Kit Webb has left his stand-and-deliver days behind him. But dreary days at his coffee shop have begun to make him pine for the heady rush of thievery. When a handsome yet arrogant aristocrat storms into his shop, Kit quickly realizes he may be unable to deny whatever this highborn man desires.
In order to save himself and a beloved friend, Percy, Lord Holland must go against every gentlemanly behavior he holds dear to gain what he needs most: a book that once belonged to his mother, a book his father never lets out of his sight and could be Percy’s savior. More comfortable in silk-filled ballrooms than coffee shops frequented by criminals, his attempts to hire the roughly hewn highwayman, formerly known as Gladhand Jack, proves equal parts frustrating and electrifying.
Kit refuses to participate in the robbery but agrees to teach Percy how to do the deed. Percy knows he has little choice but to submit and as the lessons in thievery begin, he discovers thievery isn’t the only crime he’s desperate to commit with Kit.
But when their careful plan goes dangerously wrong and shocking revelations threaten to tear them apart, can these stolen hearts overcome the impediments in their path?
I am way behind with posting this, and—let’s be completely honest—writing it, but I’m pleased to report that this book was such a lovely treat to begin the summer. There’s nothing better than Cat Sebastian turning the genre on its head. Again.
Most romance novel protagonists in possession of a title are doing everything they can to hold on to said title. Whether it’s marrying in hopes of producing a male heir or inheriting a title they didn’t know they were in line for, everyone wants to keep their title.
But not Percy. Much like the Honey Bader, Percy doesn’t give a shit about his courtesy title or inheriting his father’s title. In addition, the whole aristocracy is Problematic with a capital P. And that’s why he walks into Kit’s coffee shop hoping to hire the man for one last heist.
Saying that both men learn from each other sounds trite, but that’s what happens. Perceptions are challenged, secrets are revealed, and two big dorks fall in love with each other.
.This book is hilarious: it’s full of witty asides and humorous descriptions, immediately followed by some biting social commentary. This is exactly why I love Cat Sebastian’s books.
I would absolutely recommend The Queer Principles of Kit Webb. This is a thought-provoking queer Georgian historical romance, and I know it’s going to find a place in my “favorites” rotation. I’m looking forward to more from Sebastian in the future.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review