Title: The Lawrence Browne Affair
Author: Cat Sebastian
Series: – –
Genre: M/M Regency
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.
Source: Bought it
Having recently enjoyed the Soldier’s Scoundrel, I was really looking forward to seeing the mysterious Georgie Turner get his own book. And boy, was I not disappointed. Not only is Georgie a thoroughly entertaining and intriguing character, a swindler with a heart, but Lawrence was just wonderful.
I love a reclusive hero, but throw in some eccentric inventions, a monstrous (and affectionate) dog, a ramshackle house with questionable servants and I could not be more content. Then there’s Lawrence’s worry about his madness, which mostly seems to stem from his anxiety issues towards loud noises, unfamiliar places and too many people, and I couldn’t help but love him. He’s an intelligent man with far too much imagination, and it has done him very few favours in his isolation.
And then in walks Georgie, who is surprisingly competent, constantly flirty and completely unable to help himself from getting involved in Lawrence’s life. I love the change in Georgie throughout this book, and how good he was deep down, no matter how hard he tried to convince himself otherwise. He’ll never be a saint, but when he uses his skills for good, he is unstoppable. Especially when he’s on a crusade. I loved how fierce he was when he learnt about certain secrets at the house. He is precisely what Lawrence needs and I loved seeing them grow closer.
Their relationship is wonderful, a little hesitant at times, sprinkled with some confusion, but with emotions that are rarely denied. They’re a great partnership and I loved how they changed each other in many different ways, but always for the better.
Of course things aren’t the least bit straightforward, but I appreciated that the difficulties didn’t always come from predictable sources and weren’t always resolved in the most obvious of ways. These are two very intelligent men and I loved that they never do anything ridiculously stupid for the sake of the plot.
On top of all this it’s set in Cornwall, which always makes me happy. And it’s a believable Cornwall too, far from London, with a few strange customs that Georgie is definitely not used to. Loved the setting.
So overall this was another winner from Cat Sebastian. Characters, romance and setting are all great and made for a thoroughly enjoyable read. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
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