Unmasked by the Marquess: The Regency Impostors

Unmasked by the Marquess: The Regency Impostors

by Cat Sebastian

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ISBN-13: 9780062820655
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Series: The Regency Impostors , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 20,828
File size: 754 KB

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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Unmasked by the Marquess: The Regency Impostors 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Alistair, Marquess of Pembroke is so rigid he’d shatter into pieces were he bent in half. Obsessed with propriety and the mantle of power the title he holds brings, he’s steadily working to regain and rebuild the reputation of his title so ill-used by his father. This has required a near laser focus, years of scrimping and careful management have turned the account books from red to black. But the opportunity for disgracing the title are everywhere: a younger brother who seems aimless and content to continue, and his father’s ‘second family’ – three girls and his former mistress, left in reasonable comfort before his death. The old man’s death, however, did more than leave debts and headaches: his behavior being so scandalous has left Alistair a rigid, propriety first man –icy cold, unemotional and wholly intimidating. That is, until one Robert Selby approaches and begs a favor for his sister, Alistair’s father’s god-daughter Louisa. While not in the habit of providing ‘favors’ for family or unknowns, Alistair’s curious attraction to Selby, combined with his belief that doing this one favor will serve multiple purposes and serve as a ‘warning’ for those who may ask in the future. But while Alistair is attracted to (and without guilt or self-conscious berating) the young man, having no particular shame in his own bisexuality, there’s something different about Selby – and the man that he is when with him. Robert Selby is, in fact, Charity Church – a foundling brought into the Selby home to help raise Louisa after her mother’s death. Good friends with the Selby children, she and Robbie were close and his enjoyment in her seeing further afield than the family lands led to a series of deceptions and twists not common in historical romance. See, Charity donned men’s clothing and took Robbie’s place at Oxford: first as a convenience, then as she discovered the freedoms of men, the comfort and her own behavior adopted the role as a man, and life was proceeding apace, until Louisa’s 18th year. She’s in London as Selby to make Louisa a solid match, and then will decide on his/her next move. Of course, she never expected to find someone like Alistair, and the attraction that she has is a never-ending worry. Slowly a friendship develops, and Alistair in a very uncommon moment of tenderness to this point, bestows a pet name, Robin, upon Selby. Followed by kisses and a scene that could quickly go over the line and unveil Robin’s secret. This story had so many layers and levels – from the attraction and love that is momentarily troubling for Alistair as he believes Robin a male, to the ‘dressing as a boy’ and coming to see oneself and one’s life as integrally entwined with the perceptions and reactions of society in that role, to the actual thawing of Alistair’s countenance and behavior under the influence of the well-intentioned and kind-hearted Robin, and even their own hopes for the future. You know that Robin / Charity will be found out – and from all of the information given – that discovery will be disastrous: but can’t help to admire her for the act, and all she gave up to see Louisa settled and safe. The ending, for me, was wholly unexpected as I thought that a demand for Robin / Charity would mean she’d forego the person she had become in Robin, men’s clothes and all – but kudos to Sebastian for allowing the non-conformity to continue, supported by the person, power and title of Alistair. Sebastian’s books are always a treat to r
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fun read!