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Two Rogues Make a Right

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I loved this story so much. I have read all of the other books in the series, and I've liked them as well, but I wasn't sure if I would like this one, because a grumpy protagonist isn't my favorite trope, but this one was pulled off very well. I wish there had been slightly more info about Will's predicament in the navy, but perhaps there was more info in the previous books in the series that I just didn't recall. I do read a lot. Martin was a little bit trickier for my to like as a protagonist, because he was the grumpy one, but by the end I really liked his character. I liked how it was so obviously that they loved and cared for each other, even before the characters admitted it to themselves, and to the readers. I can't wait for the next books that Cat Sebastian writes.
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What a delight! I get a happy cry, you get a happy cry, everybody gets a happy cry. I could string positive adjectives together but I'll settle for a bad joke and hurry back to reread my favorite passages. Here we go: Will and Martin's story is so touching, heartwarming, and sweet that a toothache advisory should come with it. I'll stop there and urge everyone to get a copy of their own. This is my humble opinion.
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It was a great airplane read, very fast, a different sort of romance. I'll read the others in the series and probably more by this author!
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Confession time: this is the first novel by Cat Sebastian I’ve read. I’ve seen the praise and bought some of her books, even! But I’ve always been distracted by other things on my TBR, and now I’m kind of kicking myself, because this is a wonderful romance. 

The story involves two men navigating the path from deep friendship to being a committed couple. It’s a rather slow and stumbling journey. They both can be stupidly self-sacrificing, as when Martin decides that he and Will have to part because it will hurt more if they become more deeply involved with each other as lovers. (As if that ever works.) Then there are the times that one of them misunderstands what the other needs in terms of words or actions, and they wind up inadvertently hurting each other. But when they get it right, and Will and Martin have a moment where their hearts connect, the story is very, very sweetly romantic. (The tattoos!)
Both Will and Martin are easy to root for in terms of their HEA, but I particularly liked Martin. He’s a bit grumpy and tart in his manner, but it’s all a façade to protect his tender spots. Martin has spent his life being neglected by his father, and he thinks he is perhaps not worthy of love for various reasons. So, that makes the moments where Martin really feels Will’s love and care especially tender and lovely. 

I’d very much recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical romance. And I’ve clearly got some reading to do! 

A copy of this book was provided through NetGalley for review; all opinions expressed are my own.
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Historical romances are always tricky to read at first because, yes, the general aesthetic is always charming and etc., but there is also a part of your mind that as you read, that remembers how restricted life was. The harsh institutions, gender roles, racism, and homophobia...  Luckily for readers of Alyssa Cole and Beverly Jenkins and Courtney Milan, Cat Sebastian is another author who knows how to strike that particular balance. While women show their sharp minds as they're dressed in elegant pearls and silks, brooding gentlemen are allowed to be soft with their emotions, frank discussions on classism and racism among the elite in London, all while sweeping gestures of love and humanity remain despite the general restrictions of the era. 

Allowed to be read as a stand-alone in the series, the romance between Will and Martin is encouraged by a cast of characters from the previous books. Will's protective brothers, their respective partners, and friends. There is no bedside confession as Will does not succumb from his illness, nor any talk of blackmail from a non-existent jealous lover. It's a quiet love story about healing from traumas both as a child and at sea, the true dangers of piglets, and a belief that you're allowed to have a happy ending. 

This is a book meant to be savored.

I was given a copy of Two Rogues Make a Right by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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The third Sedgwick brother, Will, has his story told in Two Rogues Make a Right (and look at that lovely cover!), the latest instalment in Cat Sebastian’s Seducing the Sedgwicks series.  It’s a charming, funny, friends-to-lovers romance that had me sighing happily, melting inwardly and thinking ‘awwww’ on several occasions as I read, one of those books that’s like a warm hug you just can’t help sinking into.   It’s not essential to have read the two preceding books in order to enjoy this one, but I’d recommend doing so as they contain background information that will be helpful in understanding the central characters and their relationship; please note that there are spoilers in this review.

