On one faithful night Benedict Bridgerton fell in love with a masked woman in silver at no less then at a masquerade ball. She took his breathe away, and stole his heart when the clock stuck midnight and she ran away never to been seen again by him. Even with two years passing he somehow always held out hope he could find her again and feel that strong emotion she ignited in him that night, but when she comes across a helpless maid in need of help, he can’t help but feel he knows her from somewhere before… Sophie Beckett is the daughter of an earl and a courtesan, due to her stepmother’s hate for her, made her work as a maid, until one night where she could live as a true Cinderella and meet her own prince charming, but things wouldn’t last, now two years after leaving her stepmother’s home she comes across her prince charming once again who doesn’t realize who she is. Sophie and Benedict have to overcome a large gap in social status and revealing truths in order to reach their happy ever after.. An Offer From a Gentleman had a darker tone then other JQ books, with not a lot of laughs or wisecracks that usually a trademark of her works, but still is able to send a deep message across, that had me reading this book non-stop. Benedict was trying to find himself, being a middle child out of a famous family; he found it a headache, mostly dishearting to always be called Second or The Second Bridgerton. Trying to break the mold those of the ton have placed him in. Throughout the book you see Benedict flourishes, becoming and finding himself. He was charming and sometimes heartbreaking, it torn at my heart as he deals with his feelings toward Sophie and his masked lady in silver. Sophia was a strong lead, as she stuck to her guns and her beliefs, never breaking under pressure with her stepmother’s treatment and the facts of her birth. The love between the two were so heartbreaking sweet and breath taking, (the love scene was sizzling!) as they jump leaps and bounds in order to deal with not only their feelings, but how society at the time would judge them. While both were great, I felt the true bump in a other wise perfect story was the fact of Benedict forcing the issue of the Sophia, a maid becoming his mistress. Installing her in his mother’s home and then trying throughout to get her into bed. While Sophia kept the truth of her being the masked lady in silver and secret for so long. I felt both were at fault for their actions and as it was dragged out throughout the story, I became frustrated with them for not telling the truth and have more respect. The golden moments and scenes that brought a few tears to my eyes were the confused feelings Benedict had to face and his words that made you wanna throw your arms around him and hug him with all your might, and a little more about the Bridgerton’s mother Violet who is known to be popular and kind was surprising a wallflower once and how she found love and happiness with her husband. The Bridgerton sisters were more in the forefront this time around, giving the reader glimpses of themselves with their lighthearted moments. Overall: a deeper and a more serious story, with a look at social class in a time where there were major gaps between peers and servants. Finding one self, breaking the mold and grabbing happiness and love with both hands and finding a fairy tale happy ever after with the one you love.