Friday, September 10, 2010

Review: A Gentleman’s Savior by Charlene Roberts

A Gentleman’s Savior by Charlene Roberts

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical Romance

Heat Rating: 2



When Stephanie’s art teacher issues a challenge—create a painting based only on the torso of a human sculpture—she decides to paint a Regency lord. But with his muscular body, longer hair and a few well-placed scars, Stephanie’s lord is definitely no Regency dandy. Her best work ever, the painting stirs an obsession Stephanie can’t explain. Not content to wait for the next class, she visits the art center, just to get a peek at her lord. She touches the painting…

And suddenly finds herself in a bedroom in 1817 London, her lord standing behind her—very real, very naked and very ready to end Stephanie’s sexual dry spell.

Before she can say “ton”, Stephanie’s indulging her desires with Gabriel, dressing in the height of Regency fashion and meeting the Prince Regent. But life in 1817 isn’t all tea and crumpets. Stephanie soon learns she’s reliving her past life—one that ended tragically. Thrust in the middle of a sinister plot, she must save the prince, save Gabriel…and if she’s luckier this time around, save herself.

Denise’s Review

Stephanie Henderson is a promising art student. When her instructor invites her and a few other gifted students to an advanced class, Stephanie finds herself painting a naked, roguish Regency lord—one she can’t stop thinking about. When she sneaks back to the art center to catch another glance of her masterpiece, she can’t resist touching his face…and finds herself yanked into her rogue’s bedroom in nineteenth century England.

Ms. Roberts pens a charming story about love, past lives, hope, and magic. Stephanie is given a second chance to right the wrongs of her forgotten past, and likewise given the opportunity to relive her life as she should have lived it originally. The premise was reminiscent of Kate and Leopold, only flipped. The ending was a tad predictable; I would have preferred to see what Stephanie would have done in the present to find her reincarnated lord rather than the path she chose. Likewise, the fairy godmother’s warning about changing the past conflicted with her latter advice, but these are things I tend to dwell upon when reading stories concerning time travel. Overall, A Gentleman’s Savior is sweet and romantic, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a tale of romantic escapism.

3 Tea Cups!


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