Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by K.J. Charles

WOW! I don't even know where to start. This book was simply a JOY to read. I didn't want to put it down, didn't want it to end yet could wait for Robin and Hart to find their HEA (and see what happens with Alice and Marianne as well!) 

Robin and Marianne Loxleigh have come to London for a specific reasons - to find a suitable person to marry to sponsor the kind of life they feel they deserve. They both have their prospects. For the stunning Marianne it's the ill mannered Marquess of Tachbrook (who has not only the desired title but is also loaded with money), as for handsome Robin he has the plain Alice Fenwick in his sights (who'll be inheriting a fair amount of money once she is married). Yes, they are "gold diggers" or as the title calls them "Fortune Hunters" but give them the benefit of the doubt before you judge them.. 

Any YET, when it comes to John Hartlebury, or rather, to his beloved niece Alice, there is no question how much and how far he is willing to go to ensure she will be getting an honest and caring husband and Robin with his beautiful features and elegant speech feels ALL WRONG. Hart might look like a brut but he has the heart of gold and has always done his best to provide and protect his family.

So naturally the suspicious Hart and the smooth Robin don't get along, especially as Robin and Alice seems to be hitting it off and Hart is SURE he found Robin cheating at cards - not a gentlemanly behavior one that suggests a flawed character. These two good looking brother and sister came out of no where, with no real background to be found - without mentioning the peculiar and familiar names hehe - trying BOTH to lock a marriage in London's high society, can you fault Hart for his suspicion? 

I would rather not say what happens next and how Hart and Robin starts to realize they might have more in common than they first realized as well as Marianna and Robin not being total villains and having quite good reasons for their choice of "occupation". It happens and while I was first surprised at how KJ decided to play this thing it actually made sense especially with how it progressed. As I said, this book was impossible to put down, Robin and Hart's connection and the build up of their relationship was BEAUTIFUL to watch as was seeing the interaction between brother and sister with what they want and who they really are making it difficult for them to play according to plan. Also there is Alice to be mentioned - don't underestimate her! especially not with cards! The resolve of the whole things was HILLARIOUS and GENIUS and I loved it to pieces. Marianne is truly a GEM but Robin.. ~sigh~ I was almost in tears at how much what he did meant to Hart. 


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14-15 May 2021

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