 ratings  ·  226 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, cliffy, historical
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
Shin Mon Thway
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-asap-owned
I have always loved reading Joanna Chambers’ books. Her historical books are always intriguing, poignant, on-point and simply magical. But never in my life I had thought she would write a shifter story set in 18th century Scotland. And what a delight this story was.

Lindsay was such an enigmatic and intriguing character. He’s flamboyant and free-spirited but at the same time, so clever and intelligent. I loved reading his antics. Also really liked Wynne, Lindsay’s manservant/companion. I really
Sep 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Audiobook- Hamish Mackenzie-5Star
Story-Part 1 of Duology- 4 Star
Subgenre- Historical Paranormal romance

I finished reading this book a while back and started the second book of this duology, but stopped reading it after the first chapter. Because of late, I have started finding patterns in the chaos of my mood reading and realized if I read it now, I will end up liking it less than I want to. So, I will pick the next book in 3-4 days.

The gentleman wolf or an elegant wolf in Edinburgh is the story
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
This was my first narration by Hamish Mckinlay and I loved his performance... even though I put the speed at 1.6 😳🙃

I liked this book ALOT and will read book 2 sooon!
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
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…
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
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
Rhosyo BW
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 promised and more!

It 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 authors usual
True Loveislovereview
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2019
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
I really enjoy the way Joanna Chambers builds a story, and Capital Wolves is simply fantastic! And that beginning... wow, what a set-up. Lindsay is such an interesting character!

The audio for the Capitol Wolves series is performed by Haimish McKinlay who does a marvelous job. McKinlay has some terrific accents and he creates unique voices for each character.

Can't wait to listen to Master Wolf.

an audiobook copy of Gentleman Wolf was provided to me for the purpose of my honest review
A truly solid beginning to this duet.

I'll write a proper review after finishing Master Wolf.

For the moment, great characters and worldbuilding and I really like Joanna Chambers' writing style.

Alec Ashlark
Oh, damn! I didn't expect this. Who was that god speaking to my ears? What a performance! What a sexy voice and a lovely accent. The best ever narration I've experienced. Hands down. And another wow! (The first one didn't need to be said.) This is only my second book by Joanna Chambers, the first being Total Creative Control. I had no idea that she's such a great writer. The prose is simply beautiful. My only issue is that the story isn't on par with the narrator's outstanding performance and th ...more
2.5 rounded down

I went into this one with lower expectations since a lot of my friends didn't seem to love it, but I was hopeful, as I adore supernatural historicals and there aren't nearly enough of them! But alas, so far I'm in agreement that this is one of Chambers' weaker books. The writing and historical setting is brilliant, as always, but I thought the werewolf/supernatural lore and world-building was pretty weak. It felt pretty obvious to me that she's not a frequent writer of fantasy-ty
5/21/20 Currently on sale for 99c via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07... ...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?!?
Claudie ☾
So, despite my love for Joanna Chambers’s Enlightenment series, this book turned out to be a bit of a disappointment.

After two years of keeping it on my ridiculously named tbr-asap shelf, I’d been very excited to finally read it — I mean, historical romance with an abuse victim shifter MC? YES!

Too bad that it ended up being way to tropey for me to really enjoy it. Add to that my indifference towards both of the MCs, and I was not a happy camper.

I wanted more plot, damn it! In the first chapters,
[2.5] i’m not having the best of luck lately, and i’m starting to think it’s just me. the writing is gorgeous and atmospheric, but i couldn’t connect with the characters or get behind the supposed mate bond linking them with most of their interactions being either physical or superficial. Lindsay as the sole pov character was also 80% “Drew smells so good” and stalkery 🤣 taking into account my current reading mood, i’ll skip out on the second book for now, but rounding this one up because the na ...more
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☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆
***Audio Review ***

So glad I pleaded with the author for Hamish to narrate this duet of stories, and what a great job he did too. His lovely Scottish brogue for Drew, but English for Lindsay and Francis, and I loved his Tyke accent for busy Wynne. He made that shyster Cruickshank sound suitably slimy 😖😖 and Mercer fairly threatening in an East End gangster werewolf sort of way 😏. Onto Master Wolf, and my HEA.

***Book Review ***

Another great historical read from Joanna Chambers...this time with w
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
The premise sounded like something I would love and adore but I just didn't get invested in the story. Maybe I'll give the next book a try because I wanted to like the story but I'm not eager to it ...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
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
UPDATE Audiobook Review -

UPDATE Audiobook Review - Hamish McKinlay delivered a faultless , engaging narration. He brought to LIFE Lindsay and Drew. He sounded just like I imagined them to sound. Gentlemen Wolf is 8h37 minutes long and listened to it through Authors Direct. Highly recommended it.

ORIGINAL E-Book Reviewed on April 13, 2020

Historical. Hot AF. Playful.

I enjoyed reading , the very entertaining Gentlemen Wolf.

Read It in one sitting; couldn't think or concentrate on anything else ,
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
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