The Guise of a Gentleman

The Guise of a Gentleman

by Donna Hatch


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Though her heart longs for adventure, Elise strives to be a perfect English lady within the stifling confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.

A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared must complete one last assignment for the Secret Service before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared's past...or still love him when the truth is revealed.

The Rogue Hearts Series:
The Stranger She Married
The Guise of a Gentleman
A Perfect Secret
The Suspect's Daughter

Praise for Donna Hatch:
"Donna Hatch is one of the masters of clean romance with electric tension and smokin' hot kisses." ~ Reading is My Super Power Reviews

"Written with heart and depth, Donna Hatch's books are absolute must-reads for any fan of swoon-worthy historical romance." ~ Sarah M. Eden, USA Today best-selling historical romance author

Dance with a duke, outwit pirates, save a kingdom, and fall in love.Believein happily ever after.

Note from the Author:
This romantic story of loss and betrayal, forgiveness and redemption, and strangers marrying, will leave you laughing, crying, and swooning. Sprinkled liberally with suspense, mystery, and heart-melting kisses, this is not your ordinary historical tale of an arranged marriage nor of redeeming the rakes. Fans of Victorian and Regency Eras as well as those seeking clean and wholesome romance with plenty of chemistry will love this story!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494496906
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/02/2013
Pages: 430
Sales rank: 1,041,517
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Author of Historical Romance and Fantasy, award-winning author Donna Hatch's writing awards include the internationally-recognized Golden Quill Award, the International Digital Award, and the Readers' Choice Award. A native of Arizona who recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest, she is the mother of six busy children. All of her heroes are patterned after her husband of over 20 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.

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The Guise Of A Gentleman 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I absolutely love the characters in this book. The way the author weaves you through the story keeps you guessing. It’s fun, intriguing, and perfect for those interested in unexpected twists.
mom2lnb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had enjoyed Donna Hatch's debut historical romance, The Stranger She Married, so when she recently sent me a copy of the galley proofs for her brand new book, The Guise of a Gentleman, I was really looking forward to reading it. Now that I've finished it, I have to say that I liked it even more than the first book. In fact, I loved it. The Guise of a Gentleman sweeps the reader along in an almost epic journey that begins in the proper, quiet drawing rooms of country manor houses, then moves to a daring high-seas pirate adventure, and back to England for an intense, nail-biting climax followed by a sweet HEA. I was sucked right into the story in the first chapter when the heroine rescues the hero from certain death and he thanks her with a tender but searing kiss. Things slowed down a bit for me after that, with the plot following the couple around from one country party to the next as they get to know each other and their attraction builds. About a quarter of the way in though, I was hooked again, and by the time they set out to sea, I was utterly enthralled and at times reluctant to put the book down. Jared has without a doubt earned a spot on my all-time favorite romance heroes list. From the moment he kissed Elise for the first time, I completely fell for him. Jared is an utterly charming, mischievous rogue, but at the same time, he plays the part of a proper gentleman to perfection. Underneath it all, he isn't quite the rake that he outwardly projects, which I loved. I thought this bit of his persona showed that in his heart he was looking for something special rather than just flitting from one ladies' bedchamber to another, although he certainly could have had his pick of female admirers if he'd wanted them. Jared was also a deeply tortured hero who was tormented by all the questionable things he'd done over the years as a pirate, even though they were for the greater good. At the same time, he showed a profound sense of honor by creating rules for his pirate crew that kept them in line and prevented even worse things from happening. He had also earned their complete trust and respect by being a strong leader, and even proved his loyalty to them unto death. Outwardly, Jared was strong and brave, but inwardly, he was lonely and broken, a man who wasn't even certain of who he was anymore. I adored how his real self naturally came out when he was in Elise's presence and he wasn't afraid to show her his vulnerabilities. The scene where he seeks out her comfort after a sad, upsetting event in his life was thoroughly beautiful. Jared was also great with kids, showing tender affection for Elise's young son, Colin and his cabin boy/tiger, Jose. I could very easily envision him being a fabulous father. Jared embodied all the qualities that I tend to love most in my romance heroes. I can't think of a thing about him that I didn't like, and he would be more than welcome to give me kissing lessons any day.;-)Elise is a sweet, gentle heroine who can be brave and feisty when she needs to be. In many ways, she reminded me of the heroine from Lisa Kleypas' Where Dreams Begin. Elise was a widow who had barely come out of mourning for her late husband after five years, and was rather determined not to remarry. Her husband had been an extremely proper gentleman, not given to displays of affection and was actually downright prudish. Even after a few years of marriage and giving birth to a son, Elise is still pretty innocent. She had been content in her first marriage, but really didn't know what she was missing until an irrepressible rogue came along to steal her heart and teach her how to really live and love again. Elise was an intelligent, out-spoken woman with a repressed thirst for adventure. Jared really respected her for those things and his personality spoke to that hidden part of her. She is a wonderful, loving mother and a great friend. I liked Elise's courage and determination. She didn't allow fear
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite enjoyable easy read.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
The scenes in this novel are unique and full of action. The way that Elise and Jared meet is hilarious. They have an instant attraction to each other but as their friendship develops both fight it for different reasons. I liked the contrast of how Elise appreciated her independence as a widow while Jared was seeking freedom from the pressures of his adventurous life. I would consider this a clean romance, with characters full of passion. The Amesbury brothers reveal more of their complicated dynamics and family loyalty which made me pick up the next book in the series as soon as I finished this one :) (Thank you to Loving the Book for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
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This book is very intriguing and full of action. I never wanted it to end. I really enjoyed this and many of Donna Hatchs other books!
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charlamei More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I laughed, I cried. It was great I have also read her book "The Stranger She Married". I have enjoyed her writing and have purchased her other book the Queen in Exile. I can't wait to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book I've read of Donna Hatch's and I would recomend it. It was hard to put down and it even made me cry. Can't wait to read more of her books.