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The Lawrence Browne Affair

(The Turner Series #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  3,678 ratings  ·  691 reviews
An earl hiding from his future . . .

Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is mad. At least, that’s what he and most of the village believes. A brilliant scientist, he hides himself away in his family’s crumbling estate, unwilling to venture into the outside world. When an annoyingly handsome man arrives at Penkellis, claiming to be Lawrence’s new secretary, his carefully p
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Published February 7th 2017 by Avon Impulse
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SHUCHI Yes, you can, but I would still recommend reading the first one to get a background of other characters and Georgie's. This series is turning out to b…moreYes, you can, but I would still recommend reading the first one to get a background of other characters and Georgie's. This series is turning out to be a beautiful reading affair ;)(less)
AGMaynard Yes, it is Georgie's book. Gentleman secretary from con man start.

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Audiobook - 5+++ Stars

Story - 4.25 stars

So good. 😍 So so good.

- MCs: Georgie and Lawrence - perfect together, well developed characters. Opposites attract.

-Story: Flowed so well, no uneccessary drama, a good take on social anxiety fit for that period.

-Writing: Excellent as always.

Overall it was an enjoyable story. When started, i couldn't stop. It was worth it. 😍
Kaje Harper
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
That was a lot of fun. Lawrence, the Earl of Radnor, is a great character. He's a solitary, brilliant giant of a man whose sociopathic now-deceased brother and father have made him into a recluse. Lawrence is sure he's going to go mad as they did, and that his attraction to men is a sign of his mental corruption, to be ruthlessly suppressed. He believes that he's going to harm anyone who gets close to him, and that he must shut out the world. He's an inventor, and has made himself content with h ...more
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

The Lawrence Browne Affair is an immensely enjoyable historical romance: honest and witty, with plenty of snarky banter (Georgie is a master of dry humour), a dash of danger, and two imperfect men who belong together.

The earl dropped the ax long enough to strip down to his shirtsleeves. That couldn't be necessary, given the chill in the November air. But on another, purely aesthetic level, it was quite, quite necessary for this man to take off his clothes whenever the spirit moved
He had never understood what use fine feelings were to a man who was half-starved.
But now he thought he did.

Georgie Turner learned early on that swindling and conning others meant food and safety for himself. But when a sudden occurrence of conscience forces him to leave a job unfinished and his dangerous associate out for his blood, he jumps at the chance to get out London and pretend to be the secretary of the mad Earl of Radnor, spying in order to determine just how mad the Earl really i

4.5 stars rounded up

Cat Sebastian’s wonderful début historical romance, The Soldier's Scoundrel, in which former thief-turned-valet-turned-private investigator, Jack Turner, was called upon to investigate a nasty case of blackmail and found love along the way in the unlikely form of Oliver Rivington, younger son of an earl  - was one of my favourite books of 2016.  Historical romance as it should be done, the book has a sharp eye for period detail and some degree of social comment as well as str
I've only read two books by this author, but she's already on my auto-buy list. Traditionally published LGBTQIA historical romance novels are hard enough to come by (like, I don't actually think I've ever seen one before??), but so far both of the books I've read by Cat Sebastian have been some of the best romance novels I've read, period. They've both had everything I look for in a romance novel: interesting characters who get under your skin, indulgence in romance tropes without becoming clich ...more
Al George
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 02-purchased-99
Oh Lawrence, you did not think you needed a Georgie but how wrong you were

zach thumbs up

Series: Yeppers

Sexy times: Yes, there is that. Hotness. Plenty of hotness.

zach lollipop

Plan on reading more by the author: Please. This woman writes beautifully crafted romance. How could I not read more?

Ok, Lawrence is pretty sure he's as mad as a hatter and is bound to take after the rest of his family in losing his damn marbles. He's an inventor, a genius and a man who has let his house and life nearly fall down around hi
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
4.5 stars

Alright now, Cat this is 2 for 2 for me with your stories. I enjoyed the Soldier's Scoundrel, but I really really liked this book. Georgie and Lawrence were hot like fire. The chemistry and adoration between these two were astounding. This book is in the same world as book one, but can be read as a standalone. Georgie is a con man but with a conscience. Lawrence is the mad Lord of the town who is scientific genius. They push each other buttons continuously, and I can feel the connection
A reclusive 'mad' Earl slash brilliant scientist and a swindler who becomes his secretary * Swoon *. It was such a lovely read. I loved how Georgie's presence at Lawrence's estate slowly transformed both the earl and the rest of the servants to be more "alive". The change of meal from cold ham, apple, bread for example -- hey, Georgie bought eggs and cheese!

