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A Delicate Deception

(Regency Imposters #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,080 ratings  ·  235 reviews
When Amelia Allenby escaped a stifling London ballroom for the quiet solitude of the Derbyshire countryside, the very last thing she wanted was an extremely large, if—she grudgingly admits—passably attractive man disturbing her daily walks. Lecturing the surveyor about property rights doesn’t work and, somehow, he has soon charmed his way into lemon cakes, long walks, and ...more
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Published December 10th 2019 by Avon Impulse
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Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
So - a bi (or pan?) sexual woman (Amelia) with social anxiety and a bisexual Quaker civil engineer (Sydney) meet randomly while out walking in Derbyshire; complications ensue when each finds out the other has been unreasonably vague about who they are. Also here are his ex-lover/best friend Lex (a duke, who is gay and blind and gets all the best lines) and her friend/ex-governess Georgiana (who might be asexual? maybe aromantic?). Keating, from Unmasked by the Marquess, is here as Amelia’s groom ...more
Jul 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Funny, quirky, inclusive regency MF romp.

Female MC:
Severe social anxiety
Socially awkward
Removed herself from society

Male MC:
Socially awkward
Grieving for his brother

They meet
They meet
They meet
They have sex
They come together again

GREAT narration by Joel Leslie.
This was a bit rough, but charming in its roughness. It's my favorite of Sebastian's Regency Imposters books. At the beginning of the book especially when the lovers are in the "enemies" phase of "enemies to lovers," the banter and the narration both are very biting and witty, but in a gentle, non-threatening way for my emotions.

Amelia is our heroine, and I will admit it took me an embarrassingly long time to realize she was in both prior books in the series. She has retreated to the countrysid
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 since I love the author.
This was ok. It’s the story of two people finding love and family. Sydney is a grumpy guy who lost his brother in a fire. He is sent a letter from his ex-lover to meet him at the house that burnt down killing his brother and sister in law. Sydney now owns the house but wants nothing to do with it. Amelia we have met in the series before, she is the illegitimate sister of Alistair in book one of the series. She living in a home on the property of
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The third book in this series has Amelia Allenby retired to the country with her companion Georgiana. Amelia suffers from social anxiety and at times considers the quiet countryside where she currently is not secluded enough. The two ladies are renting a cottage on the lands of Pelham Hall, a manor house that was partially destroyed in a tragic fire that killed the Duke of Hereford's sister and her husband. The Duke of Hereford, "Lex" has invited his friend, brother-in-law and former lover Sydne ...more
This is such a terrific series! Each one better than the last (as if that were even possible lol). A lovely romance, with pan or bisexual characters, and a very creative meet-cute. Simply wonderful!
Sam (AMNReader)
Feb 20, 2020 marked it as today-is-not-that-day
I'm around about 25% but it's due in 3 days and stressing me out bc I don't feel like reading this one. So, it gets the shelf for now. I know CS magic exists. Hello, Turners....but I'm not feeling it here ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I had read and enjoyed the previous book in the series and was intrigued by Amelia, so I was excited to see her getting her own story.

I loved Amelia and Sydney and all of the secondary characters. She’s a bit anxious, he’s a bit standoffish and they’re both bi. I loved their walks and talks and seeing this logical couple find something a bit out of the ordinary. I’m forever here for Lex and Georgiana and would absolutely love a book for them.

Plot wise, it was a bit of a struggle. It
I recently finished reading an ARC of Cat Sebastian’s A Delicate Deception which features two disarmingly lovely and grumpy people falling head over heels for each other, slowly but surely, after they keep running into each other on their morning jaunts.

Extremely tall Sydney with his stern eyebrows but kissable mouth and reclusive Lady Amelia Allenby living her best life free of the ballrooms and anxieties that plagued her in London society are an absolute treat.

I always adore how Cat Sebastian
This is fine. I liked reading it, but it’s my least favorite Cat Sebastian to date.

You might like it for the following things:

- quiet and low-angst
- epistolary element (and an epistolary “mistaken” identity that ends up not being a big deal)
- reluctant pet ownership -> mangy dogs worm their way into humans’ hearts
- decent people falling in love amidst grief and anxiety
- silly historical arguments/theories about the Tudor Era and more
- queer found family and a HEA that doesn’t involve marriag
3.5 stars
May 29, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF at 25%

Boring. I liked prickly characters but Amelia was just plain rude. No sparks. I am bailing out. In my opinion this trilogy is underwhelming. I think I prefer Sebastian's MM books...
Elodie’s Reading Corner
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Delicate Deception
The Regency Impostors Book 3
Cat Sebastian
Release date 12/10/2019
Publisher Avon

Blurb :

When Amelia Allenby escaped a stifling London ballroom for the quiet solitude of the Derbyshire countryside, the very last thing she wanted was an extremely large, if—she grudgingly admits—passably attractive man disturbing her daily walks. Lecturing the surveyor about property rights doesn’t work and, somehow, he has soon charmed his way into lemon c
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This was wonderful. Queer m/f ftw! This is super queer, super non-heteronormative, and charming and unconventional in that way that Cat Sebastian does so well. It's light, but there's so much depth, as I usually find with her books. Two slightly awkward, slightly grumpy queers meet and discover, in time, that they have found their person. It's sweet and funny and pretty much everyone in the cast is queer. There's also some mental health issues in these characters and it's handled so b ...more
Esme Brett
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this. There are so many feminist truth bombs dropped, Sydney is sensitive to the dangers women face, and Amelia is unapologetic about thinking the hero is lickable and wanting to do the bang bang with him.

