Review: A Gentleman Never Tells

A Gentleman Never Tells
By Eloisa James
Avon Impulse
June 28, 2016
E-ISBN 9780062573063 * $.99

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About the Book

A witty, sexy novella about a virgin widow and a rake with something to prove.

Eighteen months ago, Lizzie Troutt’s husband died in his mistress’s bed, leaving her determined to never marry again….and unfortunately virginal.

Eighteen years ago (give or take a few) the Honorable Oliver Berwick blackened his own soul, leaving him hardened and resolutely single.

When the chance for redemption in the form of a country house party invitation comes his way, Oliver is determined to prove himself a gentleman.

Until he breaks all the codes of gentlemanly behavior…once again.

My Thoughts

Eloisa James is one of my favorite historical romance authors. I tried to pinpoint exactly what I like most about her books, but I just can't do it. Because it's not just one thing; it's the whole package. Her quirky, but charming characters. Her dashing, romantic heroes. The settings. The story lines. They all come together to create the perfect storm for a book.

A Gentleman Never Tells in a new novella in The Essex Sisters series. The main character, Lizzie, is recently widowed. Her late husband was no catch either. He was a nightmare that she's happy to leave behind. Though his treatment of her still haunts her. Lizzie vows she will never be under the thumb of any man ever again. That is until she meets Oliver Berwick.

Oliver has been invited to a party by a woman he had done wrong many years before. He had given her an unfortunate nickname that stuck. He bucks up his courage to go to the party and apologize for past wrongs. He thinks he will be a confirmed bachelor until he meets Lizzie. And to stir the pot, it was Lizzie's sister who he bullied and she's put a condition on her forgiveness. He must make Lizzie laugh. It's a challenge he won't back down from.

It's been a little while since I've read a book by Eloisa James, and for the life of me, I can't figure out why. Especially since I enjoy them so much. I've not read all her books, but I have read quite a few. Reading A Gentleman Never Tells makes me want to binge read the entire Essex Sister series. This was a great, fun read. It whets your whistle for more. I liked the story from beginning to end. It's the perfect summer read. Get it while it's hot!

About the Author

ELOISA JAMES is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at

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