Book Reviews

Diplomatic Relations (Sci-Regency 4) by J.L. Langley at Dreamspinner Pres

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Regency / Military/Former Military / Other Planets / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-February-2019

Book Blurb

Opposites don’t just attract... they sizzle.

 

A lusty special forces soldier who lives by his own set of rules, Dalton Fairfax decided long ago to stop wishing for his father’s love, and he found his calling. Now that he’s back home and between assignments, he finds himself at loose ends. When the opportunity arises to play bodyguard and help out his country, Dalton jumps at the chance. Not only does it keep him busy, but it just so happens that his charge is the man he saw on leave last month and hasn’t been able to get out of his head.

 

Heir to a dukedom and a conservative politician, Blaise Thompson strives to prove himself worthy of carrying on the family legacy as the next IN Councilman. However, his closest competitor keeps getting in the way and taking credit for Blaise’s ideas. Maintaining his stellar reputation isn’t easy to do while keeping his outrageous younger brother in line and foiling his rival’s personal attacks. He has no time for a guard and even less time for romance.

 

When a priceless antique goes missing, Blaise and Dalton discover that Regelance has larger problems than just IN plots. Now the only way to stop a scandal that threatens both of them is to compromise, and they are forced to confront the risk of losing everything… even each other.

 

Book Review

The ‘Sci-Regency’ series with its contradiction between several versions of Regency-era societies and its existence in the year 4831 continues to fascinate me with its politics, dark machinations, and mysterious goings-on in this fourth book. The aristocracy is alive and well and monarchs are in charge of entire planets, military careers start in the Intergalactic Navy (IN) and continue in planetary military forces, and societal restrictions and morals are very much an accepted part of life. Picking up where ‘My Regelence Rake’ left off, this time the focus is on another unlikely couple – a rakish special forces soldier named Dalton, and Blaise, a conservative politician who is as innocent as they come where matters of the heart (and the body) are concerned. As ever, various scandals threaten, several families have opposing agendas, and the IN is up to no good – not that anyone can conclusively prove it.

Dalton was abandoned by his father when he was eight, and there is no love lost between them even twelve years later. Dalton was lucky enough to be raised by his uncle Raleigh (the king’s consort) at the Regelence court, but now that he is back from his two years in the IN, his parents are trying to get him back. Between his outrageous behavior and a consequently ruined reputation, he does not have much of a future. But the royal court is interested in his services and he falls in love with a “proper” heir to a dukedom, and suddenly he has to make some tough decisions about what he wants his future to be like.

Blaise is about as different from Dalton as possible. He has been raised by loving parents, his virtue is intact, and he plans to be a politician because that is expected for him – even if he hates the idea. Then he runs into Dalton, and suddenly his life changes. Blaise does not intend to give in to his feelings but Dalton (and Fate) have other ideas and Blaise becomes adventurous and is forced to take risks by necessity – just to protect his reputation and future career.

The next stage of the mystery around the IN’s plans is seen through the eyes of a very unlikely couple. But, as it turns out, both their points of view and skills are needed to figure out what is going on and to stop the treacherous plans some of Regelence’s citizens are trying to make happen. The stress and suspense are almost too much for them, but I kept hoping they’d figure out how to make a relationship work. Like with the other couples in the series, the author certainly does not make it easy for them! As for the series arc: some of the previous questions are answered, more clues appear, but there is enough uncertainty left for a few more books – much to my delight.

If you like to read about creative versions of the future that combine aspects of Earth’s past with galactic politics, if you want to watch two men who seem to have nothing in common figure out they are meant to be together, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with lots of suspense, political intrigue, and some hot man-on-man loving, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. There is a short preview of the next installment at the back of the book, and I am already looking forward to its publication!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 281 pages/103992 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-February-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/diplomatic-relations-by-jl-langley-10234-b