Review: The Soldier’s Scoundrel (Turner Series #1) by Cat Sebastian

Soldier's ScoundrelI’m starting to see the appeal of romances, especially the ones where a happily ever is guaranteed. I don’t always like the emotional angst characters have to go through to get there, and I’ve discovered that I’m not a huge fan of the “you’re better off without me” trope (it hits a bit close to home in my own personal history). However, there are certain instances where it works, such as in a time and society where two people in love being together is literally a crime (sadly, this is still the case in our own time). 

One aspect of Sebastian’s characters that I quite enjoy is that the characters are very male. That’s not to imply that the feminine of any sort in male characters is a bad thing, but instead that there is no way I could mentally replace either of these characters with a woman appropriate to the time period without massive changes to the story and plot.

Another great facet to this story was the representation of a disabled character who is not defined by his disability. I also appreciated the realistic hints of PTSD an experienced solider might deal with.

On a side note, I’m quite glad I read the “second” book in this series first; Georgie does not strike me as a character I’d want to read more about based on his presentation here. However, I very much enjoyed his own installment in this series. So, even though I didn’t really care for Courtenay in The Lawrence Browne Affair, I look forward seeing how I feel about him after reading his tale.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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