The Queer Principles of Kit Webb

Avon. Jun. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780063026216. pap. $15.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
When Lord Holland (known as Percy) and a childhood friend are blackmailed, Percy will do anything to obtain his mother’s book of secrets, which has been confiscated by his father. That includes hiring former highwayman Kit Webb (a.k.a. Gladhand Jack) to steal the book back. After a close friend’s death and his own injury by gunshot, Kit contents himself with dull days running his coffee shop. Then Percy upends his world and tries to recruit him for theft by revealing that he knows Kit used to be Gladhand Jack. Kit refuses to rob anyone, but grudgingly agrees to help Percy plan the robbery. The closer the two get, the more they fall for each other. However, Kit’s long-held hatred of the aristocracy, and shocking truths from both of their pasts, threaten their fragile bond. Sebastian (Two Rogues Make a Right) excels at detailing the vulnerabilities and endearing characteristics of the two heroes.
VERDICT Despite some pacing issues (a rather slow beginning and a hurried, action-packed end), readers will still enjoy the tussles between the high-class Percy and the Robin Hood–like Kit.
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