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Winning the Gentleman

(Hearts on the Heath #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Aaron Whitworth hasn't had control over most aspects of his life, but he's always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.

Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don't tak
Paperback, 348 pages
Published April 20th 2021 by Bethany House Publishers
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Grace Johnson
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
#1 This is a long review, so pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn. You’ll be here awhile. #2 When I read a review, I want substantial information. So I will not skimp on the details. Which may mean some spoilers, so watch out.

Stars: 4

Synopsis: Aaron Whitworth needs a jockey. Sophia Fitzroy needs a job. It ought to be a perfect fit...but a bit of deception and a whole lot of trouble argue otherwise.

Favorite Quote: “It’s grass. You can’t eat it. Might as well have fun on it.” And…
Abigail Harris
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Aaron is a sweetheart who needs love, I love seeing when a hero is not so sure he's the hero of the story and doesn't think he should have love.

Sophia is surprisingly a VERY FAVORITE! She's not sickly feminist; she knows what she can do.

The fact that there was once a woman who was a jockey much like Sophia made reading this book even more enjoyable,

As much as I loved "Winning the Gentleman" it was inconsistent in the romance I thought... Or maybe Aaron wasn't as I expected from having not seen
Paula Shreckhise
Kristi Hunter is one of my favorite authors. I am drawn to the Regency period and she is spot on with life in England during this time. I couldn’t be more pleased with this story. Her characters are for the most part Christian and convey those qualities in their personalities and actions. I was glad to meet up with characters from previous books. It helps me live in their world. I like that Ms. Hunter portrays the aristocrats as flawed but humble and not respecting of class distinctions. They ar ...more
"She doesn't understand love doesn't demand what it wants. Instead it will sacrifice itself to give the other person what they need."

What a true pleasure it has been to burrow into Aaron Whitworth's life and get to know this gentleman of few words but honorable, loyal, dependable, and admirable heart. Kristi Ann Hunter's recreation of the Newmarket society that revolves around horses and racing is realistic, stunning, and quite wonderful. Sophia is a delightfully unique woman in the Regency era
Hannah Elisabeth
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, anticipated-2021
I really struggled with the rating for this book. Because I really enjoyed it, and I rate book based solely on how I enjoyed the story, and how invested I was in it.
This book was really good! I would not say I was disappointed, although I was a little bit let down being that I fell in love with Aaron Whitworth in A Defense of Honor when I read it last year, and I just wasn’t into his romance. There was something missing. I feel like maybe because it was slow….I’m not sure, it just didn’t give m
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
4.5/5 stars

Full review to come!
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love it when historical fiction books teach me things. Who knew all that it took to be a jockey? Not me. The plight of women jokey's in history is interesting. People can be cruel and Sophia didn't have an easy time of it.

The romance is sweet. There were times I would have loved to hit Aaron upside the head and tell him to stop his overthinking.

Kristi Ann Hunter remains a favorite Christian author. I love her writing. I love her characters. She always entertains me while spinning a good tale.

May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

"Mr. Whitworth had said she was trouble . . . . .She'd thought it was more the type of trouble that made someone uncomfortable or doubled their workload for a day. Instead, she was the sort of trouble that crushed a man's life . . . . "

And Sophia Fitzroy certainly did not want to ruin Aaron Whitworth's livelihood, for he had thrown Sophia and her twin brother a lifeline, albeit under dubious circumstances; nonetheless, her new employer had provided them with an opportunity to leave one
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
#BookReview: WINNING THE GENTLEMAN by Kristi Ann Hunter

I was interested in Aaron Whitworth’s story from book one of the Heart on the Heath series. I am glad that this second book is about him. He is the illegitimate son of a Marquis so his life is different and he is not well accepted in society. He likes to rely on himself and doesn't really ask favors from his close friends. Well, until he meets Sophia. I admire how she handles her horse as well as her confidence. It’s so funny how the Lord p
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Life has not been kind to Sophia Fitzroy. She and her twin brother grew up in Ireland watching their horse training father at work. But their father's early death and their subsequent other troubles left Sophia and Jonas with few life choices. Now in their early 20s, the duo are working with a circus in England just to be able to eat.

