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The Ruin of a Rake

(The Turner Series #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,669 ratings  ·  647 reviews
Rogue. Libertine. Rake. Lord Courtenay has been called many things and has never much cared. But after the publication of a salacious novel supposedly based on his exploits, he finds himself shunned from society. Unable to see his nephew, he is willing to do anything to improve his reputation, even if that means spending time with the most proper man in London.

Julian Medlo
ebook, 336 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Avon Impulse
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This author has quickly moved to the top of my Must Read list.

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 fa
Audiobook - 5+++++ Stars

Story - 3.5 stars

- I liked this one.

-Loved Courtenay, jury is still out on Julian.

-The covers for this series should be illegal.

The Mad man and the Thief's book is my all time favorite in this series.
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 h
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

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 ti
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October 31, 2017 : 0.99$ Amazon sale alert!


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
Sam (AMNReader)
Reread #7 completed. No surprise here, this one holds up just perfectly. Is it wrong for me to say I hope I see this Cat Sebastian again?

Courtenay pulled him close then, because there was nothing else to do with such a sharp tongue than to silence it with a kiss.

Original Review:
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
Re-re-listen 5/29

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, n
Audio Review 26May2020: No change

Gary Furlong did a great job with the narration, and once again I am enamored of how Cat writes Historical Romance, and she's still one of the few that seem to get not just the language & setting right, but the feeling of era. Loved how it pulled in the MCs from the other books in this series, too.

Original Review 15Dec2017: 5 Stars

My absolute favorite of the series. Cat Sebastian is quickly becoming my go-to author for Historical reads...
4.5 stars

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 asshole-ishn
Kaje Harper
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m
There is a lot to like about this historical romance between a well-known rake and a plain man who has plotted, clawed, and calculated respectability into everything he does. I really enjoyed Julian, in his fussy, driven, flustered desire to make himself and his sister a solid place in society, one safe from any hints of their commercial past, or the vagaries of their childhood in the East. Julian had his plans laid out, his goals arrayed. And his pain at finding them overset - both by his siste ...more
3.5 stars

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 plan
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

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.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: M/M fans!
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 a

Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

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 – pl
Richard Derus
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled, quiltbag
Real Rating: 4.75* of five

I found Medlock exceedingly irritating, but the last scene in the book made me happy-cry, so....

More anon.


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:
Anyta Sunday
Wow! Totally loved this. <3 <3 <3
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Historical romances are one of my all time favourites and I can't get enough of Cat Sebastian's world of post Regency England shortly after the time of Waterloo.

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 o
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Missing you is profoundly inconvenient, I'll have you know. I have things to do and places to be, and all the while I'll feel like I've misplaced a piece of my soul and I won't get it back until I see you again. That can't be normal ... You can't tell me that this is how people always feel when they love one another."

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
**3.5 stars**
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 affecte
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: July 4, 2017
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
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been following this series since Book 1 and I've just realized there isn't a series name and was market as standalone. Anyway, I'm sorry to say that this is my least favorite among the three books, although I enjoy the story of Courtenay and Julian Medlock enough to root for both of them.

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
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
“Missing you is profoundly inconvenient, I’ll have you know. I have things to do and places to be, and all the while I’ll feel like I’ve mislaid a piece of my soul and I won’t get it back until I see you again.”

Sigh. Swoon.

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 featur
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is different from the other two, it's less the scoundrel and his redeemer, or beauty and the beast and more subtle than that. Courtenay is everything that not only Julian is attracted to but also secretly wants to be. Not because he wants to have his lovelife, but he simply wants to be as confident in every situation. In reality, Courtenay doesn't even have his own lovelife, nothing is as crazy as it actually is rumored to be but it's simply what everyone believes. The true beauty of t ...more
☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
this was fantastic!!

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
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Now this is how one does a romance. I nearly fell into deep despair after recently attempting to finish another (not by this author) that had amazing reviews and fell so flat for me that I wanted to weep. I know I sound dramatic but I feared I was over romances forever and that made me feel ugh and burned out. Romances are my palate cleanser between dark and devastating horror novels and without them I'm not sure how long I'd continue to be drawn to books. Any books, if I'm being completely hone ...more
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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, b
What a fun series this has been. I didn’t know I would enjoy historical romances this much, but I really did. And the ending is super sweet and amazing... loved the way the author interconnected all three stories !!!
Ulysses Dietz
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Ruin of a Rake
By Cat Sebastian
Avon Impulse, 2017
Five stars

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.

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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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