I loved the interaction between Lawrence and Georgie, I was completely charmed by the dialogs between them, the romance ... and the dashing
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seriously good!

Second listen 4/9/19: Still Spectacular!!!

Original review:

I plowed through this book in one sitting. Great pacing and character development helped to make this a fantastic read.

Both MCs were enthralling in their own right, and I appreciated how they both brought out and saw the good in each other. There's a bit of a mystery mixed in and quite a bit of self-sacrifice. I loved the tension between Georgie and Lawrence early on in the book, along with their climactic HEA.

While other c

This series is so well done! The first one was amazing, but I liked this one even more. The characters are so creative and interesting, and the story was unique and kept me guessing. Obviously the ending is a given, but how they get there? Wonderful.

Audio is a great way to enjoy Cat Sebastian. Gary Furlong was born to read these characters and delivers a flawless performance. His accents are beautifully varied and it's easy to distinguish between the different characters, I always
Lawrence didn't need to go out of his way to frighten anyone. All he had to do was simply exist. Everyone with any sense kept a safe distance from the Mad Earl Radnor, as surely as they stayed away from rabid dogs and coiled asps.

Stop me if you've heard the one about the conman and the madman. No? Because I hadn't either.

Lawrence felt the too-familiar sense of rising panic, that even in this room he was not safe from the chaos of the outside world. The man meant to stay here, to meddle and talk
**4.5 well-deserved stars**
So great to see that my enjoyment of the The Soldier's Scoundrel was not a fluke. Cat Sebastian knows how to write sweet and steamy historical romances with endearing characters, entertaining plots and lots of banter.

The Lawrence Browne affair can be read as a standalone. It features Georgie, Jake’s brother from the previous book. Georgie has been raised in the streets of London as a con to have food and nice clothes. But he fails to trick his last quarry, bringing the
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I can adequately express how much I loved this book. I've been trying to gather my thoughts all day, and I still can't think of more than "AWWWWW" and "I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!!!!".

So anyway, here goes:

What I love most about Cat Sebastian's book (and yes, I realize it's only been three, but I loved all three SO much) is how layered and well-drawn her character are. They are never just one thing, they are complex people with many real issues. There is never any external drama (in fact
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Ever since I read Cat Sebastian's debut The Soldier's Scoundrel, I knew I found my new favorite m/m author. Bonus point for actually writing historical m/m. This book 2 might even better than book 1, if I dare say so myself.

Georgie Turner is a conman, a swindler and basically amoral. When his recently grew a conscience and end up being hunted, he decided to take up a rare task to pose as a secretary for the reclusive Earl of Radnor. His job is to report on the earl mental competency, w
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another great historical, m/m romance by Ms Sebastian. Great little story, lovely characters, gentle plot, tiny bit of angst, just what I want from a period romance; even the sex didn't offend me.
To date, both novels by this author have been placed in early 19th Century England, so it was a surprise to read the author's biog....Alligators....Biscuits and Gravy!
I do so enjoy reading a novel where I have to use the on-line dictionary and Wikipedia, strangely this was the reason I read the aut
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Herewith we have Geordie.........

Cat Sebastian's second book is well worth reading. A good second to her first, different but with the same ability to capture my interest and my smiles. I love how she built up her characters, their flaws, their challenges, their change. I also liked the relationship they built up together, it's strength, it's love, it's comfort.

Sebastian has her work cut out for her with the character she has chosen to write about in her third book but I'm sure looking forward t
Anyta Sunday
Definitely love this author, this book wasn't quite my favorite though.
I loved Ruin of a Rake the bestest. :P
Audio Rating: No Change

I still love this series, and everything that Cat writes. I hope all her books end up on audio so I can listen to them!

Original Rating: 4.5 Stars

OMG, this was seriously good. I loved how Lawrence's anxiety was treated respectfully, but the "madness" moniker downplayed to be less menacing since he was no danger to anyone but himself with the reckless science. I loved the experiments and the inclusion of yet another competent, strong, smart woman taking charge of her own lif
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another triumphant historical romance from Cat Sebastian

I loved the first book in this series which was set in the early party of the 19th century in a London still recovering from Waterloo. The second book concerns Georgie, brother of scoundrel Jack and general ner' do well, who is roped in to investigate a possibly mad Earl in the woods of Cornwall.

