Cat Sebastian returns to the blog with a character-driven story filled with family, lust, love and intrigue with
The Queer Principles of Kit Webb
Oh, how I loved this book – from Kit and Percy were such opposites yet so similar, and both were that delicious mix of good and bad that makes a person interesting. Let’s start with Kit: a former famed highwayman, one that songs were created for. His last robbery resulted in his wounding, and his partner’s death – and Kit is still suffering the aftereffects of the wound. Now he owns a coffee shop in the city, with the daughter of a long-term friend (and fence) as his second. The interplay between Kit and Betty was delightful, and despite her dire warnings and true anger, she was always in his corner.
But let’s talk about Percy: the purported heir to a dukedom, he and his childhood best friend, now the duke’s wife, are planning a heist. There are rumors that Percy’s father was married before (and still) marrying his mother, or his current duchess. This starts the search for the famed highwayman, one Kit Webb, now serving coffee in the city.
Percy is delightful, if a bit self-centered and clueless, like many of his ‘class’. He’s completely himself and unashamed – a flagrant and obvious popinjay who, at first, seems to have no depth. But when he spots Kit (and vice versa) there is something that keeps the two intrigued and circling one another like magnets and steel. And we get to see everyone’s point of view in this as we have both perspectives, mostly alternating on similar or congruent moments, as we see Kit’s determination to stay aloof, Percy’s questions about Kit, Kit’s questions about Percy, and Betty’s complete and utter disdain of the whole situation.
Unlike others by this author, the flirtation and the getting to know one another through lies, deceptions and moments of truth are the foreplay, and the sexy moments are mostly behind closed doors or reviewed in moments by each character. And, I have to say that it allowed me to cheer on both Percy and Kit, worry about the subplot and heist that was planned, enjoy the twists, turns and tumult that resulted, and find joy and smiles in the end. A lovely story that is character driven with flawed characters trying to re-frame their own futures and lives, separately and together.
Title: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb
Author: Cat Sebastian
Genre: Historic Romantic Comedy, Grief, Historic Elements, Humor elements, Late Regency, LGBTQ, Male / Male, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Avon
Published on: 8 June, 2021
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 12 minutes
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Critically acclaimed author Cat Sebastian makes her trade paperback debut in a stunning historical romance about a reluctantly reformed highwayman and the aristocrat who threatens to steal his heart.
Kit Webb has left his stand-and-deliver days behind him. But dreary days at his coffee shop have begun to make him pine for the heady rush of thievery. When a handsome yet arrogant aristocrat storms into his shop, Kit quickly realizes he may be unable to deny whatever this highborn man desires.
In order to save himself and a beloved friend, Percy, Lord Holland must go against every gentlemanly behavior he holds dear to gain what he needs most: a book that once belonged to his mother, a book his father never lets out of his sight and could be Percy’s savior. More comfortable in silk-filled ballrooms than coffee shops frequented by criminals, his attempts to hire the roughly hewn highwayman, formerly known as Gladhand Jack, proves equal parts frustrating and electrifying.
Kit refuses to participate in the robbery but agrees to teach Percy how to do the deed. Percy knows he has little choice but to submit and as the lessons in thievery begin, he discovers thievery isn’t the only crime he’s desperate to commit with Kit.
But when their careful plan goes dangerously wrong and shocking revelations threaten to tear them apart, can these stolen hearts withstand the impediments in their path?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.