Thursday, June 18, 2020

Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian

Will Sedgwick can’t believe that after months of searching for his oldest friend, Martin Easterbrook is found hiding in an attic like a gothic nightmare. Intent on nursing Martin back to health, Will kindly kidnaps him and takes him to the countryside to recover, well away from the world.

Martin doesn’t much care where he is or even how he got there. He’s much more concerned that the man he’s loved his entire life is currently waiting on him hand and foot, feeding him soup and making him tea. Martin knows he’s a lost cause, one he doesn’t want Will to waste his life on.

As a lifetime of love transforms into a tender passion both men always desired but neither expected, can they envision a life free from the restrictions of the past, a life with each other?

Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Two Rogues Make a Right is the third installment in the Seducing the Sedgwicks series. Can it be read out of series order as a standalone? Absolutely. But the better question to ask is if it should. I think the emotional investment would be higher, the connection deeper, if read from the start.

I need to preface this review by stating something that might sound odd. While I felt this novel to be beautifully written, I'm not sure mainstream MM Romance readers will. There is slow-burn, there is a crawling pace, there is having a singular focus on the couple with no outside plot, but then there is
Two Rogues Make a Right. I believe that the novel might not be everyone's cup of tea, with how slow the building is, the pacing molasses, the plot not exciting, with fear in the forefront of the reader's mind.

This review won't be too in-depth, for the simple fact that the entire novel is focused on slowly building emotion. The growing relationship of a lifetime friendship. To give a quick rundown of the plot would be to simply give the entire plot away.

Both Will and Martin are known to those who have read the series from the beginning, hence my suggestion to not read out of order.

A story of redemption. Healing. But also the slow build of realizing your worth while paving your own path. The connection between Will and Martin is organic and realistic. The sexual tension is palpable, the emotions raw, with constant vulnerability.

While reading something so beautifully sweet, I will be honest that the entire time I couldn't relax. Hundreds of pages where I couldn't sit back and enjoy, fearing there wouldn't be a happy ending. This hijacked my enjoyment, making me antsy and uncomfortable, while also lending to the bittersweet vibe.

Recommended to fans of the author and the series. But as I warned, not much happens other than relationship building, set to the backdrop of that fear. I believe this is a novel where the reader either adores every word of it or they won't find it to their reading tastes.

This is the story of the tender relationship that builds between two lifelong friends. Martin is an aristocrat suffering from consumption and Will is a struggling playwright. Alone in a cottage as Will nurses Martin back to health, the two men’s lifelong devotion turns into something more.

I have to admit that I’m a little wary of m/m historic romance because it can get rather gloomy. But this is quite different. Hopeful Will and surly Martin are wonderful together and everyone around them is rather accepting of their relationship. Conflict in this book is about Martin’s health and poverty and Will’s struggles with abuse and addiction – not about their orientation. And actually, considering how grim the themes sound, much of this story is lighter and more playful than the men’s issues would suggest. There are some wonderful moments of humour between the men and in their patient neighbour’s responses to their inept attempts at farm work.

I like that the author hasn’t tried to force the language in this book to feel authentic. The language feels British but there aren't any distracting attempts to add flowery historic detail. Will and Martin feel more real because of this approach and I found it easy to engage with their stories.

I haven’t read the previous books in the series and I probably should have. The story does stand alone, but I know that I missed a few things that must have been explained in previous stories.

Also Available in the Seducing the Sedgwicks Series

Book 1
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Book 2
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Avon Romance

For reviews & more info, check out our A Gentleman Never Keeps Score post.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Two Rogues Make a Right (Seducing the Sedgwicks #3) by Cat Sebastian to read and review.

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