And bang bang she does. Cat Sebastian writes wonderful sexual tension. Reading Amelia and Sydney’s first ~nearly pash~ scene feels like ... I don’t know, someone lightly tickling your weenus? Pleasant but feather light? I’m going to call sexual tension weenus tickle writing from
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A novel in which anxiety gets in the way of romance, making it one of the most believable I've ever read. Also featuring an ace/aro character, which thrills me to no end. ...more
Cat posted on Twitter that in this book, everyone is queer and has an anxiety disorder. I didn’t even know that was a thing I wanted but it 100% worked. ❤️ Such a sweet, quiet book and I loved it. 4.5 stars.
You have your bi characters, your ace characters, your physically and mentally disabled characters, and a whopping dose of found family. Plus a dog.
Norah Gibbons
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. A Delicate Deception by Cat Sebastian is the third book in her Regency Impostors series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I highly recommend the first two books in the series and Amelia Allenby does appear in A Duke in Disguise and reading it will help you understand her character just a bit better. Amelia Allenby the illegitimate sister of the Marquess of Pembroke spent her life living behind a series of ...more
Dancing Marshmallow
Overall: 2.5 stars. A queer/feminist historical with clever banter than unfortunately doesn’t have much depth

Initially, I thought this was going to be a 4-5 star book for me, but once the charm of the clever banter wore off as we went along, it started to feel a little empty. The book is an unusual length - right at about 200 pages - and I was excited to get a quick read focused on Amelia and Sydney’s developing relationship, as the book initially appears to be about. Partway through, however, t
Abbey Thompson
Another awesome read from Cat Sebastian! I think this might be my favorite so far. I love that the "silly" historical romance genre can be a vehicle for things that aren't silly after all. I wasn't surpised by the queer themes/characters in this book, as it's a common theme in Sebastian's works, but what was a pleasant surpise was the - for lack of a better term - neurodivergent characteristics of certain characters, and the sensitivity in which those themes were handled... or to be more accurat ...more
Elley Murray
Ohhh, Amelia and Sydney... They're so grumpy and stand-offish - I love it. Also, Lex may well be my favorite character in this book, and I need him to be the star of his own book, stat.

Cat Sebastian does a great job of bringing to life characters with a range of sexualities and genders. I appreciate the resolution for this bi couple and the challenging of what a m/f pairing's happily every after "should" look like. I also applaud the handling of Amelia's (what I think is an) anxiety disorder. A
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, steamy
Amelia Allenby is not cut out for London society, or even any form of social interaction at all. She's escaped to a quiet cottage in the countryside of Derbyshire with only the company of Georgiana, her former governess turned companion. The last thing she wants is the company of a large and rather attractive land surveyor on her daily walk. Lecturing him about property boundaries doesn't scare him off, however, and the two form an unlikely friendship of sorts, walking together and sharing incre ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3.5 stars. Some really unconventional sentiments and arrangements about sex and partnership in this one that I enjoyed a lot, despite not feeling much chemistry between the leads.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was maybe paced too fast and the deception was really so minor in the grand scheme, but who cares when every single character is so incredibly charming? Genuinely delightful.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2019-release
Amelia’s social anxiety has sent her to the countryside, as she’s no longer able to tolerate London’s gossipy ballrooms. On her daily walks she meets Sydney, who lies by omission pretty much from the first about who he is and what he’s doing there. He’s actually a major property owner, but he’s uncomfortable claiming it because he inherited after a tragedy. Amelia is at first annoyed by Sydney, as she’s escaped to the country to be alone, but he keeps doing annoying things like showing up to mee ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Delightful characters!
Helen Kord
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been weeks since A Delicate Deception came out and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. The more I think about it, the more I love it. It’s a story about two (or four, depending on how you look at it) deeply flawed people, who have their mental health issues, who learn to love themselves and each other, and build a community. It’s an inherently queer book, with everyone’s identities woven into their character in a way that really informs their lives.
Amelia and Sydney are so deepl
Amelia Allenby stole my attention for the small appearance she made in the previous two books of Sebastian “Regency Imposters” series that I was burning with curiosity what would happen when she got her own story. An illegitimate daughter (and sister) of a marquees who cowrote graphically sensual novel and wrote fictional historical novel in early 19th century England. I imagined it would be quite a fête. But it turned out, I wasn’t wholly right. I didn’t enjoy A DELICATE DECEPTION as much of it ...more
Diane Peterson
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With each book I read by Cat Sebastian I become a bigger fan. She writes with such acknowledgement of the subtle differences found in people. In this book we have two somewhat unusual people that are living lonely lives because they don't fit in. This is a tale of great optimism because it's a romance, after all, and Amelia and Sydney learn to accept themselves and each other. The characters were quirky (of course) and imminently lovable. It was heartbreaking to see how hard they were on themsel ...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 raucous parties,

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