Series Review: The Turner Series

One of the Read Harder challenges this year is to read an LGBTQ+ romance novel. I’ve read gay romances before. I read Ava March’s Brook Street series a few years and proceeded to devour all of her books. I decided it was time for me to branch out to another author, though. I noticed The Soldier’s Scoundrel on Avon’s Fall catalog last year, but never got around to it. Turns out it was the first in a series of companion novels and it was Cat Sebastian’s debut. I adored this series and I’m excited to read whatever she publishes next.

Series Review: The Turner SeriesThe Soldier's Scoundrel (The Turner Series #1) by Cat Sebastian. Avon Impulse, 2016. eBook: 352 pp.

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

A scoundrel who lives in the shadows
Jack Turner grew up in the darkness of London's slums, born into a life of crime and willing to do anything to keep his belly full and his siblings safe. Now he uses the tricks and schemes of the underworld to help those who need the kind of assistance only a scoundrel can provide. His distrust of the nobility runs deep and his services do not extend to the gorgeous high-born soldier who personifies everything Jack will never be.

A soldier untarnished by vice
After the chaos of war, Oliver Rivington craves the safe predictability of a gentleman's life-one that doesn't include sparring with a ne'er-do-well who flouts the law at every turn. But Jack tempts Oliver like no other man has before. Soon his yearning for the unapologetic criminal is only matched by Jack's pleasure in watching his genteel polish crumble every time they're together.

Two men only meant for each other

This book may be uncomfortable for some young readers due to graphic content. I recommend evaluating it personally.

This one was a little slow in the beginning. I had a little trouble getting invested, but it ended up being fun and really sweet. Jack is an adorably grumpy with a rough edge. Oliver is the picture of refinement. Their romance is a slow-burn with that lovely tension that comes from beginning as enemies of sorts. The cover is silly and it’s a tad lengthy, but it is precious enough to make up for it. I’m not sure it will be one of my rereads, but I definitely enjoyed it.

This book counts toward my Read Harder Challenge.

Series Review: The Turner SeriesThe Lawrence Browne Affair (The Turner Series #2) by Cat Sebastian. Avon Impulse, 2017. eBook: 352 pp.

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

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.

This book may be uncomfortable for some young readers due to graphic content. I recommend evaluating it personally.

Oh, this book was so much fun and SO PRECIOUS. I had to pick it up after reading the first one since one of the main characters is Jack’s trouble-making conman brother, Georgie. Lawrence read as if he was on the autism spectrum, which the people in that time period called “mad.” The two have this wonderful banter, Lawrence the gruff recluse and Georgie the dry-humored eccentric. Also, there’s a kid. He doesn’t play a big part in the story, but I’m a sucker for kids in romances. They just create a totally different dynamic. This was my favorite in the series, so if you want to try one out I suggest this one. It will be a comfort reread for me in the future because I absolutely loved it.

This book counts toward my New Release Challenge.

Series Review: The Turner SeriesThe Ruin of a Rake (The Turner Series #3) by Cat Sebastian. Avon Impulse, 2017. eBook: 352 pp.

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

Rogue. Libertine. Rake. Lord Courtenay has been called many things and has never much cared. But after the publication of a salacious novel supposedly based on his exploits, he finds himself shunned from society. Unable to see his nephew, he is willing to do anything to improve his reputation, even if that means spending time with the most proper man in London.

Julian Medlock has spent years becoming the epitome of correct behavior. As far as he cares, if Courtenay finds himself in hot water, it’s his own fault for behaving so badly—and being so blasted irresistible. But when Julian’s sister asks him to rehabilitate Courtenay’s image, Julian is forced to spend time with the man he loathes—and lusts after—most.

As Courtenay begins to yearn for a love he fears he doesn’t deserve, Julian starts to understand how desire can drive a man to abandon all sense of propriety. But he has secrets he’s determined to keep, because if the truth came out, it would ruin everyone he loves. Together, they must decide what they’re willing to risk for love.

This book may be uncomfortable for some young readers due to graphic content. I recommend evaluating it personally.

This was a somewhat surprising book. It wasn’t at all what I expected. The two main characters in this book were in a few scenes in the previous book and they HATED each other. I was excited to read a hate-to-love romance. I got some lovely things from it that I wasn’t expecting. Courtenay isn’t what he seems in The Lawrence Browne Affair. Julian was quite a surprise, too. I love that Sebastian built up an image of him in the previous book that didn’t quite match what was going on underneath. I loved their romance, but I have to admit that I really adored the few scenes about Julian’s sister. I love historical novels with women interested in science. Her scenes with her estranged husband were so great. I was expecting a lot of sexy tension from Courtenay and Julian. While there was some of that, I was delighted to find that this one ended up having a deep and emotionally vulnerable relationship. You have my attention, Cat Sebastian.

This book counts toward my New Release Challenge.

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