I have been waiting for this book ever since hints were dropped at the end of A Gentleman Never Keeps Score almost two years, but I can assure you that it was 100% worth the wait.
Will Sedgwick and Martin Easterbrook have been friends for their entire lives. Their paths diverged at some point, but as the story begins, Will has essentially kidnapped Martin and brought him to recuperate in an abandoned gamekeeper’s cottage. At first, Martin is quite ill, but Will manages to bring him back to good—well, decent—health.
So, there they are, living together in a small cottage. There is plenty of time to reacquaint themselves with the men they have become, and of course, to acknowledge the feelings that have always been there.
Did I mention that there’s only one bed?
I have loved all of Cat Sebastian’s books, but this one is my favorite. It could be subtitled Two Idiots in Love because Will and Martin are both such lovesick fools. There’s very little actual conflict in the book, aside from the mutual awareness of the difficulties surrounding a long-term relationship between two men.
But aside from that looming specter, this book is light in tone. It’s sweet and tender and full of feelings. It’s also a bit of a slow burn, as both men are afraid to make the first move because neither wants to ruin their friendship. Once they do take that step, it’s at a languid pace, and Will is so gentle and patient with Martin.
The two protagonists are supported by a strong cast of secondary characters. Many of them appeared in the series’ earlier books so it was nice to be able to catch up with them and see what they’d been up to. Of the new characters, I especially enjoyed Daisy, the local girl who cleans the cottage; she was a nice foil for both Will and Martin.
I would absolutely recommend Two Rogues Make a Right. As I’ve mentioned, this is the third book in the series, but I think it functions well enough as a standalone. Their longstanding friendship is explained in the early chapters, so while it’s beneficial to have the overall family history, the knowledge that these two men have been friends forever is sufficient understanding. One of my personal barometers for loving a book is purchasing the Audible edition in addition to the Kindle edition, but when I REALLY like a book, I’ll purchase a paper copy as well.
Reader, I have purchased all three editions of Two Rogues Make a Right.
I received a copy of this book from Avon/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.