Some romance is full of angst and pain and hardship before a happily ever after. And some romance is full of all of those things in the lightest and fluffiest way possible, making every page a joy to read. Sebastian nails the latter with this conclusion to her Seducing the Sedgwicks series. (I would argue, however, that it’s the Sedgwicks who seem to do most of the seducing in these three books.)

I adore the trope of two characters moving from lifelong friendship to realizing that adding romantic love strengthens their bond rather than weakening it. Will and Martin have the usual historical romance barriers in their way: their shared gender/biological sex and their differences in social status being the primary. Sebastian ups the ante here by including chronic illness and post-traumatic stress disorder to the mix.

Instead, those conflicts almost drive the pair closer. After all, those issues had already proven time and again how much each man meant to each other. And neither should ever be a reason that a person cannot find their own happily ever after.

On the surface, Sebastian’s amusing descriptions of this book on social media (Two idiots discovering feelings! Only one bed!) are entirely accurate. However, she moves beyond the surface-level issues of these tropes to craft a unique and solid love story. I already look forward to re-reading this book in the future when I need a dose of those fuzzy feelings for myself once again.

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

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