The Gentleman’s Deception
by Karen Tuft
Edition: ebook, 2017
Synopsis: Renowned actress Ruby Chadwick, The Darling of Drury Lane, has long planned and prepared for her final performance. With exceptional beauty comes the unwanted attention of men, and after years of fending off odious suitors, Ruby is ready to leave it all behind in favor of a quiet life. The first step is to reclaim a piece of her past: her true identity as Lavinia Fernley. But leaving town unnoticed proves impossible, and in one desperate moment, she embarks on the greatest act of her life when she throws herself into the arms of a stranger to avoid recognition.
Lucas Jennings is shocked to find the stunning redhead in his arms, but something moves him to play along with her ruse when she calls him her husband. This charade marks the start of an unpredictable journey as he escorts the lovely Lavinia and her traveling companions to Primrose Farm, far from the glaring lights of London. Soon, the tables are turned when Lucas introduces Lavinia to his family—as his fiancée. Before long, their mutual deception begins to feel all too real. But when the truth of her past is revealed, will Lavinia’s dream of a happy ending slip through her fingers?
Fleeing her life as renowned actress Ruby Chadwick, Lavinia underestimates how difficult it would be to leave London with her older companions. Reluctantly returning home, Lucas is moved to join a charade that will change his life.
These characters are just plain adorable. Lavinia’s tendency to play a character in whatever situation she faced was realistic and fun. Lucas’ reaction to her was believable if more honorable than one might expect.
The plot moved along at an excellent pace. The romance was not love at first sight, which was refreshing, although it did happen fast. If there was anything that did rub me wrong, it was the ending, which seemed sudden and the acceptance of Lucas’ family a little out of the realm of believability.
Overall, this was as sweet Regency romance and very well written. I would recommend it to any Regency fans looking for a clean read.
I received a free copy from NetGalley for reviewing purposes.