A Gentleman Never TellsTitle:  A Gentleman Never Tells
Series:  The Wetherby Brides (Book 1)
Author:  Jerrica Knight-Catania
Genre:  Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published:  January 11, 2012 (original 2009)
Publisher:  Smashwords
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  Amazon Free, owned

Benjamin Wetherby, Earl of Glastonbury and heir to the Marquisate of Eastleigh, has just received an urgent letter from home. His father is dying and he must return to England at once. Benjamin is a man bound by honor and duty, to both his country and his family. So, despite his reservations, he leaves his life in New York City behind so he may find a wife and assume his role as the Marquess of Eastleigh.

Miss Phoebe Blake is finally out of mourning for her father, and just in time. She and her mother could be days away from being carted off to debtors prison, so Phoebe returns to society with the intent and determination to secure a rich husband.
Sparks fly when Benjamin and Phoebe meet, and it appears they have both found just what they are looking for. But will a dark secret keep them from finding their happily ever after?

This was last week’s Monday Free Pick Feature.  Read on for my thoughts.  No true spoilers, promise.

Benjamin is a dutiful son.  When word reaches him in America that his father is in ill health and may not survive much longer, Ben sets out for home rather quickly.  He leaves behind his mistress, with little argument nor regret.  It is his father’s dying wish that Ben marry, and being the dutiful (and remorseful, guilty) son that he is, Ben heads to London and the Marriage Mart Season.

Phoebe is in dire straits.  Her father died a year earlier leaving his family now on the edge of ruin.  Her mother has taken to her bed for the past year and has little understanding of their situation.  But Phoebe knows that unless she reenters society and finds a very rich husband, fast, they will soon be on the streets or in Debtor’s Prison.

While a short introductory novella, I enjoyed A Gentleman Never Tells.  Often we see this set up in Historical or Regency marriages… marry for need and hope that love or at least, tolerance will come in time.

Ben and Phoebe have a mutual attraction which helps move their story along to the marriage part rather quickly.  Unfortunately, Ben has a secret that he is trying to keep from Phoebe.  We know very soon after the story begins what that secret is – but of course, Phoebe does not.  The remainder of the novella is Ben and Phoebe sorting out their new lives together, getting the secret out and resolved — and along the way truly falling in love with each other.  It’s short, sweet and enjoyable.  This novella was originally published in 2009, so this story is an older one, but it is a good set-up to the rest of the series which was written a bit later.

I enjoyed this one.  And you cannot beat the price.  I will probably get the rest of the series.

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