The Secret Love of a Gentleman by Jane Lark
(Marlow Intrigues #5)
Genres: Historical Romance.
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Release Date: 27th August 2015.
Inferior and seduction are bitter tasting words…
How could Caro love and hate the same man? How could she be foolish enough to harbour that love for years; to hide herself away from the world because of her embarrassment over her failure to be loved in return? Because she is a fool… Yet Rob Marlow sees not that but courage in her, and this beautiful young man, who gives her back the strength she’s lost is someone she longs to cling to for the physical comfort she has missed since the end of her marriage.
Integrity, idealism and honour are at the heart of Rob Marlow, and yet he knows that perhaps pride is his weakness, but he thought it his only possible weakness until he spends a summer with his sister and discovers a new addiction, Caro, his brother-in-law’s dependent sister.
Book Review ~ ‘The Secret Love of a Gentleman’ by Jane Lark ~ 4.5 Stars!
Jane Lark always knows how to deliver a gorgeous historical romance, with twists and turns, smiles, heartbreak and most importantly, dashing heroes!
I adore the ‘Marlow Intrigues’ series, and love seeing the stories of all the different characters who have been introduced since I was introduced to Edward and Ellen. What makes these books so special is that each novel shows such devotion to the couple whose story is being told. There is no bias shown in favour of the characters that we have loved in previous books, and we are given a realistic portrayal of the grievances, fallings-out, and general favour that every family has with each other. In Rob’s story, we see his distaste for John’s interference in his life, and despite John being my favourite Marlow, I felt no irritation with Rob for his bad feelings. They were genuine, and so realistic of family life that I connected with Rob far more than I would have should he have been all-loving and all-forgiving.
Caro was another character I adored. She had a strong core that whilst had been in hiding, was brought out by Rob’s love and belief in her. I loved seeing how she grew as her own person, became more independent, and less guilty for the tragic loss of her children during pregnancy. She shone through this novel, and even when she made mistakes, I always believed in her to make the right decision.
There is only one small, tiny even, thing that I didn’t feel as strongly about in this book, and that was the early chapters where we see the start of Caro’s story, years prior to the later events of the novel. For some reason I just didn’t feel that they were necessary to the story, and by showing first hand Caro’s situation so early on, I felt that some of the suspense that could have been built between her and Rob as he comes to understand her, was missing. Though, as soon as we skipped forward to where Rob joined our story, I was immediately hooked, and loved every moment.
So another great addition to the ‘Marlow Intrigues’ series. I just can’t get enough of them!
Afterthought: Just a little note. After researching writing historical novels for my Masters dissertation in Creative Writing, I noticed a very small historical blunder. Caro would likely not have worn underwear, as was described! (Reference: Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders)
*Review copy was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*