Will Sedgwick and Martin Easterbrook were childhood friends who found companionship, comfort and a refuge from their difficult family lives in each other.  Will’s family was unusual and chaotic; his father had both wife and mistress living in the same house, and was far more concerned with the philosophical and esoteric than the basic necessities, while Martin’s father was dismissive of his only son because of his ‘delicate’ health, and thought him useless.  The two boys were inseparable, until the morning Martin’s father found them in bed together – completely innocently – and promptly arranged for Will to join the Navy.  Through the years of separation, they kept up a correspondence which continued after Will returned home – until without explanation, Martin stopped answering Will’s letters.  Will is worried – Martin would never not respond to him – and fears his friend may be seriously ill or worse, but Martin has disappeared and nobody has a clue where he is.

Martin Easterbrook was presented as something of a villain in the first book (It Takes Two to Tumble), where he was intent on squeezing every last penny out of his already impoverished tenants, and later, he started the vicious rumours about Hartley Sedgwick (A Gentleman Never Keeps Score) which saw him shunned by the society of which he’d previously been a part.  But while most view Martin as a selfish, stand-offish and arrogant, Will knows that’s not all he is, and that there’s a witty, warm and inviting man beneath the grouchy exterior.  He also knows that while Martin has certainly been acting like a total git, there are reasons which, while they don’t excuse his behaviour, do at least explain it.

When we caught up with Martin at the end of the previous book, he was suffering an attack of the consumption that had begun to affect him a couple of years earlier, and was in a pretty bad way.  Wanting, for once in his life, to make his own choices, he was secretly living in the attic of the London townhouse his father had left to Hartley before giving in to the inevitable and going to live on the charity of his aunt, something Martin has been desperately trying to avoid.  With Hartley’s help, Will bundles the almost insensible man into a carriage and takes him to a cottage on one of Martin’s smaller properties in Sussex, hoping that a change of air will help, but secretly fearing he has taken him there to die. Will refuses to give up on him, and we suffer with both of them at the beginning of the book, Will watching fearfully over Martin night and day, Martin burning up with fever and struggling to catch his breath.  But miraculously, after a week or so of getting weaker and showing no improvement, Martin’s fever finally breaks and slowly, he starts to recover. Will knows he feels better when he starts to sound more like his normal self; waspish, annoying and ill-tempered.

Still, over the next few weeks, Martin gradually regains his strength and realises, that for the first time in his life, he’s happy.  He and Will are making their small, gamekeeper’s cottage into a home - and finally, their proximity forces them to confront the real nature of their feelings for one another.  Martin has known he’s in love with Will for years, but has forced those feelings away for many reasons;  his father was a disgusting lecher (he basically ‘bought’ Hartley when he was just sixteen) which made Martin determined not to even think about anything related to sex or attraction, and Martin is also reluctant to saddle Will with a useless invalid.  Consumption wasn’t always fatal, but there’s no cure for it and it’s likely that Martin will continue to suffer relapses and bouts of ill health for the rest of his life.  Add that to the fact that he’s broke and has no idea how to go about supporting himself…  Martin refuses to be a millstone around Will’s neck.  He’s already uncomfortably aware that Will has given up his life in London in order to care for him – he doesn’t want a future in which Will isn’t able to live the life he deserves.

Will, of course, thinks this is all ridiculous.  Martin is his oldest and dearest friend and could never be a burden – he’s important to Will and he can’t imagine his life without him in it. He’s never thought too much about the nature of his feelings for Martin, believing them to be friendship and nothing more, and it takes these months of closeness for him to begin to understand that he’s loved Martin for probably the same length of time as Martin has loved him.