Aaron Whitworth has lived on the edges of society his whole life. Though he is illegitimate, he has been recognized by his father and is therefore a gentleman. But
Jaquelyn Scroggie
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kristie Ann Hunter is a joy to read. Her writing takes me on a journey to another time and place, and I love every moment of it. The characters she creates are some of the most unique, eccentric and completely lovable. I could not wait to get my hands on this book. Having read the first book in the series, I was already in love with most of the characters. That being said, this can easily be read as a stand alone novel as well. I Couldn’t wait to learn more about Aaron. His loyalty and the love ...more
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this and now I’m wondering which characters will feature in Book 3! I am betting on Miss Hancock and Jonas, though perhaps Lord Rigsby too. I liked Miss Hancock so much just as she is though. 🤔 I really liked the parallel sibling relationships in this book between Sophia and Jonas and Aaron and his half brother Lord Rigsby. Sophia is such a delight as a character! I think the novel dealt well with Aaron’s deep-seated issues around being a peer’s illegitimate son. I felt so much ...more
Tricia Mingerink
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was ADORABLE. I've been waiting for Aaron's story ever since he first showed up in book 1 of the Haven Manor series. His backstory as an illegitimate son of a nobleman is so rich with tragedy and angst and issues he needs to work through. I loved the way he confronted his place in the world in this book. Some of my favorite scenes were with his half-brother and the growth they both experienced in this book.

The romance wasn't my favorite of all of this author's books. But it was still
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Aaron Whitworth a few books ago. He is not your average hero. But there is just something about him that pulls at your heart. Even though his pedigree says different, he is a true gentleman. Kristi Ann Hunter has done it again. I can count on her to give me a story that grabs me by the heart strings and does not let go. I loved this book and I love this Author.
Not my favorite of Kristi’s books, but I loved all the cameos from previous characters came in and destroyed Mr. Whitworth’s neat little boxes that kept his life organized and separated. That is, until one red-headed female horsewomen enters his life and practically erases all of his nice, neat squares.

Anyone else like that? Want to keep parts of your life in boxes and not mix? I feel that sometimes, but I also find it interesting how parts of my life, people specifically, cross over and mix an
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always been a big fan of Kristi Ann Hunter books, and I have to say this is definitely one of my favorites!
The first book in this “Hearts on the Heath” series was wonderful, but this one… It surpassed my expectations!! Maybe it has to do with the characters, I totally fell in love with both the hero and the heroine. And the hero, Aaron Witworth, well… he has long deserved his own story, since we’ve known him a few books back, always the loyal friend, and not only he deserved his own story b
Shannon Kraus
I have read several of Kristi Ann Hunter’s books. My favorite of hers include The Hawthorne House series. Winning the Gentleman is the second book in The Hearts on the Heath series and is becoming another favorite series of mine. This story is set in England, September of 1817. Aaron Whitworth, manager of stables belonging to both Lord Farnsworth and Lord Stildon, has just fired his jockey. Ordinarily it wouldn’t be too much of a problem to just find another one. However, Lord Farnsworth, Oliver ...more
Apr 20, 2021 rated it liked it
I remember first meeting Aaron in the Haven Manor series. I remember wishing even back then for Aaron to have his own book, yet by the time we made it to his story, I could barely remember his involvement in that series. Of course, he was a prominent character in the prior book of this series, Hearts on the Heath as he is the caretaker and manager of Hudson's stables. He also manages his friend Oliver's stables. So I was familiar with him and most of his backstory before starting Winning the Gen ...more
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Having ridden horses since I was little, I always enjoy the inclusion of horseback riding history in historical romance novels! Many people assume that women were quite content to sit "aside" in a sidesaddle, never wear trousers to be more comfortable, and allow the men to have all the fun in racing their prize horses. I loved that Kristi Ann Hunter took this opportunity to set the record straight. We not only learn more about the obstacles women faced if they wanted to succeed in the racing bus ...more
Jerrye Bell
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Winning the Gentleman by Kristi Ann Hunter

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Story Notes

Kristi Ann Hunter returns us to the world of Newmarket horse racing to dive into the life of Aaron Whitworth and his opportunity to finally fall in love.

