A Private Gentleman
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.
"In this heartwrenching and redemptive love story, Cullinan has crafted two detailed, complex and highly sympathetic characters who are both endearing and surprising." — Romantic Times
"It’s not very often that I am charmed by a book almost from the first page–but this book blew a fresh wind into the rather overworked 19th century area of the m/m historical romance genre and I found myself won over and wooed." — Erastes at Speak Its Name
"Sometimes the love story should be about the victims, the non-Alphas, the ones who are left behind, the ones who aren’t strong — but of course, are the strongest of us all. That is this book. And I adored it." — Sarah Frantz at Dear Author
"A Private Gentleman is a gritty, exquisitely crafted story ... If you love historical romance which is heartbreaking, realistic, and full of suspense, while being passionate, loving, and ends happily, you will like this story." — Lena Grey at QMO Books
"I give full kudos to the author for holding back on the homoerotica in favour of the superbly turned plot. It is not to say that it lacks sex, not at all, but it is nicely balanced with the story line. Altogether it is a thinking-person’s read, and one that comes enthusiastically recommended from this reader."— Gerry B's Book Reviews
"I devoured this book and had to reach for my Kleenex from time to time as something about the heroes just pulled atn my heart-strings and wouldn't let me go." — Samantha at Fiction Vixen
"Oh, this was a really wonderful book. Dark and haunting and definitely intense, but the connection between the men was so lovely." — Joyfully Jay
"I have to say that Heidi Cullinan is a virtuoso when it comes to playing with your emotions. ...I was hooked from beginning to end!" — Black Tulip at Booked Up Reviews
"This story has exceeded all my expectations and then some. Unless another historical romance novel comes along and grabs me by the throat and doesn’t let go like A Private Gentleman did, this will end up being my favorite historical romance for this year."— Katiebabs