Review: The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by KJ Charles

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Robin Loxleigh and his sister Marianne are the hit of the Season, so attractive and delightful that nobody looks behind their pretty faces. 

Until Robin sets his sights on Sir John Hartlebury’s heiress niece. The notoriously graceless baronet isn’t impressed by good looks, or fooled by false charm. He’s sure Robin is a liar—a fortune hunter, a card sharp, and a heartless, greedy fraud—and he’ll protect his niece, whatever it takes.

Then, just when Hart thinks he has Robin at his mercy, things take a sharp left turn. And as the grumpy baronet and the glib fortune hunter start to understand each other, they also find themselves starting to care—more than either of them thought possible. 

But Robin’s cheated and lied and let people down for money. Can a professional rogue earn an honest happy ever after?

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Thank you very much to KJ Charles for providing me with a review copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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If you’re looking for a cozy, low-angst and fun romance with an overt “eat the rich” element to it, then look no further than KJ Charles’ The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting. When I say I had a huge smile on my face reading this book, from beginning to end, I am not exaggerating. The delightful characters, the intriguing plot that suddenly takes a sexy turn 👀, and the yearning all come together in the most gratifying way — trust me when I say you won’t be able to put this amusing romp down for a moment.

Robin Loxleigh and his sister Marianne arrive in London and quickly become the hits of the Season. Everyone in High Society lauds the pair as beauties and congenial strangers. Unbeknownst to everyone, the brother and sister are actually fortune hunters, arriving in town looking to fool the rich, marry the rich, rob the rich and then disappear in the blink of an eye. The trouble begins when Robin sets his sights on a plain but sweet heiress, with a very over-protective uncle who sees right past Robin’s charade. Sir John Hartlebury will not let himself fall for a handsome face and a charming personality … until he does, and Robin comes up with a plan to help them both get exactly what they want.

The entire time I read this wonderful novel, I was getting very big The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh vibes: hate to attraction to love, a gruff and social awkward hero falls a ridiculously attractive but slightly obtuse hero, card cheating, and a gentleman’s agreement that turns very ungentlemanly very quickly. Basically, if you loved The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh as much as I did, you will fall head over heels for this book too.

Robin and Hart are the perfect love interests — despite their differences, they complement each other so well and the chemistry is just off the charts. Hart views himself as unattractive and is wary of handsome, charming men like Robin, and so he is immediately suspicious of the other man and can’t stop himself from issuing insults during their many clashes. But Hart is just hiding his intense attraction to Robin while also trying to protect his own fragile feelings of unworthiness. Robin, bless him, sees right through to the core of Hart, to the wonderful, protective and loveable man he really is, and goes out of his way to show Hart time and time again how valuable he is.

The side characters are just as wonderful as the main, which is very common of a KJC book. You can’t help but fall for every character. I especially adored Marianne, Robin’s sister, with her quick dry wit and propensity for dramatics. Robin is completely devoted to his sister, trying his best to provide her with a stable future in the form of a wealthy, titled husband. It broke my heart how hard they worked to ensure they had a roof over their heads and food in their bellies, and the lives they led before London, while many of the other characters in the novel were simply born into a life of immense privilege and completely took it for granted. As usual, KJ discusses such topics in a way that will have you searing mad that rich people and the system that benefits them even exists. You’ll be as angry as Marianne and Robin once you finish this book.

Even though The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting tackles important topics, it is a romance at heart and what an enchanting one it its. Full of wonderful romance tropes and fun characters, this clever romance is fluffy and sweet, but manages to be equally as provocative and passionate. It’s the perfect read to take your mind off 2021.

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