Summary from Goodreads:
Will Sedgwick can’t believe that after months of searching for his oldest friend, Martin Easterbrook is found hiding in an attic like a gothic nightmare. Intent on nursing Martin back to health, Will kindly kidnaps him and takes him to the countryside to recover, well away from the world.
Martin doesn’t much care where he is or even how he got there. He’s much more concerned that the man he’s loved his entire life is currently waiting on him hand and foot, feeding him soup and making him tea. Martin knows he’s a lost cause, one he doesn’t want Will to waste his life on.
As a lifetime of love transforms into a tender passion both men always desired but neither expected, can they envision a life free from the restrictions of the past, a life with each other?
I’d been wondering how this book would play out ever since Hartley found Martin hiding in his attic in A Gentleman Never Keeps Score, dragged him off to Will, and then realizing that Martin and Will have some “history.” (Also, Hartley being surprised about Will and Martin then wondering if the other two brothers – who are still school age – might also be attracted to men is kind of adorable, since he’s the only one who seems to think that might be unexpected. Oh, Hartley <3)
The plot of Two Rogues Make a Right? So sweet. A recovering ex-Navy opium addict with PTSD kidnaps his old friend, a consumptive, emotionally-straitjacketed baronet, and they hole up in a game keeper’s cottage to let the baronet recover from a bout of illness (in the absence of modern antibiotics what you need is fresh air, not the pollution of London). And maybe the two of them will rekindle not just their friendship, but also recognize it as something more.
If you love friends-to-lovers plots – plus some pining – this book is for you. Will and Martin have history as kids, then are separated when Will is sent to the Navy, plus what Martin has found out about his father, they tread very carefully with each other. Will, because Martin is chronically ill with tuberculosis and has been near death on occasion. Martin, because of what his father did to the Sedgwicks – and others – doesn’t quite know how to broach those subjects. In addition, Martin has been very, very closely guarded due to his illness all his life and has essentially has very little freedom to make his own choices. So they have “friendship feelings” and they also have “perhaps some romantic feelings” and “does it ruin the friendship to explore the romantic feelings feelings.” There is also “hurt/comfort” which is the gentlest part of this relationship – Will takes great care with Martin as he recovers from this exacerbation of his illness but then Martin gives care and comfort to Will when he faces his demons.
This romance feels especially poignant, to me, when I consider that Martin, suffering tuberculosis in a era well-before modern antibiotic treatment that could actually clear the infection, can only manage his symptoms. He has no cure. So when he and Will come together (that’s not a spoiler, this is a romance novel), they have no guarantee that they have decades together. But they are willing to love and take that risk. I was crying at the end. It reminded me of a Lorraine Heath from a few years back in this way.
This book is as sweet and gentle as A Gentleman Never Keeps Score is rough-edged and steamy. I loved it. Those Sedgwick males, gotta love ’em.
Two Rogues Make a Right is out tomorrow, June 23! [Note: I don’t think you necessarily have to have read the previous two books in the series, It Takes Two to Tumble and A Gentleman Never Keeps Score, but the backstory and family history of this book is very tied up in the revelations of the previous two. So the main plot can stand alone, but for the full picture pick up the first two. You won’t be disappointed.]
Dear FTC: I read a digital galley of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss.