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Publisher's Summary

Rogue. Libertine. Rake. Lord Courtenay has been called many things and has never much cared. But after the publication of a salacious novel supposedly based on his exploits, he finds himself shunned from society. Unable to see his nephew, he is willing to do anything to improve his reputation, even if that means spending time with the most proper man in London.

Julian Medlock has spent years becoming the epitome of correct behavior. As far as he cares, if Courtenay finds himself in hot water, it's his own fault for behaving so badly - and being so blasted irresistible. But when Julian's sister asks him to rehabilitate Courtenay's image, Julian is forced to spend time with the man he loathes - and lusts after - most.

As Courtenay begins to yearn for a love he fears he doesn't deserve, Julian starts to understand how desire can drive a man to abandon all sense of propriety. But he has secrets he's determined to keep, because if the truth came out, it would ruin everyone he loves. Together, they must decide what they're willing to risk for love.

©2017 Cat Sebastian (P)2017 Tantor
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Romantic, hot, & a happy ending?!

I loved this book! So much so that I've actually listened to it a few times now. The relationship between Julian and Courtney is just so endearing and sweet and romantic... I love all the scenes when they are eating pastries together, too adorable! Add to the preciousness some of the most romantic, hottest sex scenes I've ever listened to and suddenly I'm enjoying my hour long commute from work so much more! The narrator is absolutely wonderful, charming and pitch-perfect.

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good attempt, but didn't quite make it.

I really liked the series of this author but this, the third in the series I felt missed. The story line had a good start but it was filled with lead characters getting together then fighting over a small occurrence and they split apart. I could see the authors attempt to have the two men ache for each other but it never quite fulfilled. The ending was good how he brings all three books to a conclusion.
I really like this Narrator but in this book his interpretation of the character was a bit off. The lead, Cordney always had a bored attitude. His companion Jullian was supposed to be only 24 but the narrators interpretational voice made him sound like he was at least 60. Jullians voice actually began to draw on the nerves after a time.
Overall the book is worth a listen to finish the series.

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Love Lord Courtenay's drawl

Excellent narration of this entire series by Gary Furlong. Love watching how these characters learned to navigate spaces in order to live fully. Look forward to exploring other works by this author. In general great plot great writing and thoroughly enjoyable.
I highly recommend this series

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Surprisingly touching story that held more substance than is projected in the synopsis

I was very surprised how much reflection the story had about loneliness, and how one can let oneself be used by others out of some mistaken need to be a martyr or sacrificial lamb and sometimes because it’s just easier to say yes than to say no, even to hedonism. I was very touched by the end of the story, and also surprised by the ending. More thought than usual went into concluding the end of the story and what it would be like for the two main characters for the time period and for the situation than is normal for books such as these, which I appreciated. I quite like Gary Furlong’s narration but I always have to wait to get used to the way he speaks, so if that is something that you can’t stand I would say let the words wash over your ears/brain and reconsider. The issue with his narration— that not everyone likes it is why I gave it 4 stars, and that I have to get used to it. Overall nice book, my second with both the narrator and the writer, also well liked so I hope to see what else they have collaborated on and giving those a listen to as well.

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Lovely Romance

This is a nice story, with good narration. I would like to have seen a little more between the main characters at their HEA, as well as a little more of Eleanor and her husband’s quiet but intense love story, but imagination suffices.

I kind of consider KJ Charles as my lodestone with regard to period gay romance, but Cat Sebastian is right up there in talent and execution, and I highly recommend her work!

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My Favorite in this Series, Furlong is Gorgeous

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Cat Sebastian never fails to leaving me reaching for another of her books. This whole series has been amazing. Each of the stories is unique, followed no formula, and is completely unpredictable.

Just beyond romantic, watching these guys get together (and making it work) is completely entertaining and hot as hell.

Gary Furlong is like a drug to me at this point, he's my narrator crack and I gotta have more. Damn, he's good. The variety in his characters, all the different accents he does, he's just so good. His Lord Courtenay has got to be the sexiest thing I've ever heard.

