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A Delicate Deception

(Regency Imposters #3)

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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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Sarah
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
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b.andherbooks
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
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Stacee
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
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Elodie
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Delicate Deception
The Regency Impostors Book 3
Cat Sebastian
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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
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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
Tina
Charming! I continue to happily drop everything whenever Cat Sebastian has a new book and I never regret it. Review to come.
Niki
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Spoiler-Free Review

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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Angel - Angel Reads
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Didi
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
Hannah Hearts Romance
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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Elizabeth A
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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,
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Sha
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
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Julia Rutledge
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Melissa
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 ...more
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
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Kara
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-novel

This story is a delight both in how frothy sweet the romance is AND how wonderful it is to see so much representation:

Both main characters are bisexual. A secondary character is asexual and another secondary is homosexual. And no one angsts about not being heterosexual! The main female character is A-OK with her decidedly NOT stick thin body. We get feminist truth bombs dropped all over the place about sexuality and power dynamics. There’s a discussion of the importance of not supporting
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Alicia
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading Cat Sebastian since the Soldier's Scoundrel and I think A Delicate Deception is my favorite to date; I was not expecting that.

Amelia Allenby has been living in the country to alleviate her social anxiety. She meets Sydney (who is not entirely honest about who he is and why he's in town) and their shared rediculous sense of humor brings them together before their shared - seemingly innocent! - deceptions push them apart.
Featuring in no particular order: Sydney's
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Janet
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ‘
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Cleo
3.5 stars? This is a good Cat Sebastian novel but not a great one. M/F queer romance with a bi hero. One of the things I love about Cat Sebastian is how she queers conventional Regency romance tropes. But I felt like this book was a little too trope-y for my tastes.

The h/h meet when they are both isolated for different reasons - he because he’s grieving the death of his brother and she because of what sounds like social anxiety. I loved the first half, where they take long walks in the country,
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Lynn
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amelia has retired to the countryside, leaving the stifling ballrooms of London behind. Sydney, a tall man with shoulders for days, finds himself back in the countryside, haunted by memories of a lost brother and a crumbling estate he never wanted to inherit.

*happy sigh*

Cat Sebastian is excellent at what she does. We have Amelia, dealing with social anxiety, but who is going to seize the moment with Sydney. We have Sydney, reckoning with grief, but finding joy with Amelia. As always, the
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Erin
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another unconventional love story from Cat Sebastian. Amelia is living a quiet life in the country by choice, writing historical novels and enjoying the distance from London society. When she begins to meet a large, mysterious man on her morning walks, she’s mostly annoyed at seeing another person.

Sydney never wanted to return to Pelham Hall, the country estate he inherited when his brother died. But he responds to an old friend’s summons and finds himself slowly getting to know the spirited
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Verity W
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not my favourite from Cat Sebastian, but still nice. Probably a 3.5 - but rounded up to 4 because of how much I love the author and the world that she creates. This is two solitary and mistrustful people falling for each other. There is a not quite a plot moppet who deserves better and a cranky side character who reminded me of Eloisa James’s Villiers in some ways and who I wanted to read much more about. Perhaps even more than I did about the main characters.
Marianne
I'm glad Amelia got her own story, and it was definitely a good one. I'm debating upgrading my rating to four stars because I absolutely loved the psychology of the book. A lot of the commentary on relationships, anxiety, making your own family etc really resonated and it was handled very well. Side note: the cover art is very nice, but with all the references to Sydney's beard, it's omission does stand out.
Erin Elizabeth
I liked other books by this author but this one felt... Incomplete. I got to the end without really ever clicking into a plot.

Also the heroine has severe social anxiety but it's not well drawn, to the point where I didn't even realize that was what her conflict was supposed to be. I was waiting for some sort of reveal that never came.
Bethany
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, favorites
This whole series has been utterly amazing, I love it so so much. Cat Sebastian writes exactly the style I enjoy, and she has such excellent and diverse characters. Each book brings me such joy! I love how her books are all about the different types of love one finds, and the different types of relationships. There is no wrong way to love someone, as long as everyone is in agreement!
Idzie
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jess
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
Vendela
I really really really enjoyed this book. I felt a little like there were characters with traits that had been drawn out of a hat but Sebastian has a wonderful knack for making people human and lovely.
Jessica Grogan
Amelia Allenby runs away from a scandal to the countryside where all she seeks is peace and quiet, not a giant of a man who keeps disturbing her daily walks. Sydney would rather be anywhere but Pelham Hall, but he’s waiting after a summons from his friend, the Duke of Hereford. After meeting Amelia on her walks, Sydney is captivated by her but keeps his ownership of Pelham Hall a secret. As they begin getting to know one another, each must decide if they can divulge their secrets.

The first half
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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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