I usually try to do multiple books in my arc roundups, but alas, I only have one arc out around now and thought it made more sense to get my review up than to wait for another new release. So today we’re talking about the newest book from Cat Sebastian, The Queer Principles of Kit Webb, which just came out on Tuesday!
The eponymous Kit Webb is a former highwayman, who has left that life behind him and turned to a (mostly) honest life of running a coffee shop. But Percy, Lord Holland, is in need of a highwayman to steal a book that once belonged to his mother but now never leaves his father’s sight. While Kit refuses to participate in the robbery, he agrees to teach Kit how to how to do it himself, which of course is a recipe for love! As Sebastian herself says, “if you’d like a story about a grumpy highwayman, a prissy aristocrat, and crime for good reasons, have at it!”
I was so looking forward to this one after hearing Cat Sebastian talk about it on Twitter. Also, that synopsis! But then I started it and was just…bored. Nothing really happened, and there wasn’t enough tension and banter between Kit and Percy to really propel me through this book. They don’t even kiss until more than halfway! And then things eventually start to pick up some, but still not really. And then a whole bunch of things happen at the end, but we don’t get a lot of answers or the resolution to the blackmail-related plotline that I was really looking for. Of course, Kit and Percy are adorable together and I enjoy them a lot, but they just didn’t have the spark that I think a lot of Cat Sebastian couples do. I don’t know. She does some things with this story as a whole that I think are really interesting, and I can’t not enjoy a Cat Sebastian book. But ultimately, I was rather bored by this one and pretty let down considering how much I was anticipating it.
If this one is on your radar, I think it’s still worth giving a try! It IS Cat Sebastian after all, and I still enjoyed reading it! I just didn’t race through it and obsess over it the way I anticipated I would, and months later, it doesn’t really stand out to me as very memorable. If you decide to pick it up, I hope you enjoy it more than I did!
I received an arc of The Queer Principles of Kit Webb from the publisher via Netgalley.