Published by Harper Collins on October 13th 2009
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
No ordinary highwayman...A mere whisper of the name "Gentleman James" sends chills throughout the ton (and thrills the ladies who have heard rumors of his amorous exploits). But the dashing brigand never dreamed that the passing of the father he never knew would leave him with a title, a fortune...and a mission.No predictable lady...Considered unmarriageable at twenty-five, Lady Elizabeth has the perfect life, happily snuggled among her beloved books while caring for her curmudgeonly grandfather. Or so she thinks until she meets Christian Llevanth, the dark and mysterious Viscount Westerville, and discovers the delicious ache of desire. Elizabeth finds herself longing for more -- more romance, more excitement, and definitely more passion. But when does "more" become "too much"?
Lady Elizabeth, at twenty five years of age, has yet to find herself a husband. Beth is content to live in the country with her grandfather, and among her roses and beloved books. Then her grandfather insists that she has a season in London, so she can find a husband. Beth doesn’t want a husband, knowing that the only reason that she has any suitors is because of her large dowry that her grandfather has bestowed upon her, but then she meets Christian Llevanth, the Viscount Westerville, where rumors fly about him. Christian intrigues her, and Beth finds herself looking forward to their meets, and despite the fact that she isn’t looking for a husband, she longs for his kisses, that throw all of her logic and reason out of the window. But there is so much more to Christian than meets the eye, especially when she figures out that he is looking into her grandfather, and knows that she must find out what he wants to know so badly about her grandfather, but will it destroy what they feel for one another?
Christian Llevanth, even though has inherited the title of Viscount, was definitely never raised in society. He used to be a highwayman, a dashing rake that the ladies swooned over. But there is alot more to Christian than his scandalous past, and his title as “Viscount”. Christian loved his mother dearly, and hated his father, but he wants to find the truth behind his mother’s death, who was a innocent bystander, and didn’t deserve the kind of end fate dished out to her, so Christian is determined to find out the truth, and he knows that Beth’s grandfather is behind it somehow. However he never expected that it would be so difficult to get through Beth, to get to her grandfather, she is certainly a challenge he never expected, and one that he wishes was in his bed.
Lady Elizabeth, has always wanted a serene life, out in the countryside, with her grandfather, and her books and garden. So when she hears that her grandfather insists on her going to London for a season, she does her best to persuade him otherwise, but unfortunately is unsuccessful. Therefore she comes up with a plan to keep all the men at bay. But then she comes across Christian, whose touch ignites her senses, and overthrows all her plans out the window for a long life on her own. Elizabeth is independent, and loves nature and being on her own, and is content to be a spinster, until she meets Christian, and now everything changes for her, especially when she figures out that he has plans for her grandfather, and Beth is determined to make sure he doesn’t get what he is after.
Her Officer And Gentleman is the sequel to Her Master and Commander, and I have yet to read the first one, but it turns out that I didn’t need to, although after reading this one, that’s next on my list for Karen Hawkins, that for sure. Her Officer and Gentleman, takes place in England, the Regency period. This is part of a duo series called “Just Ask Reeves” Reeves is their butler, and serves both brothers, which is what these two books are about. I have to be honest I did enjoy reading this book, but it took a little while to get into, and I didn’t really get into it, until almost halfway through the book. I have always loved reading from Karen Hawkins, however this is probably one of my least favorite of hers, even though it was a great historical romance, and had some good attributes about it, but it just didn’t click all the way for me. But what I did love about this story is the mystery and romance throughout the story. I will say that I did cry toward the end though, definitely had a emotional tie to the story, that really moved me, I just love the tender romantic endings.