The Jilted Gentleman stands out and shines. Percy and Elvina were both vivid, complicated characters. Percy is a very successful businessman who has no tolerance for the aristocracy. Percy attempted to marry into society only to be jilted at the altar. He has no plans to give his emotional control to any woman, and he will never fall in love. Elvina is the daughter of a highly esteemed, wealthy Duke. Elvina knows her place in the ton; she will marry a titled man and live her life in the glamour she has been raised. Elvina won’t marry for love but duty and status. Percy and Elvina’s passions combust at their first meeting. They both see the danger, knowing they could never be together and refusing to risk their hearts. When tragedy and scandal strike, Percy is Elvina’s only shelter from the storm of ruination.
I love how these two people know themselves and what they want and don’t want. Both have control of their emotions except when together. Percy and Elvina cannot escape the sensual pull and give into it but stubbornly protect their hearts. The journey the couple takes is made in a slow burn. This gives the burgeoning feelings developing an organic way to grow. Nothing is overnight but is a process. The ebb and flow of emotions and passion were perfect. The plot flowed well and kept my interest throughout the entirety. The physicality and intensity between Percy and Elvina were oh so steamy! The couple’s connection was instantaneous and all-encompassing. Each chapter built on the last, creating a romance I could invest in and kept me riveted to the page.
The Jilted Gentleman is the first book in the Roguish Gentleman series. What a way to begin a series! I couldn’t put this book down; it was a quick, entertaining love story. The journey Percy and Elvina embark on pulls at your heartstrings. Many swoon-worthy moments made the story shine. I cannot wait to read Hadrian’s story! I am so happy to find Lisa Torquay; she breathed new life into this historical romance. I highly recommend this book. The Jilted Gentleman will keep you up reading long into the night! I could not put this enchanting book down.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: September 28, 2022