I have really loved getting to know Aaron in the past books by Ms. Hunter. He has provided some excellent one-liners that leave me laughing and scrambling to find paper and pen to write them down. I was so
Randi Annie Framnes
Winning the Gentleman is book 2 in the Hearts on the Heath series by Kristi Ann Hunter, published by Bethany House Publishers. The story is set in Newmarket, England 1817 and is about stable manager Aaron Whitworth as he tries to find a jockey to enter the next horse race. He is shocked when Sophia Fitzroy turns up as she is a trainer and circus artist with superb skills on horseback. Aaron has dedicated his life to maintaining a low-key position on the outskirts of Society, but Sophia’s presenc ...more
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Let it be known that after reading the first Hearts on the Heath novel back in August I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on this second book. No surprise then to note that Winning the Gentleman didn't have to jockey for position on my TBR never made it that far. That's because I had difficulty reining in my excitement and raced right into listening...the second I woke up on release day. Alas, I galloped through with unbridled enthusiasm and it was over all too soon. ...more
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Happy release day to Winning the Gentleman by Kristi Ann Hunter! 🎉

REVIEW: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Where do I even start? If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know I simply adore any Kristi Ann Hunter book. I can go on and on all day about her books. So, this most likely will be a long review. You are warned. I have no words to describe how much I loved this book. I am so glad we finally got to read Aaron’s story. This was my most anticipated read of 2021, and it was better than I could have ever imagined! K
Apr 15, 2021 rated it liked it
I normally enjoy Kristi Ann Hunter's Recency romances (especially the series "Hawthorne House"), but I was slightly disappointed by "Winning the Gentleman".

Aaron Whitworth is a rather successful stable manager, but when his friend Oliver accepts a thoughtless bet on a race, and that Aaron's missing a jockey for this race, his reputation is in danger. He manages to hire a horse trainer from a traveling circus (he does it a bit randomly, if I may say so) but doesn't realise she's a girl. Sophia ju
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
Oh my GOSH, I loved this story! Well, she's done it again! It was an incredibly satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable story!! I was excited to read Aaron's story because he needed to fall in love. And, along comes Irish Sophia to turn his world upside down. Not just his world, but the world of the horse racers in Newmarket.

When dear Oliver gets them into a pickle, Aaron's way out really cracks me up. The poor fella. And Oliver is just as daft as ever. I was really fascinated by Aaron's relationshi
Apr 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Winning the Gentleman
by Kristi Ann Hunter
Back of the Book: “Aaron Whitworth hasn't had control over most aspects of his life, but he's always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.
Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don't take her seriously because she's a woman, but she can't pass up the o
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
England, Sept 1817, Aaron Whitworth and Sophia Fitzroy are forced to work together when he accidentally hires her as a jockey. "Either God thought Aaron needed another lesson in perseverance, or the world wanted him to remember his proper place - or rather his lack of one."
Sophia is a talented rider, but she longs for more than the life of a circus performer. "Pressing her mouth into a stern line, Sophia adjusted her hold on the reins until they were taut enough to create
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
A woman jockey?

Aaron and Sophia's story is one tinged with sadness for the things they have lost. And, yet, it is still infused with hope and a touch of humor.

If you have read Vying for the Viscount, you may recall Aaron as Hudson's stable manager. Despite being the older son of a Lord, Aaron's illegitimate birth relegated him to the role of a Nobody. And even worse, his father held him up as an example of the consequences of sin to his heir. Crazy, isn't it? I greatly admired Aaron's strong wor
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Winning the Gentleman was my first experience with a Kristi Ann Hunter novel, and I truly ended up adoring it. I loved how it's equal parts charming and witty; while still diving into more serious topics like how your past doesn't need to define you, and that anything is possible through faith in our Heavenly Father.

I've long adored books that feature the circus, and I thought it added an extra fun element to this story that Sophia comes to the racing circuit from first being a circus performer.
Apr 19, 2021 rated it liked it
I receiced an ARC from the publisher and an voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own.

While I really enjoyed the first in the series, I found myself rather underwhelmed by Winning the Gentleman. There are elements to enjoy, like the tie-ins to prior books, and I love how she has subtly created a little universe of characters for her readers, so when a recurring character pops up, it’s a pleasant surprise. However, even though this is the second of a series and many books deep into th
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Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at ...more

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