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A Delicate Deception

(Regency Imposters #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  84 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
ebook, 384 pages
Published December 10th 2019 by Avon Impulse
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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
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
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
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 ...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
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
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.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, arc
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 ...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. ...more
Erica Chilson
I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 Stars. On the fence between 3 and 4 stars, so I rounded up to 4 because of how much I enjoy the author and the debut in the series.

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A Delicate Deception is the third installment of the Regency Imposter series. While in a series, I don't believe it would be difficult to read out of order, without any confusion. There is a connection between books 1 and 3, the hero (Alistair) in book 1 is the brother to
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3.5 rounded to 4 stars

I found this book to be perfectly pleasant. It's easy to read, low stakes, and low angst. My mom calls these kinds of stories "slice of life:" You spend time with some enjoyable characters, but nothing much happens plot-wise. For me personally, the intensity was a little too low. It's the kind of story I could read while doing other things; meaning, I could put it down and walk away without feeling any particular urgency to get back to it.

The books is driven by the main
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3.5 Stars

Cat Sebastian continues to demonstrate how she brings fresh storylines and diversity infusion to the historical romance genre. A Delicate Deception is no exception. The story starts out a bit slow, I relay didn’t become invested until about 30% in, the beginning dragged and it’s a slow burn/build kind of romance. Except, this isn’t the same old London tale. With a country setting and fun characters, including a dog with the tendency
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 dangerously heady kisses.
This is the third book in the series but the first I’ve read. Whilst it took me a little while to ‘
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Delicate Deception is a tender romance and an exploration of grief, morality, and love.

Also, the hero's mother (absent but very much present) reminds me of my own mother, right down to faith, more than I can say.
Dec 11, 2019 marked it as abandoned
Abandoned at 7% and returned my ebook so the next person in line could have it... Sebastian seems to have really phoned it in on this one.
Jan 11, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF early on. I don't remember Amelia being so annoying in earlier books.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amelia is basically regency-era me, so this was quite a delightful little romance to read.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charming! I continue to happily drop everything whenever Cat Sebastian has a new book and I never regret it. Review to come.
Kristen Westfall
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is 5 stars for the characters, and an unfortunate 2.5 for story. I cried through the whole thing; the representation of people like dear friends and I, was wonderous.
Elizabeth A
This book flew by to the point where I actually walked away assuming I'd read a novella, and was shocked to see the listed page count here. This was both good and not-so-good—it was highly enjoyable, but fell into common pitfalls of novellas despite actually being a normal length.

The drop-in point at the beginning was confusing. After two chapters, I had to start it over because I was confused about who all the characters who were being alluded to in the protagonists' POVs were. Once I got it,
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 ...more
This review is a LONG time coming (apologies) but I’ve now read it twice and like it more with each read. If you don’t know Cat Sebastian’s work – be prepared to revel in the sexual tension, freedoms and intrigue as people who are discovering (or allowing) their personal attractions to come to fruition. In this story, we have Amelia and and Sydney: both self-identify as bisexual, even as they aren’t open with it to everyone. Amelia is prone to panic attacks and agoraphobia, so being away from ...more
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I received an earc of A Delicate Deception by Cat Sebastian from Avon Impulse via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings about the book.
A Delicate Deception was a lot of fun. I've been reading a lot of historical romance this year and it's been fantastic. When I requested it, I didn't know it was the third book in a series, but that didn't really matter at all. While I did read the first two books after and certain things made more
Plot: There really isn't much of one. It's a series of scenes of people interacting.

Prose/Ease of flow: The descriptions are concise. The dialogue is snappy. Most importantly the feelings are well thought out and make rational sense rather than going in an endless loop of unwarranted bullshittery.

Worldbuilding/Setting: This is very different from what Regency Era England was probably like, but there is no inconsistency in the manufactured microcosm.

Individual Characters: I love everyone. There
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
First things first: this cover does no justice to Amelia or Sydney or the story itself. A pox on it.

Next thing to know is that this is an anti-bodice-ripper. It’s historical in time and exceedingly current in themes. It’s also spectacularly well written.

You can read the synopsis elsewhere; I’m not sure why everyone insists on repeating it with each review. I’ll say that every single character in the story, down to the dogs, is a fully realized, three dimensional being, with quirks & flaws
Julia Rutledge
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars.

If I were going to review this book purely on the basis of characters and prose, this would be a five star review. Sydney and Amelia are an adorable couple that Sebastian really sold me on. Both are canonically bi, and Amelia is stated to be fat several times throughout the book. Sydney is a real sweetheart - very careful about how threatening he presents when first meeting Amelia, and lighting up when he explains his engineering projects. Amelia is wonderfully witty. She has social
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC via Edelweiss. A sweet and fast-moving romance between a woman with severe social anxiety and a man struggling with survivor's guilt after his brother and sister-in-law died in a fire. Both leads are bisexual; this is signaled by mentioning previous relationships rather than expressing attraction to other people in the present-day narrative. There were some elements that I would have liked to see more of -- Sydney's beliefs as a Quaker, for instance, could have merited serious discussion ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, m-f
Really lovely addition to the series. Slightly hornier than I've come to expect from Cat S?? Amelia makes her interest known pretty early on, though they don't act on their feelings for a little while.

I loved Amelia and the portrait of not just living with anxieties but learning how to thrive within them. The romance feels so good because Sydney is so supportive of how she's found she can not just survive but live fully and happily! When he suggests a compromise that won't work for her, she
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: december-2019
As an author who experiences chronic anxiety, I identified perhaps too well with the character of Amelia in this Regency romance story. In her place, I’d happily retreat to the countryside and abandon all my triggers, but I also sympathized with her desire to stay part of her loved ones’ lives. It’s a difficult balance even in this modern day.

Her relationship with Sydney is fraught with awkward conflict from the very beginning. In fact, one of the notes I left to myself while reading this book
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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,

Other books in the series

Regency Imposters (3 books)
  • Unmasked by the Marquess (Regency Imposters, #1)
  • A Duke in Disguise (Regency Imposters, #2)
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