The Ruin of a Rake
While I didn't love The Ruin of a Rake quite as much as The Lawrence Browne Affair, I still fully enjoyed this quirky historical romance about a reluctant scoundrel and a proper gentleman who won't sully his name by association.
Courtenay was not a likeable character in the second book, but the instant I read his POV, I forgave him fully. He was a kinder man, a less selfish man, than Julian, who lived behind a carefully constructed ...more
Cat Sebastian never fails to leaving me reaching for another of her books. This whole series has been amazing. Each of the stories is unique, followed no formula, and is completely unpredictable.
Just beyond romantic, watching these guys get together (and making it work) is completely entertaining and hot as hell.
Gary Furlong is like a drug to me at this point, he's my narrator crack and I gotta have more. Damn, he's good. The variety in his characters, all the different accents he ...more
I'm wondering how she'll do this........Courtney's story - she has chosen a tough one.
The above is what I wrote after reading the second book whilst I was waiting for this one. Well she did it by writing layers and chemistry and warmth and love. Sebastian makes it looks so easy, writing layers after layers giving us a deep look into her characters whilst keeping the story moving and me wanting more.
Plus making me smile because of her channeling of Phoebe Marlowe, Sylvester being one of my all ...more
Medlock looks both mortified and furious. Evidently even allusions to feline fornication were enough to discompose him. Courtenay would keep that in mind.
Sebastian's books should come with a warning. Something like : this book will make you excessively highlight; will have you grinning idiotically; will leave you hugging your kindle; will ruin you for most other historical romances, queer or otherwise. All around this author is highly recommended ...more
Courtenay pulled him close then, because there was nothing else to do with such a sharp tongue than to silence it with a kiss.
There's an alternate title of this book: The Ruin of a Reader
Dear. Let me be honest, since I always am, I guess I don't need your permission. I don't often take my time with books. With audio, I can even be kind of less ...more
Ah, I enjoyed this one immensely. I would say I enjoyed this book even more than The Lawrence Browne Affair if not for Julian, who for the majority of this novel was so damn frustrating. But I do think Julian and Courtenay had more chemistry in this book, more passion, and they were cute together - when Julian wasn't being a douche.
I mean, you get to understand why Julian acts the way he does, and why he's so determined to seem like a "gentleman" and I get that some of his ...more
There was nothing safe about Courtenay, not when Julian’s desire for him was so drastically out of proportion to what he was used to.
Julian Medlock is a paragon of respectability. He’s spent years cultivating his proper and correct persona, ensuring that he’s respected by everyone of the ton. But when Julian’s sister asks him for a favor, he’s unable to refuse even though he really wants to. Because revamping the image of the shameless rake, Lord Courtenay, the man he despises but also...more
Wow, Cat Sebastian is fast becoming one of my favourite historical m/m authors. Her books are all consistently good. Interesting and unique characters, good twists on the typical recency plots and lots of emotion.
Honestly, I had no idea who Lord Courtenay and Julian Medlock were! I guess their existence (or mentions about them) sort of passed me by when I read The Lawrence Browne Affair. I don't know whether my lack of intrigue about these two has any influence whatsoever because I didn't love this as much as I love the previous two books.
I did found Julian Medlock amusing. Julian is described as very smart in numbers and sums, but rude, cold, and rather scheming -- in a sense that he makes ...more
Cat Sebastian completes a hat-trick with her latest Regency romance, making a total of three winners in a row. Like her previous books, The Soldier's Scoundrel and The Lawrence Browne Affair, The Ruin of a Rake is hugely entertaining; witty, sexy and poignant it’s the story of a rake in the process of reforming and the starchy, acerbic man given the task of helping him. The trope - rogue-with-a-heart-of-gold meets the uber-proper gentleman – plays ...more
I found Medlock exceedingly irritating, but the last scene in the book made me happy-cry, so....
It's proving difficult for me to arrange my impressions into a shape more useful than "me likee" because I'm so conflicted by Julian Medlock's yuck-ick-ptui personality. A classic climber. Those people annoy me, as in "die monster die" annoy. Courtenay, his love object, is a wishy-washy sort but I get past that by understanding entirely his pathology: ...more
In this one we have a brilliant frenemies to lovers tale which links back to the earlier two books through the 'Mad Earl' and his recently returned from exile young son and his reprobate uncle.
Enlisting the help of one of the Ton's most proper gentlemen to help rehabilitate the rake, this story skirts through all the typical activities ...more
Re-listen 4/11/19: Courtnay is still HAF!!! PANTY-MELTINGLY voiced by Gary Furlong!!
Original Review: October 2017
First things first....the audiobook narrated by Gary Furlong seriously kicks ass! His voice for Lord Courtenay DRIPPED sex and sensuality with every syllable the character uttered. Dripped. Everywhere. Seriously. My god, that voice did things to me. Things that were definitely good. Now if only I could get my SO to talk like that....mmmm...
Ahem, well, now the story. It ...more
Last round of the “Turner” series. Can be read as a standalone, but the previous MCs make appearance and their stories are too good to pass.
In The Lawrence Browne Affair, we met with Radnor who reunited with his son, Simon. Simon spent his childhood overseas with his mother, recently dead, and was brought back to England by his uncle, the infamous Lord Courtenay. Courtenay’s ill reputation banned him from seeing Simon and one of his newest friend, Eleanor, can see how deeply ...more
Genre: MM Historical Romance
When I saw that this was releasing I was really excited. Why? Because it is not often that one can find a historical M/M romance novel. I mean, that type of romance is extremely taboo and forbidden during this time frame and I would have feared that if they were found out about that it would mean a near death to both of them. Sadly, I didn't feel any of this while reading, which is why I gave it a 2 stars (not my cup of tea).
For the time ...more
Bumping up my initial four stars to a solid five after re-reading the entire series. I loved this book so much more the second time around!!! I just adored frosty Julian grudgingly ...more
I had such high hope for the despicable and adventurous Courtenay, but he seems rather sedate in the story. First quarter of the book was uneventful with Julian trying to help Courtenay be less an outcast ...more
I sang Cat Sebastian’s praises in my review for The Lawrence Browne Affair, and I’ll happily belt the same tune here. Compelling and well-crafted, chock-full of engaging banter, humor, and tender passion.
I’m particularly partial to - okay, obsessed with - pairings that ...more
Bloody Brilliant. Loved every single minute of this.
Cat Sebastian, where have you been all my life? I fall in love with your writing more and more with each book. I seriously would like you to lock yourself up and just churn out historical romances! You are fantabulous!
I seriously want to swoony sigh all over the place. Courtenay and Julian gave me so much feelz. Along with the feelz, and steamy goodness you gave an amazing plot as well. So different then the other two, but amazingly good ...more
although i could pretty much predict where the story was going after The Great First Plot Twist, sebastian's writing was so good that i could still thoroughly enjoy it. the characters were absolutely excellent; multilayered and complex and flawed, which made for some very compelling reading.
m/m regency romance is becoming one of my favourite genres and i would like to read everything please and thank you
By Cat Sebastian
Avon Impulse, 2017
I find all contemporary regency novels suspect. As a teenager I read a lot of Georgette Heyer, so I know what a good historical regency romance should be. But I’ve also read all of Jane Austen, and I read Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair” twice, so I know what a period novel about regency England should be like. The very genre is so fraught with pitfalls. Add a gay love story into that, and it just seems to be a disaster waiting to happen.
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, ...more