Release Date: Jan 10, 2019
Series: The Regency Impostors
Heat Level: Sensual
Imprint: Avon Impulse
In Sebastian’s latest historical romance she explores social challenges of class, genetic disorders, and bi-sexuality.
First and foremost, I want to say that Sebastian has this magical way of creating plots that are at times dark and scary, and then she resolves them in a low angst way that shocks me. I’m concerned with the endgame for the characters I don’t find myself overly anxious, which is impressive. I found myself appreciating a story with high stakes and a resolution that was plausible, though part luck as well.
Now, for the book itself… we’ve got a bi-sexual heroine who’s been with women in the past, but until Ash, our hero, she’s steered clear of men. Why? Because a man would try to get her to marry him. Verity Plum loves her freedom too much to be tied down to anyone for a long period of time. She’s always held affection for Ash, who’s been around her family for years, but until now they’ve maintained a safe distance.
Ash holds Verity in the highest esteem— lies, he’s in love with her. They are both married to their jobs, though Ash has always wanted more, he respects our heroine’s wishes too much to try and change the status quo… until the day he finds out he’s not quite an abandoned bastard. He was sent away for reasons, and now it’s up to him to save the family and take over as the rightful heir to a dukedom. Verity can’t stand the aristocracy so doing this will most certainly ruin any chances of anything between them. With a month to go before he’s set to give up his trade and dress like a pompous windbag, Ash makes the move he never thought he would.
This book is rich with romance, of unrequited love being acted upon. There is a devil cat, evil relatives, brothers that make a woman want to scream, and a couple underlying tales of how we love people no matter their place, their station, their job. That because of love we’re willing to make sacrifices we normally wouldn’t and do things we might find ludicrous.
Why the four rating if I loved this book so much? Because I’m being super stingy with five-star ratings this year. I’ll know one when I see one, and so far it hasn’t hit me…yet.
Overall, if you like historical romance with a little friends to lovers, lost Dukes, and naughty publishing ventures I highly encourage this read. For those who enjoy Courtney Milan and Eva Leigh.