Series Review: The Turner series by Cat Sebastian

Monday, August 21, 2017

I should probably start by saying that I read this books completely out of order.  lol!  I actually received an ARC of book #3, The Ruin of a Rake, for review and enjoyed it so much that I decided to go back and read the previous two books.  The books in this series can be read as standalones, but we see recurring characters/couples from previous books in the later ones.  I really enjoyed this series a lot, which really surprised me.  I was avoiding historical romances for a while but I feel like I'm slowly getting hooked on them again. lol

The Soldier's Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian - Book #1

Synopsis: 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

Review: The Soldier's Scoundrel was a little mix of everything.  There was an enemies-to-lovers vibe at the beginning, followed by a few mysteries that needed to be solved, but mostly it was about two men who are just about complete opposites getting to know one another. There was a lot of attraction from the start, but the romance was slow-burn and grew stronger with time.  I did wish the author upped from the heat factor in their sex scenes a little more and added a bit more affectionate moments between the two of them.  I did think this story had a few slow moments in the plot line and felt a little longer than it needed to be, but ultimately I really enjoyed it.

The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian - Book #2

Synopsis: 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.

Review:  This was was definitely a slow burn kind of romance.  I loved the banter between Georgie and Lawrence, and the initial prickliness of Lawrence which morphed into something softer. The writing was on point and the secondary characters were well fleshed out and relatable, but I thought the story took a while to get moving. It was a really slow start, and some of the character's hot and cold behavior really frustrated me.  There aren't many steamy scenes, but I did love that this book had a lot more affectionate moments between the two of them compared to the couple in the first book.

The Ruin of A Rake by Cat Sebastian - Book #3

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This was actually the first book I ever read by Cat Sebastian and it made me want to go back and read the first two books when I finished.  I really enjoyed this rake vs. wallflower trope because it was a little different than you would expect. In this one, the wallflower is the more "hard-hearted" man and the rake is the more emotional of the two. I thought that was a fun twist on the usual. This was also a bit of a hate to love kind of romance too. Courtenay didn't like Julian because he's so uptight and acts as if he is better than everyone. Julian didn't like Courtenay for the sole reason that he was attracted to him, I think. lol!

Have you read this series?
Do you enjoy historical romances?


  1. I tend to read historical romances out of order too. xD

    1. hahaha it must be a historical romance thing then! lol

  2. All three of the books sound amazing! Cat Sebastien has been on my TBR for a bit now, I just need to get my hands on copies of them from Overdrive. But omg! MORE STEAMY SCENES, please!!

    1. hahaha YES, more steamy scenes!! I'm a big fan of the steamy scenes. I really enjoyed this series, so I hope you enjoy them when you get to pick them up

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    1. I really enjoyed them! Hope you love them if you check them out!

  4. I am really wanting to pick this series up. I am so glad to see that you liked all of these :)

    1. I definitely really enjoyed it and will be on the lookout for more of her books in the future. I hope you end up enjoying these books if you get a chance to pick them up

  5. oh I am so glad to see that you liked this series for the most part. I have been curious about these books and really want to pick them up.

    1. I would definitely recommend this series. It was a lot of fun. I enjoyed it a lot


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