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download ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¿ Cat Sebastian Cat Sebastian ¿ 6 read free read A Duke in Disguise Regency Imposters #2 ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB One reluctant heirIf anyone else had asked for his help publishing a naughty novel Ash would have had the sense to say no But he’s never been able to deny Verity Plum Now he has his hands full illustrating a book and trying his damnedest not to fall in love with his best friend The last thing he needs is to discover he’s a duke’s lost heir Without a family or a proper education he’s had to fight f I ve given this a B at AARCat Sebastian returns to Regency London for the second instalment of her Regency Imposters series A Duke in Disguise in which an illustrator and a prickly publisher who have been close friends for a decade have to decide if friendship is really enough or whether it s worth risking what they have for the possibility of something It s a well written story with a very strong sense of time and place featuring two engaging and complex principals there s a nod or two to the gothic novels popular at the time as well as some shrewd observations about the political situation the lack of options open to women and the way the lives of well born ladies were completely controlled by their menfolkVerity Plum and her younger brother Nate are joint proprietors of Plum Company Printers and Booksellers which was left to them by their father Verity is the brains of the outfit in the sense that she takes care of all the practicalities and then some while Nathan who is just twenty indulges his radical sentiments by writing increasingly seditious polemics which she fears will land him in prison in the not too distant future Verity and Nate s good friend John Ashby a moderately successful illustrator and engraver has lodged with them on and off over the past decade and although he and Verity are completely smitten with each other and have been for years neither of them is willing to risk crossing the line into a romantic and physical relationship Verity doesn t believe she s cut out for romance in any case her most recent love affair with Portia Allenby who appeared in the previous book Unmasked by the Maruess didn t end particularly well and she s not one for dealing with complex emotions Verity guards her independence and sense of self very jealously and she s stretched thin as it is what with the pieces of herself she gives over to worrying about Nate and the business and her friendship with Ash and if she s scared of anything she s scared of losing herself completely to all the other demands life makes of herVerity is desperately trying to prevent Nate landing himself in serious trouble and with Ash s help she manages to persuade him to leave England and travel to America to set up in business there She hates doing it but recognises it s the only way to keep his neck out of the noose Both Verity and Ash feel his loss but aren t sure how to comfort each other without crossing their very carefully preserved line something which is become and difficult with each passing dayThe we can t become lovers because we ll risk our friendship plotline is one that s often used to create an obstacle in friends to lovers stories and doesn t always work for me but Ms Sebastian makes it work here showing just how well Verity and Ash know each other and how deeply they care in small but important ways I loved that Ash always had a spare hairpin or three in his pocket and imbues their relationship with such visceral longing that it leaps off the page That said though Verity s determination to keep things between her and Ash strictly platonic just seemed to evaporate without much of an explanationAsh is a gorgeous beta hero who hides his insecurities behind a veneer of impassivity but who feels deeply His life has been difficult and filled with loss he longs for stability and connection and those longings are the main reasons he is so reluctant to pursue anything other than friendship with Verity even though he knows she s as attracted to him as he is to her After a childhood being passed from pillar to post fostered by one family only to be passed on after suffering an epileptic seizure he eventually went to a charity school where one of his schoolmasters recognised his artistic talent and arranged for him to be apprenticed to an engraver It s in that capacity that he first makes the acuaintance of Lady Caroline Talbot who wishes to engage him to illustrate a book of the plants and flowers in her herbarium Right from his first visit Ash is struck by a strange sense of familiarity and wrongness at the same time he can t know that his visits to Arundel House will change his lifeI don t think it s too much of a spoiler given the book s title for me to talk about what that change is and it s in the synopsis although Ash isn t so much a duke in disguise as he is one who has no idea of his true identity The discovery of his origins is naturally a shock and his instinct is to deny that he is likely the Duke of Arundel s heir not only has he not been brought up to it Verity will want nothing to do with him should he really be a member of the aristocracy she so despises But it seems he cannot escape his birthright and over he can t abandon Lady Caroline who is his aunt to the not so tender mercies of her violent abusive brother whose murderous intentions were the reasons she sent Ash away into hiding when he was a little boyI enjoyed the book overall even though I had a few niggles with the way things played out I liked Ash and Verity and the strong connection the author has created between them and I liked the historical and political background to the story and the cheeky nods to gothic romances but I wasn t completely convinced by the way the couple reached their HEA We re repeatedly told and shown that Verity absolutely hates the aristocracy and everything it stands for and that she intends never to marry and yet she s very easily persuaded to become Ash s duchess I also didn t much care for Ash s lie by omission when he accepts he really is the heir to a dukedom he decides not to tell Verity for a month and to finally embark on the sexual relationship they both want and as if that wasn t enough when he s forced to own the truth he just ups and leaves Verity without really talking to her about anything instead just assuming that she won t want to be with him once he s a duke and that she won t consider marrying him regardless of his social status For two people who ve been friends for a decade and know each other pretty much inside out and considering Ash s abandonment issues that refusal to communicate