A Delicate Deception

A Delicate Deception

When Amelia Allenby escaped a stifling London ballroom for the quiet solitude of the Derbyshire countryside, the very last thing she wanted was an extremely large, if—she grudgingly admits—passably attractive man disturbing her daily walks. Lecturing the surveyor about property rights doesn’t work and, somehow, he has soon charmed his way into lemon cakes, long walks, and...

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A Delicate Deception Reviews

  • Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. A Delicate Deception by Cat Sebastian is the third book in her Regency Impostors series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I highly recommend the first two books in the series and Amelia Allenby does appear in A Duke in Disguise and reading it will help you understand her character just a bit better. Amelia Allenby the illegitimate sister of the Marquess of Pembroke spent her life living behind a series of

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. A Delicate Deception by Cat Sebastian is the third book in her Regency Impostors series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I highly recommend the first two books in the series and Amelia Allenby does appear in A Duke in Disguise and reading it will help you understand her character just a bit better. Amelia Allenby the illegitimate sister of the Marquess of Pembroke spent her life living behind a series of masks in order to be accepted by society until one day she realized that she just couldn’t do it anymore and she walked off the dance floor of a ballroom and left her partner standing there. This book begins a year after that incident and she’s spent that time living quietly in a rented cottage in Derbyshire with just the company of her former governess Georgiana Russell. When she starts running into a very large man on her morning walks she is taken aback because her route and the timing of it were planned in order to avoid running to to people and this giant is disturbing both her solitude and equilibrium. Sydney Goddard designer of steam engines and railways has come to Derbyshire at the request of his friend and former lover the Duke of Hereford. He is still deep in mourning for his brother and sister-in-law who was the Duke’s sister and the secrets that he keeps from Amelia have more to do with his reluctance to accept their deaths than to deceiver her. I devoured this book in one day and then went back the next day and read it again because I enjoyed it so much. Sparkling banter, and Cat Sebastian’s ability to create characters that one cares about and can relate to make this book one I am delighted to recommend reading. Medium Steam. Publishing Date December 10, 2019 #Edelweissplus #ADelicateDeception #CatSebastian #HistoricalRomance #RegencyImpostersSeries #AvonRomance #HarperCollinsCanada #AvonImpulse #bookstagram

  • Elodie

    A Delicate Deception

    The Regency Impostors Book 3

    Cat Sebastian

    Release date 12/10/2019

    Publisher Avon

    Blurb :

    When Amelia Allenby escaped a stifling London ballroom for the quiet solitude of the Derbyshire countryside, the very last thing she wanted was an extremely large, if—she grudgingly admits—passably attractive man disturbing her daily walks. Lecturing the surveyor about property rights doesn’t work and, somehow, he has soon charmed his way into lemon

    A Delicate Deception

    The Regency Impostors Book 3

    Cat Sebastian

    Release date 12/10/2019

    Publisher Avon

    Blurb :

    When Amelia Allenby escaped a stifling London ballroom for the quiet solitude of the Derbyshire countryside, the very last thing she wanted was an extremely large, if—she grudgingly admits—passably attractive man disturbing her daily walks. Lecturing the surveyor about property rights doesn’t work and, somehow, he has soon charmed his way into lemon cakes, long walks, and dangerously heady kisses.

    The very last place Sydney wished to be was in the shadow of the ruins of Pelham Hall, the inherited property that stole everything from him. But as he awaits his old friend, the Duke of Hereford, he finds himself increasingly captivated by the maddeningly lovely and exceptionally odd Amelia. He quickly finds that keeping his ownership of Pelham Hall a secret is as impossible as keeping himself from falling in love with her.

    But when the Duke of Hereford arrives, Sydney’s ruse is revealed and what started out as a delicate deception has become a love too powerful to ignore. Will they let a lifetime of hurt come between them or can these two lost souls find love and peace in each other?

    My review :

    When a woman hiding from society encounters a man running away for his past, do they have future written for them together ...

    This is my first read by Mrs Cat Sebastian, I have read many praises for her work, I could not past her next release. I confess at first, I was a bit lost, I had to accustom myself to her writing style and also the kind of characters she writes about. They first appear very peculiar with their view of life. I needed some time to understand their weirdness was due to their discomfort among their peers.

    Then slowly I came to love them with all their flaws, as those same flaws make them even more lovable.

