Like a Gentleman (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Like a Gentleman (Love in Portsmouth #1)
Author: Eliot Grayson
Publisher: Smoking Teacup Books
Release Date: November 4, 2017
Genre(s): Historical Romance
Page Count: 69
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


James Rowley, penniless younger brother of an earl, discovers his rejected sensational story has been stolen and printed under another name — and he’s certain his editor is the guilty party. Determined to get his due, he sets out for London to take revenge on the perfidious L. Wells. He means to have satisfaction, even if he needs to pose as a simpering fop in a pink waistcoat to get it.

Two years before, intrigued by his favorite writer’s talent and wit, Leo Wells had visited the Rowley estate incognito, seen James’s portrait — and promptly lost what was left of his heart. Ever since, Leo has fought his obsession with his favorite writer. Unaware of the manuscript’s theft, he’s bewildered and heartbroken when James, acting the part of a sneering dandy, visits him in person only to use his obvious attraction against him.

From Gloucestershire to London to Portsmouth, can two men with society and secrets dividing them find happiness?

Like a Gentlemen is a short Regency romance featuring James Rowley, the younger brother of an Earl, and L. (Leonidas) Wells, an editor at the publisher where Rowley submits stories in order to supplement his meager allowance. Turns out Wells is quite taken with Rowley (after having seen his portrait) while Rowley believes Wells is guilty of stealing one of his stories. What follows is an act of revenge, a realization that an error has been made, and an attempt at an reconciliation and a HEA ending.

I enjoyed this Regency and for such a short story, it felt complete and well-rounded with good character development. I think the author did a good job of capturing the essence of a Regency romance, and I think you’ll enjoy it if you are a fan of the genre. I give it 4 stars.

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My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

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