Title: Diplomatic Affair (Sci-Regency #4)
Author: J.L. Langley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Genre(s): Scifi Regency
Page Count: 300
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.0 stars out of 5
A Sci-Regency Novel: sequel to My Regelence Rake
Opposites don’t just attract… they sizzle.
A lusty special forces soldier who lives by his own set of rules, Dalton Fairfax decided long ago to stop wishing for his father’s love, and he found his calling. Now that he’s back home and between assignments, he finds himself at loose ends. When the opportunity arises to play bodyguard and help out his country, Dalton jumps at the chance. Not only does it keep him busy, but it just so happens that his charge is the man he saw on leave last month and hasn’t been able to get out of his head.
Heir to a dukedom and a conservative politician, Blaise Thompson strives to prove himself worthy of carrying on the family legacy as the next IN Councilman. However, his closest competitor keeps getting in the way and taking credit for Blaise’s ideas. Maintaining his stellar reputation isn’t easy to do while keeping his outrageous younger brother in line and foiling his rival’s personal attacks. He has no time for a guard and even less time for romance.
When a priceless antique goes missing, Blaise and Dalton discover that Regelence has larger problems than just IN plots. Now the only way to stop a scandal that threatens both of them is to compromise, and they are forced to confront the risk of losing everything… even each other.
Book four in the Sci-fi Regency Series. I recommend starting with number one as the previous books lay the foundational character and world building information.
Premise of the book is, Blaise is on track for nomination to the Planetary Diplomatic Affairs as an IN Councilman. Given the current political concerns, he is assigned Dalton as a guard – a known rake and ne’er do good. He comes with a reputation for chasing loose trousers, gamboling and everything that Blaise doesn’t do as a respectable young gentleman and heir to a dukedome.
Dalton Fairfaix/Deamon/Lord Ashbourne prides himself with his reputation as a trouble maker. Abandoned by his father at age 8 to the care of Lord Rexley, his uncle, he has done everything in his power to lash out at the family name. Now coming off of a two year stint with the military, he talks Rexley into allowing him to guard Blaise for two weeks, when he ships out on his next assignment.
I liked this selection, but I have a some points of contention. My main ongoing issue 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. I acknowledge, it’s my quirk, but darn it, it’s what makes “Regency” Regency – all the formality, protocol and manners.
Point: Dalton and Muffin barging into Raleigh and Steven’s study during a water balloon fight, just as Steven and Raleigh are about to indulge in a bit of sex. Also happened in the previous book. If this was a Regency society, we’d have a bit more decorum – especially in a receiving room right of the foyer.
Names continued to confuse me. Each person has something like three or four names. I wish I had started a character tree because even though I read My Relegence Rake a couple months ago, I found myself puzzling over “who was this again?” more than once.
And I admit to being a bit confused, and this is where stronger adherence to “regency” might have helped – it’s okay to have a guard, but you still need a chaperone…? And one’s valet can be a chaperone? The requirements for when and where a chaperone was necessary felt a bit scattered.
Improvement – Reference was made to Adrian carrying his sketchpad with him to a ball, but we don’t see Arian sketching. If you’ve been reading the series and/or my review, you’ll know what I mean here.
Lest you think my opinion of the book is totally negative, I reassure you that I did enjoy this latest installment. It’s an entertaining read, there is a small mystery component, and contains quite the variety of characters. Is it “perfect”, no, but I don’t always need perfect. This is pure escape-ism and some weeks you just need to get away mentally. This is the series for that.