The Soldier's Scoundrel

The Soldier's Scoundrel

by Cat Sebastian

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Overview

The Soldier's Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062642486
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Series: Cat Sebastian's Turner Series , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 38,333
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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 Soldier's Scoundrel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
For me, there is no better element to play with in historic romance than the one of class divides, particularly in eras where your social position defines the way a character interacts with their world. Cat Sebastian has used a character-driven plot to bring us Oliver and Jack. Jack’s life has always had an element of ‘on the edge’ living. An ex thief/servant he’s now transitioned to a sort of private fixer, using his unique and unfiltered view of the world and its accompanying less than perfect elements, as well as a malleable morality to draw conclusions. Oliver, raised to the gentry, wants nothing more than to forget the horrors he saw during the war, learn to deal with the aftereffects, and proceed with a quiet life more fitting with his early upbringing. He’s a softer, more by the books sort of man, not quite completely buying into the class divide so revered by his peers, but not quite sure that all of the complaints and questions are legitimate. Together Oliver and Jack are adorable: there is an instant attraction that keeps them circling one another, but it is the conversations and the questions that they bring up, as well as the very solid Holmes/Watson vibe that plays throughout the story. These moments show the gradual development of the relationship and connection between them as well as the broadening of perspectives and horizons that this relationship has brought. While not quite a “read all of me now” story, the pacing seemed to take cues from the personal development of each character, lifelong beliefs and perspectives that are gradually changing direction. In a world where homosexuality was illegal and secretive, this story translated a modern twist on the Love is Love theme beautifully, framing it in a story that feels wholly historic and ‘of an age’ without overplaying the judgment from society but still acknowledging the stakes. A wonderfully written debut, full of historic detail that surrounded and informed the characters that came to life so wonderfully. Sure to please fans of M/M romance and historical alike. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
afnick 5 months ago
This was my first read with Cat Sebastian. I remember when I saw the cover in my bookstore and did a double take - wait, those are two men! Now I'm so grateful I moved out of my comfortable genres and gave this a try. The characters are well thought out, and the romance is believable. The plot even reads very well - almost like a gay Sherlock Holmes novel. Definitely recommend giving it a try!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Just the right blend of relationship push/pull...then relationship sweetness and angst...paired with the couple of mysteries that Jack was trying to resolve (at times reluctantly) with Oliver's help--perfect! Cat Sebastian's writing too was a whole lot of fun--whether the dialogue was external or internal, there were many, many snippets that I ended up needing to highlight so I could go back later and smile at all over again. Such fun! Jack and Oliver were a great couple. Of course making your protagonists from different classes in a historical romance gives you built in conflict, but add to that the fact that their very relationship breaks the law? Yeah, that's a whole new element. But oh goodness, with these two they had to be together, they just had to. I was all for Oliver with his sunny optimism on the prospect of their future, but realistically afraid that Jack was going to end up right all along... (Spoiler alert: he's not--because, hello, it's a romance. Fortunately, Ms. Sebastian manages to pull it off in a fairly believable way--I'm not totally convinced it would work, but I want it to, so I'm perfectly willing to go with it.) I also enjoyed the two puzzles that Jack had to resolve in the course of the book. Neither one of the solutions were obvious, yet the answers came together nicely and made sense. Jack's ability to read people was believable given his past and also highly entertaining--I loved watching him at work! Oliver was better at helping him out than either of us thought he would be; together they gave off an almost Sherlock-and-Watson-in-the-Regency-era vibe. The secondary characters here were fun too--Jack's brother Georgie was a hoot, and it looks like he's due to star in book #2 (yay!). Jack and Oliver also both have sisters, so... (hint, hint! ;)) A highly entertaining debut from Ms. Sebastian--I am anxiously awaiting her next release! Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Shinashi More than 1 year ago