didn t make a lot of senseThe writing is excellent and the principals are refreshingly different Verity is bisexual and makes no secret of it pragmatic and somewhat grouchy while Ash is even tempered and is an utter sweetie and a virgin to boot I ve knocked off a couple of grade points for the inconsistencies I ve noted but I nonetheless enjoyed A Duke in Disguise which is one of the better historical romances I ve read over the past year or so The Test up in business there She hates doing it but recognises it s the only way to keep his neck out of the noose Both Verity and Ash feel his loss but aren t sure how to comfort each other without crossing their very carefully preserved line something which is become and difficult with each passing dayThe we can t become lovers because we ll risk our friendship plotline is one that s often The Test used to create an obstacle in friends to lovers stories and doesn t always work for me but Ms Sebastian makes it work here showing just how well Verity and Ash know each other and how deeply they care in small but important ways I loved that Ash always had a spare hairpin or three in his pocket and imbues their relationship with such visceral longing that it leaps off the page That said though Verity s determination to keep things between her and Ash strictly platonic just seemed to evaporate without much of an explanationAsh is a gorgeous beta hero who hides his insecurities behind a veneer of impassivity but who feels deeply His life has been difficult and filled with loss he longs for stability and connection and those longings are the main reasons he is so reluctant to pursue anything other than friendship with Verity even though he knows she s as attracted to him as he is to her After a childhood being passed from pillar to post fostered by one family only to be passed on after suffering an epileptic seizure he eventually went to a charity school where one of his schoolmasters recognised his artistic talent and arranged for him to be apprenticed to an engraver It s in that capacity that he first makes the acuaintance of Lady Caroline Talbot who wishes to engage him to illustrate a book of the plants and flowers in her herbarium Right from his first visit Ash is struck by a strange sense of familiarity and wrongness at the same time he can t know that his visits to Arundel House will change his lifeI don t think it s too much of a spoiler given the book s title for me to talk about what that change is and it s in the synopsis although Ash isn t so much a duke in disguise as he is one who has no idea of his true identity The discovery of his origins is naturally a shock and his instinct is to deny that he is likely the Duke of Arundel s heir not only has he not been brought Teacher Evaluation in Music up to it Verity will want nothing to do with him should he really be a member of the aristocracy she so despises But it seems he cannot escape his birthright and over he can t abandon Lady Caroline who is his aunt to the not so tender mercies of her violent abusive brother whose murderous intentions were the reasons she sent Ash away into hiding when he was a little boyI enjoyed the book overall even though I had a few niggles with the way things played out I liked Ash and Verity and the strong connection the author has created between them and I liked the historical and political background to the story and the cheeky nods to gothic romances but I wasn t completely convinced by the way the couple reached their HEA We re repeatedly told and shown that Verity absolutely hates the aristocracy and everything it stands for and that she intends never to marry and yet she s very easily persuaded to become Ash s duchess I also didn t much care for Ash s lie by omission when he accepts he really is the heir to a dukedom he decides not to tell Verity for a month and to finally embark on the sexual relationship they both want and as if that wasn t enough when he s forced to own the truth he just Reticence Custard Protocol #4 ups and leaves Verity without really talking to her about anything instead just assuming that she won t want to be with him once he s a duke and that she won t consider marrying him regardless of his social status For two people who ve been friends for a decade and know each other pretty much inside out and considering Ash s abandonment issues that refusal to communicate didn t make a lot of senseThe writing is excellent and the principals are refreshingly different Verity is bisexual and makes no secret of it pragmatic and somewhat grouchy while Ash is even tempered and is an Peloponnesian War utter sweetie and a virgin to boot I ve knocked off a couple of grade points for the inconsistencies I ve noted but I nonetheless enjoyed A Duke in Disguise which is one of the better historical romances I ve read over the past year or so

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download ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¿ Cat Sebastian Cat Sebastian ¿ 6 read free read A Duke in Disguise Regency Imposters #2 ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB E’s been wrong about herself One disaster waiting to happenAsh has a month before his identity is exposed and he plans to spend it with Verity As they explore their long buried passion it becomes harder for Ash to face the music Can Verity accept who Ash must become or will he turn away the only woman he’s ever lovedContent Warning off page domestic violence off page neglect of child epileptic seizure I m having trouble with this one On the one hand I liked it On the other I thought it needed just a little something else I never really cared the way I should have the way I ve cared about her other characters in past books Verity Plum is a publisher and bookseller John Ashby is an engraver They have known one another for ages and always a low simmering attraction they ve both ignored has been present Both for different reasons have been scared to change their dynamic But then a series of events occur that convince both of them to give in just for a little while As the title may imply Ash discovers he s the lost heir to a duke after believing his whole life he d been abandoned by his family some illegitimate by blow crippled and thrown in the gutter he has epilepsy which was NOT understood back then And Verity newly successful publisher and sole creator of The Ladies Register has just had to send her brother to America for his own protection as she and Ash both thought his activities and published works were becoming so seditious the Redcoats were bound to come for him soon and prison or execution would be the result This is the author s first straight up mf romance and even then the heroine is bisexual and there