The Gentleman’s Gambit
Deeply introverted Catriona lives for her work at Oxford and her fight for women’s suffrage. She dreams of romance, too, but since all her attempts at love have ended badly, she now keeps her desires firmly locked inside her head—until she climbs out of a Scottish loch after a good swim and finds herself rather exposed to her new colleague.
Elias Khoury has wheedled his way into Professor Campbell’s circle under false pretenses: he did not come to Oxford to classify ancient artefacts, he is determined to take them back to his homeland in the Middle East. Winning Catriona’s favor could be the key to his success. Unfortunately, seducing the coolly intense lady scholar quickly becomes a mission in itself and his well-laid plans are in danger of derailing…
Forced into close proximity in Oxford’s hallowed halls, two very different people have to face the fact that they might just be a perfect match. Soon, a risky new game begins that asks Catriona one more time to put her heart and wildest dreams at stake.
It’s bitter sweet when a series finally comes to an end, although Evie Dunmore’s The Genleman’s Gambit feels a bit different from her other three novels in the series. Our main character is rather unique. She’s whip smart, attuned to observing people with a critical eye and might be on the spectrum, though it’s never overtly stated.
Given her circumstances as an Earls daughter, and that her loving father who is in academia, encourages Catriona’s academic achievements and career (as limited as it may be during the time period) you can’t help but want to cheer Catriona on in her success professionally and romantically.
Enter Elias Khoury. (swoon)
And friends how these two meet is chefs kiss.👩🏽🍳💋
I’ll of course let you discover it on your own, but it had me smiling from ear-to-ear and it just keeps getting better and better the chapters that follow.
My one hiccup in this book was how Dunmore added a few chapters that featured the other characters from her previous books. It was jarring to be thrown out of the POV’s of Catriona and Elias to all of a sudden be in the home/workplace of one of the other characters: be it Annabelle Archer or Lady Lucie. Even the epilogue was disappointing because it was no longer in Catriona’s point of view.😢
Even though that was the one drawback for me, I truly enjoyed the romance, the fun romance tropes like opposites attract, forced proximity (to name a few) and how two very different people from different backgrounds and means could find a path to their own happiness.
Make sure to grab a copy of this one!
Happy Reading ~ Cece
RATING: – Exceptionally Inked
|Pub Date||ISBN||Page Count||Publisher||Age Group||Source & Format||Review Posted Online|
|5-Dec-23||978-0593334669||432||Berkley||Adult||NetGalley, Digital ARC||August 7, 2023|
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