Title: The Ruin of a Rake
Author: Cat Sebastian
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: July 4, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Length: ~352 pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars rounded Up
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.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
The Ruin of a Rake is the third book of Cat Sebastian‘s Regency Gay Romance set in England. Each book is a standalone though they connected to one another through the characters relationship in the book. Lord Courtenay and Julian Medlock first appeared on The Lawrence Browne Affair, though I admit to not paying much attention to them at the time. When it’s time to tell their story with their own voice though, these men revealed layers of unexpected characters!
The author’s take on rake versus wallflower – a frequently visited trope in historical romance – was a moving tale of self forgiveness of two guilt-ridden men. I couldn’t help but sympathize with both men, no matter how callous and devil-may-care attitude Courtenay projected and Julian’s display of pompousness. It’s interesting to follow their reluctant friendship developed into something more genuine and heartfelt. Even if some of the plot felt rather predictable – the misunderstanding, rebuilding of trust and the lot – I still found the overall story entertaining, especially Julian’s five steps ahead of thinking.
Contrary to what’s in previous book, I thought Julian’s relatives (sister and in law) to be rather annoying. A case of over the top obliviousness that hit the wrong button for me. Added to that, Courtenay and Julian’s hesitancy also got exasperating at times, especially on the matter concerning the other’s heart.
Even so, all in all this is still an enjoyable read for me. I guess Cat Sebastian‘s writing’s just click with me that I could tolerate, or even LIKE, a scheming character – that five step ahead way of thinking I mentioned earlier – or overlook the rather tall number of heat meter in this book.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.