are other ueer characters that aren t the main pair I m not sure whether that affected my rating here but I don t think it did Although I wasn t super enthusiastic about her other non mm book the first book in the series either And I think for similar reasons She skips over my favorite parts of a romance the getting to know you dynamic Here obviously the two characters have known each other for forever but when you introduce a new dynamic we should get to see them navigating it And we don t We also don t really get to see Ash getting to know his aunt or really doing the emotional work in coming to terms with his new title And and this may not be the fault of the author but the person who wrote the blurb copy it s barely about publishing dirty novels at all I would have liked to see of Verity s work there and maybe have it tie even into the plot than it did The naughty novel is basically just an excuse for them to get all hot and bothered and I think it could have been a lot than thatBasically I just wanted This book was not fleshed out enough It kind of read like she was jumping from point to point and just wanting it to be over Which is a shame because I really liked both Verity and Ash I liked the setting and I would have liked to have really seen of all of it35 stars rounded down for now I think Himig ng Sinag: Mga Piling Tula understood back then And Verity newly successful publisher and sole creator of The Ladies Register has just had to send her brother to America for his own protection as she and Ash both thought his activities and published works were becoming so seditious the Redcoats were bound to come for him soon and prison or execution would be the result This is the author s first straight The Test up mf romance and even then the heroine is bisexual and there are other The Test ueer characters that aren t the main pair I m not sure whether that affected my rating here but I don t think it did Although I wasn t super enthusiastic about her other non mm book the first book in the series either And I think for similar reasons She skips over my favorite parts of a romance the getting to know you dynamic Here obviously the two characters have known each other for forever but when you introduce a new dynamic we should get to see them navigating it And we don t We also don t really get to see Ash getting to know his aunt or really doing the emotional work in coming to terms with his new title And and this may not be the fault of the author but the person who wrote the blurb copy it s barely about publishing dirty novels at all I would have liked to see of Verity s work there and maybe have it tie even into the plot than it did The naughty novel is basically just an excuse for them to get all hot and bothered and I think it could have been a lot than thatBasically I just wanted This book was not fleshed out enough It kind of read like she was jumping from point to point and just wanting it to be over Which is a shame because I really liked both Verity and Ash I liked the setting and I would have liked to have really seen of all of it35 stars rounded down for now I think

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download ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¿ Cat Sebastian Cat Sebastian ¿ 6 read free read A Duke in Disguise Regency Imposters #2 ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Or his place in the world and the idea of it and Verity being taken away from him chills him to the bone One radical booksellerAll Verity wants is to keep her brother out of prison her business afloat and her hands off Ash Lately it seems she’s not getting anything she wants She knows from bitter experience that she isn’t cut out for romance but the time she spends with Ash the she wonders if maybe sh Be serious Plum There s far too much cheese for you to eat on your own How little you know me she said mournfully This was a seduction She was being seduced with cheese and lewd drawings and she could not be happier about itTo uote Marie Kondo This sparks joyCat Sebastian is one of my favorite historical romance authors and I was thrilled to receive an early copy of the second installment in the Regency Imposters series Her books never fail to make me feel warm and fuzzy and this was no different A Duke in Disguise follows publisher Verity Plum and illustrator John Ash Ashby They ve known each other for years and each has harbored a secret crush for the other As an orphan Ash grew up being shuttled from place to place due to his guardians not understanding his epilepsy He struggles with abandonment issues and fears that any move he makes on Verity will ultimately result in losing her in part due to her dislike for marriage Fans of friends to lovers romances and slow burn romances will find a lot to love here Together Ash and Verity have the ease that only comes with the deepest of friendships but there s still plenty of tension as they navigate their feelings for each other and what it means for their friendshipAsh would give the shirt off his back everything he owned to help the people he cares about Verity on the other hand is delightfully prickly She doesn t particularly care for other people or rather for dealing with the complex feelings that happen when you start to deeply care for another person As the two grow intimate Verity loves that Ash feigns nonchalance around her and it helps her adjust to their changing relationshipOne of my favorite things about Sebastian s books are that there is essentially always a grump and a cinnamon roll and I loved Ash s giving nature matched with Verity s practical and no nonsense attitude These are characters who support each other without ever trying to change the other which becomes even important as Ash s social status changes with the surprising discovery that he s the heir to a dukedom There are some fun twists and turns to that plotline that I won t reveal here but I will say it takes a dramatic turn at the end that I lovedAs usual for Sebastian the flirting here is top notch There are erotic drawings being shared cheese plates and some light bondage What s not to love Even with a man and a woman on the cover this is Cat Sebastian and LGBT rep continues to be a present theme Verity s last relationship was with a woman readers who follow this series have met her ex before and will likely be as excited as I was to learn about her There are also ueer relationships present in side and background characters On a rating scale I think this falls closer to a 35 for me But I round up because Sebastian always delivers exactly what I m looking for in her books I d definitely recommend this to her fans but I d suggest newbies start with the Turner series my personal favorite