My Regelence Rake
by J.L. Langley
This is the third book in a Sci-Regency series, which means that it is not based in the Regency period, but rather in the future where there are worlds created in the Regency style. My Regelence Rake returns the storyline to the planet Regelence. For those that have not been following the story, Regelence is a society that favors male/male relationships. So much so that children are created using cloning technologically where they can make their DNA to be male and they can make them to prefer the same sex.
Colton has loved Lord Wentworth from afar for years. Most everyone thinks of it as a crush, but Colton knows better. This depth of feeling cannot be just a crush. But it does him no good, and catching Wentworth at a ball one evening being intimate with another man is the last straw for Colton. He knows it's time to move on with his life, but the only other interest he has is horses. What else can he do but build a horse racing stable?
Wentworth knows his attraction to Colton can go nowhere. He was born a commoner and only has a title because he married well. After his marriage turned into a disaster and then he was widowed, he's vowed to never tie himself to another human being. Just because he doesn't want his relationship with Colton to go anywhere, doesn't mean he wants Colton to ignore him. So if he's going to build a racing stud, then Wentworth will be right there with him making sure that he's safe.
There is nothing we want so much as something that we've always taken for granted, and then one day it's taken from us. Watching Wentworth become frustrated by Colton's lack of reaction to him was adorable.
The author brought the supporting characters deeper into the storyline in this book, which was nice. We spent more time with the parents of the brothers and got to see a little more of their relationship.
One big issue with My Regelence Rake is that it is third book in the series, and the third time the author has used a compromising situation to force the development of the relationship. I'm really ready for the author to write two characters that fall in love without the benefit of a forced marriage to do it. Another issue I had was the pacing. The middle of the book lagged, I think in large part due to the fact that in each previous book the author had a world to build, but in this book the world was already built.
But overall, this was still a really good book. Wentworth and Colton were entertaining to say the least. I'm still enjoying the series and looking forward to the next one. Anyone looking for something a little different should try this series. But start with the first (My Fair Captain); your experience will be much better off for it.
“He's about to learn to never take someone's affections for granted.”
October 2012, 287 pages
With his days occupied with duties as Captain of the Guard, and nights consumed with upholding his reputation as a rake, Lord Sebastian Hastings's schedule is filled. There's no extra time to be anyone's bodyguard, but the royal family's safety is a task he sees to personally.
Prince Colton Townsend has loved Sebastian for as long as he can remember, but he's done pining for a man who has vowed never to remarry. So he consoles himself with the second love of his life—horses. Stable building and horse racing consume his every thought, at least until he's stuck with Sebastian dogging his every step.
While looking over the prospects at an auction, Colton is trying to ignore his sexy, pesky bodyguard when he feels compelled to take on a bully to protect an abused horse. Sebastian is dragged into the fray, and their good deed sparks a string of nasty rumors.
There's only one way to quell the political storm: marry. But instead of solving everything, Colton realizes his new husband is a bundle of secrets, none of which he'll give up easily. Unless Colton makes one, last-ditch effort that could break his heart for good.