Before I talk about The Queer Principles of Kit Webb, you should know that I'm friendly with Cat Sebastian and that I received an audio copy of this book from the publisher for review. I did, however, preorder a copy of my own because I want this loveliness sitting on my bookshelf.
The Queer Principles of Kit Webb has many of the Cat Sebastian trademarks: an eat the rich mentality, two idiots falling in love despite themselves, humor and found family. It's set earlier in time than the rest, however, and I'm always glad to leave the Regency era because wow is that repetitive. We also get a vaguely Robin Hood feel, complete with side characters named Marion and Rob. (Sequel bait!)
I was talking to Margrethe about the book recently and she pointed out that this book reads as though Cat was having fun writing it. (She was.) There's a little extra zip in the dialogue, for example.
Kit is a grumpy bisexual widower ex-highwayman with a permanently injured leg. Percy is the gay son of the most awful duke ever (responsible for the death of Kit's wife and child). Percy needs to sort out the truth of his father's bigamy--which is a whole thing--and wants to employ Kit to help rob his father. Because of Kit's injury, Percy has to pull off the actual robbing part and therefore they must train together a lot. Oh no.
Despite the adorable pastel masterpiece cover, The Queer Principles of Kit Webb has some pretty serious stuff. Parental abuse, murder, homophobia and more. As usual, however, Sebastian's command of banter, salty secondary characters and situational humor balances everything out. I wouldn't call this fluff, but I loved it.
I read it on audio and finished in one day. (Why yes, I did complete a jigsaw puzzle.) I don't enjoy Joel Leslie's narration, so I think it says something about the book itself that I was able to tolerate it for 7 hours in one day.
In summary, this book is for you if you enjoy:
- grumpy man x saucy clotheshorse man
- Robin Hood x eat the rich
- accidentally catching feelings
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