    Both awkward among society and they each faced it in their own way, she wearing a bland mask to hide her fits of panic until it was too much when he avoided it, turning his back to everything remotely social.

    As I do not use English in my today’s life, I had need of more time to understand the subtle humour and quips instilled all along this awesome tale.

    This was not a story with a lot of action, it is more an interior quest to find what they truly feared, longed and needed.

    A story of how life carries on and people reacts to it.

    As Amelia goes forward, she is fast to pinpoint what are her expectations, yet she also knows her limitations prevent her to an easy journey. When Sydney tends to fear attachement and go backward, when things become too serious, he is inclined to change of course. He battles with his old demons, so believing he is unworthy of love. Why he always puts distance between him and those he came to care for, why he tried to keep Amelia at arm’s length. He doubts everyone’s bond to him, thus he expects the worst from everyone.

    Why by misjudging Amelia he created a rift between them. Sure, it was painful to see them hurt by their own misconceptions, yet by having to start all over again, they get an insight of who is really the other.

    Amelia does not do well with society’s expectations, why she masquerades to hide her true self. She steeled herself to endure this life for years, but now she has set herself free, even if she longs for company, she can’t bear to go back living among her peers. Her borderline personality, oscillating between OCD and agoraphobia, wards her off from life in a city. Smoothly Sydney breaches inside her defense because he is matter of fact genuine, his own insecurities when with people make him straightforward.

    I loved all the so unconventional protagonists in this story, sure I wrote mostly about Amelia and Sydney but I just loved Georgiana, Lex and Leontine.

    5 stars for this wondrous tale of making do with how life can be switched to one’s will when one is very amenable.

    I was granted an advance copy by the publisher Avon via Edelweiss, I purchased too my own.

    Here is my true and unbiased opinion.

  • Abbey Thompson

    Another awesome read from Cat Sebastian! I think this might be my favorite so far. I love that the "silly" historical romance genre can be a vehicle for things that aren't silly after all. I wasn't surpised by the queer themes/characters in this book, as it's a common theme in Sebastian's works, but what was a pleasant surpise was the - for lack of a better term - neurodivergent characteristics of certain characters, and the sensitivity in which those themes were handled... or to be more

    Another awesome read from Cat Sebastian! I think this might be my favorite so far. I love that the "silly" historical romance genre can be a vehicle for things that aren't silly after all. I wasn't surpised by the queer themes/characters in this book, as it's a common theme in Sebastian's works, but what was a pleasant surpise was the - for lack of a better term - neurodivergent characteristics of certain characters, and the sensitivity in which those themes were handled... or to be more accurate, NOT handled, as in it wasn't that big a deal because we all work and think in different ways and have different preferences and tolerances. I love how things that the characters themselves often saw as flaws were presented as just part of who they are, and things to be loved as part of the whole person and not things for a person to love them in spite of. That really resonated with me, as someone who struggles with my own mental health.

  • Elley Murray

    Ohhh, Amelia and Sydney... They're so grumpy and stand-offish - I love it. Also, Lex may well be my favorite character in this book, and I need him to be the star of his own book, stat.

    Cat Sebastian does a great job of bringing to life characters with a range of sexualities and genders. I appreciate the resolution for this bi couple and the challenging of what a m/f pairing's happily every after "should" look like. I also applaud the handling of Amelia's (what I think is an) anxiety disorder.

    Ohhh, Amelia and Sydney... They're so grumpy and stand-offish - I love it. Also, Lex may well be my favorite character in this book, and I need him to be the star of his own book, stat.

    Cat Sebastian does a great job of bringing to life characters with a range of sexualities and genders. I appreciate the resolution for this bi couple and the challenging of what a m/f pairing's happily every after "should" look like. I also applaud the handling of Amelia's (what I think is an) anxiety disorder. And now that I'm thinking about it, this book has some pretty great rep that is woven in so seamlessly as just part of who these characters

    . You know how some books try to just shoe-horn in "diverse" characters who are more just flat caricatures? That's not this book. You've got a bisexual Quaker MC, a bisexual (or pan maybe?) MC with an anxiety disorder, a gay bling best friend, an ace best friend, a non-binary former MC cameo... And really this book is about found families and building a community of people who love you for exactly who you are as much as it's about a romance between Amelia and Sydney.

