on Feb. 17, 2014 :
Must not forget the 5 star rating ; )
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
on Feb. 17, 2014 :
Just as he did with the first book, "A Gentleman's Affair", AJ Linn delivers with this one just as well! (If you have not read a Gentleman's Affair yet, you are missing out!) In "A Gentleman's Secret", You get a deeper look into Donovan and Scarlett's Relationship and you watch the romance unfold, along with some of Scarlett's dirty laundry. I love how both books are written from a guy's point of view. It is filled with raw emotion and I loved it from start to finish. AJ Linn is proving to be a quite talented author and you must read AGA and then AGS. You will NOT be disapointed! Xx
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
on Feb. 3, 2014 :
This is the sequel to AJ Linn's first work, "A Gentleman's Affair." It is better read after the first.
'A Gentleman's Secret" (AGS) delves deeper into the lives of Donovan Hart and Scarlett Montgomery. They both have secrets not yet told to the other. The books has several unexpected twists in it as Donovan pursues making Scarlett his bride.
This is a good, easy read and I enjoyed it
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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on Jan. 23, 2014 :
Before you read any further, if you haven’t read Book 1 in the Series, A Gentleman’s Affair, then there are definitely going to be some spoilers. So go grab A Gentleman’s Affair, read it, and then come back to this review. :)
In the sequel to A Gentleman’s Affair, we pick right back up where AGA left off. And although, this story is about Donovan and Scarlett, the author introduces us to so many more characters along the way.
The prologue starts off in Scarlett’s POV, because remember, Donovan’s in the coma and not doing much talking, and actually several scenes are in her POV. I really enjoyed it when it did occur throughout the book, because as you are reading, you realize that Donovan is not the only one with secrets and Scarlett has a few of her own.
We are finally properly acquainted with The Underground as well. There’s a whole freaking chapter dedicated to it. And in something quite sweet and unique, the author had actually let readers submit characters to be included in that chapter. We are given a hilarious, sexy, entertaining “ride” through The Underground and it will probably leave you thinking: Did that really just happen?
Donovan and Scarlett’s story isn’t the only one we are privy to in A Gentleman’s Secret. Donovan’s dad, Bruce, also plays a large part in the book along with his love interest Shari. The author did a wonderful job of building these two characters up and making you fall in love with them as well, not just Donovan and Scarlett.
As you are reading A Gentleman’s Secret, it’s clear that Scarlett is hiding something, and her deception is a painful revelation for Donovan. The results leave you, as a reader, ready to throw your book across the room. My emotions were definitely all over the place as I was reading. My heart was aching for Donovan, I was pissed at Scarlett, but then at the same time I was sympathetic towards her, and then I was pissed at myself for feeling any sympathy for her. It’s really amazing how many emotions this book brought out in me as I was reading and that’s definitely a credit to the authors writing.
There is a point in the story where we get a glimpse of the “old” Donovan, notorious Malibu playboy, and I must say it’s quite hilarious. I was actually laughing out loud at what was going on and the dialogue in that particular scene was probably one of the funniest parts of the book to me. But also, possibly one of the saddest. Again, the author was pulling so many different emotions out of me at once.
I won’t tell you how it ends, but there is definitely a crazy curve ball thrown in there. You really don’t know if there will be a happy ending or not….but hell, there is no cliff hanger and it does include an HEA. And you do get an Epilogue. A very funny, sexy one that left me wanting way more Donovan Hart.
Overall, it really was a perfect sequel to me, full of humor, heartache, drama, danger, and a little suspense…TRUST ME. You NEED to read this book.
I don’t think I will ever get enough of the confident, sexy, smart-assy, Donovan Hart. And the fact there is a book three in the works makes me a very happy girl.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 15, 2014 :
Five "Vero amore" stars! for "A Gentleman's Secret" by A.J. Linn. I have been excitedly awaiting this sequel since the powerful and suspenseful cliffhanger to "A Gentleman's Affair" Mr. Linn did not disappoint. Donovan and Scarlett's story continues in a fast paced, no holds barred page turner, full of plot twist that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. A Gentleman's Secret" runs the gamut of emotions. I found myself laughing one minute, apprehensive and holding my breath the next and near tears as their revelations were exposed. I felt empathy, compassion, frustration and sadness, we are treated to a more intimate view of the relationships between the main characters, leaving us more invested in them.
