Title: A Gentleman’s Honor
Author: Stephanie Laurens
When you pick up a Stephanie Laurens book, you are not reading it for plot. I knew this when I selected the book, so I wasn’t disappointed when the plot was weak and threadbare. The basic plot is a lovely “widow” is being blackmailed into marrying a scoundrel. After he blackmails her, he is murdered in the gardens by someone else. She, however, finds the body just before the hero arrives. The hero is put in charge of finding the murderer as he has connections in Whitehall. All the more important when its discovered that the blackmailer was involved in treasonous activities during the Napoleonic War.
This might sound like a rich plot, but the search for the traitor is really just an excuse to keep the hero and heroine together and for the hero to have the opportunity to seduce the heroine.
The actual plot is the seduction of the heroine and all of the steamy scenes and romantic encounters between the widow and the hero. Lots of steamy scenes and romantic encounters.
This is not the kind of book you can’t put down and stay up reading until 3 am to see what happens. That’s okay. It’s like a bubble bath. You thoroughly enjoy it because it is pleasurable and luxurious.
- Steamy scenes are some of the best I have ever read.
- Sensuous. You feel the silk slide over your skin, the scent of cologne, the grandeur of the mansions. This book really appeals to your senses. All of them. And transports you there.
- The lust is there, but there is also a genuine compassion that builds between the characters.
- Strong Alpha male if that’s your thing.
- Did I mention the steamy scenes?
- The plot is contrived at best. I have never moved in the upper circles of society, but the Haute Ton is depicted a lot like the popularity contests in high school. No idea if its accurate or not, but I found it silly. Much of the plot revolves around the heroine maintaining her respectable appearance in society so her ravishing sister can make a good match. She has to “deal” with the rumors and gossip saying she commit the murder. *Eye Roll* Somehow society can believe that a tiny woman who was seen talking to the dead man at a social event was capable of killing him with a single dagger blow. I was baffled that Bow Street thought it possible, but then, my modern mind is used to forensics. You know, means, motive and all that. No one knew he was blackmailing her, so no one would be aware she has a motive. And not only did she not have the height or strength to kill him, but she’s implicated because she talked to him. At a social gathering. But no one else was implicated who talked to him. Remember, the only one who saw her near the body was the hero who isn’t telling anyone.
- The characters are perfect. And because of that, they’re flat. No foibles, no flaws, nothing to let you identify with them.
All in, this would blow the star rating out of the water if there was a plot. There isn’t, not really, but that’s not what I was reading this for.