A Gentleman’s Memoir, by AJ Linn ~ Everything I hoped for, with the promise of more…

Book Cover Photo - A Gentleman's Memoir by author AJ LinnThere are authors that burst onto the scene and fade away just as quickly.  There are books – and  book series – that skyrocket to the top of the charts, but are soon forgotten as insatiable romance readers wait for “the next big thing”. And then there are those that you know will always be a part of you, for any number of reasons.  AJ Linn, and The Gentleman’s Series, are among the ones that have taken up residence in my heart and soul and will never leave. Like an old friend who appears when you most need one; like a refreshing drink of sparkling water on an insufferably hot day, or a hot toddy on a cold winter’s night, AJ’s voice as an author speaks to me; his characters are beloved friends; and I find comfort in the fact that his latest book, A Gentleman’s Memoir, will not be his last. While I know I will never truly say goodbye to Donovan Hart, I’m delighted that I didn’t have to say it this time.

A Gentleman’s Memoir is exactly what I have come to expect – and crave – from AJ Linn: straightforward, clear, clean writing that is simultaneously erotic, tender, bittersweet, full of charm, self-deprecating humor, and hope. A collection of colorful characters, many of whom I have come to regard as one would their dear, quirky friends, parading through his life, shaping his past, present and future. As a novella, A Gentleman’s Memoir is a perfectly crafted appetizer to the gourmet meal that is the rest of this wonderful series.

If you are new to the author and his books, you might be tempted to start here – and that’s just fine.  After all, it is a prequel. You will certainly have the benefit of knowing Donovan Hart from “the beginning,” and watching him continue to grow – and yes, even mature a little! – in A Gentleman’s Affair and A Gentleman’s Secret. But, having been a fan of AJ since his early days as an author, I especially enjoyed reading it LAST, after I had fallen in love with Donovan, after a year or so of speculating about his past, and after seeing his transformation from an entitled, elitist playboy who lived from day to day to a confident man who knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to keep it. For me, even though it is a prequel, it is less like an appetizer, and more like a decadent dessert.

There’s never been a better time than this to get to know Donovan Hart, his friends and former lovers; his one-night stands; the places and the experiences that have made him who he is ~ a beloved book boyfriend who can make you laugh, cry and roll your eyes in the space of a single paragraph.  Wherever you decide to begin Donovan’s journey, just do it, and do it today.

Thank you, AJ, for bringing Donovan to life; for involving those who care so much about you in creating and continuing his story; and please keep writing. The reading world needs role models who inspire the writer in all of us, and you are truly one of a kind.

A Gentleman's Memoir, by AJ Linn ~ Everything I hoped for, with the promise of more…

Book Cover Photo - A Gentleman's Memoir by author AJ LinnThere are authors that burst onto the scene and fade away just as quickly.  There are books – and  book series – that skyrocket to the top of the charts, but are soon forgotten as insatiable romance readers wait for “the next big thing”. And then there are those that you know will always be a part of you, for any number of reasons.  AJ Linn, and The Gentleman’s Series, are among the ones that have taken up residence in my heart and soul and will never leave. Like an old friend who appears when you most need one; like a refreshing drink of sparkling water on an insufferably hot day, or a hot toddy on a cold winter’s night, AJ’s voice as an author speaks to me; his characters are beloved friends; and I find comfort in the fact that his latest book, A Gentleman’s Memoir, will not be his last. While I know I will never truly say goodbye to Donovan Hart, I’m delighted that I didn’t have to say it this time.

A Gentleman’s Memoir is exactly what I have come to expect – and crave – from AJ Linn: straightforward, clear, clean writing that is simultaneously erotic, tender, bittersweet, full of charm, self-deprecating humor, and hope. A collection of colorful characters, many of whom I have come to regard as one would their dear, quirky friends, parading through his life, shaping his past, present and future. As a novella, A Gentleman’s Memoir is a perfectly crafted appetizer to the gourmet meal that is the rest of this wonderful series.