I loved watching these two loveable idiots orbiting each other in ever decreasing circles.  The author writes their friendship so beautifully that I could almost have been content had the story been simply Will and Martin Live in a Cottage in the Country; they talk and squabble and tease with such warmth and affection that there’s no question they know each other inside out and are perfect for one another.  Will is a natural caregiver, tactile and given to casual endearments that Martin knows are just his way, but which he treasures nonetheless.  And Martin is prickly and grumpy and cantankerous, but usually that’s a front to hide embarrassment or insecurity – and when it comes to Will, he’s a pile of mush.  He goes from being practically alone in the world to acquiring a family as the book progresses, which was lovely to watch; I loved that he and Will read each other bedtime stories, and I was pleased when that Martin’s aunt proved to be not at all the gorgon he had expected her to be; instead, she’s a woman of good sense who just wants Martin to be happy – and is intuitive enough to realise where – or rather with whom – that happiness lies.

There were only a couple of things I didn’t like about this book; one was the use of the ‘I’m-leaving-you-for-your-own-good’ trope, and the second was a choice Will makes near the end which didn’t make a lot of sense.  Otherwise however, Two Rogues Make a Right is simply lovely, a sensual, sweet and tender romance that doesn’t sugar coat the problems involved in loving someone with chronic illness, and which ends with an epilogue that will melt your heart as it provides an optimistic glance into Will and Martin’s future.

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This book is honestly a treasure. I felt only the deepest joy in reading it; even when I was sad, even when I was frustrated with the main characters, I couldn’t help but feel the love in every last word and phrase. This is everything I could want from a romance—stupid misunderstandings that are resolved with honest communication, pining, careful attention to consent and comfort, and so much love. Have I mentioned the love yet? Because, oh my god, there’s so much of it. 
I would say this book is a medium-paced read, but I should also probably say that I read straight through it in just under 5 hours. Literally, I picked it up and could not set it aside longer than it took to get a fresh cup of coffee. It consumed me. 
It feels almost impossible to put to words all of the intricate aspects I loved about this book, but I’m going to try. First: they talk about sexuality in a way that is clear without needing to fall back on modern terminology (obviously). And the fact that one of the characters is on the asexual spectrum—a demisexual MC, be still my heart—and it’s handled so well? It meant the world to me. Martin is going to have a special place in my heart for years to come. And Will’s place is no less special, especially for the careful navigation of their sexual encounters and his attention to the comfort and consent of his partner. The sex in this book is hot, yes, but it’s also tender and romantic and wonderful. 
The side characters, likewise, fill me with joy. I won’t go too far into detail, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but having a snarky side character who can be an asshole right back at Martin was a wonderful choice. Their interactions gave me so much happiness. 
And I think, lastly, the core themes of the book were what made it shine. The theme of choices, and of how choice and independence can be compromised for a variety of reasons, both ill and well-intentioned, was one I don’t often see explored, particularly in a romance. Oftentimes, I have seen narratives imply that when characters do things out of love for someone, or in that person’s best interests, it is the right thing to do. This novel complicates that beautifully—showing that, yes, love is important, but so is a person’s ability to consent and make their own choices. Finding the middle ground, for these two characters, was far from easy; but it would have been less realistic and impactful if it had been easy, and instead it is genuine. 
Lastly, I deeply appreciate that Will is a recovering addict and Martin is chronically ill. I do not feel equipped to speak for how these issues are handled, as I am neither myself, but I do want to say that I felt they were addressed with great empathy, and I will be curious to read more reviews for this book and see what others think. 
Overall, I think this book is a masterpiece. I can’t believe I haven’t read more of this author’s work, and I can’t wait to remedy that immediately.
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Wow.  The Sedgwick series has been an absolutely amazing ride thus far and I expected Two Rogues Make a Right to uphold the same standards of greatness.  And it did...but it hit me in a different way than the previous novels in the series did.

Where the other books may have had more oomph (or in less technical terms: more conflict, more drama, more tension), Two Rogues Make a Right was a delicately woven tale of friendship and childhood love turned something more.  Sebastian has always done a wonderful job of basing her stories in true history and bringing forth diverse characters with a wide range of representation.

