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Title: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb
Author: Heat: Re
Genre(s): Romance Historical
Tropes: Forced Proximity Opposites Attract
Tags: lgbtq queer bisexual gay m-m Georgian highwayman class differences disabled character
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Critically acclaimed author Cat Sebastian makes her trade paperback debut in a stunning historical romance about a reluctantly reformed highwayman and the aristocrat who threatens to steal his heart.

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?

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb, by Cat Sebastian

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 5, 2021 1:52:52 PM / by Suzanne

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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