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AJ Linn
Latest book: A Gentleman's Fate. Published June 21, 2015. (5.00 from 3 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by C K

  • A Gentleman's Affair on Nov. 23, 2013

    What a great book! Easy to read and follow along. The book was very realistic, believable and almost as if it was happening to my friends. I can empathize with Donovan as he meets different types of women like the air head, bimbo, the Ex from Hell, etc. We have all been there and can relate to the characters which makes the book a fun read. Mr. Linn has a fabulous writing style one that makes this book easy to read. The characters are lovable and I want to take Donovan home with me. Not your slutty type of romantic book which is a nice change but there is hot passion between the characters. A definite read! Won't disappoint! I really loved this book and look forward to seeing what happens in the next book.
  • A Gentleman's Secret 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.
  • A Gentleman's Fate on June 22, 2015

    First things first, if you haven't read the first three books in this series, do yourself a HUGE favor and read them first. You will appreciate everything about this book after reading the first three. You will understand the frustrations, anger, love, excitement and twists and turns that Donovan has had to endure to get where he is in “A Gentleman's Fate”. You will understand why Scarlett Montgomery is so very important to Donovan and how they go to this point. AJ Linn is a master at mind games and playing with your heart. So buckle up for the ride, it is one worth taking. That being said, I have waited patiently for this book, for AJ Linn to share with us the fate of Donovan Hart and Scarlett Montgomery. We last saw Donovan and Scarlett on the balcony of their hotel in Venice, Italy having some…”fun” is a nice way to put it, as they entertained the tourists below. *smirks* You see, Scarlett woke up in a rather foul mood, must have been the bad dream about Ricardo, but Donovan was determined to rid her of that attitude. I would say he did. I would say he left them BOTH in a better mood, and some tourists below on the sidewalk too. Do you remember the phone call Donovan made to the travel agent during breakfast? Well…that is where “A Gentleman’s Fate” begins. With those secretive plans he made for Scarlett. But you know how Scarlett hates waiting for surprises. “A Gentleman’s Fate” begins in Venice, Italy, where Donovan has taken Scarlett to have some time alone, a vacation of sorts. He also drops the idea on her that he would like to live in Venice someday, after retiring. He and Scarlett are ready to embark on a new chapter of their life as she just asked him to marry her, again, sort of. Donovan, the ever romantic at heart would do ANYTHING for this girl, his girl, the one he believes to be his unico vero amore, his one true love. All Donovan wants is a love like his parents had. Is that too much to ask for? Will he find it in Scarlett though? Is there another for him? So Donovan made some “plans” but as the night progresses he realizes he might want to cancel those plans, based on the way Scarlett is acting. But Scarlett has a different idea. She wants to see her surprise, and when she gets to the destination and sees what Donovan had arranged, well, you might be shocked by her reaction. I won’t give it away. Warning: roller coaster ride, buckle up, here we go. The story plays out from there. How did Scarlett react when she found out what plans Donovan made? He should have trusted his gut and taken her back to the hotel room. But…was this all in his destino, in his destiny? Tighten those seatbelts. Some characters from the previous books are still central to Donavan’s life like Jared, Lily, Reggie, Dawn and his father, Bruce. In this book we learn more about Bruce and see a different side to him. As he has emerged from the rock he crawled under, thanks to Shari, he returns in a much stronger frame of mind and determined to get back to the living. He thinks it is time to visit LaFuga and get back to work. Yes, panic should be setting in right now. If you read the first three books you know that the LaFuga Hotel and The Underground are on the same property and when Bruce decides to tour the hotel and see what Donovan has made of the place, well, hold on tight. Welcome to the Underground… That’s all I need to say because the roller coaster is taking a dive. So Donovan is left with the aftermath of his father and the tour of the property that they take together. I will not spoil any of that for the reader, it is written too well to give it away. But you know how hot headed Donovan can be, right? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. And remember HOW Shari met Donovan? Yep, Pandora’s box about to be opened? While Donovan has Scarlett and his dad to contend with, thank God he has Patrice who always bails him out and she might be the only person he CAN count on. She is like the seatbelt on this ride. She is dependable and always there. At times they act like brother and sister and at times I wonder could they ever find themselves as lovers. It is refreshing that Donovan can be himself with Patrice, confide in her and rely on her, share a cookie and grilled cheese with her. Their dialogue is hysterical, I find myself laughing at the two of them when they interact, especially when Patrice is snarky and Donovan tries to push her buttons which he does so well in this book. Sometimes the sentences are only one or two words, like “asshole” and “I know” but it cracks me up to read their dialogue. Donovan is a strong character and so well written. He is predicable at times because he is a man in love, willing to do anything for his girl. Unpredictable at times because he is human and feels pain and rejection as well. You cheer for him and Scarlett and you want to see them win in the end. Hasn’t he lost enough when he lost his mother? He has stood by Scarlett time and time again because he believes she is his unico vero amore but destino might not agree with him. Or does it? Only AJ Linn can tell. AJ Linn has written another amazing book. I found myself on the streets of Venice watching Scarlett and Donovan walk by, or at the diner watching Donovan and Patrice have Key Lime Pie. His writing is so rich and inviting that I can FEEL the story, the emotions and the raw hurt sometimes. I find my heartbeat racing and my palms sweating waiting for certain words to appear on the page, and sometimes they don’t. The rollercoaster takes another turn or dip. “A Gentleman’s Fate” left me wondering SO many things, having so many questions which means there are many doors open for more stories about Donovan and Scarlett. I can’t wait to see where the next story takes us.