In Two Rogues Make a Right alone we have a demisexual character (demisexuality means that sexual attraction to an individual only occurs if you have a strong emotional connection with someone), a bisexual character, a gay character, and a male virgin featured. In addition, we also have Martin who is suffering from the debilitating chronic disease of consumption, which upon further research appears to be TB (thanks, Google!) and Will who is a recovering drug addict and survivor of physical torture at the hands of his former Naval captain.  So, really, we have a lot of boxes checked here and they all fit together in perfect harmony.

This novel was a bit on the slower side, but I didn't feel that the speed detracted from the reading experience.  It actually enhanced it.  The sweetness of Martin and Will's relationship was maintained through a slow burn romance--no need to rush perfection--with the support of a small cast of secondary characters.  I loved that the book focused mostly on bringing them back into each other's lives and helping them understand each other's needs than it did on external drama meant to stir shit up unnecessarily.

Just an overall excellent read for fans of the series, fans of LGBTQIA+ reads, and those who want dynamic characters and emotional reads that go beyond your average romances.
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Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian is the third (and I believe final) installment in the Seducing the Sedgwicks historical romance series. Each book focuses on a different pairing, but there are enough threads that carry through the series that I think you really need to read them in order for the complete experience.

This book focuses on Will Sedgwick and Martin Easterbrook, who was something of an antagonist to the other Sedgwick brothers in the previous two books.

Will and Martin were childhood friends, despite the gulf between their social classes, but they lost touch over the years. When Martin stumbles back into Will’s life in the midst of an illness, Will drags him out to the countryside to recover.

This is a quieter book than the first two, with much of it taking place in a small cottage as Will nurses Martin through his illness, and as they reconnect and catch up on each other’s lives, and as they stubbornly deny their love for each other. Martin, who’s always been sickly, and is highly in debt, is convinced that Will sees him only as a burden: someone who will either die young or have to make an advantageous marriage to salvage his finances; Will likewise doesn’t see himself as good enough for Martin, since he’s of a much lower social class, a former navy sailor with bad memories and an opium addiction.

The crux of the conflict is each man viewing the other as out of reach, even as they fall deeper and deeper in love, and so their isolation in the countryside gives them the time and space they need to start to heal their respective emotional wounds and rebuild their connection with a stronger foundation.

Martin and Will have very different personalities, but they work together really well. I love the way they’re supportive of each other and willing to accommodate each other. Martin reads to me as demisexual and I really liked the way that was written, with Martin musing that he likes men just as much as he likes women – that is, not particularly – but that he has no doubts about his feelings for Will.

An overall charming book, but slower and quieter than the others in the series – which could be either a pro or a con, depending on your preferences.
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Safety warning attached at end. 

This is my first Cat Sebastian book and also my first MM novel. This is book 3 in the series. I think it would be better to read this series in order? It was okay as a stand alone but I did get the feeling that the story had already started happening before I got there. And the heroes from book 2 make appearances in this book. I'm not sure how much Will and Martin are in the previous stories though.

Will and Martin were best friends growing up. Martin's life was different than most, as he was always sick. Weak lungs. He lived for Will's wild stories. Martin's father gets Will into the navy and they don't see each other for a number of years. 

The story picks up when Will, who found Martin living in an attic and terribly ill, kidnaps him and takes him to the country to recover. This story is very laid back and sweet. Sweet as in, actually sweet interactions, not the NO SEX sweet ;) It doesn't have a lot of craziness going on. No murders, no mysteries to solve, there's not a lot of action. Most of the story takes place at a cabin in the country and then parts in London towards the end. Still it didn't feel extremely slow to me. It was all about the friendship redeveloping into love. It was about the daily interactions that build a relationship. It was very much about the little touches and I loved that aspect especially. I felt every touch in this book in the most endearing ways. Straightening lapels. A hand on the back. A snuggle in bed. Martin is a character that hasn't allowed much contact in his life. Not physically or emotionally. He's been separated from so much due to his illness and he just desperately wants someone to touch him and love him and treat him like he's not made of glass. But he hides all this underneath a layer of aristocratic contempt. Will really is perfect for him. I believe Martin is also a virgin though it didn't come out and say. He's been very alone and inexperienced in a lot of things. Once he allows Will to connect with him emotionally he just blossoms.

