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Almost A Gentleman by Pam Rosenthal
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Aug 04, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: trashy-smutty-stuff, romance
Read from August 20 to 21, 2010

A delightfully modern take on historical fiction, with role reversal in numerous ways--I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. After a tragic accident, Phoebe abandons London to mourn the death of her son and escape the gossipy London society. She returns 3 years later dressed as Phillip Marston, determined to start a new life by abandoning her old one, and "Phizz" is the haughty, stylish gambler with an eye for fashion (really, he's the Victorian Clinton Kelly). "Phizz" catches the eye of Lord David Hervey, who's surprised he's fallen quite hard for this dandy gentleman...until he discovers otherwise.

Many romance novels follow a formula, and Rosenthal breaks a lot of those rules (especially regarding the appropriateness of premarital sex). I enjoyed that David was the more domestic one, and Phoebe was the one being pursued, the one not sure she was ready to give up all the comforts and freedoms of acting like a man. Not great literature by any means, but enjoyably different.

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