The Lawrence Browne Affair, by Cat Sebastian
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
I’m not a huge fan of historical romance. There. I said it. It’s normally not my cup of tea. Saying that, I think Cat Sebastian may have changed my mind. I had such fun reading The Lawrence Browne Affair. It’s clever, smart, and charming… oh so charming.
Lawrence, for all his supposed “madness”, is delightful with his gruff exterior. He’s really not “mad”, just different– maybe a little quirky, and a whole lot interesting. But this clever man can’t hide all the beauty and wonder he holds inside from Georgie, as he shines too bright. And Georgie? He’s equally interesting, if a little lost and in search of something more from life, while not even aware of it. Once he realizes the chance he’s been given– the friendship and love that’s grown between him and Lawrence– he falls into the natural support role, helping Lawrence not only in his business but in life.
Lawrence and Georgie complement each other wonderfully. The friendship they build becomes more when the chemistry can’t be held back anymore. The slow burn ignites into an explosive relationship, where the only hindrance is the reason for which Georgie is at Penkellis in the first place. But that won’t hold them back, because the way in which these men complement each other really shines, when situations arise that force Lawrence to step out of his comfort zone in the best way possible, with the most incredible support and understanding from Georgie.
I really adored this story because the characters were so well thought-out and written. The backdrop of Penkellis equally comes to life while reading, making this book shine. Add in side characters, including the wonderful and ever-sleeping– yet intuitive– Barnabus, and you’ve got a splendid story.
Cat writes steamy, upbeat historical romances. They usually take place in the Regency, generally have at least one LGBTQ+ main character, and always have happy endings.
Before writing, Cat was a lawyer and a teacher. She enjoys crossword puzzles, geeking out over birds, gardening badly, and–of course–reading. In high school, her parents went away for a week, and instead of throwing raucous parties, Cat read Middlemarch. Even worse, Cat remembers little of a trip through Europe because she was busy reading Mansfield Park. Her proudest moment was when she realized her kids were shaping up to be hopeless bookworms too. Currently, her favorite genres are romance, mystery and fantasy.
Cat lives with her husband, three kids, and dog in an improbably small house. After growing up in the northeast, she now lives in a part of the south where every body of water seems to contain alligators or sharks, and every restaurant serves biscuits and gravy. She likes the biscuits, but not so much the alligators.
Find her online at: https://catsebastian.com/
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.