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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 in to 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.

©2017 Cat Sebastian (P)2017 Tantor

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Spectacular, Gary Furlong Was Perfect!

Spectacular!!!

This series is so well done! The first one was amazing, but I liked this one even more. The characters are so creative and interesting, and the story was unique and kept me guessing. Obviously the ending is a given, but how they get there? Wonderful.

Audio is a great way to enjoy Cat Sebastian. Gary Furlong was born to read these characters and delivers a flawless performance. His accents are beautifully varied and it's easy to distinguish between the different characters, I always enjoy listening to him.

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Historical romance without the stupid stuff

It's not perfect, It has the OMG gay stuff,. I like historical romance, but I can't lie, every simpering woman makes me die a little inside. If it take two men to have a story where someone isn't opened mouthed idiot. BRING ON THE MEN!!!

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Beautifully Crafted Story - Amazing Narration

What use is love to a man doomed to go mad? What use is romance to a man doomed to crime or death? Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, and Georgie Turner, a confidence man and swindler, are both trapped by the circumstances of their births and their own imposed limitations on their lives. Neither man has any expectations that their lives will be happy or that love is in the stars for them. And yet, when they meet, their chemistry and compatibility cannot be denied. Although society deems both of these men imperfect and unsavory, together they are the perfect fit.

Cat Sebastian is a beautiful writer. Her prose is gorgeous, her dialogue flows, and the plot streams forward at a steady pace – neither lagging nor feeling rushed. The characters she creates are so full of depth and layers, they are as complex creations that feel so real I expect to find their portraits hanging in an art gallery somewhere. These characters are not perfect, and their faults and complexities are portrayed very well. There’s nothing cheesy or corny about this historical romance. Although there is drama, it’s not overdone nor melodramatic. The drama is thrilling -- not eye-rolling cliché.

I loved the first book in this series, and I highly suggest that book is read first before reading this one, although this book can stand on its own if it must. This is definitely my favorite book of the series so far, and I will be reading the next book immediately. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

Gary Furlong is an INCREDIBLE narrator. I loved his performance and his voice. I could listen to him all day.

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Thief with heart of gold meets Mad Earl

I enjoyed this story but it took a little willing suspension of disbelief above the usual. Most of it could likely be ignored but I’ve listened to it twice & the same things stood out to me. They may or may not have explanations in other books of the series (I have read a couple, but not all) & may or may not bother other readers. But I wanted to root for the characters so I enjoyed it, and would recommend it even with these concerns. Two men from opposite ends of the economic, social, & other backgrounds meet each other somewhere in the middle by changing each other’s minds about what is & isn’t “normal” or possible. And there’s a friendly dog.

Lawrence & Georgie are an earl & his sketchy secretary. They are thrust together by circumstances that felt plausible enough, except it’s never explained how Georgie learned to read & write. He usually had a home as a kid, but with a day job of street thieving he was not sitting in school. Maybe it was in a previous book? Also, I kind of get how Georgie’s projection makes him want to welcome son Simon into the household, but his over-enthusiasm was still a little weird. Lawrence’s icy shut out felt more likely since people behaving badly & hurting others while convincing themselves they’re helping is all too common a character trait. As a reader, I was all in for Georgie making things welcoming for Simon, even if I couldn’t fully figure out why he was so gung ho. Since the earl already figured out what to do or not do by doing the opposite of what he thought his family would do, It made it easier to believe he could be persuaded out of long held notions about himself inflicted by his horrible family.

Worldbuilding: Done with a light hand. The secondary characters in this book are in other books so there’s a consistent group of people for series readers to check in with. I read this after a sequel, though, and Courtney was decent enough around Simon that I don’t know why later plots cut him out. I did like how the mysterious noises & whatnot around the castle all got explained.

Steam: Medium/MLow. There’s some explicit M/M action on page. There’s a decent amount of flirting and once the guys are on the same page, & Georgie convinces Lawrence that being gay isn’t a sign of madness, their enthusiasm for each other is satisfying. The focus is more on the emotions but the physicality is there to back them up.

Narration: Narrator’s voice is mild with a mild accent that, while making it easy to parse words, didn’t distinguish characters much. There were two POVs, something I prefer in a romance, but it could get tricky. If I zoned out a little while listening, I either had to rewind or work to figure out which character was which. They had unique enough written voices it wasn’t as hard to tell POVs as it was in Courtney’s later book, but it was still work. The sound quality was fine.

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I enjoyed it. The build up to their attraction wasn't the absolute greatest, but I love Georgie, and he made up for the novel's few shortcomings.

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Great listen

Gary Furlong is a delightful narrator that hits just the right tone. A truly pleasant listen.

The story is also a very nicely written tale. I enjoyed it quite a lot, and would recommend it for anyone who likes m/m.

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Excellent story and performance

Cat Sebastian writes sympathetic characters, and builds an interesting plot around them. A reclusive Scottish lord, a gifted thief, mixed with a bit of smuggling, a daring rescue, and a child in need of a home. Home is, in fact, a central theme---and how the lord and the thief come to make one together for themselves and for the lord's son. Gary Furlong's performance is superlative. He has such a gift for accents, and for conveying character and emotion.

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This book was not bad. I think I will read the other books in this series.

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Terrific

I loved this story and the narration was excellent as always with Mr. Furlong. He always enhances any story.

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Love this book

I've read this book like 4 times, this is my first time in audio. the story is great, the narration is meh. the narrator doesn't emote much but he does do accents so you can distinguish characters.