Title: My Regelence Rake (Sci-Regency #3)
Author: J.L. Langley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 23, 2018
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Romance
Page Count: 300 Pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Sci-Regency Novel: sequel to The Englor Affair
Sebastian Hastings, Viscount Wentworth, is captain of the Royal Guard by day and scandalous rake by night. To protect the royal family of Regelence from the plots of the Intergalactic Navy, Sebastian makes it his priority to personally oversee their safety.
Prince Colton Townsend is done pining after the roguish viscount and focuses his attention on his second love—horses. Following his dream of owning a racehorse breeding farm distracts Colton from his heartache… until Sebastian begins shadowing him.
When a good deed at a horse auction sparks public rumors, Colton just might get the man and the marriage he’s longed for. But Sebastian’s duties and secrets keep him walled off from those who would get close.
To reach Sebastian, Colton takes one last risk that might break his heart…
Second Edition. First Edition published by Samhain Publishing Ltd., October 2012.
The most noticeable thing about this story is how it repeatedly takes the reader to a point of tension and then in every instance backs away from it. There is a lot going on in the plot that would benefit from further exploration, but the author returns to the romance without it ever being really challenged. As such it is a light read, despite hints of darker deeds. As a renaissance romance that does not need to rely on historical accuracy, it works well. As a science fiction novel, it fails. There is no sense of this being a planetary or alien story. There is sub plot relating to other planets and an interplanetary navy, but this is given no detail.
The relationship between the two lead characters is interesting as the point of focus shifts between the two. Once again there is much more that could have been done to explore their very different backgrounds and how that affects not only who they are but how they relate to the other. Sadly this was not to be and both remain incomplete in their characters. Once the sex occurs it is handled in depth and well. The difficulty is that with so much going on the emphasis feels as though it is in the wrong place and whilst interesting, the time could have been better spent.
With a full plot, the pace is quite brisk. There are a variety of locations used and these are described with only as much detail as is required to support the story. The difficulty with this is that the reader doesn’t really get a sense of location and so the dynamic is not as clear as it might be.
The story ends neatly if a little fast. Enough is revealed to make the central characters satisfied and plot lines are tidied enough to allow for the story to end but be left open for another tale.