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A Gentleman Never Keeps Score

(Seducing the Sedgwicks #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  989 ratings  ·  216 reviews
Once beloved by London's fashionable elite, Hartley Sedgwick has become a recluse after a spate of salacious gossip exposed his most-private secrets. Rarely venturing from the house whose inheritance is a daily reminder of his downfall, he’s captivated by the exceedingly handsome man who seeks to rob him.

Since retiring from the boxing ring, Sam Fox has made his pub, The Be
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Avon Impulse
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

All the stars for:

✔ strong writing (Cat Sebastian has a way with words);
✔ vivid sense of time/place (London, 1817);
✔ fantastic secondary characters (I loved Alf and Sadie, not to mention Kate and Nick!) who added depth to the story;
✔ likable MCs (particularly Sam, who was maybe too sweet);
✔ humour (Hartley was adorably snarky);
✔ non-white MC (Sam was well aware of the scrutiny upon him as a free black man);
✔ cute baby + three-legged dog + Hartley with said baby and dog (all the cuten
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This book. It made me teary-eyed and it made me sigh. I was a sniffling, gooey mess. Although A Gentleman Never Keeps Score isn't my favorite Cat Sebastian book, it is deeply touching and tender.

Since I’m on record as low-key stanning Sebastian’s stories (although I'm low-key hating this cover) it is no surprise that her characters always affect me. Hartley Sedgwick may be one of the most affecting yet. Hart's dead godfather was a sexual predator who took advantage of a teenaged Hart's love for
"When you said you brought something to cheer me up, I thought maybe some boiled sweets. Not an enormous glass prick."

I've been looking forward to more of Sebastian's Seducing the Sedgwicks since book one came out and I don't want to say I was disappointed by Hartley's story, because I wasn't, but I guess I expected more of the kind of pure gooey delicious fluff we got in IT TAKES TWO TO TUMBLE. What the author offers up in A GENTLEMAN NEVER KEEPS SCORE is more serious, more weighted in some not
Richard Derus
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled, quiltbag
I quite like all the interconnectedness of these stories, and was gratified that Ben showed up despite being happily hooked up with his Phillip.

Not quite as easy for me was the nature of Hartley's problem barring him from easy intimacy with Sam. Saintly Sam got a smidge saccharine if you want to know the truth. The big problem separating them was, in the end, less resolved than treated with a massive injection of handwavium. I was in the fullness of my go-with-the-flow mood from Ben and Phillip'
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When his godfather leaves his house to him, Hartley's reputation gets banded about in less than complimentary terms. Feeling shunned, Hartley finds himself losing servants and becoming a bit of a shut-in.
Sam just wants to see his brother and his friend Kate finally get married and when he learns Kate fears a scandalous painting of her becoming public knowledge
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, lgbtq
Another lovely historical romance by the queen herself ! This was sweet, warm and made me smile. Sam was the kind hearted soul who took care of people around him. Being a black man who leased a pub made life challenging as the dodgy cops were always looking for trouble. Hartley was the damaged young man, shunned by society for being a degenerate but who was really a victim of abuse. Both men always looking out for others with soft hearts. They recognized this in each other and the dance of frien ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, historical

This left me with a warm feeling at imaging them all at the pub, warmth and family and being ourselves, free.

The series seems to be going up for me, good.

I understand where the book cover is coming from and I applaud that but I really cannot make myself like it.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gb-options, lgbt
OMG that cover! Yes, more please...I need this naoooooww.

See my Rant Here for pre-rating.
anna (readingpeaches)
This review is also posted on my blog.
I received an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 ☆

It’s not that I was promised a slowburn with A Gentleman Never Keeps Score, but it is marketed as a regency era romance and there just are some things one expects from this genre. And the slowburn quality of the romance is the first on that list, the most important even.

So is A Gentleman Never Keeps Score a good book? Sure, it actually kind of is. And is the relationshi
Mandi Schreiner
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I don’t think I’ve ever read Cat Sebastian and shame on me! I really enjoyed her voice in this one – she gives us two characters that will make you smile and warm your heart.

Hartley Sedgwick took London drawing rooms by storm with his good looks and easy charm. But when his godfather dies, and Hartley inherits his house, the godfather’s son, who was overlooked in the inheritance, starts to release salacious gossip about Hartley – that he admires men, not women. There is 100% truth in this gossip
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

This second book in Cat Sebastian’s  Seducing the Sedgwicks  series centres around Hartley, younger brother of Ben (hero of book one, It Takes Two to Tumble) whose backstory as explained in that book was both heartbreaking and intriguing.  It’s impossible to discuss further without entering into spoiler territory for book one, so if you haven’t read it yet, but intend to and don’t want to know, then stop reading this review now.

If you have read the
It took me a bit to relax into this book and trust the Cat Sebastian would be able to give me a happily ever after in this queer interracial historical romance.

She does. The writing is lovely and detailed. Sam and Hart make a wonderful couple.

Hart is in crisis and has to reexamine so many things as his life is upended after he is exposed for being a kept man. He has to come to terms with the truth that through it felt like a choice to support his family, the power dynamics at play make "choice
3.75 stars rounded up

I loved the relationship build -- it felt tender and sweet. Probably because Sam Fox, despite his feature and previous job as boxer, is very patient with Hartley. I also adored the 'family of choice' that Hartley builds alongside his valet, Alf, and the cook Sadie. And there's a three-legged dog here... I should really point it out ^^.

The 'case' with the painting doesn't really go anywhere, it's pretty much buried under Hartley and Sam's relationship, and only appears once i
Sam (AMNReader)
A super pleasant, sweet read, but at times the characters felt slightly flat. Maybe I'll have more to say later...
Kindling Micky
This is only my second book by Cat Sebastian, the first being a high-rater and this one being an okay read. I do love this era that she writes in and her description and detail certainly transport you to the setting and context very well.

This unlikely coupling of Hartley and Sam crosses social class and race which is the soaring strength of the book. The side characters, most of whom were Sam’s family, friends and compatriots brought depth to the social differences and I enjoyed that. I felt lik
Cat Sebastian is now six for six. Not a stinker among her published books so far (though to be fair, I haven't *loved* all of them (Unmasked by the Marquess was fun, but didn't hit me in my swooners).

A Gentleman Never Keeps Score, though saddled with a truly execrable cover*, features more of what I love about her books: two fully realized leads who have good chemistry, and who are kept apart not by asinine plot machinations and outside forces, but by character flaws and life circumstances and
Considering the time period, “A Gentleman Never Keeps Score” is an interesting piece as opposites attract story. Not only were Sam and Hartley were of different class, Sam was also black, a non European ethnic minority. This was liable to cause trouble not only if exposed to others, but between the men involved as stuff involving feelings clashed with gap and differences was.

Pub owner Sam Fox was a kind and sweet man. He wore his heart on his sleeves; practically went out of his way to help nee
3.5 stars rounded up

For some reason I'm not quite finding the magic of this series that I've found with this author's other books.

I liked this, I enjoyed it, but there was something missing. Maybe that Sam and Hartley didn't have a ton of passion, or at least it didn't come across on the page. The chemistry just wasn't really there for me.

And I get after what Hartley went through, them taking time with anything sexual. I don't mind that - but (view spoiler)
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The cover . . . this book will be mine!
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my favorite book by this author. It is, as always, wonderfully written, with well fleshed-out characters who feel real and believable, and the love between the characters is palpable and sweet.

I honestly don't know why I didn't love this more. There was little drama, the story focuses on character-growth, and there is no one who upset me or was in any way annoying me. I loved how sweet Hartley finally got to step out of the shadow he had been living under and realized there was more to life
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Very enjoyable. The romance is lovely and the characters are engaging. Bonus points to the author for having a lovely black MC and on the cover, as well. I didn't connect with this one as much, though, and it's not one of my favourites by this author. Sebastian sets a high bar, so it's still worthwhile and enjoyable, but it didn't wow me like her other books have. I enjoy Cat Sebastian's books so much and I look forward to the next one.
I liked this a lot. Full review to come.
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Hartley and Sam are such sweethearts. I love them. And this cover is pretty hot!
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sam Fox is the sweetest man ever invented, I swear. He’s such a cinnamon roll. I love this book. The way he and Hartley actually talk through their issues and misunderstandings is just A+. Also there is a scene late in the book that just filled my heart to bursting.

Small trigger warning, Hartley was abused/coerced as a young man, alluded to in the previous book, It Takes Two to Tumble, and clarified here, but Sebastian does not go into specifics. Just FYI if you need to know ahead of time.
Elley Murray
For starters - Content Warning from Author: This book includes a main character who was sexually abused in the past; abuse happens off page but is alluded to.

I loved the first book in this series, and It Takes Two to Tumble was so low angst and just warm and cozy and glad. I really enjoyed A Gentleman Never Keeps Score as well, but HOLY ANGST, BATMAN, is there a very different tone and level of seriousness to this novel than the first in the series!

Hartley and Sam are both dealing with some maj
3.5 stars! I have loved all of Cat Sebastian's books; especially the first of the series "It takes two to tumble" and therefore I was a tad bit disappointed with this book. It had everything as far as drama is concerned; MCs who come from two different worlds of wealth and status, true angst in the form of past abuse and tragedy and an uncertain future due to the class distinction and taboo nature of their relationship. However, it still didn't quite measure up to the kind of build-up and story ...more
Cat Sebastian always delivers and this was no different!

Initially, I wondered how the pairing of Hartley with Sam(a POC) was going to be done especially because of the time period but needn’t have worried because she handled everything with her usual skilfully.

Sam helped Hartley overcome his demons and loneliness and Hartley Provided Sam with the unconditional love and companionship he desired deep down. They obviously had their ups and downs before they got their HEA but getting there was the
I really enjoyed this but it feels a touch incomplete or unfinished to me. I don't know exactly why though, everything is resolved pretty much (except the set up for the next book as expected). I liked both characters, I loved them together. Sam is so perfect for Hartley, he's exactly what Hartley needs. I don't know that I can say the reverse but I don't know that it matters because Sam seems pretty happy with things. The found family Hartley and Sam build together is so sweet and I love all th ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

I especially liked the depiction of Hartley's sexual trauma that led to an aversion to touch, and the ways he and Sam got around that restriction and built the trust needed for Hartley to feel safe. I also liked that Sam found himself liking certain restrictions because it took him out of his usual sexual role. A+ porn including historically accurate glass dildo! Also, romantic feels, and a doggy.

IDK how realistic it is that a black dude and a white dude would be able to have a happy
River Benson
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-18
Of all the things Cat Sebastian does exceptionally well, her ability to create a community and not just a couple with all of her books is one of my favorite. The servants and siblings and friends all have their own lives and motivations and histories, and it makes for so much texture and so much truth. I've loved her previous books almost equally, but The Lawrence Browne Affair has always had the slight edge as favorite. I think this one might have taken its place.
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