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The Gentleman and the Rogue

Narrated by: Jasper de Montfort
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Summary

Lad from the streets meets lord of the manor. Both men's lives will be changed forever.

When Sir Alan Watleigh goes searching for sex, he never imagines the street rat he brings home for one last bit of pleasure in his darkest hour will be the man who hauls him back from the edge of the grave. Despite his harsh life in the slums of London, Jem is a bright, cheerful young man. He's also witty, irreverent, glib, and makes Alan laugh - a rare occasion since wartime trauma and the death of his family have made the man a ghost of his former self.

A single night of meaningless sex turns into an offer of permanent employment. Jem acts as Alan's valet, but offers him so much more than polished boots and starched cravats. Just as the men are adjusting to their new living arrangement, news about a former soldier under his command sends Sir Watleigh and Jem on the road to save a child in danger.

The journey brings them closer together as they travel from lust toward love. They rescue the girl from the clutches of an insane surgeon, who is as interested in experimenting on the vulnerable human spirit as he is on physical bodies. Alan realizes his love for Jem when he nearly loses him, but is Alan's love strong enough to risk society discovering the truth about him? And is he strong enough to finally accept his sexual nature?

A reissue of the title first published by Loose Id.

©2010 Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon (P)2013 Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon

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Great Story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Gentleman and the Rogue to be better than the print version?

No idea, I haven't read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jem, he was sweet and cheeky

What about Jasper de Montfort’s performance did you like?

The different voices for the characters

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There's quite a tense scene towards the end.

Any additional comments?

It was a good story and the audio performance was excellent

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excellent

loved ithe story, really good griping thriller .. and also romantic! highly recommended listening 👌

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Hot and sweet Regency MM Romance

This book it both a traditional Regency Romance, with an MM twist, and new and fresh all at once. While it takes place in a ”real” Regency world where homosexuality is a crime, it doesn’t dwell on this too much, the MCs don’t seem to live in constant fear of discovery, while they are cautious. The romance is the main thing, and I really liked that. Depressed war hero Sir Alan meets destitute but cheerful rentboy Jem and is surprised by the love and even joy Jem brings to his life. He hires Jem as his valet so they can be together and the feelings start to devellop. I liked that both the two MCs and the secondary characters were all strong in their own way, and I liked the chemistry between Sir Alan and Jem, it was totally believable when they fell in love. Jasper de Montfort is a new-to-me narrator and I liked his narration. However, I did sometimes have difficulty understanding what Jem said, due to his 19th century lower class accent, but that might be because I’m not a native English speaker.

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  • H Daisy
  • 14-02-16

Such Heart-swelling Romance💝

This story has everything!
A brooding, principled, handsome hero who struggles with his wounds and needs.
A delicious, unfettered young man who's wit and beauty barely disguise his wisdom and depth of character.
A sadistic and perverse villain who is in possession of a little girl needing rescuing.
And a lot of ROMANCE with very EROTIC love scenes!

This is a beautifully written love story. It would make any reader sigh with giddiness by the end. It is, obviously, a gay romance. But I wish it were listed next to all the other Historical Romances. More people need to hear it.
Yay for love!!

Other reviewers may not have liked the narrator, but I enjoyed him very much.

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  • Riva
  • 20-07-13

Delightful and Unexpected

I really enjoyed this sweet story. It is a MM historical story similar to Brook St Thief. The relationship that builds between the MCs is realistic and endearing. Both MCs try to be find their own self worth in the love of the other. The narrator does a fantastic job.

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  • Little J
  • 21-08-20

So dull even the steamy scenes are a bore.

