The Gentleman's Deception

The Gentleman's Deception

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....

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Title:The Gentleman's Deception
Author:Karen Tuft
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  • Katie W

    I love to read Regency romances and was delighted at the twists that I found in this story, as it's not typical. Lavinia is the great stage actress named Ruby. She desires to escape the stage and find her true self. I don't recall ever reading a story about a Regency actress before and was immediately captured.

    I'm also a huge fan of fake relationships and this story provided more than one. Although Lavinia is alone in the world as far as family goes, she's got three faithful friends who provided

    I love to read Regency romances and was delighted at the twists that I found in this story, as it's not typical. Lavinia is the great stage actress named Ruby. She desires to escape the stage and find her true self. I don't recall ever reading a story about a Regency actress before and was immediately captured.

    I'm also a huge fan of fake relationships and this story provided more than one. Although Lavinia is alone in the world as far as family goes, she's got three faithful friends who provided much entertainment through their words and actions. I found them to be charming and hilarious and their dedication to Lavinia is endearing. Let's not forget the romantic relationship--gradual and sweet, with some sparks.

    The plot is unwavering and marches on to a good pace. Through it all, Lucas is right there and wow, he's a keeper for sure. I love how gentlemanly he was, especially through the rough patches. This tall, dark, and handsome guy won me over too.

    I loved it all from beginning to end and was utterly charmed.

    Content: mild romance (very vague innuendo)

    *I received a copy to review, which didn't influence my thoughts and opinions in any way*

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    While this is one of my favorite genres to read- Regency romance, I haven't read many with an actress as the main character, so I was intrigued to learn more about the details of that life. I found it interesting that Lavinia had to "escape" to a new life that is more respectable in order to keep men from pursuing her. I enjoyed her character and her relationship with Lucas, even though their deception provided conflict and uncertainty. The cast of supporting characters rounded out the story and

    While this is one of my favorite genres to read- Regency romance, I haven't read many with an actress as the main character, so I was intrigued to learn more about the details of that life. I found it interesting that Lavinia had to "escape" to a new life that is more respectable in order to keep men from pursuing her. I enjoyed her character and her relationship with Lucas, even though their deception provided conflict and uncertainty. The cast of supporting characters rounded out the story and it was fun to see how everything worked out in the end. Recommend to fans of Regency romance and sweet romance!

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Regency romance is a fun genre and one of my favorites- especially when it's a bit off the beaten path like this one is. I've never read a regency that places the main character in the role of a stage performer and it made this story all the more intriguing.

    The deceptions that fill this book will have your head spinning. It seems like everyone, at some point or another, is part of some sort of ruse. Some more than others! It's nuts. And then it blows up!

    I felt like the first half of the book wa

    Regency romance is a fun genre and one of my favorites- especially when it's a bit off the beaten path like this one is. I've never read a regency that places the main character in the role of a stage performer and it made this story all the more intriguing.

    The deceptions that fill this book will have your head spinning. It seems like everyone, at some point or another, is part of some sort of ruse. Some more than others! It's nuts. And then it blows up!

    I felt like the first half of the book was a bit slow in pacing but the last half more than made up for it. I loved the ending and I loved Lucas. What a kind gentleman. I also loved watching Lavinia come back to herself. Oh! and one more love. The cover! It's so pretty!

    If you love regency romance, you should definitely give this one a look.

    Content: mild peril, kissing

    - I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    THE GENTLEMAN'S DECEPTION is a story full of quirky characters, a darling damsel in distress, and the dashing hero who comes to her aid. Full of humor and sweet moments as they fall in love with these characters, is sure to charm readers. Recommended to historical romance readers who like their stories sweet with some fun twists.

    These characters were so much fun! Between Lavinia's friends and Lucas's family, there is quite a range of characters and throwing them all together just livens things u

    THE GENTLEMAN'S DECEPTION is a story full of quirky characters, a darling damsel in distress, and the dashing hero who comes to her aid. Full of humor and sweet moments as they fall in love with these characters, is sure to charm readers. Recommended to historical romance readers who like their stories sweet with some fun twists.

    These characters were so much fun! Between Lavinia's friends and Lucas's family, there is quite a range of characters and throwing them all together just livens things up. Of course, my favorite characters were Lavinia and Lucas. I loved their strength—Lavinia's determination and brilliance in the face of men who would only use or hurt her and her desire to find a safe place for her and her friends to retire and Lucas's equally stoic stance on helping Lavinia and her friends and being honorable. They were an ideal pair with plenty of sweet moments as they both begin to trust each other and open their hearts.

    I did think some parts could have been developed slightly more. It seems like Lucas's brother got off rather easily for the disaster he caused. I also thought the shock towards the end and the reconciliation could have actually been stretched out more to allow a little more depth to the characters and story. Regardless, these were minor and I still enjoyed the story immensely.

    In the end, was it what I wished for? An enjoyable Regency romance with quirky characters, a little adventure, and sweet romance that was fun to read. I'm looking forward to seeing what Tuft writes next!

    Content: Some innuendo, but clean.

    Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

  • Kelly

    Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive! That quote comes to mind with this book. There are so many lies, half truths, omissions from these characters that I got whiplash! Hehe!

    Lavinia Fernley, aka The Darling of Drury Lane, aka Ruby Chadwick is an actress. She is extremely beautiful. She has too many men after her and not to congratulate her for her performance on stage. Lavinia does not trust men. On her last performance the earl of Cosgrove makes a bold move and esc

    Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive! That quote comes to mind with this book. There are so many lies, half truths, omissions from these characters that I got whiplash! Hehe!