If you are new to the author and his books, you might be tempted to start here – and that’s just fine.  After all, it is a prequel. You will certainly have the benefit of knowing Donovan Hart from “the beginning,” and watching him continue to grow – and yes, even mature a little! – in A Gentleman’s Affair and A Gentleman’s Secret. But, having been a fan of AJ since his early days as an author, I especially enjoyed reading it LAST, after I had fallen in love with Donovan, after a year or so of speculating about his past, and after seeing his transformation from an entitled, elitist playboy who lived from day to day to a confident man who knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to keep it. For me, even though it is a prequel, it is less like an appetizer, and more like a decadent dessert.

There’s never been a better time than this to get to know Donovan Hart, his friends and former lovers; his one-night stands; the places and the experiences that have made him who he is ~ a beloved book boyfriend who can make you laugh, cry and roll your eyes in the space of a single paragraph.  Wherever you decide to begin Donovan’s journey, just do it, and do it today.

Thank you, AJ, for bringing Donovan to life; for involving those who care so much about you in creating and continuing his story; and please keep writing. The reading world needs role models who inspire the writer in all of us, and you are truly one of a kind.

“Coming” Attractions ~ Not to Be Missed ~ Hot Summer Nights Ahead!

Black & White-Seduction

Hot Summer Nights are made for Hot Summer Books.

First, a look back…

Recently, author Deborah Harkness published the incredible conclusion to the stunning All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, & The Book of Life). Earlier this summer, Sydney Jamesson released the epic finale of The Story of Usbringing what has also been called the “TouchStone Trilogy” full circle. These are always bittersweet moments for readers. We anticipate finales for months – sometimes years – but yet, as we read them, we also know we are saying goodbye to some incredible characters that have become like best friends, in a way. Great reads are made to be read over and over again – and inevitably, my favorite books (the print ones, anyway), are well-worn around the edges from long nights of reading and re-reading. All we can do is hope that our favorite authors continue to write and carry us along on new journeys with new treasured characters.  One of my very favorites, Sylvain Reynard, is working on The Florentine Series (Book 1, The Raven, releases in early 2015); and another, Sydney Jamesson, is rumored to be writing again, which will make thousands upon thousands of TouchStone fans delirious with anticipation.  So, as we look back, we can also look forward to new creations by the authors who ignite our senses and stir our souls.

Now a look ahead…

Another “finale” – of sorts – by another favorite indie author, A. J. Linn, is right around the corner…the clock is ticking down as I write this post.  It’s a prequel to the other two popular books in his Gentleman’s Series (A Gentleman’s Affair & A Gentleman’s Secret), and as such, A Gentleman’s Memoir is, in true A. J. style, sure to be hot and hilarious (a lot like its author, as a matter of fact!) Stay tuned for updates, and in the meantime, it’s never too late to catch up by reading the first two books in the series. Donovan Hart is an unforgettable book boyfriend who’s simply to sexy, snarky, and hilarious to resist. Take a peak, courtesy of The Gentleman’s Hub on Twitter (@GentlemansHub):

A quote from A Gentleman's Memoir by author A J Linn
Photo edit courtesy of @GentlemansHub
A photo and quote from a BDSM scene in A Gentleman's Memoir by author AJ Linn
Photo edit courtesy of @GentlemansHub
A sexy quote by Donovan Hart, protagonist in A Gentleman's Memoir by author AJ Linn
photo edit courtesy of @GentlemansHub

 Books 1 and 2 of The Gentleman’s Series are available in all formats here:

A Gentleman’s Affair:

AmazonUS (print version) ~ click on the cover…

AmazonUK  (print)
Smashwords (eBook – all formats for $3.99)
iTunes
Lulu
Barnes&Noble (Nook)

 A Gentleman’s Secret

AmazonUS – print version, simply one-click the cover:

eBooks available here…

Nook  (Barnes & Noble)

Smashwords (eBook)

Lulu

iTunes

This week on Curl Up and Read:

Tomorrow – Book Tour – the release of Evelyn, a novella from the Fallen Angel Series by indie author Tracie Podger!

As the week continues – a focus on those American Book Boyfriends we love to love! (Of course I will editorialize on my favorites, it’s my blog after all!) Check back and see what you think – comment, debate – enjoy!

Coming Soon (dates TBD) – “The Faceless Men of Facebook!” – interviews with Cameron Lincoln  and E. A. Stanbridge; updates from my naughty friend Jake Malden – and more…