The Gentleman's Keeper

When wellborn profligate Everett Gerard is called back to his family estate to deal with the child who has arrived there and is assumed to be his bastard son, he is forced to face long-repressed childhood memories and confront a handsome bailiff, Miles Kenway, whose ideas about his estate conflict with his own. Though Everett knows the child, Ipsial, can’t possibly be his own, he also knows that dealing with the situation is his duty. As Everett and Miles clash over the estate, they also develop a passion for each other that cannot be denied. When the child’s biological father threatens to expose them, they must acknowledge their love for each other and for the child who has turned their lives upside down.

The Gentleman’s Keeper by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon is one of the best historical romances I have read this year. The story has a rare richness and depth, and its many layers are lovingly revealed by these two talented authors. The conflicts and challenges faced by Everett and Miles made for relatable and realistic characters and an evocative romance, one in which the happy ending was hard-fought and well earned. The child character, Ipsial, brought charm and humor to the story, but also a heightened poignancy. Overall, I fell in love with the characters and was captivated by the twists and turns of their story. I cannot wait to read more from these authors, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves excellent historical romance.

Book Blurb for The Gentleman's Keeper

Confronting the darkness of his past, he finds the light of his future.

After years gadding about Europe, Everett Gerard can no longer avoid his responsibilities. Word has come that a child bearing the unmistakable Gerard stamp has shown up at the family estate—and he realizes it’s time to face his demons.

As his carriage nears the gates of home, he fights the urge to flee the memory of the horrible crime he witnessed as a child. Yet the Abbey delivers surprises and delights he never expected.

Miles Kenway was content with his quiet life as the Abbey’s bailiff, until the wild child, clearly a bastard son of some Gerard, upends his peace with constant pranks and mischief. And when the master of the house arrives, an unsettling attraction heats Miles’s blood.

As they clash over the fate of the ancestral land, they battle a powerful desire to grapple in ways that could disrupt the delicate balance between master and servant. But when the boy’s real sire appears, they must unite as only true fathers can to protect the boy whose mischievous charm has captured their hearts.

Warning: Gothic murder, hot man loving, and emotional family drama

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2013 4.50