The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by: Cat Sebastian

Critically acclaimed author Cat Sebastian makes her trade paperback debut in a stunning historical romance about a reluctantly reformed highwayman and the aristocrat who threatens to steal his heart.

Kit Webb has left his stand-and-deliver days behind him. But dreary days at his coffee shop have begun to make him pine for the heady rush of thievery. When a handsome yet arrogant aristocrat storms into his shop, Kit quickly realizes he may be unable to deny whatever this highborn man desires.

In order to save himself and a beloved friend, Percy, Lord Holland must go against every gentlemanly behavior he holds dear to gain what he needs most: a book that once belonged to his mother, a book his father never lets out of his sight and could be Percy’s savior. More comfortable in silk-filled ballrooms than coffee shops frequented by criminals, his attempts to hire the roughly hewn highwayman, formerly known as Gladhand Jack, proves equal parts frustrating and electrifying.

Kit refuses to participate in the robbery but agrees to teach Percy how to do the deed. Percy knows he has little choice but to submit and as the lessons in thievery begin, he discovers thievery isn’t the only crime he’s desperate to commit with Kit.

But when their careful plan goes dangerously wrong and shocking revelations threaten to tear them apart, can these stolen hearts overcome the impediments in their path?

Content Warnings: Explicit sexual scenes, blood, violence, loss of loved ones [adults and children], alcoholism, ableism, and homophobia.

I actually hadn’t really heard anything about this book until I saw a summary of the second book [The Perfect Crimes of Marion Hayes] which is due to release in early June. Having been offered an ARC of book two, for being part of Avon’s influencer program, and loving to fully immerse myself in worlds I knew I needed to get my hands on this book and jump in before reading book two.

We first meet Kit, a retired Robin Hoodesque highway robber, as he’s running a coffee shop and leading a lawful life. Having retired, after sustaining an injury that prevents him from being as mobile as he used to be, and reliant on a cane, Kit tries hard to forget the thrill of highway robbery and be happy with his life as a business owner.

Percy desperately needs to have a book stolen from his father, if he ever hopes to ensure the safety of himself and a close friend. Whatever secret the book holds, which he assumes since the book is always on his father’s body, Percy needs and will do whatever it takes to get it…even hiring a retired highway robber and having his father held up at gunpoint.

Kit has had a lot of tragedy in his life and has trouble opening up to, and trusting, new people. He has no idea how Percy found him or knew his highway persona. No longer confident in his ability to rob, which comes from a combination of still adjusting to his disability as well as being afraid of losing anyone in a heist due if he’s not able to perform like he used to, Kit refuses to perform the heist for Percy. Though he refuses to perform the heist himself Kit is happy to train Percy so he’ll be able to pull it off himself, along with some of Kit’s closest friends.

One of the things that made me happiest, while reading, was that although Kit has never been romantically, or sexually, attracted to a man before meeting Percy…he never once questions the attraction they share. There’s never a moment of homophobia or self-hate…he’s just open and accepting that he is attracted to Percy and Percy is attracted to him. Not even a moment of hesitation, from the start he mentally acknowledges his attraction and never denies his attraction to Percy. I loved this so much.

I adored this book and look forward to seeing what all unfolds in book two. If you’re looking for a historical romance with disability and queer rep that involves a highway robbery and a grumpy sunshine romance…I highly recommend giving this book a read!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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