Tuesday, August 27, 2019

New Release Review: Gentleman Wolf by Joanna Chambers #Review #Giveaway

Title: Gentleman Wolf
Author: Joanna Chambers
Publication date: August 26, 2019
Length: 216 pages

Reviewed by Truus


An elegant werewolf in Edinburgh...

1788. When Lindsay Somerville, the most elegant werewolf in Paris, learns that the man who held him in abject captivity for decades is on his way to France, intent on recapturing him, he knows he must leave the Continent for his own safety. Lindsay cannot take the risk of being recaptured—he may have been free for a century but he can still feel the ghost of his old chains under his fine clothes.

… on a mission...

While he’s in Edinburgh, Lindsay has been tasked with acquiring the “Naismith Papers”, the writings of a long-dead witchfinder. It should be a straightforward mission—all Lindsay has to do is charm an elderly book collector, Hector Cruikshank. But Cruikshank may not be all he seems, and there are others who want the papers.

… meets his match

As if that were not enough, while tracking down the Naismith Papers, Lindsay meets stubborn architect Drew Nicol. Although the attraction between them is intense, Nicol seems frustratingly determined to resist Lindsay’s advances. Somehow though, Lindsay can’t seem to accept Nicol’s rejection. Is he just moonstruck, or is Nicol bonded to him in ways he doesn’t yet understand?


This story started right how I loved them the most!

Picture this: Scotland, March 1682
A dungeon with a creature, once a beautiful human now half human and half... something, incarcerated for decades. Then suddenly he’s freed.

Picture this: Paris, October 1788
Lindsay is free of his vicious keeper for over a century and living a pleasurable life.
Sadly, he has to return to Edinburgh because of the approaching danger trying to find Lindsay to keep.
In Edinburgh, Lindsay has to live a sort of human life and act like it. Flamboyantly dressed and trying to do business with Hector Cruikshank, he meets the architect Drew Nicol, Lindsay’s wolf is alert because of Drew’s delicious scent. The only thing he gets from Drew is a disapproval look. He is intrigued by this withdrawn and introverted man.

“Did the man ever smile?”

Lindsay can’t stay away from Drew who does everything to avoid him. Drew slowly opens up and my goodness, there is boiling lava underneath his exterior.

“Christ,” Drew gasped against Lindsay's throat. “Christ, Lindsay.”

When you read this sentence in the context, you will immediately feel the strong attraction between them, the underlying guilt and how every single pore is highly sensitive.

Two men circling each other, approaching and withdrawing again. It was quite hurtful at times to see the wolf mourn because of the rejection. Still, the creature he is, he could be a threat to Drew.
Besides the interactions of the two men in this story, there is a horrible threat, Duncan MacCormaic who is hunting Lindsay.

What a tremendously written story. (my vocabulary expanded quite a lot). Throughout the whole journey, I felt surrounded by the spirit of the time. The whole scenery was just how it was supposed to be, with dirt and the beauty, the inventory, the garments, the use of words, the way of traveling, it all made sense with the historical environments.
At times the story got sexy, highly erotic, the sensuality almost dripped from the pages. I must admit my knees went weak.
I’ll also admit that I’m sold when a story talks about a scent, I can’t help myself, it does so much to my imagination. Reading about how Lindsay sniffs Drew’s scent and what it does to him, gosh it was everything.

Francis, his savior and one of Lindsay’s closest friends, has a significant role in this story.
Wynne, Lindsay’s servant, has a lovely, supporting background role, just enough present to like him a lot. The main characters were flawed and that made them very appealing.
An overwhelmingly thrilling story, especially the last part was a complete rollercoaster, I felt a bit sad at the end, thank goodness there will be a continuation.


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