    This is the third book in the Regency Imposters series, but it can be read as a stand alone. Keaton is a side character from the first book,

    , and reprises his role as a side character in this book. A few other characters from

    also make a brief appearance in this one.

  • Sarah

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 since I love the author.

    This was ok. It’s the story of two people finding love and family. Sydney is a grumpy guy who lost his brother in a fire. He is sent a letter from his ex-lover to meet him at the house that burnt down killing his brother and sister in law. Sydney now owns the house but wants nothing to do with it. Amelia we have met in the series before, she is the illegitimate sister of Alistair in book one of the series. She living in a home on the property of

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 since I love the author.

    This was ok. It’s the story of two people finding love and family. Sydney is a grumpy guy who lost his brother in a fire. He is sent a letter from his ex-lover to meet him at the house that burnt down killing his brother and sister in law. Sydney now owns the house but wants nothing to do with it. Amelia we have met in the series before, she is the illegitimate sister of Alistair in book one of the series. She living in a home on the property of Sydney’s house with her old governess. Amelia has an anxiety disorder and doesn’t like to be around people. The two keep bumping into one another on their walks and start a friendship that quickly escalates. I didn’t feel them falling in love. I generally like this author and her characters who are outside the norm but these two didn’t quite do it for me.

  • b.andherbooks

    I recently finished reading an ARC of Cat Sebastian’s A Delicate Deception which features two disarmingly lovely and grumpy people falling head over heels for each other, slowly but surely, after they keep running into each other on their morning jaunts.

    Extremely tall Sydney with his stern eyebrows but kissable mouth and reclusive Lady Amelia Allenby living her best life free of the ballrooms and anxieties that plagued her in London society are an absolute treat.

    I always adore how Cat Sebastian

    I recently finished reading an ARC of Cat Sebastian’s A Delicate Deception which features two disarmingly lovely and grumpy people falling head over heels for each other, slowly but surely, after they keep running into each other on their morning jaunts.

    Extremely tall Sydney with his stern eyebrows but kissable mouth and reclusive Lady Amelia Allenby living her best life free of the ballrooms and anxieties that plagued her in London society are an absolute treat.

    I always adore how Cat Sebastian handles and subverts romance tropes. Lady Amelia's nonchalance about her "deflowering" yet her supreme happiness with being with Sydney was just *chef's kiss* lovely. This story also is absolutely queer, and I loved how the happily ever after worked out for both characters.

    If you can’t wait for A Delicate Deception, Cat Sebastian has a wonderful back list of amazing titles you can jump in to right away!

    I reviewed from a free copy downloaded from Edelweiss+

  • Esme Brett

    I really liked this. There are so many feminist truth bombs dropped, Sydney is sensitive to the dangers women face, and Amelia is unapologetic about thinking the hero is lickable and wanting to do the bang bang with him.

    And bang bang she does. Cat Sebastian writes wonderful sexual tension. Reading Amelia and Sydney’s first ~nearly pash~ scene feels like ... I don’t know, someone lightly tickling your weenus? Pleasant but feather light? I’m going to call sexual tension weenus tickle writing from

    I really liked this. There are so many feminist truth bombs dropped, Sydney is sensitive to the dangers women face, and Amelia is unapologetic about thinking the hero is lickable and wanting to do the bang bang with him.

    And bang bang she does. Cat Sebastian writes wonderful sexual tension. Reading Amelia and Sydney’s first ~nearly pash~ scene feels like ... I don’t know, someone lightly tickling your weenus? Pleasant but feather light? I’m going to call sexual tension weenus tickle writing from now on ...

    Anyway, I won’t give away spoilers, but this is one of the most feminist first time sex scenes ever. Writers should go through this post-coitus dialogue with a highlighter and a notepad.

    Amelia and Sydney are bi and there’s an asexual secondary character too. It was wonderful to have this representation, I would like more of this in mass market.

    Shoutout to Lex, my new all time favourite side character.

    The reason this isn’t a five for me is that I found the plot a little slow and at times the couple’s logic for not being together felt a little thin.

    All in all though, a fun read.

