Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC and the publisher for the complimentary hard copy. All opinions provided are my own.
Not only does A Rulebook for Restless Rogues by Jess Everlee have a great alliterative title, it’s also a nuanced & loving & steamy story of best friends (who have been oblivious about their deeper feelings for years, so good ) turned lovers.
David Forester and Noah Clarke were best friends at school who have since dropped any physical entanglements & remain BFFs.
But when tavern proprietor David’s business/refuge he offers for LGBTQIA people is facing a raid & permanent closure, David & Noah are brought together in ways they hadn’t anticipated.
Everlee’s settings & characters are always so intriguing. The Curious Fox—the tavern David manages—is more than just a place where a person can get a drink, it’s a place where LGBTQIA people can relax, have fun, dress & act in ways outside society doesn’t allow, and seek pleasure.
It’s also a bit of a burden on David, this protective role he’s taken on, & Everlee explores that well, in addition to how Noah’s own seemingly very supportive family hasn’t always been/isn’t always totally supportive.
The story, the characters, & the relationship all feel thoughtfully developed, & Noah’s gesture at the end brought me so much joy.
If you’re looking for queer historical romance, definitely check out this author!
4.5⭐️. Out 07/11.
CWs: threat of violence, emotional manipulation, reference to past insurance fraud that David’s father perpetrated & that led to people dying.
Give me that HEA, please.
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