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The Lawrence Browne Affair

The Lawrence Browne Affair

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by Cat Sebastian

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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


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.

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Kirkus Reviews
★ 2017-01-23
A London swindler falls for his mark, a mad earl, in this Cornwall-set Regency romance.As Penkellis Castle falls to ruins around him, Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, hides in the tower, working feverishly on inventing a telegraphlike device. His servants have fled, the villagers think he's demonic, and Lawrence himself is convinced the madness and depravity that consumed his father and brother will claim his life as well. This gothic setup is punctured when professional confidence man Georgie Turner arrives on Radnor's moldering doorstep, posing as a secretary. Georgie recently aborted a lucrative assignment thanks to a sudden bout of conscience, a development his furious boss would like to properly, and violently, acknowledge. He's not impressed with the Mad Earl: "I had hoped for some good old fashioned howling at the moon, and all you do is build ingenious inventions and eat too much ham." Georgie is beautiful, slender, and graceful to Lawrence's bearded, hulking form. Lawrence dismisses his cool and neat secretary as a London dandy, but Georgie, a swindler practically from his birth in the slums of London, quickly, and astutely, assesses the situation and begins putting Penkellis to rights while at the same time appraising its valuables. Sebastian (The Soldier's Scoundrel, 2016) nicely contrasts Georgie's frankness and sexual openness with the deceitfulness at his core. Sebastian infuses a romance that could have been dark with a constant thrum of mild humor and steady wonder: "Then Radnor flashed him one of his rare smiles, and Georgie felt simultaneously like he had been given a precious gift and like he had been hit in the head with a shovel." Lawrence's character is complicated by social anxiety and sexual shame over his "perverse tastes": a thornier nest of issues than "madness" but an easier one to untangle. Georgie's change of heart is less effective because he was never much of a convincing scoundrel, but readers will be thrilled by the way his empowering love for Lawrence comes back to him in a time of need. In a crumbling castle in Cornwall, two inauthentic men from vastly different registers of Regency society find in each other an authentic and passionate love. Another exquisitely written, deeply romantic novel from Sebastian.
All About Romance.com
“The Lawrence Browne Affair is an excellent, character-driven romance that reminds us everyone deserves to love and be loved...a mesmerizing and powerful character-centric love story.”
Heroes and Heartbreakers.com
“Cat Sebastian’s second male/male regency novel is a beautiful story about the ways in which we can make ourselves better for those we love. With echoes from The Thomas Crown Affair and Beauty and the Beast, Sebastian weaves a tale that manages to be sad, hopeful, and thoroughly satisfying.”
Jordan L. Hawk
“Cat Sebastian masterfully crafts swoon-worthy characters the reader can’t help but fall in love with.”
Eva Leigh
On The Soldier’s Scoundrel:“Sizzling and sweet!”-Eva Leigh, author of Temptations of a Wallflower
Bonnie Dee
On The Soldier’s Scoundrel: “Readers can expect angst-filled romance and scorching hot passion. Gentleman Oliver and Private Investigator Jack will check every box on your romance must-have list. I highly recommend this debut novel!”
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On The Soldier’s Scoundrel: “Cat Sebastian is already on my auto-buy list!”
Lenora Bell
On The Soldier’s Scoundrel: “The deftly-woven suspense kept me turning the pages, while the sparks flying between Jack and Oliver were delightfully romantic. Cat Sebastian’s debut sparkles with wit and sensuality. Not to be missed!”
Tessa Dare
“Cat Sebastian has a place on my keeper shelf!”
Washington Post
On The Soldier’s Scoundrel: “Cat Sebastian sets a beautiful romance against a compelling story of blackmail, scandal and the impossibility of happily-ever-after... a reminder that love holds such power over us all.
Courtney Milan
On The Soldier’s Scoundrel: “Cat Sebastian’s debut is an utterly swoonworthy cross-class romance. Don’t miss it!”

