Review: A Gentleman’s Fate, by AJ Linn

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Title: A Gentleman’s Fate (Volume 4)

Series: The Gentleman’s Series

Author: AJ Linn

Genre: Romance

Release Date: June 22, 2015

Cover Design: Dancinee Jennings

synopsis

The story continues for the handsome reformed Malibu playboy, Donovan Hart, in this, the fourth and final installment of A Gentleman’s Series. Donovan, a hotel and adult club owner, decided that it was time to file away his players card in search of the elusive one, in the first book in the series, A Gentleman’s Affair. He was certain that he had found that in interior designer, Scarlett Montgomery, but Scarlett had a past, and that past would soon threaten their perfect union. How far will he go to fight for his Unico Vero Amore?

Beware of unexpected twists and heartbreaking turns.

Just when you think you know what’s next, you will probably be wrong.

my review

5-stars

WOW. Stunned. Speechless. Breathless. World Rocked…

It takes an extraordinary story – in every detail – to reduce me to monosyllables. But here I sit, having just finished A Gentleman’s Fate, and author AJ Linn has left me at a total loss for words. In A Gentleman’s Fate, the fourth and ‘final’ installment of the Gentleman’s Series, Donovan Hart’s relentless search to find and keep his unico vero amoré – his one true love – grabs you by the heartstrings and will not let you go.

If you’ve read the other three books in the series and think you know what to expect this time around – you should know better. Donovan’s story has been unpredictable from start to finish, and this time AJ Linn pulls out all the stops, delivering a series of twists and turns that will keep you guessing – literally on the edge of your seat – until the very end. When you think you can finally relax – don’t. If you think you know how Donovan and Scarlett’s story is “destined” to play out – think again. Once you sit down to read it – don’t plan to do anything else; you won’t be able to stop – the story will pull you back, breathless, hoping for the best, fearing for the worst, and then delivering the shock of a lifetime – you will never see it coming so don’t even try.  Just stop reading this review, one-click the buying link, and find out for yourself. The answers are all there – and they are truly unforgettable. This is a story I will read time and time again – yes, it’s that good.

AJ Linn’s writing style has always impressed me. It’s clean, crisp, direct, real and completely relatable. It’s funny, honest, thoughtful, and sometimes utterly heartbreaking. There are no wasted words – ever. His characters – all of them – feel like family. The banter between them is hilarious when it should be and tender when it needs to be, without going overboard in either direction. The story is incredibly erotic one minute, suspenseful the next – but woven throughout is a sense of hopefulness that all of these wonderful characters will get the happy-ever-after they deserve.

It is this consistent, restrained storytelling quality that draws you in and keeps you engaged at every turn. The theme of the series is one we can all relate to. The uniquely human need to discover our destiny, to realize the future we hope for – coupled with the inescapable reality that we cannot predict or control what lies around the next turn – makes Donovan’s journey one that we all share. His hopes are our own. His failures are our own. His fears are our own. We feel his sense of optimism, his hopes and dreams, his determination, frustration, anger, guilt, and his amazing capacity to love. In the closing chapters we see how all of the events of his past have led him full circle – and yet I still want more. I selfishly hope to see Donovan again, because I feel that I wasn’t ready to let him go, and I’ve had to say goodbye to him far too soon. In my book, he ranks right up there with Christian and Gabriel as a character I will never get enough of – or stop thinking about.

A Gentleman’s Fate is an absolute triumph. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading this series, wait no longer. You are in for a memorable journey that will fill your heart with love and longing, and leave you begging for more. AJ Linn has established himself with a unique voice and storytelling style that makes me willing to wait for wherever he takes us next – because I know I have found a writer that has made me a lifelong fan.

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New Release: A Gentleman’s Fate, by A J Linn

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Title: A Gentleman’s Fate (Volume 4)

Series: The Gentleman’s Series

Author: A.J. Linn

Genre: Romance

Release Date: June 22, 2015

Cover Design: Dancinee Jennings

synopsis

The story continues for the handsome reformed Malibu playboy, Donovan Hart, in this, the fourth and final installment of A Gentleman’s Series. Donovan, a hotel and adult club owner, decided that it was time to file away his players card in search of the elusive one, in the first book in the series, A Gentleman’s Affair. He was certain that he had found that in interior designer, Scarlett Montgomery, but Scarlett had a past, and that past would soon threaten their perfect union. How far will he go to fight for his Unico Vero Amore?

