Unmasked by the Marquess
Robert Selby is determined to see his sister make an advantageous match. But he has two problems: the Selbys have no connections or money and Robert is really a housemaid named Charity Church. She’s enjoyed every minute of her masquerade over the past six years, but she knows her pretense is nearing an end. Charity needs to see her beloved friend married w...more
Unmasked by the Marquess, the first in Cat Sebastian’s new Regency Imposters series, marks something of a departure for her in that, unlike her previous books, it isn’t a male/male romance. The two protagonists are a man and a woman – but the fact that this isn’t a standard m/f romance quickly becomes apparent when we learn that our heroine – a former housemaid named Charity Church – has actually been living as a man for the past si ...more
I have seen so many people rave about this book, so I was excited to finally read it. We have a bisexual hero and a non-binary love interest (though Robert/Charity/Robin goes by she) and when they meet, Alistair is unaware that Robin is not who she claims to be. There are a lot of secrets regarding Robin's past and some aren't revealed until later on in the book.
First, I really loved the chemistry between Alistair and Robin. They are insanely attracted to each other but there's a lot o ...more
I do love how both this and the last queer regency romance I read could be subtitled “Wow yes I totally owe a debt to Georgette Heyer and when she’s great she’s great but also HERE ARE MY MILLION FEELINGS ABOUT WHEN SHE’S NOT GREAT OMG.”
Heyer: Oh boy, love me some super cishet cross dressing shenanigans where everyone is cishet because actual queers are disgusting.
Sebastian: Okay, fine, that ...more
While my rating for Unmasked by the Marquess is the lowest I've ever given to a title by Cat Sebastian, I don't want any misunderstanding here: it has nothing to do with the fact that this wasn't an m/m romance and any disappointment regarding that fact. I'm not disappointed at all. I knew going into this, her first book in her Regency Imposters series, that this story was an m/f pairing with a twist. Unfortunately, I just wasn't fully ...more
I absolutely LOVED the beginning. Seeing Alistair just accepting t ...more
I liked the MCs, and whenever they were both on the page, the book w ...more
I consider Sebastian's take on Heyer's Frederica a job well done. I loved reading this. She might not have Heyer's wit yet but she has other attributes she uses well. The fact that she showed me clearly, made me feel in fact, how really uncomfortable Charity Church was in her clothes, is a feat.
And furthermore she made me think, what makes us women, men, whatever, biology? society? If we are one thing and dress differently then prescribed by society, what are we? Gender seems to be rather unfix ...more
This is my first book from Cat Sebastian, but I had no hesitation picking it up because my friends have been recommending her work for a year and I’ve just not got to her books until now. UNMASKED BY THE MARQUESS didn’t disappoint with this unexpected story that was delightful, emotional and beautiful.
If you want traditional characters from HR, then this probably isn’t what you expect but if you hang around for a few pages, you’ll be sucked in like me. I know Cat Sebastian writes mainly ...more
Women dressing as men for a plethora of reasons is not a new thing, but here it did ‘feel’ totally different. Robin does not identify as a woman and is more ‘herself’ in the garbs and role of a man. As for the Marquess, he too does not fit the social norms, being attracted to both genders. Their journey is compelling, but the plot did dip a little in the middle, and I woul ...more
I’m one of those people who skims over things like instructions, directions, and book blurbs. Thus being the case, I didn’t really know much about this book I had preordered months ago; Cat Sebastian being one of my favorite authors.
What I got was my first regency romance with a non-binary character in the form of Robbie/Robin/Charity. Born female, but finally settled into her skin once she donned men’s clothing whilst attending Cambridge in pla ...more
It's easy to focus on the rarity of a non-binary MC in this mainstream romance, and I am too particularly impressed this story is published by such a Big Name publisher. I do hope this is the first of many inclusive books to come!
This story is first and foremost a historical romance. Someone who usually don't like the genre isn't likely to enjoy this book. True to the genre social differences and other realities of life in the time period are toned down or simply ignored for the sake ...more
I will wait.
Unmasked by the Marquess is a book that, above all, exudes hope and vitality, even in situations that seem very hopeless. Often while reading, I had to wonder how on earth everything would work out. How could Alistair, a straitlaced lord, ...more
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So, this book. I don't know. I want to like it (non-binary rep!) but, well, I'm not wild about it. Mostly, I don't like either of the main characters. I really dislike Alistair (although he does get better as the book goes on) and I feel really meh about Charity/Robert/Robin.
Alistair starts out as a pretty intense twit who is willing to actively harm others who are in worse ...more
Alastair seems like an unsympathetic character at first, but further into the story you realize he doesn't really have a cold heart, only ice walls around it.
“Robin, I don’t think I’ll ever have the words to describe what you did for me. I was living a half life until that day you let Louisa’s bonnet loose in Hyde Park. Portia says I was on ic...more
Sebastian takes the “girl disguised as a boy” trope and turns it on its head, adding wonderful levels of complication and nuance.
For one thing, Charity/Robin is non-binary and absolutely unwilling to return to dressing and presenting as a woman, not even for the opportunity to marry a very proper and somewhat uptight Marquess with whom they are in love.
And even if Robin were willing to give up that identity, they still wouldn’t be ...more
Read my full review on my blog.
Content Warnings (view spoiler)[
Death of an ex from illness, death of a parent, both in the past. Carriage accident leading to injuries, including a head injury. Blackmail. Misgendering. Gender policing, pressuring non-binary MC to act/dress like a cis woman. Spectre of potentially being outed. Internalized bi antagonism. Internalized trans antagonism. Sex on the page. (hide spo ...more
So, the book. The first half of our couple is Robert Sel ...more
Genre/Sub-Genre: Historical Romance
Book Format: ebook
Length: 320 pages
LGBTQ+ Orientation: Gender neutral, bisexual
Ratio of Sex/Plot: Heavy on the plot
Well Written/Editor Needed: Well written
Would I Re-Read?: Yes
Personal Thoughts: A well written historical romance you won’t want to put down! I enjoyed how simple, and yet how complicated, this novel was as more secrets we ...more
What we both liked? The unexpected setup: Robert Seldon is in town for the sole purpose of importuning the Marquess of Pembroke into sponsoring his sister's entree into the ton. But Robert is an impostor: he was born Charity Church, ...more
He liked her, funny clothes and odd hair and the entire in-betweenness of her. She wasn’t an ordinary woman, but he wasn’t an ordinary man either. They fit together, and it felt right.
Look past the cover (I poked fun on my IG but - her hair and expression, his photoshopped shirt, his shoulder veins?) and this book is… amazing.
When I finish a book I just get a FEELING for what the star rating is. Generally, my ratings go like:
1 - disliked
2 - it was okay
3 - good not great
4 - great, could ha ...more
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