Heidi Cullinan Week Review: A Private Gentleman

Reviewed by Heather C

13314897Title: A Private Gentleman
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Heroes: Lord George Albert Westin & Michael Vallant
Genre: M/M Historical Romance
Length: 88,823 words
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: To seal their bond, they must break the ties that bind.

Painfully introverted and rendered nearly mute by a heavy stammer, Lord George Albert Westin rarely ventures any farther than the club or his beloved gardens. When he hears rumors of an exotic new orchid sighted at a local hobbyist’s house, though, he girds himself with opiates and determination to attend a house party, hoping to sneak a peek.

He finds the orchid, yes…but he finds something else even more rare and exquisite: Michael Vallant. Professional sodomite.

Michael climbed out of an adolescent hell as a courtesan’s bastard to become successful and independent-minded, seeing men on his own terms, protected by a powerful friend. He is master of his own world—until Wes. Not only because, for once, the sex is for pleasure and not for profit. They are joined by tendrils of a shameful, unspoken history. The closer his shy, poppy-addicted lover lures him to the light of love, the harder his past works to drag him back into the dark.

There’s only one way out of this tangle. Help Wes face the fears that cripple him—right after Michael finds the courage to reveal the devastating truth that binds them.

Product Warnings
Contains wounded heroes, bibliophilic tendencies, orchid obsessions, a right bastard of a marquis, and gay men who get happily-ever-afters.



A Private Gentleman has been on my TBR list for a while now and since this week was set aside for “Heidi Cullinan Week”, I figured it was the perfect time to read it.

While snooping around at a house party searching for a rare orchid, Lord George Albert Westin, social outcast and stutterer, encounters Michael Vallant, professional whore.  Both men have some dark demons: Wes is a slave to the poppy and Michael has a really bad history with Wes’s father.  I don’t want to get into too much plot review, but the story revolves around Wes and Michael’s mental weaknesses and how instead of helping each other, they initially make each of their problems worse.

I’m really not sure what to say about this book.  I mean, I read it and liked the characters, but I never really cared about them.  Both were pretty fucked up…in BAD ways, but I never felt that deep connection that I would have hope for with two such damaged characters.

Also, I struggled with getting into it in the beginning.  I usually have a certain enjoyment for the slower books, but it seemed like it took forever for anything to happen…and when something happened, I just couldn’t get excited about it.  I feel guilty saying that because I DID like Wes and Michael, I just never felt any urgent desire to find out what would happen with them next.

I really liked the botany aspects and found myself Google searching many of the plants.  And Penny was probably my favorite character…and Rodger.  I think those two had more convictions alone than Wes and Michael combined.

I think, for me, this is one of those cases where its “not the book, its me” situations because I really can’t pinpoint any specific barrier of why I was never emotionally invested in Wes and Michael’s story.

Overall Impression: It Was Good!

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Author Week, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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