Beware of unexpected twists and heartbreaking turns.

Just when you think you know what’s next, you will probably be wrong.

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excerpt

“Good morning, sire, it’s good to have you back. How was Venice?” Patrice asks as I fly past her desk, walking straight into my office, slamming the door behind me.

But that doesn’t stop her. She barges in with hot coffee, making herself comfortable in the black leather chair near my desk. “Okay, spill it. What’s going on?”

“Not now, Patrice,” I reply dismissively, switching on my computer.

In a daze, my eyes are fixed on the blank screen. I’m trying to avoid the inevitable conversation, and trying even harder to ignore her. She sets the cup down on my desk, softening her voice to almost a whisper, asking once again, “Donovan, what’s going on?”

“Don’t you have work to do?” I snap.

“Yes sir, I suppose I do,” she snaps back defensively as she gets up from her chair, mumbling the word asshole under her breath as she heads towards the door.

“I heard that,” I respond, somehow managing to muster up a slight chuckle. “I apologize, alright? Sit back down.”

“Accepted. Now, are you gonna tell me what’s got you in such a pissy mood?”

“In a nutshell…she did it again.”

“She? She who? Scarlett?”

“Yes, Scarlett.”

And there it is. The look that I was trying so hard to avoid. The poor-Donnie, sad-eyed, frowny-faced look that I know I’ll get every single time that I tell this fucking story. Perhaps I can just handle this in one fell swoop, and have Patrice send out a mass memo describing the details of the nightmare-in-Venice, fucking-kill-me-now debacle.

“I don’t get it, Donovan. She was the one that propo….”

“Please, don’t even say it. I really don’t want to get into this right now. Alright?”

“Sure, okay, Donnie. Can I do anything for you?”

She gets up again to leave, but pauses twice before reaching the door. I can see that she’s searching for the right thing to say. Something…anything…to lighten the mood, to cheer me up, to lessen the blow of what Scarlett has done, now twice…as if anything could. But I just want her to leave.

“You know she loves you, right? Do you want me to talk to her? I’m sure I can…”

I interrupt before she can say anything else. “Not another goddamn word about it, understand? Now, I have work to do.”

“Fine, for now. But you’ll have to talk about it at some point, you know.”

I continue to stare at the still-blank computer screen, waving her away.

Defeated, for now, at last she leaves, closing the door behind her.

The clock on the wall seems to be ticking slower than usual. I’ve been here for three hours, and am finding it impossible to concentrate, especially with my cell going off every ten minutes with calls and text messages from Scarlett. I’m not ready to talk to her, and to be honest, I don’t know if I ever will be. I don’t know if I even care at this point. Although I’m slightly curious, I really have no idea what we have to talk about anymore.

I need to get out of this hotel and clear my head. I knew coming here straight from the airport was probably a mistake, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Better than sitting in that penthouse, alone, with nothing but the all-too-fresh memories of yet another Scarlett-related nightmare to keep me company.

Placing my cell phone in the top drawer of my desk, I change out of my monkey suit and into the spare set of clothes that I keep in the closet of my office. Stopping by Patrice’s desk on my way out, I let her know that I’m leaving for the rest of the day, and that I don’t want to be bothered, by anyone...no matter what’s on fire.

“Are you okay?” she asks, still pushing, hoping for some sort of verbal spillage on the details of my Venetian vacation.

“No, but I will be.”

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Summary of The Gentleman’s Series – All Four Books

In A Gentleman’s Affair, (volume 1) we met the handsome Malibu playboy, Donovan Hart, the entitled, notorious heartbreaker, who would rather spend his days on the beach than in the office. He had his pick of the most beautiful women in Malibu, and had no intention of settling down. But tragic events would change all that and force him to make serious changes in his life. Donovan goes from player to entrepreneur overnight, and finding love…surprisingly… becomes a high priority. That, and opening the first adult club in Malibu.

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In A Gentleman’s Secret, (volume 2) Donovan’s story continues, as he faces more challenges when it comes to affairs of the heart, opens a new hotel in Las Vegas, and discovers that his girl may have even more secrets to keep than he does. Will love endure?