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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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The Lawrence Browne Affair 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
gaele 15 days ago
Sebastian crafted a story that was deliciously complex, emotionally honest and truly special. Easily read as a stand-alone, The Lawrence Browne Affair brings us an alternate and diverse view of historic romance from the late-regency, Napoleonic era. Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is burdened. Burdened with the family history of madness, a cloying shyness and discomfort in social situations, a crumbling estate and a decided lack of servants. Nothing is meant to come “easy” for Lawrence, and one might expect a slight and small man, a bit on the prissy side considering the title, but he’s far from that. Large, strong, sharp witted but completely without concern for the social niceties or interactions so many crave. George Turner (Georgie) is a brother of Jack (from A Soldier’s Scoundrel), and another rather amoral human being, totally out for his own personal gain. But, when he is taken by a sudden (and recurring) twinge of conscience, he missteps with a gang leader and needs to readjust. Always in his life, Georgie has managed to endear himself to his marks, winning their trust and confidence, and a position as the personal secretary to the Earl of Radnor is the next challenge. There are solid overtones that bring Beauty and the Beast to mind: Georgie being the softer and gentler, and often more personable of the two, especially when contrasted with Lawrence’s decided discomfort and bad temper that characterize his own interactions. But Georgie is supremely skilled in coaxing and cajoling trust and confidence, even as he reveals little to nothing about himself. Lawrence, mired in the fears that family history will also result in his mental decline, have served to push him further from the public’s eye, finding refuge in his experiments and scientific study. Experiments don’t require conversation, they don’t judge and point fingers while whispering, and more importantly, they don’t require him to be anything other than himself. Of course, there is talk of the Mad Earl: how could they not with his father’s dramatic demise, and the servants who left in droves didn’t understand the difference between science and witchcraft, and everything combines to make a story far more dramatic and intriguing than the truth. Sebastian creates a story lush with description and detail, but never overburdens readers with empty facts. Secondary characters are wonderfully complex and introduced for specific reasons, while not always evident of the moment, you realize they add yet another layer to bring the story forward. Lawrence is instantly sympathetic, we see his social anxieties and understand his fears, and his deep-rooted need to be loved. Georgie has his moments of charm, but as his conscience started to guide his actions, and his own conflicts between his initial purpose and history allowed us to see his true heart, and the struggles he had between who he is or was, and who he wanted to be because of Lawrence and what he feels for him. The slow burn romance, combined with the gradual softening and connection between the two of them when attraction moves to action was delicious and will have you clamoring for more. When you add in the climax, when all secrets are revealed, what emerges is a connection that is both visceral and heart-felt. Sebastian crafted a story that was deliciously complex, emotionally honest and truly special. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review
Anonymous 4 days ago
I love books about wounded souls and the healing that love brings. This is one of the best. There is enough sex to make it interesting, but more importantly it's a good story.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless 4 days ago
Lawrence, the Earl of Radnor was a scientist, whether mad or not was not the my main focus, the fact that he worked with a single-minded focus was. He was consumed by his work. He strived to have things done right and perfect. He did not need people or various other distractions to hinder his progress. Loss of staff be damn. He just notices that manor was more conducive to him getting his work done. He allowed his work to be all to him. That was until a certain someone began to interfere on his thoughts. Georgie was more or less than the secretary that he professed to be. Georgie had an upbringing that allowed for him to conform to his surrounding with ease. He finds that this time he has chosen a subject that just may endanger more than the scam he has going on. Lawrence Browne turns out to be an intriguing challenge for him to wrap himself around. Things here started out a bit subtly. I rather enjoy both Georgie and Lawrence. I found that this time around Cat Sebastian capture more than just my interest in the romance that was blooming. She found a way to entice me into the actually lives, past and present, of both Georgie and Lawrence. I wanted to know more about them outside of their current circumstance. I wanted to cheer for them to both move forward together and a unit. I enjoyed this one such much more than the first. I can see the growth of the characters and the surrounding with this second mm historical romance from Cat Sebastian. Thank you. You added a bit more to the historical romance.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Lawrence and Georgie story was told amazingly well. The author built up the attraction and romance between the two characters gradually throughout the story. I love this series and I can't wait to read about Simon ' uncle.
sweetpotato101 15 days ago
Cat Sebastian has done something for the romance genre with The Lawrence Browne Affair - and in particular, this historical period - that few have done in the market thus far. It has added diversity that’s needed while giving us all the essential elements of a great romance. I am so happy I found this one! Lawrence and Georgie are the perfect match right from the beginning. I simply can’t resist a broody hero, but Lawrence is more than that. He’s sequestered himself alone, living in a broken down home, and thinking he’s mad simply because he desires men. How can you not just want to hug this man? This sweet person who doesn’t understand how amazing he is? Don’t worry. It’s Georgie to the rescue. He’s funny, snarky and brutally honest. He made this book for me! In one scene, they are working on Lawrence’s experiments - yes, Lawrence is super sexy smart and handy too! - and Georgie sends him a message. Two words, and Ack! The tension killed me. I just wanted to shout, “Atta boy, Georgie! Get your man!” And when Lawrence reins in his ghosts and throws around his brute strength and title...watch out! Their story is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy, and any book that makes me sigh in happiness is a 5-star read for me. It’s books like these that have me so excited for the historical fiction genre as a whole as much as it cements my love for them. I highly recommend this one!