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review 2021-07-21 04:43
The Soldier's Scoundrel - Cat Sebastian
Jack Turner does discreet private investigations for people. He also solves their problems. Oliver Rivington is the youngest son of the Earl of Rutland and he comes to Jack to find out what Jack was doing for his sister. While there, Lady Wraxhall comes in and wants Jack to find out who wants to blackmail her over letters she wrote years ago to a hometown beau. Jack takes on the case and Oliver goes along with him to stop him from breaking the law. Along the way the two men fall in love but neither tells the other. Oliver's brother-in-law dies and both suspect more than an accidental death. So they both look into it. Was it murder or just an accident? Will they stay together?

I enjoyed this book. I liked Jack and Oliver. They were total opposites in their outlooks on life but they cared about each other. No matter what circumstances were thrown at them they overcame it though it was close for a while there. The secondary characters were there to move the story along. I had questions about them but most were answered.

I enjoy Cat Sebastian's writing and will be reading more of her.
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review 2020-07-04 19:16
A Little Light Mischief: A Turner Novella - Cat Sebastian
  Molly works as a lady's maid in the same household where Alice is the companion to the mistress of the house. Alice tries to help Molly because she is not used to having idle time but since she was thrown out of her father's household she has a whole lot of time on her hands as a companion. When they go with their mistress to a house party in the country, there Alice discovers the man who caused her ruin will be. Molly convinces her to exact a bit of revenge on the man.

I liked Molly and Alice. They are different in temperament but have known what it is to work hard. They also discover their true selves in the company of each other and plan a future together. The men in this book are not admirable and I can understand why Molly and Alice plan their mischief. I especially liked how emboldened Alice became when Molly spoke of her plan which did not go as planned but caused Alice to improvise. The courage she gained then carried over to her father's comeuppance. I cheered Alice on. It was wonderful.
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review 2019-07-31 22:42
SEX AND MURDER.COM by Mark Richard Zubro
Sex and Murder.com - Mark Richard Zubro
Turner and Fenwick are looking for the killer of prominent members of the dot.com set who have backers among the top politicians in Chicago.  While looking for that killer, there may also be a serial killer headed for Chicago to kill a cop.  Turner keeps getting gifts and messages but from whom?
I enjoyed this book.  Though this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.  I was able to follow the story and start piecing together the relationships but I have some questions so I will have to get the earlier books in the series to find the answers to my questions.  I liked Fenwick's sense of humor.  I loved that Turner's family is part of the story also.  The writing is well-rounded and kept me involved. 
I'll definitely come back to this series and author.
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review 2018-08-20 18:00
The Soldier's Scoundrel (The Turner Series, #1) by Cat Sebastian 4 Star Review!
The Soldier's Scoundrel - Cat Sebastian

A scoundrel who lives in the shadows
Jack Turner grew up in the darkness of London's slums, born into a life of crime and willing to do anything to keep his belly full and his siblings safe. Now he uses the tricks and schemes of the underworld to help those who need the kind of assistance only a scoundrel can provide. His distrust of the nobility runs deep and his services do not extend to the gorgeous high-born soldier who personifies everything Jack will never be.  
A soldier untarnished by vice 
After the chaos of war, Oliver Rivington craves the safe predictability of a gentleman's life-one that doesn't include sparring with a ne'er-do-well who flouts the law at every turn. But Jack tempts Oliver like no other man has before. Soon his yearning for the unapologetic criminal is only matched by Jack's pleasure in watching his genteel polish crumble every time they're together.  
Two men only meant for each other




I loved every moment of this historical romance between Jack and Oliver. 

With a great plot and wonderful characters this romance is charming and moving.

I love a good opposites attract romance and this is great one. 

I adored watching Jack and Oliver fall in love and find a way to make it work.

The rest of the cast is wonderful as well.

Very good! 


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review 2018-07-24 23:51
The Lawrence Browne Affair (The Turner Series, #2) by Cat Sebastian 4.5 Stars!!
The Lawrence Browne Affair - Cat Sebastian

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.




So much to adore about this frothy historical romance between a genius Earl and a con man.

I loved Georgie in the first book in this series and was thrilled to see him get the hero treatment here. 

Laurence is my favorite kind of hero- gruffy, grumpy genius. 

What I loved about this book is that the character growth and the falling love happens because these heroes slow down and really reflect on themselves and then they fall in love and lust. 

We have a crumbling estate, a dog, a child, bumps in the night, experiments of all kinds but also a really fine discussion of mental health and its intersection with homosexuality (or not really), cruelty, genetics depression, anxiety. 

And then Georgie's dire poverty and his criminal and ethical choices are just as interestedly engaged. The need for him to make a home of Lawerence child could have been more carefully explored but that is really a quibble. 

The secondary cast (especially the dog who is pretty much a service animal without the name) is well drawn. 

Georgie and Lawerence have a vibrant love story here. A treasure. 

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