  • Lindsay

    The third book in this series has Amelia Allenby retired to the country with her companion Georgiana. Amelia suffers from social anxiety and at times considers the quiet countryside where she currently is not secluded enough. The two ladies are renting a cottage on the lands of Pelham Hall, a manor house that was partially destroyed in a tragic fire that killed the Duke of Hereford's sister and her husband. The Duke of Hereford, "Lex" has invited his friend, brother-in-law and former lover

    The third book in this series has Amelia Allenby retired to the country with her companion Georgiana. Amelia suffers from social anxiety and at times considers the quiet countryside where she currently is not secluded enough. The two ladies are renting a cottage on the lands of Pelham Hall, a manor house that was partially destroyed in a tragic fire that killed the Duke of Hereford's sister and her husband. The Duke of Hereford, "Lex" has invited his friend, brother-in-law and former lover Sydney Goddard to meet him at Pelham Hall, but ends up being delayed on the road. Sydney and Amelia meet each other while out walking and strike up a friendship which turns into something more.

    This is great, on par with the second book, but I felt it was a little let down by the conclusion (I won't spoil it, and I think it makes sense, but I think other actions would have made better sense). I also think the story ends rather abruptly, particularly when I feel that the accommodation that Amelia and Sydney come to has plenty of story left in it.

    While the central romance here is a traditional hetero one, the story itself is very queer-friendly. Both our leads are bi and Amelia's friend Georgiana is ace (although obviously without the terminology for it). Georgiana and Lex are one of the best things about this story. It's also worth pointing out that Amelia's anxiety is treated with respect and it's interesting seeing a mental health issue like this dealt with in this historical setting in a positive way.

  • Melissa

    So - a bi (or pan?) sexual woman (Amelia) with social anxiety and a bisexual Quaker civil engineer (Sydney) meet randomly while out walking in Derbyshire; complications ensue when each finds out the other has been unreasonably vague about who they are. Also here are his ex-lover/best friend Lex (a duke, who is gay and blind and gets all the best lines) and her friend/ex-governess Georgiana (who might be asexual? maybe aromantic?). Keating, from Unmasked by the Marquess, is here as Amelia’s

    So - a bi (or pan?) sexual woman (Amelia) with social anxiety and a bisexual Quaker civil engineer (Sydney) meet randomly while out walking in Derbyshire; complications ensue when each finds out the other has been unreasonably vague about who they are. Also here are his ex-lover/best friend Lex (a duke, who is gay and blind and gets all the best lines) and her friend/ex-governess Georgiana (who might be asexual? maybe aromantic?). Keating, from Unmasked by the Marquess, is here as Amelia’s groom/handyman and apparently making the rounds of the local gay men. AND ROBIN POPS UP RIGHT AT THE VERY END. This has to be the queerest historical I’ve ever read - all the straight people are either deceased (Syd’s brother/SIL), in America (his parents), or very minor characters (the vicar and his wife, Lady Stafford, etc). Sebastian seeds in bits from beloved English canon novels (you’ll know them when you read them) and also gives Amelia some really lovely things to say about how we view virginity and the position of children born to unmarried parents. Although I would have loved a few more scenes between Amelia and Syd “falling in love” - I didn’t quite feel them connect like Robin/Alistair and Verity/Ash did.

    But PLEASE can we have the Perkin Warbeck slash-fic novel? Will read, I promise 😂

  • Stacee

    3.5 stars

    I had read and enjoyed the previous book in the series and was intrigued by Amelia, so I was excited to see her getting her own story.

    I loved Amelia and Sydney and all of the secondary characters. She’s a bit anxious, he’s a bit standoffish and they’re both bi. I loved their walks and talks and seeing this logical couple find something a bit out of the ordinary. I’m forever here for Lex and Georgiana and would absolutely love a book for them.

    Plot wise, it was a bit of a struggle. It

    3.5 stars

    I had read and enjoyed the previous book in the series and was intrigued by Amelia, so I was excited to see her getting her own story.

    I loved Amelia and Sydney and all of the secondary characters. She’s a bit anxious, he’s a bit standoffish and they’re both bi. I loved their walks and talks and seeing this logical couple find something a bit out of the ordinary. I’m forever here for Lex and Georgiana and would absolutely love a book for them.

    Plot wise, it was a bit of a struggle. It was slow and meandering and not in a good way. It felt like there were several plot threads added for no reason and the ending was a bit of a disappointment. I realize that it worked for the two of them, but at the same time, I think they deserved something more concrete.

    Overall, it was Amelia and Sydney that kept me reading and if there are more books in this series, I’ll definitely continue.

    **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**

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