About the Book
Abandoned by his father, Gareth Inglis grew up lonely, prickly, and well-used to disappointment. Still, he longs for a connection. When he meets a charming stranger, he falls head over heels—until everything goes wrong and he’s left alone again. Then Gareth’s father dies, turning the shabby London clerk into Sir Gareth, with a grand house on the remote Romney Marsh and a family he doesn’t know.
The Marsh is another world, a strange, empty place notorious for its ruthless gangs of smugglers. And one of them is dangerously familiar…
Joss Doomsday has run the Doomsday smuggling clan since he was a boy. When the new baronet—his old lover—agrees to testify against Joss’s sister, Joss acts fast to stop him. Their reunion is anything but happy, yet after the dust settles, neither can stay away. Soon, all Joss and Gareth want is the chance to be together. But the bleak, bare Marsh holds deadly secrets. And when Gareth finds himself threatened from every side, the gentleman and the smuggler must trust one another not just with their hearts, but with their lives.
Gareth believes that even though his life has been a constant hardship, he’s an upstanding man. So when he comes across a group of smugglers, one that he had already met, he finds himself at odds. Joss embarrassed Gareth in front of an entire courtroom. With their past, he never would have thought that possible. Now Gareth wants nothing to do with Joss and his smuggling family. Sometimes fate has other plans.
I never read historical romance, but the cover and description drew me in. I enjoyed the mystery element more than the romance, but the lovers, to enemies, to lovers angle was a fun twist on the usual trope. I’m happy I read this because it was such a fun read. Thank you, Sourcebooks Casablanca, for the ARC.
2 thoughts on “The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen, K.J. Charles”
Terrific review, Rae. I have been enjoying a lot of historical mysteries/romances lately.
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Thank you Wendy! x