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A Delicate Deception

(Regency Imposters #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  944 ratings  ·  208 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
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 384 pages
Published December 10th 2019 by Avon Impulse
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Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sam (AMNReader)
Feb 20, 2020 marked it as today-is-not-that-day  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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
May 29, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
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...
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Esme Brett
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Norah Gibbons
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Katherine Grant
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first few chapters of this novel are a study in building dynamic characters with rich details that reveal the characters. Then we get to a wonderful relationship based on quiet neighborly walks that Elizabeth and Darcy might have taken, only instead of being limited by manners, Amelia and Sydney are liberated by each other's personalities. I loved these characters, I loved the relationship, and I loved how the novel examined the tropes of Regency romance and Regency power structures while st ...more
Cardyn Brooks
Amelia and Sydney's love story is warm and tenderhearted in its nuanced portrayal of unconventional, healthy romantic and familial arrangements. Some of my favorite lines from pages 40, 155, and 261 focus on an individual's right to make choices that really work for them instead of satisfying society's mercurial, often illogical rules. Cameos of characters from the first two Regency Imposters stories add even more charm.

Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
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
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.
Rachel (Kalanadi)
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Delightful characters!
Helen Kord
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
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
Blodeuedd Finland
I should have liked this ut I kept reading other books instead
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