    Lavinia Fernley, aka The Darling of Drury Lane, aka Ruby Chadwick is an actress. She is extremely beautiful. She has too many men after her and not to congratulate her for her performance on stage. Lavinia does not trust men. On her last performance the earl of Cosgrove makes a bold move and escorts her home. She is terrified but tries to keep it together and be brave and steadfast. He just wants her for affairs. He is also married and tells her she will never be married so just enjoy it. That night was also the night that Ruby left acting and Lavinia was reborn. She ran off with Hannah her nurse since she was a child and the elderly Artie and Delia, who are her faithful companions and long time actors to hopefully live peacefully on a farm that she inherited from her great aunt.

    That night didn’t start off very well. The Earl has spies who look out for him and while she is waiting for her friends at the Inn she thinks sees one of them. Although she is in heavy makeup and baggy clothes she can not hide her fire red hair. She tries to tuck it up but pieces come loose. When she sees this man, she also sees Lucas Jennings sitting alone. She runs to him and says “husband” aloud and jumps to him and hugs him. Lucas believes she is in trouble so he decides to play along.

    Lucas has been fighting in Spain and has taken his time returning home as he has no profession or skill and no wife or money. But he is of noble blood but not first born son. He is a good man and honorable. He is intimidating to look at with his over 6 foot height and large build. He realizes that she is in need of help after so many things go wrong for Lavinia and escorts her and her companions to her farm. The farm is in terrible condition and not habitable or currently a working farm so Lucas impulsively invites them to stay at his home while they figure out a plan for the farm.

    During their travels Lucas begins to fall for the beautiful woman that eventually he sees without the disguise. She also begins to trust him. Lavinia has not told Lucas much about herself and definitely hides that they are actors (except Hannah). Lucas figures out most of it.

    So when they arrive at his home, he impulsively without any forethought blurts out that Lavinia is his betrothed. Now his companions play along with him. It is just one mess after another. The reason why he chose to lie, well you will need to read the book to find out.

    The lies and omissions and other little stories within the story make this book so enjoyable and different than most books from this era. I love how big Lucas’s family is and how they are all into each others business and when things start to blow up at home and the truth comes out, I was laughing at his family’s reactions! I love his familiy! I didn’t expect things to go the direction that it did when the truth comes out. You really have to read this adorable book and fall in love with all the characters in the book, well except for the Earl of Cosgrove!

    If you love large families, evil men, honorable men, veterans, climbing trees, acting, storytelling to children, finding love, farming, talking out problems with your family, nosy family members, laughter, then this might be for you!

  • LAWonder10

    Finally, Ruby Chadwick will no longer exist!

    As Lavinia was making her escape, things did not go as plan. Her cohorts were not at he planned destination.

    Oh, No! One of the Earl of Cosgroves minions was there and, even through her disguise, recognized her! Desperate, she threw herself at one lone man, in deep thought, sprawled at a table across the room. She declared him her awaited for husband. He looked at her but before he could show his surprise, he saw the pleading look in her eyes so played

    Finally, Ruby Chadwick will no longer exist!

    As Lavinia was making her escape, things did not go as plan. Her cohorts were not at he planned destination.

    Oh, No! One of the Earl of Cosgroves minions was there and, even through her disguise, recognized her! Desperate, she threw herself at one lone man, in deep thought, sprawled at a table across the room. She declared him her awaited for husband. He looked at her but before he could show his surprise, he saw the pleading look in her eyes so played along.

    He persuaded the other man to treat his "wife" with more respect than to gawk at her and they went upstairs to his room. He soon realized the other man wasn''t leaving the hotel, realizing he had put himself in a very compromising situation.

    As a gentleman, he slept on the floor and escorted the "lady" to her companions the next day. They were anxiously awaiting their "lady"...having gone to the wrong hotel.

    When assessing the situation and realizing they were going the direction he was, Lucas decided it it wise to accompany them...and perhaps get some answers.

    As the journey moved forward, even more adventures began!

    This is a wonderful book in realizing how appearance can be so misleading, how often others' judgments can ruin lives or force one to be what he/she would not otherwise be, and of self-respect and endurance.

    The Cover was attractive and nice but not really portraying the content of the story. The Title was okay but not totally depicting the tale. It can be misleading.

    The characters are very well-developed and become very "real". The scenes are well portrayed.

    The beginning felt slightly awkward but soon the 'flow' went well throughout the rest of the tale.

    I Give it a Four and a Half Stars rating.

    *This book was gifted to me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.

  • Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)

    When you have a group of actors and a gentleman get together, anything can happen. In some aspects this book played out like a theatrical performance, you never knew who was waiting in the wings ready to descend and create a little chaos.

    I loved the characters, particularly the overacting thespians. Delia and Artie stole the show in many scenes. They didn't know how to act like normal people, the theater ran in their blood and was second nature to them. I loved their antics!

    Lavinia is a noble wo

    When you have a group of actors and a gentleman get together, anything can happen. In some aspects this book played out like a theatrical performance, you never knew who was waiting in the wings ready to descend and create a little chaos.

    I loved the characters, particularly the overacting thespians. Delia and Artie stole the show in many scenes. They didn't know how to act like normal people, the theater ran in their blood and was second nature to them. I loved their antics!

    Lavinia is a noble woman, in spite of being an actress. She has a high moral standard and didn't fit the mold of an actor. She had an alter personality, that of Ruby Chadwick. Whatever situation she was thrown in, she easily put on the character and performed admirably. Lucas is a good man. He wasn't my favorite character in the book, but I did love how he cared about the people around him. He freely gave of himself to friends and family without strings attached.

    This book is full of humor, embarrassing situations, chaos, and noble people found in the nobility. I would suggest this book for anyone who loves regency romance.

    Source: I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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