Rating: 4.5 stars
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Length: Novel

 

Jarrett Welch may have started his career in service as a stable boy, but now he’s risen to the position of valet for the Earl of Crawford and life is good. For the first time, Jarrett has a little place of his own — a shed really, but one with a lock and key and big enough for curtains and knickknacks. It is more than he ever imagined having and Jarrett is working hard to become the kind of valet the Earl deserves. Of course, Jarrett’s still irreverent and flirtatious and a bit too reckless, but what’s wrong with having fun with a willing fellow? But when a stranger Jarrett propositioned is found murdered, Jarrett becomes suspect number one in an investigation entangled by lies and betrayal.

Estate manager Gil Charleton knows Jarrett is innocent. After all, he saw the man engaged in a less than discreet liaison the night of the murder, but he can hardly become his alibi, as doing so puts Gil in danger as well. But Gil can help find the real killer and protect Jarrett in the process. It doesn’t help that Gil is dealing with his own family drama, but helping Jarrett is the right thing to do, even if the man is a gorgeous and proves to be a temptation at every turn. As the implications behind the murder grow increasingly sinister and Jarret and Gil draw closer, their situation becomes ever more precarious. The murderer is closer than either of them realize and perfectly willing to add more victims if it means they can escape. If Jarret and Gil can’t stop the killer, both might just up swinging for a crime neither committed.

The Gentleman’s Gentleman is set adjacent to His Lordships Mysteries series and, while there is some overlap, this can be read as a standalone. Jarrett was something of a tangential character while Alfie and Dominick took center stage in the His Lordship novels, but he was such a likable rascal, I was thrilled to see him get his own book. He and Gil are a compelling couple, sweet without being saccharine, yet each of them dealing with their own problems. They make a great team and do so without their individual personalities being subsumed by the other. At the end of the day, Jarrett just wants a home of his own and someone to share it with. Gil wants someone who understands him and wants him without some sort of agenda. The mystery is fine, but as with most of SoRelle’s works I’ve read, it’s the characters that make this book so enjoyable and, in Gil and Jarrett, she’s created a duo who are almost as engaging as Alfie and Dominick.

Thankfully, this seems to be the first in a series and I can’t wait to see more of Gil and Jarrett as their relationship deepens and matures. Each serves as an excellent foil for the other and, while they come from radically different backgrounds, they make one another stronger and more complete. I throughly enjoyed The Gentleman’s Gentleman and encourage any fan of historical romance to jump into the world SoRelle has created here. These books do not disappoint!