Jun 27 2016 3:30pm

First Look: Eloisa James’ A Gentleman Never Tells (June 28, 2016)

A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James

Eloisa James
A Gentleman Never Tells: A Novella
Avon / (July 26, 2016) / $3.99 print, $.99 digital

Eighteen months ago, Lizzie Troutt’s husband died in his mistress’s bed, leaving her determined to never marry again….and unfortunately virginal.

Eighteen years ago (give or take a few) the Honorable Oliver Berwick blackened his own soul, leaving him hardened and resolutely single.

When the chance for redemption in the form of a country house party invitation comes his way, Oliver is determined to prove himself a gentleman.

Until he breaks all the codes of gentlemanly behavior…once again.

It is said that laughter is the best medicine, and laughter is central to Eloisa James’s A Gentleman Never Tells.

Oliver Berwick approaches an upcoming house party with great trepidation. In his youth, Oliver was part of a group of young men who thought making up cruel nicknames was the height of sophistication. They called his would-be hostess “The Woolly Breeder,” due to her father’s large fortune in sheep, and she had to leave town in humiliation. Oliver has since mended his ways and views the party as an opportunity to finally apologize to the young woman whose Season he helped ruin. Turns out Lady Windingham isn’t too upset, for her truncated Season led to her eventual happy marriage. But she does have a way for Oliver to make amends and it involves her sister.

“I want you to get her up on a horse, because she never rides any more, even though she used to love it. And I want you to make her laugh.”

Lizzie Troutt was married off by her father to a cruel man who openly lived with his mistress and had no interest in having a wife. But he could use her money and a caretaker for his aged mother. When her husband died in his mistress’s bed, having never visited Lizzie’s, it was a monumental scandal, causing Lizzie to retreat into herself, becoming almost a recluse. She is at the house party under sisterly duress.

Oliver really takes to his mission and in trying to cheer up Lizzie, finds himself cheered by her and falling hard.

Oliver was looking down at her, “I truly want to marry you,” he said conversationally.

“No,” she said with a gasp. “The only question is whether I would allow you to seduce me and I feel that I have to tell you that I may not suit you in bed.”

He burst into laughter. It was the first time she’d head Oliver laugh from his belly, a deep, rolling humor that made his face light up. It was the most sensual thing she’d ever seen.

Oliver does bring out Lizzie’s long-buried humor and she rediscovers the joy of laughter and a reason for it.

They were sweaty and slippery. The room rang with the silent echo of their cries. The bed had lost everything but the bottom sheet.

Oliver had never known it, but when a woman breaks into a laugh while a man is still inside her, it’s an aphrodisiac like no other. A joyful laugh is reinvigorating, even if that man has just made love–really made love–for the first time in his life.

Laughter really is the best medicine.

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