A Most Handsome Gentleman Review & Giveaway

After the angsty variation Letter From Ramsgate, Suzan Lauder decided to venture into comedy and developed an unthinkable premise based on Mr. Collins character. She didn’t go so far as to make him witty and interesting, but she made him A Most Handsome Gentleman, or as everyone keeps saying in the social media #HOT Collins.

The changes in his appearance, along with his own foolish character, were sufficient to change the behaviour of many P&P characters towards him, which created the funniest dialogues and situations you can think of. Can you imagine the impact of a good-looking man coming to Longbourn in search of a wife?

I confess I was impressed with Mr. Collins because I can imagine some situations that would render Mrs. Bennet speechless but none that would have the same effect on Lydia, and that my friends, was Mr. Collins greatest achievement in this book! Well…maybe not the greatest. His impact on Lady Catherine’s behaviour was both unexpected and hilarious, so the first place in the podium may go to that feat.

Both scenes made me laugh really hard, but they were not the only ones. The verbal discussions between Mr. Collins and Mr. Bingley, Mr. Collins comments on Elizabeth’s skinny appearance, his attraction to Charlotte and the scenes Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth see on the fields behind Longbourn are amongst my favourite moments in this book, but it’s hard to highlight only some scenes because the entire book is incredibly funny. I could not put it down!

I also enjoyed the fact that despite all the craziness that involved Mr. Collins’ presence in Meryton, Elizabeth remained true to herself and was not easily taken by her cousin’s good looks. He may be good-looking, but he’s still a fool, and if I may say, an even more annoying one, so I was really glad that to see that Suzan Lauder didn’t include Elizabeth in the group of ladies who would faint at the sight of Mr. Collins.

I had a great time reading A Most Handsome Gentleman and could not recommend it enough for those who want to relax and enjoy a good comedy. It is a highly entertaining book that will make readers laugh out loud from the first page until the last.

Suzan Lauder took a risk by venturing into this new subgenre but she nailed it! Congratulations!


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A lover of Jane Austen, Regency period research and costuming, cycling, yoga, blogging, and independent travel, cat mom Suzan Lauder is seldom idle.

Her first effort at a comedy, A Most Handsome Gentleman is the fourth time Lauder has been published by Meryton Press. Her earlier works include a mature Regency romance with a mystery twist, Alias Thomas Bennet, a modern short romance Delivery Boy in the holiday anthology Then Comes Winter, and the dramatic tension filled Regency romance Letter from Ramsgate.

She and Mr. Suze split their time between a loft condo overlooking the Salish Sea and a 150-year-old Spanish colonial home near the sea in Mexico.

Suzan’s lively prose is also available to her readers on her blog, road trips with the redhead www.suzan.lauder.merytonpress.com, on her Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/SuzanLauder, and on Twitter @suzanlauder.

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Suzan is offering 8 ebook copies of A Most Handsome Gentleman on this blog tour.

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Remember: Tweet and comment once daily to earn extra entries.

A winner may win ONLY 1 (ONE) eBook of A Most Handsome Gentleman by Suzan Lauder.

Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

To enter the giveaway click here.

Good Luck everyone!




Filed under 4.5 stars, giveaway, JAFF, Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

45 responses to “A Most Handsome Gentleman Review & Giveaway

  1. Ria

    This sounds like a lot of fun!


  2. Thanks for sharing your review, Rita. I enjoyed reading your thoughts. Glad to read the story made you laugh as much as it did me.


  3. Glynis

    Oh no another Rafflecopter! As the site doesn’t work on my phone I must try and remember to enter on my tablet tomorrow if that will let me!!
    Anyway back to the book. I’m really looking forward to reading this one especially now I know that Elizabeth is not one of the Collins fans. Also I must know what Darcy and Elizabeth witnessed in the fields. I assume it has something to do with the back cover? Thanks for a lovely review Rita.


  4. nice to have a comedic twist in a JAFF


    Liked by 2 people

  5. Mary

    Well,you certainly enjoyed this book!! Your enthusiastuc response to it was infectious and your thoughts were a delight to read!