This story sounded so interesting, and the first few scenes are. Unfortunately, it plummets immediately into a dull illogical plot with zero interesting scenes. I could ignore the nonsense plot chasing after some mad doctor if the character development drove the story, but it doesn't. The flat characters never develop anything beyond TV Tropes personalities. The love story... well, the book sure insisted they are falling in love in the narration, but we never see it. The narrator jointly lacks emotional delivery while overdoing voice acting to the point of embarrassment. Even the steamy scenes are boring and full of clunky words and wattpad-esque formulas for writing the act. Is there anything good in this book? Jem is a caricature of a street rat, literally referred to as a gutter boy at one point--which moght have been charming if Alan weren't, as usual, literally looking down on Jem. He quite literally never stops viewing Jem as lesser than for being low class. If you think Jem ever becomes anything other than a cartoonish Oliver Twist extra who mistakenly wandered into a gay romance novel, guess again. I was furious that a character who deserves depth and development so much never got it. To make matters worse, the narrator plays Jem with a painfully exaggerated low class accent, which starts to feel almost offensive after a few chapters. He struggles with the accent so badly that he's unable to put any emotion into the words except one tone: mirth. It makes sense while Jem is playing jester, but in every other moment, it undermines the impact of the story. In one scene, Jem is meant to comfort his lover with soft words, and narrator continues with that jester-like joking tone. This happens over and over. It's beyond frustrating. The narration issue extends beyond Jem. At one point, a character is described as having a "smooth and calm" tone--the narrator SNAPPED and SNEERED out the dialogue. Nonsense. Wet mouth noises he makes between words are somehow not cut from the audio file. And he narrates things in Jem's voice while in Jem's POV, and in Alan's voice while in Alan's POV--but not consistently. Sometimes he uses Alan's voice for Jem's POV narration. It's completely sloppy and irritating. Alan, just like Jem, deserved to have depth, and he never got it. I was disappointed because he had some serious mental health issues introduced in the first few chapters. These topics deserve care when writing about them, and it would have been refreshing and meaningful to see those topics dealt with appropriately. Instead the issue is essentially dropped beyond a few mentions in passing because Alan got his c*ck sucked. Ok. WTF? I was so disappointed in the author for setting up something potentially meaningful and then failing to follow through so horribly. There's no pay off to listening to this dull affair. Find something else.

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  • Nica Flor
  • 09-02-19

Entertaining and sweetly romantic

The narration was quite a pleasure, all the accents and different timbre made all the characters distinctive. The story was entertaining, and romantic, a la Pretty Woman, the trope of the prostitute with a heart of gold definitely shines, and Jem is a jewel. He's lovable, with his quick wit and cheerful attitude, he's pragmatic about his life as a prostitute, and rather see the bright side of life as much as he can. Alan is kind, remorseful and heartbroken with memories of war, and Jem is just the balm his body and soul need to recover. Their adventure to save a child is quite exciting, and their love is really sweet, it was quite moving to see their feelings for each other grow. I love all genres of mm, but this particular historical novel was a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Robin
  • 22-09-16

Inconsistent voice acting

The constant switching between character voices for narrated bits was confusing. Sometimes it would take me a whole passage to realize a character hadn't been speaking out loud. Also, the bits w the villain were just too off-putting. I was already having trouble getting into the romantic scenes due to awkward wording & then having the surgeon go into detail about his intentions toward a young child just ruined the rest of this, for me.

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  • Candateshia Pafford
  • 11-06-13

Can't get into this

I just can't get into this. This is just boring to me. It started off good..but the slow drawl of the narrator just didn't do it for me. He tried too hard to may it fit the period. Then it got boring and I just stopped.

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  • Adrienne Percival
  • 07-10-20

Solid tale, enjoyable

I liked this one. The characters had personalities and were allowed to grow. Their personal relationship bumps up against societal strictures, but I loved where they ended up.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-10-20

Very well put together

The narrator was perfect, the language well researched and performed, very near, tight writing with limited sentimentality. There is some violence towards the climax of the book, and descriptions of battle fields and primitive antisocial behavior, so be warned of that. The love scenes are sweet and crisp, unmuddled by filler fluff. Jem's stories cracked me up at just the right times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-20

Romantic, Thrilling, Humorous, Erotic

The story of Sir Allen and his Valet Jim is one that I honestly can say I really enjoyed. The story starts off as a dark murky erotic encounter but truly transforms into something warm and entertaining as you get to know the characters and they each other. This book actually is one of my first M Love M Regency stories, but has truly made me fall in love with the genre. The descriptive details of the writing is what did it for me. It made the scenarios 3x’s more vivid, and the sex 10x’s more hotter. Towards the end you get a little bit of back story and character rounding and even a little thrill, but it ends leaving you entertained, fulfilled, and aroused. Ps. Jim MADE the book for me. He’s so funny and cheerful.

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  • Virago
  • 29-05-20

M/M Escape

This was a fun escape from the currently reality. The story read like a fanfic I once read, but that's a compliment as most fanfic I have read is as good as or better than many novels. The narration and just meh. There was no emotion to it, which took from the story. Not bad, but not great.