This is the second book in the Seducing the Sedgwick series and another really good story. Hartley was once a fashionable man of London society but a dark secret of his is brought to light and he's shunned by his peers. He's become a recluse and he's filled with bitterness and shame. Sam has never been an accepted member of mainstream society. He's a former boxer and he runs a pub for the Free Black community. Sam's happy though and content in his work and with his family.
Sam's future sister in law needs a big favor and that leads Sam and Hartley into a meeting. Hartley needs the same favor so he offers to work with Sam to solve the problem. On the surface the two men have nothing in common but once they start spending time together they realize they are attracted to each other.
The plot is well paced and is very entertaining. I really liked both Sam and Hartley and I felt their characters were well developed. There are a host of side characters that really added to the story
I thought the author did a great job in showing how the differences in the men's ethnicity and social standing effected the way they perceived situations and how the looked at life in general. As the story goes along they each start looking at things from the other's point of view and they work to find a middle ground. I liked the fact that the author didn't make their problems go away just because they fell in love. She showed that those problems were still there but because of their feelings for each other they were able to come to compromises.
The ending was lovely and sweet and I was happy for both of the MC's. This is the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone. If you've read book one then you saw Hartley there and learned of his situation. If you haven't read it, this book will catch you. up.
Overall I found this to be a really good read and one I would definitely recommend.
If you haven’t read Cat Sebastian, what are you waiting for?”—Lorraine Heath, New York Times bestselling author
Once beloved by London's fashionable elite, Hartley Sedgwick has become a recluse after a spate of salacious gossip exposed his most-private secrets. Rarely venturing from the house whose inheritance is a daily reminder of his downfall, he’s captivated by the exceedingly handsome man who seeks to rob him.
Since retiring from the boxing ring, Sam Fox has made his pub, The Bell, into a haven for those in his Free Black community. But when his best friend Kate implores him to find and destroy a scandalously revealing painting of her, he agrees. Sam would do anything to protect those he loves, even if it means stealing from a wealthy gentleman. But when he encounters Hartley, he soon finds himself wanting to steal more than just a painting from the lovely, lonely man—he wants to steal his heart.