Title: My Regelence Rake (Sci-Regency #3)
Author: J.L. Langley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 23, 2018
Genre(s): Scifi Regency
Page Count: 300
Reviewed by: Kristin F
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….
First Edition published by Samhain Publishing Ltd., October 2012.
Book three in the Sci-fi Regency Series. I don’t recommend starting with this one, as book one and two do lay some foundational and world building information.
Premise of the book is, Colton has been fantasizing about a relationship with Sebastian since he was thirteen. Despite what he thinks are his best efforts, he can’t seem to garner Sebastian’s romantic intentions. When Colton, Terror and Bannon discover Sebastion and a paramour in a tryst at a ball, Colton swears off Sebastian as a romantic pursuit and decides to focus on building his racing stable.
Since the passing of his husband, Sebastian has established himself as as rake to the collective ton: gambling, sexual liaison’s at the gaming hell, and sleeping around. He’s also the Captain of the Royal Guard, and with tensions running high with IN relations, he finds himself thrust into Colton’s company more than he would like. Then one stolen and improper kiss changes everything.
This was enjoyable, but not without some issues. My main contention with the series continues to reside with the “Regency” aspect. “Regency” is more than just putting gentlemen in cravats, morning jackets and tight breeches. Regency comes with a standard of etiquette and decorum that, in my humble opinion, is lacking in the books.
Point: Dalton walking into on Raleigh and Steven’s study just as they are about to indulge in a bit of sex. If this was a Regency society, the house butler (human or computer) should have announced him. Technically, since there is a computer butler, he could have warned Raleigh and Steven there was company on the way and then the human butler could have properly presented Dalton.
Point: Adrian with his nose in a sketchbook at every. Single. Ball. What was quirky in book one has become annoying in book three – no character growth and unbecoming of a King’s son.
Okay, I’ve said my grumbles on Regency. Horses! So many beautiful horses! And then our fine characters are putting a 6-year-old girl (I believe Muffin is about 6?) on top of a racing stallion and stating she can control him. Ahh…no. That popped me right out of the story.
Colton’s jealousy and wanting to have the perfect open relationship that his Parents have after two days of marriage to a known rake rubbed me the wrong way.
Lest you think I detested this story, I didn’t. I thought this was perhaps the strongest of the three books so far. The astute reader knows how this is going to end, but the execution of the mystery kept me engaged, Sebastian’s big secret was interesting enough (if not a bit anticlimactic), and the character’s rallied around each other so the reader got to see some past favorites and be introduced to some new faces.
Over all, an engaging read with some quirks that had me grumbling a bit. I see there is a teaser for book four – I would read the next in the series.