The only reason this doesn't get five stars is because I reserve five star romances for a more particular genre of gay romance (if it's very good, of course). Otherwise, this book is everything I want in a gay romance and more. The first thing that always attracts me is humor. Perhaps I'm easy to amuse, but this book is hilarious. I found myself snorting easily almost every page, without it feeling as if Sebastian wasn't taking the book seriously. I also love a good mystery- wasn't expecting that at all when I picked it up (blame yaoi, I suppose). I also wasn't expecting so many side characters' emotions to play so deeply in how the mystery played out and in the relation between our heroes. Now, Oliver and Jack. These are guys to like! Sebastian made it completely understandable how and why they act without making me just want to strangle them constantly, like may happen in (many) other books. And one doesn't have to agree with them, and they don't have to agree with each other, but you feel the attraction is there and one hopes (and knows, c'mon, it's not that kind of book) that everything will be ok. Despite what others have said, I did make it through most of this book in one sitting. It was an easy alluring read. Oh yea. There's R rated sections. Way more than I expected (almost enough to make it five stars! Alas, it wasn't that type of genre), and they are written so well. Not afraid of using naughty words, but able to string together an intelligible clever group of words to titillate the senses! After finishing this book I searched for more of this author. Alas, I have a month!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But good story
HollyJenae More than 1 year ago
254 pages. Can be read as a stand-alone book. Rated R. I agree with one of the other reviewers who said this book was easy to put down. That being said, this is the best book I've read in a long time. I really enjoyed the relationship that developed between the two men (even though it was slow). This was not a predictable storyline whatsoever either. Nothing's worse than solving the mystery and then having to read the characters bumbling around without a clue. Truly good book. Great sex scenes. Great characters. Possibly unrealistic the number of 1700s Brits who accepted their homosexuality but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. I really liked Georgie's character and was hoping to find a book on him. It's coming : D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well written and had me smiling all through the last chapter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read M/M stories before just never during this time period. I was so happy that I gave it a chance and purchased the book. Jack and Oliver are so perfect and hot together I could not put the book down. Looking forward to reading about Georgie.
JenPH More than 1 year ago
Ah, I do believe I've found myself a new author in the genre that I'm obsessed about most and the fact that this is her debut release makes me doubly thrilled because then I won't have to go through back lists since I'll be able to watch out for every new release she has planned and promptly--hopefully!--fall in love with each one. I do like seeing how an author will be able to set themselves apart from more established names with their debut release, and when they do so as successfully as Cat Sebastian, try to remain patient while counting the months, weeks, and days before their next book is out. I make no secret of my adoration for M/M romances, with historical ones being particularly tricky because of the specifics involved in more than one aspect of the story. Not only did Sebastian convince me that this story was set in Regency times, but she gave it her own spin, infusing Jack Turner and Oliver Rivington's love story with mystery and intrigue that had me enthralled from the moment Oliver steps into Jack's office until the sweet conclusion. Jack Turner was born a scoundrel and three decades and a half into his life and behind studied civility, finer clothing, and a trained accent, he remains a scoundrel of sorts. He offers his services to the women who seek their own measure of justice or to even the odds in their favor against those who have wronged or taken advantage of them. Yes, he gets paid for it and he does his job using whatever means necessary. When Oliver Rivington suddenly appears in his office demanding to learn what kind of service his sister procured from Jack, it's clear that the former soldier sees him as nothing more than the scoundrel that he was. Listening in on Jack's latest client's dilemma has Oliver involving himself in Jack's affairs. They soon find themselves wary allies trying to tamp down on the desires that they have no business acting on. Close quarters and long-held fantasies bring everything to a head and soon, it becomes more than mere attraction. But what kind of future can the son of an earl and an unapologetic criminal ever have together? The story as a whole developed over time, and thank goodness it did because rushing this--both the romance and the mystery--would have been a disservice to the main characters, Oliver and Jack. Cat Sebastian's storytelling is the kind that entices you and before you know it, you're emotionally invested in the outcomes awaiting Jack and Oliver as well as their siblings and the Wraxhalls. There were complexities to the story, what with it being set in a time where engaging in an intimate moment or relationship with someone of the same sex was considered a crime plus the supposed importance of social standing and how those differences could doom a romance. I loved getting to know Jack and Oliver and I enjoyed seeing how they would overcome the challenges set before them. Everything played out in a way that was surprising yet utterly delightful, leaving me more than satisfied by the time their story came to an end. The Soldier's Scoundrel is a novel I would happily recommend and it's on my list of best debuts of 2016. Five-plus stars. ♥
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Oliver and Jack could not be more opposite when it comes to social standing or justice. Oliver's time in the Army has left him wanting rules and order, while Jack knows that justice is not fair unless you are part of the upper class. Jack helps those who have problems or issues that cannot be solved in traditional ways. This makes for an interesting dynamic between them as their relationship develops from lust to love. This is the first M/M historical that I've read, and while I enjoyed the romance part of it, I wish the the sex scenes would have been a bit hotter. I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.