The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian
The Turners #2
LGBTQ+ Historical Romance
Georgie is a con artist and a thief and that life has served him well up to this point — until he gets soft over a mark. When he can’t follow through on his con he gets into hot water with the local “gang” leader Mattie Brewster, and he must find a safe place to hide out. Georgie has never let personal connections or love be a part of his life outside his siblings and he doesn’t know how he can live an honest life. Lawrence doesn’t want a new secretary but there are concerns from family members that he’s not fit to care for the estate or his son. Lawrence doesn’t care either way, he just wants to work on his experiments and be left alone. He suffers from anxiety whenever away from home or when there are too many people or loud noises around. He believes he has the same madness his brother and father suffered from.
I enjoyed this one but I liked the plot of the previous book a little bit more. Maybe it’s because Jack Turner was trying to live a more honest life while Georgie is perfectly happy to keep on swindling people and even plans to do the same to Lawrence before he begins to develop feelings for him. I liked the plot of this book and it was interesting to see Lawrence work on his machines and balance — or fail at balancing — his anxiety and isolation.
Georgie starts out not really caring about Lawrence to actually being interested in his experiments and caring about his health. I liked reading how Georgie worked to reorganize Lawrence’s office and papers, bring the house back to life, and protect him from the possible con of working with Standish. Sebastian does a good job of showing the caring heart Georgie has under his con artist ways.
Lawrence is a bit of a bear but he has a lot on his plate and also fully believes he suffers from the same madness as his brother and father so he just wants to be left alone. I liked watching him come out of his shell around Georgie and though he isn’t magically cured (which he shouldn’t be) he truly tries to make an effort where it counts with Georgie and with his son. Plus I loved the final scenes where Lawrence really goes out of his comfort zone to help Georgie. I did feel that Lawrence was very quickly forgiving when he finds out about Georgie, maybe a little too easily, but it wasn’t out of left field. After all he already suspected something was a bit off with his secretary so it wasn’t a full blindside.
3 stars – it was good
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.
Published by Avon on February 7, 2017
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