The Gentleman and the Rogue
By Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee
Tags: MM Romance, new relationship, historical, drama, mystery, suspense, angst, mm slash, Dee, Devon, review, July, okay, rescue
Length: 308 pages
Blurb: Lad from the streets meets lord of the manor. Both men's lives will be changed forever.
When Sir Alan Watleigh goes searching for sex, he never imagines the street rat he brings home for one last bit of pleasure in his darkest hour will be the man who hauls him back from the edge of the grave. Despite his harsh life in the slums of London, Jem is a bright, cheerful young man. He's also witty, irreverent, glib, and makes Alan laugh--a rare occasion since war time trauma and the death of his family have made the man a ghost of his former self.
A single night of meaningless sex turns into an offer of permanent employment. Jem acts as Alan's valet, but offers him so much more than polished boots and starched cravats. Just as the men are adjusting to their new living arrangement, news about a former soldier under his command sends Sir Watleigh and Jem on the road to save a child in danger.
The journey brings them closer together as they travel from lust toward love. They rescue the girl from the clutches of an insane surgeon, who is as interested in experimenting on the vulnerable human spirit as he is on physical bodies. Alan realizes his love for Jem when he nearly loses him, but is Alan's love strong enough to risk society discovering the truth about him? And is he strong enough to finally accept his sexual nature?
"The Gentleman and the Rogue", is about lonely Sir Alan Watleigh or ends up getting attached to the young man he invites into his bed for one night. Incouragable and completely unlike anything Alan expects, Jem makes him laugh and maybe live again. They are then thrown into a cross country trip to try and rescue the daughter of one of the men who served under Sir Alan. Is the girl alright despite Sir Alan's fears about the sinister surgeon that has her, or is there something more going on beneath the surface?
While, not a badly written book the two characters in this book were somewhat annoying to me in their insecurities and the push and pull that comes because of that. However, I think a lot of that comes down to the characterization of a 'rogue', to me Jem was an optimistic little boy not a rogue. While he is a fun character, I honestly just didn't believe him. The relationship between him and Sir Alan, was not believable to me. I can't quite put my finger on the reason why. I think that I needed more information, more concrete background on both of the main characters. Tidbits were thrown out, here and there but for the most part never expounded upon. Likewise, there were moments were Jem simply came across as being much too young for my tastes. All in all Badgerman was actually my favorite character.
In the end, this was a decently written book, the story was okay. There is a lot of sex in here if that's what you're looking for. I can see how people would enjoy these two and I would be willing to give more works by these authors a try.