Eighteen-year-old Belinda Sayre is enjoying her first Season, in London, when she is informed by her grandfather that, because of a pact made by her father and his best friend (both of whom are dead), she is engaged to marry the Duke of Romsdale. After being publicly humiliated by said man, Belinda flees to her country estate in Devon with the hope that the Duke will not wish to marry her. Determined, though, to honour the pact, Romsdale disguises as a gypsy in order to travel unnoticed to Devon where his determined to win his reluctant fiancée's heart.
To be honest, I have mixed thoughts on this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the initial interactions and conversations between the two main characters. Both Belinda and Romsdale are strong characters sharing many of the same characteristics like impatience and stubbornness.
However, the romance, as it were, seemed rather rushed and abrupt; the main characters went from hating each other to being in love with each other in one conversation. Also, the ending was rather unsatisfactory with no, in my opinion, conclusive ending; there is no verbal declaration of love from either characters (though maybe their actions are enough, I feel that in a romance novel it is customary to have such a scene).
All in all, 'The Random Gentleman' is a light-hearted Georgian Regency novel, well written with the right amount of archaic language and dialogue, though not to much as the make the narrative drag.
A good read, one I would recommend, but it just didn't quite do it for me.