elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

My Regelence Rake (Sci-Regency 3) by J.L. Langley

There was no way I couldn’t love this romance for various reasons. First of all, I’m an old (very old) fan of Regency Romances, and while there is the twist of the Sci-Fi setting, My Regelence Rake is basically a very good Regency Romance (it was a long time I didn’t find the word “bedlam” in a novel…). Second, when asked, I always say I prefer Contemporary Gay Romance, since I want to see the main characters deal with realistic situation, but I have also a kink for transposing those same main characters in an alternative reality, and see how they would deal with a society where homosexuality not only is accepted, but it’s more common than heterosexuality. That is exactly what this series is doing, and I think J.L. Langley was one of the first to use this trick.

Aside from some oddity like laptops, a butler that is actually a software, a King with a King-Consort, phazers instead of swords, My Regelence Rake is the classical example of scandalous situation happening in front of the ton: Prince Colton has always being in love with Viscount Wentworth, Sebastian, but the Captain of the Royal Guard is a rake. Of course he is like that due to a broken-heart, a valiant officer he married into aristocracy for love, not for interest, but his beloved husband betrayed his love and trust; good-riddance he is now dead leaving Sebastian a widower and a viscount.

Of course there will be a scandal, and of course Sebastian will do the right thing, i.e. marry Colton. And here is where the surprise will also start: what if the obvious pairing the reader was building, Colton the shy and submissive virgin, Sebastian the bold and notorious scoundrel, is instead completely wrong? What if Colton will take the upper hand in their relationship, despite his young age? Already the author was preparing the ground having Colton with a big and strong body structure; only the age is inferior to Sebastian, but once these two are naked and alone, there are no cultural barriers between them, and they can enjoy their relationship as they like.

Even if it doesn’t seem so important, this is actually for me the main point of the novel: what is the expected relationship balance in this simil-Regency like society when both parties involved are men? Who is the Alpha/top and who is the Omega/bottom? (in the original concept I would have asked, who is the man and who is the woman?) if you think this is not important, you are not used to the Regency novels, where there are strictly rules on how the main characters have to deal with each other and with the context. In any case, J.L. Langley chose to dare those conventions, and to write her how balance… good for her and good for her readers!


Amazon Kindle: My Regelence Rake
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (October 2, 2012)

Series: Sci-Regency
1) My Fair Captain: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/106500.html
2) The Englor Affair: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/427577.html
3) My Regelence Rake

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
Tags: author: j.l. langley, genre: futuristic, length: novel, review, theme: back to the future, theme: breeches rippers, theme: virgins

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