The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian

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catThe Soldier’s Scoundrel: by Cat Sebastian
Release Date:September 20, 2016
Pages: 213 • Format: eARC
Published By: Avon Impulse
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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.

four-stars

A really good debut novel from Cat Sebastian. I did side eye the cover, because it reminded me of why I never read Historical Fiction. After second thought, I like that it stayed with it’s roots of how an Historical Fiction book cover should look. I like to think of them of cheesy. Everything about this story was super captivating. I loved Oliver & Jack’s relationship.

Oliver is retired army veteran, who is home after serving time over seas. He’s home with a bum leg, and feeling lost at sea amongst the world. He’s having trouble adapting to the new world. Jack is the scoundrel who people come to when they need help. He’s the private detective of the people. There’s nothing that he won’t do. He’s had to climb his way out from the bottom to the top. This was a perfect enemies to lovers story. The romance is a slow burn from beginning to end. It’s a really well written story.

I did find myself my bored for the first 25%. It took me a while to get into the story. I did feel like it was like I’m floundering while I was reading it. I couldn’t really connect with it like I usually can with historical fictions. All in all, this was a really good story for a debut novel. I’m looking forward to Georgie’s book. He was a fave character of mine. I would love to see more of Oliver & Jack’s relationship. I’ll definitely be reading more from this author.

About Cat Sebastian

Cat writes steamy, upbeat historical romances. They usually take place in the Regency, generally have at least one LGBTQ+ main character, and always have happy endings.

Before writing, Cat was a lawyer and a teacher. She enjoys crossword puzzles, geeking out over birds, gardening badly, and–of course–reading. In high school, her parents went away for a week, and instead of throwing raucous parties, Cat read Middlemarch. Even worse, Cat remembers little of a trip through Europe because she was busy reading Mansfield Park. Her proudest moment was when she realized her kids were shaping up to be hopeless bookworms too. Currently, her favorite genres are romance, mystery and fantasy.

Cat lives with her husband, three kids, and dog in an improbably small house. After growing up in the northeast, she now lives in a part of the south where every body of water seems to contain alligators or sharks, and every restaurant serves biscuits and gravy. She likes the biscuits, but not so much the alligators.

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