    Thankfully Lizzy remains true to herself and isn’t bewitched by a handsome face! Am really looking forward to reading of these humorous encounters and the witty dialogue that ensues! Any book that makes me laugh out loud,especially in these long Winyer nights,is a winner in my eyes!

    Cheers for sharing your thoughts,Rita. Happy reading! ☺️


    • I really did Mary! It is very funny and I had a great time reading it. I wouldn’t say she is not bewitched by a handsome face, but at least she is able to discern that there is more than the face :))


    • suzanlauder

      Elizabeth couldn’t be fooled too badly if she was still going to be our witty, clever Elizabeth. Many thanks to you for commenting and to Rita for reviewing.


  6. mbresticker

    This book will be high on my TBR list.


  7. KateB

    Great review Rita. I’m putting it on top of my TBR list, just a kind of book I’d love to read now.
    Congratulations Suzan for the release of this book. 🙂


  8. Sounds entertaining, would love to read it! Thanks for the fun review.


  9. If he can stop Lydia talking then he has some good points

    Liked by 1 person

  10. caroleincanada

    Delightful review and I can’t wait to read it! This sounds like so much fun!


  11. J. W. Garrett

    I am so looking forward to reading this. Great review.


    • suzanlauder

      I’m extremely grateful to hear your enthusiasm towards the book and this exceptionally well-written review. Rita is great to her readers.


  12. Pam Hunter

    I can’t wait to see how a “hot Collins” changes things in the story. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. darcybennett

    I love books that make me laugh and this one seems like one that will do just that. I love the premise and can’t wait to read about a speechless Lydia. Good job Mr. Collins!


    • suzanlauder

      You’ll get lots of opportunities to laugh at Lydia and the others in this book. Mr. Collins is a force to be reckoned with! Hahaha!


  14. Dung

    Great review Rita. I’m looking forward to reading this one since it’s a new premise… hot Mr. Collins? Oh my!


    • suzanlauder

      The review showed how the new premise was applied in many cases. Reading the book will reveal what Rita didn’t say–she was excellent at avoiding spoilers at some of the funniest moments. I hope to know how you liked it too, Dung.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Great review – and good luck with the launch Suzan!


    • suzanlauder

      I was fortunate to follow #1 bestselling novel “Mistaken” and its comic moments within a Regency Romance with my romantic comedy. Best of luck to you, too!


  16. caracoleta07

    Awesome this sounds very promising indeed ^_^
    It reminded me, Rita, of our talk about the hilarity of Mr. Collins character.
    Definitely entering the giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity, Suzan.


    • suzanlauder

      I think Collins would be a fun character to play since he’s so ridiculous! Best of luck on the giveaway of 8 e-books by Meryton Press. There are still 6 days left where the giveaway is part of the blog tour post.

      Liked by 1 person

  17. What a fun premise! Thanks for the lovely and intriguing review, Rita, and congrats for the release of yet another great story, Suzan!


    • suzanlauder

      Thanks for all your support, Joana. Rita did do “intriguing” well in her review! She’s such a wonderful promoter of authors and books. We’re fortunate to have her.


  18. I was lucky enough to get one of the first peeks of this while Suzan was writing it, and I definitely agree, Rita! The impact of his handsomeness as well as the reactions of those who see him is definitely worthy of a case of the giggles.
    Congrats, my dear friend on all the great reviews! You deserve them 🙂


    • suzanlauder

      Thanks, hon. You’re a terrific beta and I’m lucky to have you. I’d also like to take this chance to thank the other beta, Nina, as well as the Meryton Press editor, Gail Warner, and proofreader Ellen Pickels. They had a good chance to giggle at #HOTCollins before the readers did.


  19. A gorgeous Mr Collins sounds super fun, would love to read this story !!


  20. So looking forward to reading this. It does sound so very amusing.


  21. Charlotte

    Somehow I’ve got a soft spot for Collins and his absolute devotion to his dearly beloved patroness 🙂


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