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Reviewed by Kerliza Foon for Readers' Favorite
If you're looking for another historical romance novel, then I suggest Mariel Grey's A Gentleman's Surrender. Monique Cathdon, sister to the current Duke of Glenhurst, is looking for a suitor before the Season is over. All seems lost until she meets Sir James Stanton. Everything seems to be going well until she discovers he has no title. Is it all over for Monique? James Stanton has returned to England from the United States, seemingly wanting to find an English bride and restore the family home to its former glory. At least that's what he wants everyone to think. In reality, James is set on exacting revenge on the people who tore his family apart. Will he succeed or will love derail his plans and lead to happily ever after?
Mariel Grey has written a well researched novel in the Regency era. Her characters James and Monique are products of their time and environment as Monique struggles for the ton's approval and James does not really care but still follows polite society's conventions. The overall plot of this story is a classic theme and is well written. The desire to risk everything for a chance at love can be daunting and Mariel Grey has written this novel depicting that struggle clearly. The characters' thoughts and moods are well represented and their development over the span of the book can be seen. The love between James and Monique is based more on their understanding of each other than on their desire for each other. A refreshing change.