Author: Cat Sebastian
Narrators: Joel Leslie
Audiobook Length: 9 hours 12 minutes
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 withstand the impediments in their path?
The Queer Principles of Kit Webb is a very fun story with a lot of action and a very sweet romance in Georgian England. I listened to the audiobook for this novel and Joel Leslie did a superb job narrating this story. It is a novel that does not take itself too seriously with great characters and is a very easy read.
Edward Percival Talbot (“Percy”) is the son and heir of the Duke of Clare. Percy leaves England to be with his mother and he returns after she passes away. His father remarries to Percy’s childhood friend, Marian. Through blackmail plots due to bigamy claims and drama, Percy and Marian want to set things right for them. To seek revenge on the Duke, Marian and Percy come up with a plan to steal a book that they can use to force the Duke to give Marian and Percy enough money to be comfortable. Marian suggests they use a professional and the two of them set out to meet the retired highwayman.
Enter Kit Webb, who now runs a coffee house after losing his family and best friend. In his last case, he injured his leg that gives him chronic pain. Although his life is going okay, he is bored and Percy entering his life just might be the excitement he needs. Although he is grumpy at times, Kit is charming and is intrigued by Percy. Kit is not interested in pulling off the robbery, but he is willing to help give Percy the skills to pull it off.
I love the relationship that develops between Kit and Percy as their relationship feels natural in its progression. The two of them come from completely different worlds and I loved watching them learn and grow about each other. Each character has their own emotional journeys that they go through in this story, as well as, the two of them trying to navigate possible romantic feelings.
Overall, the two main characters helped carry the story for me as there were a few pacing issues throughout. The first half had a lot of potential that feels a little rushed in the second half. I loved the concept of the novel where the robbery is at the center and the characters were sweet. This novel was a very easy read and I would be interested to read more by the author!