I loved the scientific element to this book, the early days of experimentation with copper wires as a method of transporting messages worked brilli
Sam (AMNReader)
Georgie, Georgie, Georgie.

He stole the show. Just a bit too much - I felt the romance was a little more unbalanced than I'd hope as a result. But I listened to it, and the result me really loving Georgie's voice too.

It was a lovely book, a 3.5 simply because of that lack of balance. I just couldn't muster up quite the care of Lawrence, which is interesting, because he was a very intriguing character who just seemed to fall a bit flat for me overall.

As for the performance, I usually just say I
Richard Derus
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindled, quiltbag
Real Rating: 4.25* of five

I'm not being stingy. I'm rating this with that oh-damn-one-too-many-anachronisms microexpression.

More anon.
Wow, this was everything I look for in a historical romance! Ambience of the time period, two appealing main characters each with distinct personalities, and the blossoming romance between them the main feature throughout the story.

After I found the first book in the series slightly boring I had put this sequel on the back burner for a while. Pleasantly surprised by how good it was. There's no need to read book 1 to understand and enjoy this sequel.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance looking for that Good m/m shit
Recommended to jade by: a queer friend with a self-proclaimed taste in "trashy shit"
“the man meant to stay here, to meddle and talk and distract; he planned to smell good and be handsome and obviously lawrence should never have agreed to any of this.”

this one was surprisingly sweet and tender!

our two main heroes: lawrence, a nobleman recluse who spends most of his days on his inventions and experiments, and who grapples with anxiety and fear of going mad. georgie, a cunning and very organized lowborn swindler from london, who poses as lawrence’s new secretary to unc
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
Story: 4
Narration: 5
Overall: 4.5

This was even better than the first. I loved Lawrence, and Georgie is surprisingly more likable than I found him in the first book. Not that I found him unlikable. He was just sort of there.

So what happens when a career conman has to hide away from his old gang and is sent off to a remote country estate that's depilated from years of neglect and is home of an eccentric, mad earl? Well, you get Belle poking around the Beast's castle, of course. ;) I seriously would
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Listen here, my Lord. I'm not going anywhere, and you're out of luck if you think you can get rid of me. You can a dozen new houses, and I'll simply follow you about from house to house, like a bad case of bedbugs. Where you are, I am, so get used to it"

I liked this book alone because of Georgie. and how determined he is with what he wanted from Lawrence.
Didn't expect that fate turned that way, falling in love with the one he supposed to be robbed.
Not one second before he went to work as a
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Imagine a typical historical romance but with two men and that's this book. It was refreshing to read a storyline that I'm accustomed to but with the added aspect of it being about gay romance. I'd recommend for anyone who is a fan of Tessa Dare.
3.5 stars

Cat Sebastian continues to prove that I was right in making a place for her on my keeper shelf. And while The Lawrence Browne Affair didn’t, in my personal opinion, compare to The Soldier’s Scoundrel, it was nevertheless a well written and thoroughly enjoyable read in its own right.

I adored both Georgie and Lawrence as characters. It was wonderful to see these two people who, on the surface at least, appeared to be different in every way discover that in fact they were very much alike.
These two were just made for each other. Who would have thought that the ever selfish swindler Georgie Turner, Jack's brother from The Soldier's Scoundrel would not only play well with others but go out of his way to help? I wouldn't have.

I loved this book. It was as good as The Soldier's Scoundrel (which I loved) and we all know how difficult second books in book series have it.

I loved the banter, the initial prickliness of Lawrence which morphed into something softer, his dawning realization t
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, were alive today he would probably be diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder. But as he resides in England in the 1800s he thinks he's going mad because he's simply not the same as everyone else. But into his horror of a house and work comes Georgie Turner who's come to see if he's actually as crazy as people are trying to make him out to be. This is the second book in the series and even though they don't have to be read in order, it was nice to know Ge ...more
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Cat writes steamy, upbeat historical romances. They usually take place in the Regency, generally have at least one LGBTQ+ main character, and always have happy endings.

Before writing, Cat was a lawyer and a teacher. She enjoys crossword puzzles, geeking out over birds, gardening badly, and–of course–reading. In high school, her parents went away for a week, and instead of throwing raucous parties,

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