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A Gentleman’s Memoir (volume 3) is a flashback of Donovan’s life. This prequel gives you an intimate look into his past and takes you on his journey into the adult world where anything goes…and it usually does.

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about the author

A.J. Linn published his debut novel, A Gentleman’s Affair, Volume 1 of The Gentleman’s Series, in May, 2013.

Since that time, he has continued protagonist Donovan Hart’s story in A Gentleman’s Secret, published in December, 2013, and revealed Donovan’s earlier life in a prequel, A Gentleman’s Memoir, a novella published in August, 2014.

The series quickly became very popular with fans of his RP/character blog, which he’d been writing for almost a year. He credits those fans with this series, since they were the ones who encouraged him to “write a book” and dedicated the books to them.

With his unique voice and writing style, the popularity of the series began to grow, despite the promotion and marketing challenges facing a self-published indie author.

In an original and creative idea, he gave his readers the opportunity to submit “characters” for A Gentleman’s Secret and A Gentleman’s Memoir, which he crafted into the story. The results were intriguing and sometimes hilarious, as he paid the ultimate compliment to his fans and readers…making their characters part of Donovan’s story.

While having full-time job and a very busy life make finding time to write a challenge at times, his readers are in agreement that he has done a fantastic job: four books in two years is quite an accomplishment.

The paperback editions of the series can be found on Amazon. The ebooks are available on Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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Have You Met Donovan Hart? Now is your chance! He’s on SALE!

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For a limited time only, author A. J. Linn is selling his popular Gentleman’s Series at a special price – all e-formats – on Smashwords.com.  A. J. is one of my favorite indie authors.  His writing style is crisp, clean, poignant and often hilarious. His books are easy, fun reads for times when you just need a good book that will stir your  heartstrings, give you some hot, hot, hot flashes, and make you laugh out loud. If you haven’t met the ultimate playboy hero, Donovan Hart – and heard him tell his story – find out what you’re missing TODAY.

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Donovan Hart is known as the handsome, successful ‘catch’ of Malibu. The upscale hotel and adult club owner has done and seen it all. Now at 32, he is ready for more…a love like his parents had. That all-consuming, true, once-in-a- lifetime love. He sets out on a hilarious and sometimes disturbing search for love determined to find his girl, breaking hearts and a few rules along the way.

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Donovan Hart has finally found his unico vero amore’ in the beautiful Scarlett Montgomery, but the question remains…will he be able keep her?

Will his secret be too much for her to handle, or…will hers be too much for him to handle?

A Gentleman’s Secret is an unpredictable ride full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Two people desperate to escape the sins of their past, hoping to find the one thing that has been missing…Love.

But, is love really enough to conquer all?

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You may already know Donovan Hart from A Gentleman’s Affair and A Gentleman’s Secret. Here is your chance to get to know him a bit more personally…more, behind the scenes, or under the sheets, as I like to say.

In A Gentleman’s Memoir, you will get a glimpse into his past. You will see Donovan tackle loss, love, heartbreak, and sexual exploration. You see him grow from a directionless, 25-year-old, entitled, partying, beach bum and well-known Malibu ladies’ man into a man who decides to take on the world…or at least, La Fuga.

Spanning seven years of his life, from the death of his beloved mother, to his relationship with Danielle Hughes -aka cheating whore- to the sexual escapades that go beyond even his wildest imagination, A Gentleman’s Memoir, written in Donovan’s own words, may just shock you.

Possibly just as much as it did him.

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About the Author:

Author AJ Linn began writing as a fanfiction blogger on Twitter as @FuckedUpFifty_ with an incredible FSOG blog written from Christian Grey’s point of view,   http://christiangreypov.wordpress.com/
 
At the encouragement of his followers, he decided to write a novel, and Donovan Hart, the charming, handsome, sexy protagonist of The Gentleman’s Series was brought to life.
 
His first novel, A Gentleman’s Affair, was published in May, 2013…even as he was writing his second novel, A Gentleman’s Secret, which was published in December, 2013.
 
His unique style and boundless creativity have produced a series of books that will hang in readers’ memories forever.  His latest, A Gentleman’s Memoir, a novella, published in August, 2014, is a prequel to the first novel, and will give readers an in-depth look at Donovan’s past, adding even more to the story of Donovan Hart.
 
The best news? We haven’t heard the last of AJ Linn…rumor has it that A Gentleman’s Fate is yet to come. 
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