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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't pick up historical romances as often as I should even though I enjoy reading them a great deal. I've read contemporary M/M romances before but The Soldier's Scoundrel is the first M/M Regency and this is a début novel by the author.
Jack Turner has a knack of making his own fortune. A good attribute because his abusive upbringing taught him to seize any opportunity at any time. He's like a chameleon, blending into any situation to 'help' solve problems for his discerning clients. When a distinguished young gentleman seeks him out at his office, he says, he's making inquiries for his sister. Whilst that may be true, it is obvious to Jack that Captain 'Oliver' Rivington isn't the gentleman he pretends to be.
Oliver Rivington is back in England after selling the military commission his father paid for when he was only seventeen years old. Now in London, he's trying to find a purpose in his life and looking into the affairs of his sister is a start...
Really lovely, I thought. I enjoyed the way Oliver and Jack rubbed each-other the wrong way (when they weren't rubbing each-other the right way). I enjoyed the way Oliver was almost boyish in his straight forward, goal-oriented pursuit of Jack and the way Jack enjoyed it despite himself. I liked that Jack was a bit older than the average romance hero and I liked the close friendships between the sister and her 'companion.'
I did think the book a little too long, or at least longer than what seems to be the average for such books. The mystery especially seemed to take forever to come to a head. And, after all Jack's protests about social position, I thought the ending didn't adequately address how they were going to make their HEA work. But the writing was lovely. There was humor and feelz. I'm looking forward to reading more of Sebastian's work.
The Soldier's Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian is her debut historical romance. It is book 1 of a new series by her. It is an easy interesting read. Jack Turner has had to do what ever he could to keep him and his siblings safe and fed. He has no love for the Upper Class in London. He has been behind and in the homes of that class. He discovered a job he could do to help the women in the Upper Class with no say in their treatment. Oliver Rivington’s time as a solider is over and he just wants chaos gone out of his life. He has found out his sister has given Mr. Turner money. He intends to find out what Turner does. Cat Sebastian takes us in and out of the society levels of her London. The background information and the secondary characters are important for the set-up for this story and I feel sure for the series to follow. The angst and twist in both the main characters lives will hold your attention. I really enjoyed Cat Sebastain’s first story. I think...
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