by Cat Sebastian
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Genre: Historical M/M
An earl hiding from his future . . .
Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is mad. At least, that’s what he and most of the village believes. A brilliant scientist, he hides himself away in his family’s crumbling estate, unwilling to venture into the outside world. When an annoyingly handsome man arrives at Penkellis, claiming to be Lawrence’s new secretary, his carefully planned world is turned upside down.
A swindler haunted by his past . . .
Georgie Turner has made his life pretending to be anyone but himself. A swindler and con man, he can slip into an identity faster than he can change clothes. But when his long-dead conscience resurrects and a dangerous associate is out for blood, Georgie escapes to the wilds of Cornwall. Pretending to be a secretary should be easy, but he doesn’t expect that the only madness he finds is the one he has for the gorgeous earl.
Can they find forever in the wreckage of their lives?
Challenging each other at every turn, the two men soon give into the desire that threatens to overwhelm them. But with one man convinced he is at the very brink of madness and the other hiding his real identity, only true love can make this an affair to remember.
Ever since I read Cat Sebastian's debut The Soldier's Scoundrel, I knew I found my new favorite m/m author. Bonus point for actually writing historical m/m. This book 2 might even better than book 1, if I dare say so myself.
Georgie Turner is a conman, a swindler and basically amoral. When his recently grew a conscience and end up being hunted, he decided to take up a rare task to pose as a secretary for the reclusive Earl of Radnor. His job is to report on the earl mental competency, while also trying to steal a silver or two for himself. What he didn't expect is to find himself getting attach to the ruin castle and to the eccentric earl.
Lawrence Browne is the decedent of the infamous mad Earl of Radnor. With his father and brother succumb to their madness, Lawrence is constantly worry about his own mental state. His castle is in ruined and his servants all left except two, but Lawrence couldn't care less. He love his solitude and rather hole up in his study tinkering on his latest invention.
I was hooked on Georgie and Lawrence's interaction from the start. Despite Lawrence anti-social and brutish attitude that tend to scare off everyone else, Georgie was not the least affected. Being bred and raise in a slump, Georgie had experience all life had to offer and he know how to handle Lawrence's eccentricity. He even find himself fascinated by Lawrence brilliance.
The story felt a little like Beauty and the Beast, especially with Lawrence's strong physique and generally behaving like a wild man and unable to socialize. Georgie is the fine and pretty one, easily accommodate himself in any situation like a perfect chameleon. Being isolated since he was a young man also make Lawrence sorta naive in relationship. Is so endearing and sweet to see him dipping his toes into the whirlpool of emotion with his new lover.
Although I wish there is actually more dirty sex scenes to satisfy my pervy mind, the limited amount actually proves that the author had enough meat in her story that she doesn't need sex scenes to act as filler or to establish the characters emotional connection.
There is a bit of drama towards the end when Georgie have to face the consequences for his past sin and how it affect his future with Lawrence. I especially love the heroic moves by both Georgie and Lawrence. The effort and sacrifices they willing to make for their love ones. This is the kind of romance that guarantee to make reader swoon.
Cat Sebastian lives in a swampy part of the South with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Before her kids were born, she practiced law and taught high school and college writing. When she isn't reading or writing, she's doing crossword puzzles, bird watching, and wondering where she put her coffee cup.