The Ruin of a Rake (Mass Market)
One of Goodreads' Best Romances of July
“Sebastian proves she is a new force to be reckoned with in historical romances.”—Booklist
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.
Cat Sebastian has written sixteen queer historical romances. Cat’s books have received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. Before writing, Cat was a lawyer and a teacher and did a variety of other jobs she liked much less than she enjoys writing happy endings for queer people. She was born in New Jersey and lived in New York and Arizona before settling down in a swampy part of south. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably reading, having one-sided conversations with her dog, or doing the crossword puzzle.
“Cat Sebastian has a place on my keeper shelf!” — Tessa Dare, New York Times bestselling author
“Cat Sebastian is a queen of queer historical romance...Sebastian never disappoints.” — Entertainment Weekly
“Sebastian might use the well-worn opposites-attract trope to get her lovers together, but her mastery of conflict, tension, and timing along with flawless characterization and sexual attraction turn The Ruin of a Rake into a unique and entrancing romance that touches the heart deeper than most.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“Sebastian shatters taboos and genre expectatations, crafting searing, meaningful, unique romances--and she makes it all look easy. In this third installment of her stellar Turner series, she takes on one of the most familiar tropes and makes it feel new and original” — RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“Sebastian’s character-driven novel is sensuously romantic yet grounded in its approach to human relationships...[she] upends Regency romance conventions in this sensual, emotional, and upbeat take on the rake/wallflower trope.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Cat Sebastian writes an irresistible blend of wit, warmth, and passion.” — Cecilia Grant, author of A Lady Awakened
“Cat Sebastian’s writing is a pure joy to read -- it’s engaging, romantic, witty and positive. Reading one of her books always leaves me with a smile on my face and a warm, happy feeling in my heart.” — Avon Gale, author of the Scoring Chances series
“Cat Sebastian’s debut sparkles with wit and sensuality. Not to be missed!” — Lenora Bell, USA Today bestselling author
“Sizzling and sweet!” — Eva Leigh, author of Temptations of a Wallflower
“Cat Sebastian masterfully crafts swoon-worthy characters the reader can’t help but fall in love with.” — Jordan L. Hawk, author of the Whybourne & Griffin series
“Cat Sebastian is already on my auto-buy list!” — Summer Devon, co-author of THE GENTLEMAN AND THE ROGUE