Wanted, A Gentleman

Title: Wanted, A Gentleman (2nd Edition)
Author: KJ Charles
Publisher: KJC Books
Release Date: January 9, 2017
Genre(s): Historical
Page Count: 155
Reviewed by: Lenalena
Heat Level:  2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

By the good offices of Riptide Publishing
KJ Charles’s new Entertainment

Or, Virtue Over-Rated

the grand romance of

Mr. Martin St. Vincent . . . a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem
Mr. Theodore Swann . . . a humble Scribbler and Advertiser for Love

Act the First:

the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London
where Lonely Hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling

Act the Second:

a Pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts)


a speedy Carriage
sundry rustic Inns
a private Bed-chamber


In the course of which are presented

Romance, Revenge, and Redemption
Deceptions, Discoveries, and Desires

the particulars of which are too numerous to impart


First of all, 5 stars for the blurb!

Wanted, A Gentleman is based on an excellent premise that could have used more. More length, more detail, more depth, more to sink my teeth in. It is an excellent novella that should have been a novel.

Why is it not a novel?

They should have dragged that journey out for at least a week. Perfectly doable at 14 miles per hour, if you ask me. It would have given us time to develop that relationship at a pace that didn’t seem overly quick and given us time to delve into their characters more. This novella could have used more rough edges, that would have helped in the story development too.

Given that I don’t usually do novellas, I am still glad that I made an exception for Charles. It was very entertaining. But it could have been more.

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