ARC Review: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian

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ARC Review: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian
The Queer Principles of Kit Webb

4.5 Stars


Book Info

Released: June 8th 2021
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by Avon
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
 

“A fun, queer historical romance, The Queer Principles of Kit Webb is full of adventure, mystery, and sass.”

~ Under the Covers

Recommended Read!

Kit Webb had to give up his career as a highwayman, but that doesn’t mean the temptation to thieve is behind him. So when a stranger walks into his coffeehouse with an offer – to steal from the Duke, no less – Kit finds the idea enticing. Mentally, Kit wants to take the job. Physically, his injured leg says otherwise. So Kit offers to teach the stranger how to carry off the theft himself, and soon the stranger is a friend, a sparring partner, a lover. Kit and Percy are opposites in practically every way but falling in love can make a man do strange things, like disregard social norms, question old friendships, and stop burying the past. A fun, queer historical romance, The Queer Principles of Kit Webb is full of adventure, mystery, and sass.

Cat Sebastian always writes such well done queer historical romances, and The Queer Principles of Kit Webb is no exception. Sebastian manages to work multiple tropes into the story, but it never becomes over the top or too much. In Kit Webb, we see no less than seven major romance tropes interwoven into Kit and Percy’s romance: revenge, learning to love, different economic status, and several others that can’t be mentioned without spoiling the plot. All of these tropes come together beautifully, though, making the book hard to put down.

I loved both Kit and Percy as characters. Percy was unabashedly gay with no interest in even producing an heir if it meant faking it with a woman. Kit, on the other hand, was previously in heterosexual relationships and it was sweet to watch him fall so easily into his previously-undiscovered bisexuality. For Kit, the attraction was immediate, and his past relationships didn’t factor into his feelings for Percy. It was a breath of fresh air watching Kit enter his first queer relationship without question or without anyone treating him any differently.

The romance between Percy and Kit was hot, but also a bit of a slow burn. Their courtship took time, interrupted often by revenge plots and blackmailers. They seemed like total opposites, Percy being sassy and loud (in both attitude and attire) and Kit reserved and healing (from his past and from old wounds). But I wanted Kit and Percy to find their happy ending, even if it wasn’t immediately clear that they could even tolerate each other.

Outside of the romance, there was still plenty to keep readers invested. Kit and Percy had a heist to plan, revenge to get, and a blackmailer to expose. In addition to romance, the story is full of intrigue and action, making The Queer Principles of Kit Webb a fantastic queer historical romance for both fans of the subgenre and those who like a little mystery in their historical fiction.

     

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About Cat Sebastian

Cat writes steamy, upbeat historical romances. They usually take place in the Regency, generally have at least one LGBTQ+ main character, and always have happy endings.

Before writing, Cat was a lawyer and a teacher. She enjoys crossword puzzles, geeking out over birds, gardening badly, and–of course–reading. In high school, her parents went away for a week, and instead of throwing raucous parties, Cat read Middlemarch. Even worse, Cat remembers little of a trip through Europe because she was busy reading Mansfield Park. Her proudest moment was when she realized her kids were shaping up to be hopeless bookworms too. Currently, her favorite genres are romance, mystery and fantasy.

Cat lives with her husband, three kids, and dog in an improbably small house. After growing up in the northeast, she now lives in a part of the south where every body of water seems to contain alligators or sharks, and every restaurant serves biscuits and gravy. She likes the biscuits, but not so much the alligators.

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Amy R

Adding to my wishlist.

Elizabeth

This sounds great with lots going on!