A Gentleman Never Keeps Score
by Cat Sebastian
Series: A Seducing the Sedgwicks Novel
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
A NEW NOVEL IN THE SEDUCING THE SEDGWICKS SERIES BY CAT SEBASTIAN.
Once beloved by London’s fashionable elite, Hartley Sedgwick has become a recluse after a spate of salacious gossip exposed his most-private secrets. Rarely venturing from the house whose inheritance is a daily reminder of his downfall, he’s captivated by the exceedingly handsome man who seeks to rob him.
Since retiring from the boxing ring, Sam Fox has made his pub, The Bell, into a haven for those in his Free Black community. But when his best friend Kate implores him to find and destroy a scandalously revealing painting of her, he agrees. Sam would do anything to protect those he loves, even if it means stealing from a wealthy gentleman. But when he encounters Hartley, he soon finds himself wanting to steal more than just a painting from the lovely, lonely man—he wants to steal his heart.
Oh, goodness, this series. Heck, who am I kidding? Anything by Ms. Sebastian, apparently. I have no idea how she does it, but she writes the most cozy and delightful non-traditional Regency romances I’ve ever read. Honestly, even knowing that all of her main characters are going to have to fly under the radar to some extent for the rest of their HEAs, I still finish each and every one of her books with the warmest, most delightful feelings of all-is-right-with-the-world all settled around me–and A Gentleman Never Keeps Score is most definitely not an exception to this rule.
I adored Sam and Hartley and the lovable–if somewhat unconventional–family the two end up surrounded by at the novel’s end. I always seem to start Ms. Sebastian’s books a little unsure–at least one of her main characters always appears to be on the prickly and hard-to-get-to-know side of things–but before I even realize what she’s done, she’s swept me into the story and I can’t imagine that I ever thought they weren’t as absolutely lovable as I now find them. It’s around that same point that I realize that goodness, I have an awful lot of highlighted bits as well, because OMG she has a way with words that is just beyond delightful, whether its a declaration of love (gah! those declarations of love…) or a simple observation like Hart’s rather throwaway (but oh-so-accurate) comment, “Oh, to hell with decent people. They’re exhausting. Make one feel so evil, when really one simply has one’s own concerns.”
It’s getting to the point where I suspect I might enjoy junk food lists of ingredients, so long as they’re written by this particular author.
But I digress.
A Gentleman Never Keeps Score is the second in her Seducing the Sedgwicks series, and though reading the first book isn’t at all necessary, one will have a more complete picture of the Sedgwick family and situations if one has read the first book already ( It Takes Two to Tumble ). Since that story is pretty much a Regency m/m version of The Sound of Music, really you’re doing yourself a major favor by reading it anyway. You’re welcome. 😉
I’m alternately intrigued and concerned that the next book in this series seems to be about Hart and Ben’s brother Will and the infamous Martin Easterbrook, who may or may not have had something to do with ruining Hart’s society reputation…mostly intrigued, I think. But since the next two books on the author’s Goodreads page are from a different series, I’ll have to show some uncharacteristic patience and wait and see… 😉
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About Cat Sebastian:
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.
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