Will is a bisexual character. He's very happy and free and seems to not take anything too seriously. But underneath it all, he takes Martin VERY seriously. Never wanting to endanger their friendship he has not crossed certain lines. The two of them have to face a lot of things within their own hearts while they recover at the cabin.

I'd give this book a try if you want
-a MM novel
-inexperienced hero
-a fairly uncomplicated story purely focused on the emotions
-friends to lovers
-slow burn/gentle
-forced proximity (most of the book is spent at a 1 room cabin together)

This book has 2-3 fully fleshed out intimate scenes. There are also a few that are glossed over. It was all very sweetly done. The details focused more on the emotional side.

With all this said, I'm falling in at 3 stars. The book was really sweet and I'm happy I read it. But it wasn't a book I didn't want to put down. And I was left only having lukewarm feelings about both Will and Martin. I can't say I was super connected to either of them. I can't picture myself rereading this. I would definitely try Cat Sebastian again though.

Safety warning: sexual abuse (implied off page to other characters), addiction
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Cat Sebastian continues to delight with her latest low-stakes queer romance, brimming with wonderful characterization and emotionally-fraught dialogue. Sebastian knows how to milk the most from classic tropes ("Two Rogues" is an extended hurt/comfort story with heavy dashes of "prince and the pauper" dynamics between the disgraced sailor Will and the impoverished nobleman Martin) in ways that feel familiar yet fresh. And her representation -- Will is bi, while Martin can easily be seen as demi/grey ace -- remains stellar. 

It's always lovely to find queer romances that aren't focused solely on overcoming discrimination or homophobia, where the protags have supportive people in their lives who they can be honest and authentic with. While this is the third in a series, it's also a standalone that wouldn't be too confusing for newcomer readers; reading in order will just make for a richer understanding of background characters and references. 

When it comes to a) historical romance, b) queer romance, and c) HEA romance, Sebastian remains one of my favorite go-to's and most recommended authors. She's an author one can always trust for a quality story with solid characters and intriguing dynamics, and is on my permanent pre-order list -- I'll eagerly read every single story she pens!
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Cat Sebastian was the first romance writer I ever discovered, and I have devoured all of her MLM romances ... since the first in this series has stayed one of my favourite historical romances, I was so excited to get approved for this book as well! 

Lifelong friends Will Sedgwick and Martin Easterbrook have finally reunited, after Will accidentally-on-purpose kidnaps Martin from a drafty attic where he was slowly dying of consumption. Determined to nurse his oldest and best friend back to health, Will tends to him in a one-room cottage on the grounds of Martin’s empty ancestral seat. When Martin is finally conscious enough to remember where he is and how he got there, the two men must figure out where they go next ... and whether the feelings for each other they’ve hidden away for so long can finally be expressed. 

Full of period-typical repressed feelings, longing glances, hand-brushing, and all the lovely slow-burn romance business that I delight in. I know exactly what to expect with Sebastian’s novels and always enjoy them- especially since this one involves a play, family drama, a Royal Navy scandal, unhealthy coping mechanisms, tattoos, and the some characters from the previous books in the series making an appearance! 

A fun, romantic, easy read, one that I didn’t want to finish but couldn’t stop myself from reading quickly! 

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Out June 23rd, 2020.
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the absolute swooniness of these two friends who have always, always loved each other and finally figuring out how to be together. that being together, for them, is the only possible way either of them will ever be happy and whole, even as both of them are shattered, wounded souls. i can’t possibly convey the swooniness. i can’t possibly put it into words. 

two rogues make a right is the latest in the seducing the sedgwicks series, but you don’t need to read the earlier books to follow this one. 

william and martin are just wholly each other’s, yes william’s brothers make appearances, but whatever shared history is needed for this story is fully expressed within the pages. honestly i could have just kept reading about these two. 

oh, and i know why, because it’s my absolute favorite trope—the grumpy one falls for the sunshiney one. my catnip for all the freaking feels. 

just don’t take my word for it. read this delightful thing. savor it. reread it. it’s absolutely glorious. 

**two rogues make a right will publish on june 23, 2020. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/avon impulse in exchange for my honest review.
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Childhood friends reconnect after turbulent years apart in this swoony gay romance. Sir Martin has always been sickly, but when his friend Will discovers him holed up in his brother’s attic, delirious with fever and dying from consumption, Will takes Martin to an old gamekeeper’s cottage for fresh air and loving caretaking. But the loving caretaking is more Eros than brotherly. And it’s returned! These two lovers find that they can care for each other through physiological sickness and PTSD. 

The only thing special about this Regency Romance is that it’s an LGBTQIA+ romance. I want more plot, more emphasis on character growth.
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Every time I read Cat Sebastian, I wonder why it is I haven’t devoured her entire back catalog? She’s a brilliant writer. Her stories make me feel like I’ve been snuggled on the world’s most comfortable couch.

Two Rogues Make a Right is the third book in a series. You can read it as a stand alone. In the previous book, A Gentleman Never Keeps Score, Martin Easterbrook is an antagonist to Will Sedgwick’s brother. However, I didn’t remember much about that part of the plot (much more focused on Hartley and Sam), and I think you will get enough from the book to not be lost.

Will and Martin have been friends since childhood. Martin was a sickly child and Will had a ramshackle upbringing. Martin has always loved him, but assumes that Will only sees him as a friend and that eventually he will either die of tuberculosis or marry to repair his fortunes. He is gruff and grumpy and has no idea how to interact with other people. Will is sunshine, despite the trauma he experienced while in the navy and is recovering from an opium addiction. Together, they create a small safe place for each of them to heal.

This isn’t a plot heavy book. Will and Martin bicker and read to each other and talk. When they do get around to the sexy times, the way Will continually asks for consent is lovely. And by the time they get to the sex, you understand why Will needs to ask before touching (Not sexual assault).

I received Two Rogues Make a Right from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It’s out next week.
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Readers eager for Will and Martin after exploring the fringes of their stories in other Sedgwick installments will certainly enjoy finally getting to meet the two boneheads as they slowly fall in love. A brisk, sexy read, this book is really a gentle stroll as the two men realize they've both meant quite a bit more to each other over the years than just "friends." Readers looking for "cinnamon rolls" will cheer, but readers looking for more of a bite may experience waning interest. The domesticity is sweet, but a deeper look into the states of our characters wouldn't be amiss, especially as one pursues a creative career. Being more present for that journey would have been enjoyable. What is very special is the author's insistence that Martin's illness is not something that can be simply swept under the rug, making our deserved HEA all the more powerful.
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My immediate takeaway on reading this book is that I am going to gallop off and read everything else she has ever written. 

First: the title is stupid and misleading. The main characters are not rogues. The slightly jaunty title does not match the tone of the book either. This is what happens when you have mainstream publishers coming up with stupid titles for historical romances. Can you tell that this is a bugbear of mine? Yes, yes it is. At least the title is not a reference to a hit film or tv show, or some other grotesque anachronism. 

Moving on....

This book is highly enjoyable. As soon as I finished it, I looked forward to rereading it. 

The writer treats the reader with respect. She also respects her characters and their world. They are two complex messed up guys. There is lots of backstory, but it artfully conveyed as the story proceeds. 

The main characters are two very different people, with different needs, history, issues and hang-ups which are clearly the result of their upbringing. The story is told from both their point of view, and both guys are endearing and delightful. Here and there they do and have done, very silly things, but their internal worldview and logic is made evident.