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Great narration, entertaining story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, I would have liked the narrator to slow his pace a little. The first hour felt a little rushed.

If you’ve listened to books by Cat Sebastian before, how does this one compare?

Yes, I've listened to The Soldier's Scoundrel and Gary's narration was far more robust for that story.

Which character – as performed by Gary Furlong – was your favorite?

Courtney was narrated very well.

Do you think The Ruin of a Rake needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, it was a good end, leave it at that.

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The story lacked real peril. It was kind of pedestrian and none of the characters were ever in any real danger. It all came together far too easily and for the historical time it was set, it all struck me as entertaining but unbelieveable.

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more details about muscle comparison penis sizes b

wish better physical description of each guy including his mandood measurements and comparison to other make characters size.

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Awful cover, but brilliant narration and story!

I feel like I should get this out of the way, but the audiobook cover here is a monstrosity. When the books went to Tantor, they decided to recover it and not use the original cover that's on the e-book and paperback? This? Is not it. So, ignore the cover because the audiobook narration and story is glorious and makes up for the awful, awful cover.

This is a fun and thoroughly entertaining book. The book literally had me laughing out loud in public. There are unexpected twists and turns, and I loved the banter between the two love interests! The accent and narration for one of the love interests, Courtenay, makes me SWOON. So good job on that, Gary Furlong.

The story is about Courtenay, who is as good as disgraced in the public eye and upper London society. In his twenties, Courtenay would spend what he had of his inheritance galavanting about Europe and parties and women. He is in his thirties now and is weary of that life, and he doesn’t really have that sort of money left to spend in any case. When a novel is published that seems to liken the villain to his characteristics, Courtenay is further shunned and left without the only part of his family he still cares for - a nephew we met in The Lawrence Brown Affair.

Julian Medlock is only 24 and has worked almost his whole adult life to polish and engrain himself and his sister into upper London society. He tries to keep on the straight and narrow but finds himself bored. He loves nothing more than calculating sums and setting people’s affairs in order. And also a little danger to make him feel alive.

When the prospect arrives where Julian has to introduce and seemingly reform Courtenay to society, it breathes life into his day-to-day duties. Julian is at first scandalized that his sister and Courtenay appear to be fast friends (and secret lovers?), so he quite loudly protests working with Courtenay at all. We see that Julian has made unfair judgements as to Courtenay’s character before having really met him at all.

There is a lot of hilarious banter between Julian and Courtenay as they seem to want to push each other’s buttons at every turn. Courtenay first appears self-absorbed and stills seems at first glance every bit the rake he once might have been, but I loved seeing more and more of his character revealed throughout the book.

Courtenay is just a man who wants to be loved and cherished, never thinking once that he would find someone who can do that for him. He is so sweet and kind-hearted, and never thinks twice about doing the right thing – like paying finances towards people who used to be in his employ when he can ill afford to even a good living arrangement for himself. I find Courtenay the most precious of all the characters in this series and I just want to protect him at all costs? Whenever he feels downcast and hurt, I hurt. My heart just breaks for Courtenay and I want to give him a hug. Okay, so there might be maybe more than one cinnamon roll character in this series.

Julian appeared at first like someone who appreciated order and decorum, and to some extent he does, but then he finds himself falling for Courtenay. And these two are SO adorable. I loved how we’re met again with characters from the previous books and we see that even during the Regency, these characters can all be happy and in love.

This series is absolutely amazing and I thought these books were a wonderful and delightful introduction into historical romance! I’m a little sad to leave these characters behind, but it’s a good thing I can take audiobooks with me and listen to them over-and-over again wherever I am.

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I Didn't Want It To End

This third book in the Turner series had me laughing, crying, and wanting more. Cat Sebastian's works grab me and keep me wanting to know more and more about the expanse of characters she creates. The dynamics between Courtney and Julian were amusing, and their banter had me continuously laughing. Their flawed characters and overcoming their struggles together brought out the empathy and compassion in me.

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