I’ll start right off with apologies to Cat Sebstian and Avon: I don’t know how I missed this one, the third in The Turner Series, and a wholly different and wonderfully diverse historic romance. Please read on for my review of
The Ruin of a Rake
I adore this series: a little bit different from the normal historical romance, not only do our couples have their own issues to overcome when it comes to declaring themselves, but they have the censure from society, a censure that could result in imprisonment and shame. In this installment, the third in the series, we are focused on Julian, a man who has struggled for his entire life to be viewed as socially acceptable and a paragon of good grace. Poor Julian: he’s so involved in maintaining the image of the perfect gentleman that he often misses the forest for the trees. He’s not, in his heart, an ass – but he sure can behave like one when he feels that scandal and ill-repute could possibly touch him. And that makes it all the more wonderful when, despite his own preconceptions, his mind is changed and his rather rigid view of the world, society, and his dedication to restraint, propriety and appearances are slowly cracking around him. But he’s also got a streak of loyalty and honor that is admirable, and his desire to please and help his family and friends is what ultimately leads to his own growth and maturation.
Lord Courtenay has spent his entire life pursuing his own happiness, and his lack of concern about society’s opinions of him has always been his constant. He’s been labeled as undesirable: a rogue, a rake, even a libertine: all of which have placed him in an untenable position. Because of his reputation, and the recent release of a scandalous novel that is purported to be based on his life he’s been denied access to his nephew: the one constant in his ever-changing life. When Julian’s sister requests he reform Courtenay’s reputation, the game is on. Julian dislikes Courtenay simply because of his reputation, and Courtenay sees only an uptight, dull and joyless man, one too concerned with the thoughts of others.
Oh this was fun: from the first tentative meeting through the gradual friendship that develops, confusing them both as each has their own unfamiliar territory to navigate. Courtenay believes himself unredeemable, no matter that he wants to appear worth the effort in Julian’s eyes. Julian, thinking Courtenay selfish and self-absorbed is also a touch jealous of his freedom and self-assured nature, his ability to not cringe at the judgment of others, even when it brings havoc. He’s also a bit curious about his own desires that are suddenly appearing, those he’s managed to ignore or suppress in favor of his reputation. And how could this titled man possibly be unworthy of him? Sebastian has woven a tale that will draw you in as you hope for Julian to ONCE say the right thing without thinking so hard on everything, and to see that his connection to Courtenay, despite their outwardly appearing differences are just what he’s wanted all along. Each character grows in the new friendship, finding that attraction and trust that are so necessary to the relationship, and finally opening themselves to the emotions pinging around them endlessly. As Julian’s façade starts to crumble, Courtenay’s heart becomes his guide, and the two are wonderfully matched: so different yet both so desiring of acceptance, love and security. A wonderful installment in this series that is sure to please historic romance fans as well as those who like their M/M romance with plenty of heart, palpable conflicts and concerns, and characters that jump from the pages and demand you listen.
Title: The Ruin of a Rake
Author: Cat Sebastian
Series: The Turner Series #3
Genre: 18+ Read, British, Historical Romance, Male / Male
Published by: Avon Impulse
Published on: 4 July, 2017
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 7 Hours
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Rogue. Libertine. Rake. Lord Courtenay has been called many things and has never much cared. But after the publication of a salacious novel supposedly based on his exploits, he finds himself shunned from society. Unable to see his nephew, he is willing to do anything to improve his reputation, even if that means spending time with the most proper man in London.
Julian Medlock has spent years becoming the epitome of correct behavior. As far as he cares, if Courtenay finds himself in hot water, it’s his own fault for behaving so badly—and being so blasted irresistible. But when Julian’s sister asks him to rehabilitate Courtenay’s image, Julian is forced to spend time with the man he loathes—and lusts after—most.
As Courtenay begins to yearn for a love he fears he doesn’t deserve, Julian starts to understand how desire can drive a man to abandon all sense of propriety. But he has secrets he’s determined to keep, because if the truth came out, it would ruin everyone he loves. Together, they must decide what they’re willing to risk for love.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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