A historical romance with a woman of color on the cover… yes please! I requested this book as soon as I saw it on NetGalley and then was so thrilled to be invited to take part in the blog tour as well to help celebrate the launch of this swoon-worthy read. A Gentleman’s Surrender is a story that takes its time, really allowing a reader to fall in love with both halves of its main duo and slowly building up an incredible romance that will have you fanning yourself while also frantically biting your nails hoping everything comes together the way you’re hoping it will.
Our heroine Monique has building tension in her life as her family has some very specific requirements that she meets in finding a husband, and that tension translates nicely into the entire narrative of the story. It did take me a while to warm up to her but there was enough going on that I was still very interested in the story until I inevitably ended up a huge Monique fan. This girl had a lot of things stacked against her and still managed to be engaging rather than off-putting in her frustrations.
And let’s just say we should all count ourselves as lucky not to be dealing with the same societal nonsense that the women of this time were!
Call her a romantic–or a fool, Lady Monique Cathdon is determined to marry for love. After watching her parents tolerate an arranged betrothal, life seems too short to be wasted on keeping up appearances.
After all, what’s the point of having a heart if one refuses to follow it?
With a smile the devil himself might be proud of, James Stanton is not what her mother would call a matrimonial prospect. Still, there’s something about the young man that sends Lady Monique’s heart thumping around her chest, and silences her voice of reason.
Unfortunately for Lady Monique, the stakes are high, and young ladies of the ton make for very poor gamblers. Especially when James Stanton is on the hunt for revenge, and won’t let an innocent woman–or his own passionate desires–get in the way of righting past wrongs.