THE MODERN GENTLEMAN by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: May 14th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
3.5 How To Crowns
I am going to start this by saying that I adore Meghan, she always writes such funny, swoon worthy stories that leave you with a huge smile on your face. Meghan’s quirky heroines and swoony Hero’s have the ability to lighten anyone’s day. But for whatever reason I just could not get into this story.
“Maybe we can save probing in the park for a lovely Sunday afternoon if this goes well.” “Nothing says God’s day like a good probing.”
Wes is the Modern Gentlemen, he writes an advice column for the online magazine, Hype. I loved the little stories at the beginning of each chapter where he gives his advice ala Carrie Bradshaw to poor fools who need help in the dating world. I liked this aspect it was new and light not something I’ve read before. And Wes IS a gentlemen, but what I liked the most was watching as he tried to put his advice to work and it failed Every. Single. Time. Poor Wes just could not get it together and it was so funny to see him grasping at straws to make things happen.
Wes’s sidekicks were phenomenal, I feel like especially Roman may have outshined Wes and June in this. I hope Roman and Caden both get stories of their own stories because I just know they are going to be epic.
Roman: Reservation is under CockDaddy69, set for 8:30, you owe me.
Wes: Are you fucking kidding me? Dude.
Roman: Call it your payment. Good luck tonight, CockDaddy.
June is an aspiring Broadway star who has multiple other jobs while she is trying to make it, she walks dogs and makes custom made doll clothes for The American Girl dolls. This is how she meets Wes, while out walking General Fitzbum Wes almost steps in his dog poop. And June proceeds to yell at him. All this is great up to this point. But I just could not connect with June, at all. I felt like the progression of their relationship really stilted the story and made it hard to continue. And I never did gain that connection with her even as the story progressed. It’s important for me in stories to really connect to the main characters, it brings the story to life for me, and unfortunately that did not happen.
I feel it deep in my bones. This girl was made to make me smile.
I’m really bummed that I did not connect with this story, like I said previously I LOVE Meghan I’ve yet to read something until now that I just could not get into. The banter is there, the writing is flawless, the story line was something I’ve yet to read, but it just did not work for me. I’m not sure if it was a combo of not connecting with June, and the stilted nature of their relationship, or that the side characters stole the show. But whatever it was this story just wasn’t for me.
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Have you ever hit rock bottom?
I embarrassingly have.
It’s why I’m wearing my girl’s decorative scarf over my head, clutching her lady drink to my chest, and singing ever so softly to Joni Mitchell while swaying back and forth.
This is what therapists refer to as LOSING IT.
Oldest story in the book: boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy screws up MASSIVELY, girl tells boy to suffocate in the fruits of his very own unborn children.
Heard it before? I’m sure you have.
So what’s so different about this story? Well, it’s about me, The Modern Gentleman, New York City’s top advice columnist, and my rather ungraceful downfall from my pristinely polished pedestal.
It’s about a girl I met who threw all my proven theories to the wind and left me awkward, needy, and absolutely head-over-wingtipped shoes in love.
This is a story about June Lacy and how she single-handedly dismantled The Modern Gentleman.
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See that remote in your hand? Yeah, the one that’s covered in pizza sauce and last night’s Buffalo wings? I want you to take a good look at it. Do you have it memorized? Good, now bend at the waist, set it on the coffee table, and stand up. Don’t you dare look at that remote again, don’t even glance at it. And the Xbox that’s calling your name, go ahead and forget about that as well, because guess what? You’re starting a new journey and it doesn’t include television, video games, or high-fiving over a bubbly belch from the bowels of your intestinal tract. Forget everything you’ve ever known about being a man, forget the hall passes you have for being a man, and forget every natural instinct you carry inside your bones. Because I’m here to refine you, replenish your knowledge on the male species, and turn you into a modern gentleman: a well-respected, polished, and confident individual with an epic sex appeal and killer style that will woo any female with a simple flash of your honest charm.
Stick with me, gents. I’m starting a revolution and it begins with you.
The Modern Gentleman