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A scoundrel who lives in the shadows.

Jack Turner grew up in the darkness of London's slums, born into a life of crime and willing to do anything to keep his belly full and his siblings safe. Now he uses the tricks and schemes of the underworld to help those who need the kind of assistance only a scoundrel can provide. His distrust of the nobility runs deep, and his services do not extend to the gorgeous high-born soldier who personifies everything Jack will never be.

A soldier untarnished by vice.

After the chaos of war, Oliver Rivington craves the safe predictability of a gentleman's life - one that doesn't include sparring with a ne'er-do-well who flouts the law at every turn. But Jack tempts Oliver like no other man has before. Soon his yearning for the unapologetic criminal is matched only by Jack's pleasure in watching his genteel polish crumble every time they're together.

Two men meant only for each other.

©2016 Cat Sebastian (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Beautiful!

Oh wow! This book!

This book was so beautiful and wonderful, I immediately want to reread it. Gary Furlong's voice is INCREDIBLE. Honestly, the man deserves some sort of award for how amazing his narration is. And Cat Sebastian's story was fun and full of historical accuracies that I just adored. Audible AU, can we please get the rest of the series on here? Please?

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Loved it.

A great story read very well. An engaging novel, it came to life in the performance. Now we need the rest in the series!

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  • Cate F.
  • 31-12-2016

So well written!

And perfectly narrated. The love story and mysteries meshed well and never had me rolling my eyes at anachronisms and implausible behavior. The H/H attraction and conflict were both tender and realistic. If you avoid m2m sex scenes, move along. Otherwise, if you are looking for a well written, intelligent, sexy, absorbing romance, this book is for you.

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  • Shuchi
  • 27-11-2018

Wonderful story and storytelling!

I'm in love with Cat Sebastian "turner" series and Gary Furlong is just the voice for this series audio book. He's a voice genius when it comes to distinguishing voices of various characters in this story. The lead pair banter is hilarious, especially Jack's "bugger off" ;). A must listen if you are liked the series. Looking forward to more of Gary's performances.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 21-11-2016

Excellent historical

Gary Furlong made this an excellent experience. His performance of the different accents between the classes and the different characters was so good, I could practically see each character in my mind. Loved it!

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  • Lesekaninchen
  • 11-01-2020

JK Charles but without the blood

As a big fan of JK Charles, I was delighted to come across Cat Sebastian. Gay period drama with a mystery, yes! I was delighted by the angsty but litterally non-bloody mystery of this book.
The narration was adequate for the story.

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  • Sónia
  • 08-09-2020

Perfection

I loved every second of it. The voice was amazing and I couldn't stop listening.

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  • Texan2
  • 04-07-2020

Enjoyable

I adore Gary Furlong, so took a chance on this, well worth it. Good story and characters

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-2019

Great Twists

nicely written, sweet man and detective type with surprising plot twists on the outcomes of the investigation's.

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  • Patricia J Kelly
  • 19-08-2019

Cat Sebastian is a balm for my gay heart.

This is one of my favorite comfort books. It's a little bit Sherlock and Watson, without outright actually being Sherlock and Watson. Give it a go.

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  • Judy F
  • 02-04-2021

Romance and mystery

Gracefully written M/M romance with brilliant narration by Gary Furlong (he has become my favorite narrator). Cat Sebastian has created characters---the rogue Jack, and the honorable Earl's son Oliver---who together solve not only a mystery about purloined letters, and the murder of a wretched and abusive Lord, but also how Jack and Oliver, from such vastly different backgrounds, can create a life together amidst the sprawling layers of London's social strata.

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  • LaRee Wilton
  • 07-04-2019

A terrific book.

This story starts with the "soldier" and goes through to their eating at a whorehouse at night, to their travels and to the fairly embarrassing finish. The scoundrel comes to the rescue and insures the happily ever after.

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  • Nadia
  • 31-01-2018

Great in spite of the language

Would you consider the audio edition of The Soldier's Scoundrel to be better than the print version?

I've never read the print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack, for his smart mouth

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The churchyard scene

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The same as the book

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I loved this. It's brilliantly written, both lead male characters are fantastic and the lively way they converse really captured me, as well as the raw emotion. As I believe this is the author's debut novel, I thought it was fantastic. My only complaint was the coarse language that the author seemed to feel it necessary to use. So many authors do that with sex scenes, turning something beautiful into something crude, however, the emotions of the characters shone through regardless and it didn't stop me reading the book three times almost back to back. I would also say that the narrator's choice of accent seemed a bit odd, giving a guy brought up on the streets of London a northern accent, but oddly, it worked.

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  • helen
  • 09-03-2021

good story, dodgy pronunciation

excellent story let down by inconsistent pronunciation of French words penchant chaise valet cravat to name but a few. Irritating.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-02-2021

Very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book, I stayed up late to finish it in one go.

Jack and Oliver are lovely characters, Jack a fuller character than Oliver. There is an intense focus on the two characters throughout the book, with the supporting characters having little impact. I believed in their attraction, their growing feelings, and angst. I have a higher tolerance for the will-they-won't-they push and pull in m/m historical romance than in other types of romance books. After all, it is completely understandable to be conflicted when following your hearts means breaking the law and risking utter ruination.

The mystery element of the story is halfhearted. It serves more as a device for Jack and Oliver to spend time together, and to reflect upon their own feelings and situation. I lost track of who was supposed to have done what in the case of the missing letters. Had the mystery writing been strong, this would have been an excellent book.

Gary Furlong is an excellent narrator with an attractive voice. As has been pointed out by others, Jack's (and his sister's) accent is completely wrong. They were supposed to be London born and bred, but the accent - while attractive - is northern. I kept expecting there to be a backstory of how Jack's family came to be living in London. Even with all the talk of Mayfair and whatnot, I missed the London grit, and sometimes forgot that we were in London. Oliver was perfect.

Overall I recommend this book, and will myself seek out further titles by this author, and by this narrator.

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  • C M Silver
  • 04-12-2020

The Scoundrel and the Nincompoop

Americanized tale of Regency England, with city blocks and other clumsy venacular. Good effort at mimicking the genre made famous by Georgette Heyer. The MCs are pityful: Oliver who twos and fros continually with situations, emotions and actions, crippled physically and mentally, sending poor Jack into several tizzies and conundrums. The story is a series of graphic physical interactions peppered with the "plot". The banter is unreal, the MC relationship has no passion. There is no humour. Good descriptions of scenery and vestments.

There are no spoken chapter numbers to break the events into acts; the single voice narration therefore runs on when the subject has actually changed: very confusing The narration is excellent, too good for this story. DISAPPOINTING

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  • Book addict
  • 10-01-2019

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Enjoyable easy listen, but nothing that made it stand out from other books. Definitely for those who like the author K.J. Charles.

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  • Mary
  • 19-12-2017

Great narration, entertaining story

This was a really entertaining historical M/M romance with, on the whole, super narration by Gary Furlong. My only bugbear with the narration was that Jack Turner was a Londoner and yet Gary voiced him as being from Yorkshire which was noticeably inaccurate for an English listener. I doubt American listeners wouod have noticed though.

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