A Gentleman's Secret
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.
A Gentleman's Fate
on June 22, 2015
Another 5 star read. How does AJ Linn continue to do this?
When I read his first book, A Gentleman's Affair. I fell in love with Donovan and the other character's Mr. Linn had created. A Gentleman's Secret and A Gentleman's Memoir were no exceptions. He's sent my emotions reeling with these books of his, which has often taken me days to recover from. I wish I was joking, but I'm not.
When I was given the honor of reading A Gentleman's Fate, I knew I was going to love it. I couldn't wait to read it. I couldn't wait to see what twists and turns he would throw into the mix of laughs and tears. I was not disappointed. However, I will admit, even I wasn't prepared for this book. I wasn't prepared for AJ Linn to hold no punches and just hit us with everything at once. The title of the book should be a hint as to what lies between the covers. There were ups and downs, but the intensity of the words on those pages left me shocked, stunned, a bit numb and feeling like I wanted to cry. I felt as if I had watched a friend going through more than his share of challenging times and I was left emotionally drained from it. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
Throughout the book, I found myself thinking about things that had happened in Donovan's life (from the other books) and I couldn't help but wonder if those moments hadn't all lead up to this moment in time.
If you’ve had the opportunity to read the other books, then you know how Donovan Hart is and you know who he is. He’s a, thirty-something, bachelor who took a neglected hotel, his father dumped on him, and turned it into a successful business. He’s had tragedy in his life and has had to work through it alone, without his father’s shoulder to lean on. He’s been a playboy, he has a taste for debauchery and he’s lived his life the way he has chosen because he’s earned that right...but he grows tired of one night stands and longs for a love like his parents had. After some disastrous, yet often hilarious dates, he meets her, Scarlett. Could she be his one true love, his unico vero amore? As with any relationship, they have their ups and downs and we find ourselves wondering if they are meant to be together, if love really does conquer all, and if she really is the one.
In A Gentleman's Fate, we find out who will stand by his side when the chips are down and who will let him down, when he least expects it. It has all lead up to this book and yes, we also finally learn what is really written in the stars for Donovan and Scarlett. In the end, will he have his happily ever after, or will he find himself alone? I'm not telling you. You will just have to read the book to find out.