I always find period-themed stories fascinating because they give insights of the past that we can very well compared with the present. A Private Gentleman is the story of Lord George Albert Westin who’s suffering from heavy stutter rendering him antisocial and a disgrace to his family. With great affinity to orchids, he visited a local hobbyist’s house to check out an exotic new orchid. There, he found a rather exotic beauty that took his breath away. Michael Vallant is a professional sodomite whose alluring beauty can demand anything. He also hides a secret that is closely associated with the young Lord. As their relationship deepened, they both must overcome their own demon before its too late.
It’s a pretty convincing story actually, though not as good as some of the author’s other novels. The editing was a bit distracting and the romance side lacking. The book was mainly centered with Weston which feels like an addict narrative of his plight. I wished the author provided more back-story for secondary characters like Rodger and his rise to power and all. Penny’s character doesn’t sit well with me. She’s like a fairy godmother, too contrived for me. This for me is fairly passable and yeah, may serve well with readers into this stuff.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars