The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes

HarperAudio. (The Queer Principles of Kit Webb, Bk. 2). Jun. 2022. 9:14 hrs. ISBN 9780063026278. $27.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
With help from the talented narrator Joel Leslie, Sebastian returns with a follow-up to the Georgian London–set The Queer Principles of Kit Webb. Leslie’s masterful accents and dialects keep listeners entertained as he introduces Marian Hayes, the Duchess of Clare, who has shot her horrible husband and is on the lam, with Rob Brooks, a charming criminal who is blackmailing her. Opening with the blackmail correspondence sets up the story and allows listeners a front-row seat as their relationship progresses from enemies to friends to more. A perfect balance of light and dark in both personality and narration, Marian and Rob flee across the countryside, encountering many adventures along the way. The banter is fun and witty, and the chemistry blossoms into an interesting sexual dynamic between them. From Sebastian’s fantastic storytelling to Leslie’s dramatic performance, the depth of the characters is phenomenal.
VERDICT A uniquely different take on historical romance with lots of adventure that runs parallel with the first title and will be even more delightful when read in order.
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