A Rulebook for Restless Rogues

Carina Adores. (Lucky Lovers of London, Bk. 2). Jul. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781335680006. pap. $18.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
David Forester and Noah Clarke have been friends since boarding school, but their lives have taken very different turns. In 1885 London, David is the proprietor of the Curious Fox, a gathering place for queer men, and takes pride in looking out for his many friends and patrons and keeping them safe from the long arm of the law. Noah Clarke is a tailor in a prestigious business on Savile Row, making sober suits by day and visiting the Fox on weekends as “Miss Penelope.” Though David and Noah have been in love with each other for years, old wounds and miscommunications have kept the two men from acting on their feelings. When the owner of the Fox threatens to sell it out from under David and his patrons, David and Noah are torn between responsibility, safety, and following their hearts. Everlee’s sophomore effort expands and improves on her debut, The Gentleman’s Book of Vices, creating a sweet story with a sexy romance that deeply explores the queer friendship and love between Noah and David while maintaining a suspenseful atmosphere throughout.
VERDICT Readers who look for friends-to-lovers romance and stories of queer community will enjoy.
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