The story is extremely sweet without being infantile and simplistic. It is realistic to the time, when homosexuality and homosexual acts (and oral sex incidentally) were illegal and taboo. 
The book deals broadly with how two guys in their early 20s work out how to go about their lives henceforward. 

The only other issue of grave concern with this book, apart from the high Glom Risk, is that it raises the reader’s expectations of what an historical novel can be, thus many other books are likely to disappoint.

I will post reviews to amazon and b&n when the book is released.
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Lifelong friends, Sir Martin Easterbrook and Will Sedgewick, sequester themselves in a cottage in the woods of Sussex in this slow simmer of a M/M historical. The soft and lazy pacing of the plot matches the sense of time stopped as the two learn to let their loyalty and affection to grow into a gentle and tender love. The historical details are lovely, as is the writing, but not much happens aside from the internal thoughts of the two characters as they find recover from tradegy in each other's arms.

I was new to both Cat Sebastian and the Sedgewicks, so I probably missed much of the context and detail that makes this series well-regarded. I'm sure fans of the Sedgewicks will enjoy this entry in the series.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC to review.
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I have been waiting for this book ever since hints were dropped at the end of A Gentleman Never Keeps Score almost two years, but I can assure you that it was 100% worth the wait. 

Will Sedgwick and Martin Easterbrook have been friends for their entire lives. Their paths diverged at some point, but as the story begins, Will has essentially kidnapped Martin and brought him to recuperate in an abandoned gamekeeper’s cottage. At first, Martin is quite ill, but Will manages to bring him back to good—well, decent—health. 

So, there they are, living together in a small cottage. There is plenty of time to reacquaint themselves with the men they have become, and of course, to acknowledge the feelings that have always been there. 

Did I mention that there’s only one bed? 

I have loved all of Cat Sebastian’s books, but this one is my favorite. It could be subtitled Two Idiots in Love because Will and Martin are both such lovesick fools. There’s very little actual conflict in the book, aside from the mutual awareness of the difficulties surrounding a long-term relationship between two men. 

But aside from that looming specter, this book is light in tone. It’s sweet and tender and full of feelings. It’s also a bit of a slow burn, as both men are afraid to make the first move because neither wants to ruin their friendship. Once they do take that step, it’s at a languid pace, and Will is so gentle and patient with Martin. 

The two protagonists are supported by a strong cast of secondary characters. Many of them appeared in the series’ earlier books so it was nice to be able to catch up with them and see what they’d been up to. Of the new characters, I especially enjoyed Daisy, the local girl who cleans the cottage; she was a nice foil for both Will and Martin. 

I would absolutely recommend Two Rogues Make a Right. As I’ve mentioned, this is the third book in the series, but I think it functions well enough as a standalone. Their longstanding friendship is explained in the early chapters, so while it’s beneficial to have the overall family history, the knowledge that these two men have been friends forever is sufficient understanding. One of my personal barometers for loving a book is purchasing the Audible edition in addition to the Kindle edition, but when I REALLY like a book, I’ll purchase a paper copy as well. 

Reader, I have purchased all three editions of Two Rogues Make a Right.   

I received a copy of this book from Avon/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Two Rogues Make a Right is the third book in the Seducing the Sedgwicks series, and possibly the sweetest by far. I was a bit concerned, given the unevenness of the previous installment, as well as what Cat Sebastian said about the book lacking in real plot, especially as I had an issue with another of her books for that reason. 

But while that is a minor objective flaw, that doesn’t stop this book from being a bundle of sweetness that absolutely delivers on the promise of the blurb. It’s so cute to see Will and Martin interacting, first with Will tending to a sick Martin, then spending time together in a run-down cottage where their love blooms, and then finally confronting the question of whether they’ll be together or not.

With minimal angst that only comes to a head towards the end, this made for a perfect read on the heels of something more intense I had just finished, and it also makes the perfect escapist reading in our increasingly uncertain world right now. 

I really liked this book, and it’s the perfect concluding note to a mostly solid series. I recommend this to anyone looking who loves LGBTQ+ historical romance.
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