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.

Donovan Hart – A Gentleman with a Secret….More from Author AJ Linn, Indie Author of the Week

OK, not just ONE secret~ a reformed playboy like Donovan has more skeletons in his closet (and between his sheets) than any one woman would ever want or need to know! But the one “big thing” he’s managed to keep from Scarlett Montgomery, his one true love, is so significant, so much a part of his past and present life, that he fears how she will react when she comes face to face with the truth.  What he learns – and what they learn together as their relationship continues — is a surprise all its own. He’s not the only one with secrets, and some not only threaten their relationship, they threaten their lives. These secrets need to remain where they belong, for new readers to discover ~ in book 2 of The Gentleman’s Series, A Gentleman’s Secret.  It would be far too easy to spoil the impact of the book with too much detail, so I’ll use teasers provided by @TheGentleman’sHub – and, hopefully, entice you to read the next part of . A Gentleman’s Secret picks up weeks after the stunning conclusion of A Gentleman’s Affair  – the plot twist that left its readers dangling off a cliff they never saw coming. After a brief and sexy interlude, AJ takes us first to his dilemma – aka, “The Big Reveal” of the secret he’s kept, right under her nose (or, more appropriately, feet) – then starts the reader heading for another emotional cliff, building suspense along the way. Throughout, the story remains infused with the charm and humor that is Donovan Hart, and his sensual, frisky, resilient lover, Scarlett Montgomery.

Cover Photo-A-Gentlemans-Secret-by-AJ-Linn
Released December, 2013

Synopsis

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?

Book Trailer:  YouTube

Book Trailer and photo edits courtesy of @GentlemansHub on Twitter, unless otherwise noted.

Photo with quote from A Gentleman's Secret by AJ LInn

This is why women love erotic, seductive scenes written from the male point of view, is it not? *fanning myself*.  AJ Linn, as an author and as a person, is a man of few words – but every single one of them is chosen carefully and conveys powerful imagery.

Photo quote from A Gentleman's Secret by author AJ Linn

I may not have mentioned “The Underground”, Donovan’s private club at La Fuga…and there’s a reason for that. This is no ordinary club, with an A-list clientele that is quite, um, unique. Even Donovan’s father doesn’t know what goes on there. Both Scarlett & Donovan want to keep living their dream – but each is aware that by doing so, they can’t keep their past behind them; so the secrets begin to unfold, and with them, a danger that threatens to destroy them both.

Photo Quote from A Gentleman's Secret by Author AJ Linn Author AJ Linn quotes about Scarlett Montgomery, heroine in A Gentleman's Secret And it only gets worse… Photo quote from author AJ Linn in A Gentleman's Secret, book 2 of The Gentleman's Series

What will it take for Donovan and Scarlett to survive this threat? And even if they survive physically, will it strengthen their relationship, or drive them apart?  You will have to read to find out…it’s well worth it to see how this masterfully-woven novel mixes romance and suspense, while still keeping AJ’s trademark humor, eroticism, and a healthy dose of kink to lighten the mood when it all seems so uncertain.

Now here is something you might not know – if you aren’t a follower, and haven’t read the book!

There are a number of things that set AJ Linn apart from other indie authors, and other gentlemen with a presence on Twitter. He engages his fans and followers easily with his own unique humor and charm, but he also honors them by inviting them to be part of his writing process. First in A Gentleman’s Secret, and now in A Gentleman’s Memoir, he’s offered a contest, inviting readers to write a character that becomes part of the story. For those of us who have done so, there is no greater honor than to be mentioned in his book, for he is truly, visibly grateful to his fans for encouraging him and supporting his writing – from his first appearance as Christian Grey throughout his writing process for this outstanding series. His followers and fans are intensely loyal because of the personal connection he makes with them, which includes individualized birthday greetings (I still have mine).  But to offer an opportunity to fans to be part of the story? That is simply above and beyond.

Moving On…Buying Links for A Gentleman’s Secret!

click on the book cover to order your paperback version of A Gentleman’s Secret from Amazon.com:

Nook  (Barnes & Noble)

Smashwords (eBook)

Lulu

iTunes

And finally…

An Interview with Donovan Hart – The Gentleman Himself – as published on Loverly’s Book Blog.  See it in its entirety here…

http://loverlysbookblog.com/2013/12/30/character-interview-donovan-hart-from-a-gentlemans-affair-a-gentlemans-secret-by-aj-linn/

Tomorrow…5-star reviews for A Gentleman’s Secret, and as a special Wicked Wednesday treat – an interview with the author. See you then…

Author AJ Linn quotes from A Gentleman's Secret, book 2 of The Gentleman;'s Series.