ROMANCE

The Lawrence Browne Affair

Avon Impulse. Feb. 2017. 352p. ebk. ISBN 9780062642509. $1.99. MALE/MALE HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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OrangeReviewStarAfraid he will succumb to his family's history of insanity, Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, lives like a hermit at his crumbling family estate Penkellis. Concerned for Lawrence's well-being, the local vicar recruits a secretary to manage the earl's affairs. Georgie Turner has spent his life swindling people out of their money, but guilt causes him to abandon his latest con. Georgie's partners are bent on revenge, so he escapes to Penkellis, reinventing himself as a respectable secretary. Initially annoyed by the intrusion, Lawrence grudgingly comes to depend on Georgie, who readily adapts to the eccentric scientist and his odd habits. Their professional camaraderie gives way to an intense love affair, but both men believe they are unworthy of such a gift. Both are also deeply flawed as a result of their respective childhoods, but their willingness to accommodate each other's deficits and accept one another unconditionally is what will have readers falling in love with them.
VERDICT Sebastian has crafted an epic romance in which Lawrence and Georgie share incredible chemistry. Although the book is not listed as part of a series, Georgie is the brother to Jack Turner, the rogue in Sebastian's debut novel, The Soldier's Scoundrel. Profoundly romantic and highly recommended.

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