A Gentleman's Secret" is darker than "A Gentleman's Affair" which was light, hilarious and witty. We follow Donovan and Scarlett as their relationship encounters adversity that at times is painful and heart-rending. Donovan and Scarlett are both harboring secrets and we are never quite sure if there is going to be a happily ever after for them.
Donovan's sarcastic humor makes appearances that help lighten the mood. And we are finally allowed to visit "The Underground" it is a well needed release of pent up emotions, a night of seduction and self-indulgence. "But I digress"
Will Donovan and Scarlett find their happily ever after? Is their love strong enough to overcome their secrets? Has Donovan found his "unico vero amore"? You'll have to read "A Gentleman's Affair" by A.J. Linn to find out !!
I highly recommend "A Gentleman' Secret" and "A Gentleman's Affair" by A.J. Linn. I excitedly wait A Gentleman’s Memoir.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Dec. 31, 2013 :
I loved this book! I fell in love with Donovan Hart as he searched for his unico vero amore, his one true love, in A Gentleman's Affair. After the nearly heart stopping cliffhanger, I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to my new favorite "couple".
Would there be a future for Donovan and Scarlett? Would his secret drive her away, or would their love be strong enough to conquer all? These were a few of the questions our beloved author left us with.
A.J. Linn not only answered those questions, but also created even more with his plot twists and addition of new characters to the story. Once again, I found myself riding an emotional roller coaster, holding my breath, gasping and at times, laughing out loud while I read faster and faster dying to know what was going to unfold next.
If you loved AGA, you will love AGS. The characters who tugged at our heart stings are still there. Yes, we still get the little comments made to us, the readers. The "but I digress" catch phrase, that has become one of the things I love about his writing, still pops up from time to time....and his sense of humor makes those unexpected appearances, as well. This part of the story, however, is also very different from the first. It isn't a wild and wacky string of disastrous dates. There is a seriousness that wasn't as prevalent in the first book. Donovan and Scarlett seem more, for lack of a better word, mature. What starts out as a dream, quickly turns into a nightmare, leaving us wondering throughout the book if there will be a happy ending for the two of them. You will just have to read it to find out the answer to that question. ;)
As for A. J. Linn, we have not seen the last of him...and I, for one, couldn't be happier about that.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Dec. 23, 2013 :
If you fell in love with Donovan Hart in “A Gentleman’s Affair” you will love him even more (if that’s possible, but it is) in “A Gentleman’s Secret.” This book shows a softer, more human side of the rich playboy who has fallen in love. A love that grows between him and Scarlett is simply that, love. True love. When you love someone you shouldn’t need anything else, right? But it seems secrets can get in the way. Are Donovan and Scarlett strong enough to overcome the secrets? Something we have all struggled with at some point in our own lives, I’m sure. Being honest with someone we love.
The characters really come to life in this story and share their more personal side this time. Donovan has a loveable, man-in-love composure in his daily dealings. His sarcastic humor in his thoughts keep you smirking as you read. Patrice has even softened a bit but still has her snarky remarks that keep the reader laughing. Bruce’s character makes the biggest transformation, one that will leave your heart smiling at the end of the book. A new character is welcomed right into the mix by all that meet her and you will love her just as much as they do. And Jared still makes his amazing Absinthe drink at the bar in the Underground and comes to Donovan’s rescue with a glass of Jack and Coke when it’s needed. Love Jared.
Speaking of the Underground…the reader catches a view of what goes down on a busy Wednesday night in the Underground, giving another view into Donovan’s past. One that might leave you a little more curious than when you started. It is a well written chapter incorporating the contest winners’ characters in a magnificent and brilliantly intertwined story of just one evening in the Underground. It might make you want to join the club yourself. You know you thought about it.
AJ Linn is a brilliant writer who evokes many emotions in his readers. There is compassion for the couple that struggles to be a “couple” now two people’s emotions to consider. There is fear of learning about the past and can it stay in the past or affect the future? There is sadness when a heart feels empty and alone. There is anger when games are played between the couple. There is empathy when the father and son share special scenes together. All of these emotions had me sitting on the edge of my seat turning page after page wanting more. Mr. Linn’s sarcastic comedic lines when characters are thinking to themselves make the reader chuckle. Brilliantly written into the story.
If A Gentleman’s Affair and A Gentleman’s Secret are any indications of the future from Mr. Linn, then please, go get your fucking sleep and then get writing again. Brilliant books. Thank you Mr. Linn for entertaining us once again with your fabulous story and brilliant characters. Can’t help but to wait for the next one, A Gentleman’s Memoir.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)