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The Ruin of a Rake

(The Turner Series #3)

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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 Medl

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Kindle Edition, 352 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 construct
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Trio
SPECTACULAR
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
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Sofia
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 m
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Hollis
October 31, 2017 : 0.99$ Amazon sale alert!

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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 recomm/>Medlock
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haletostilinski
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-
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Kaje Harper
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, historical
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
Jo
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 also fiercel

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Tess
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.
Ami
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
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Anyta Sunday
Wow! Totally loved this. <3 <3 <3
Caz
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 – plays out to wonde
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Richard Derus
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.

***ANON-ish***

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 pas
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Cadiva
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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Eugenia
I LOVED THIS!!!

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...
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Christelle
**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 affect
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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 te/>
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Andrea
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"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
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Amanda
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
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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
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Bark the Overwrought Keyboard Warrior
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
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥


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 as well as th
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Mary
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
☙ percy ❧
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
⚣Michaelle⚣
5 Stars

My absolute favorite of the series. Cat Sebastian is quickly becoming my go-to author for Historical reads...
Sahitya
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 !!!
Sam (AMNReader)
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 patient in a way, bouncing back and forth, etc. to get the story read. I do enjoy the journey of reading, but ultimately, I also like finishing books. I guess what I'm saying is I'm not really a savor-er of books. I rip through them, love them or whatever, and throw t
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Ulysses Dietz
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
The Ruin of a Rake is actually the first book from Cat Sebastian that I've ever read, and after reading this one I am going to have to go back and read the first two books. I ended up really enjoying this one. I have a habit of avoiding historical romances because I am worried that I will get bored, (that sounds really awful but it's just not my thing normally) but this one kept me engaged the entire time. I ended up reading this one in one sitting. I couldn't get enough of these two. The two MC ...more
Caz
My review of the book is HERE, so I won't regurgitate that; another strong performance from Gary Furlong makes it a must-listen in audio. He captures both main characters superbly well, especially when it comes to Courtney's slightly accented drawl (as described in the text in The Lawrence Browne Affair). Medlock is all no-nonsense brusqueness, and it's fun to listen to him unravelling under Courtenay's risqué teasing, and he also does a good job with Lord Standish's slightly Indian accented English. There a ...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 rauc
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