Proper Scoundrels is a spin off from Therin’s Magic in Manhattan series. The adventures of Sebastian and Lord Fine won’t make much sense if you haven’t read the series, but you should read the series. It is excellent and Therin built a wonderful world while writing it. I’m so glad she’s writing past Arthur and Rory, and that we get to spend more time with Jade and Zhang.
Wesley, Lord Fine, feels separated from the world by his title, and by his experience as a sniper in WWI. Sebastian de Leon feels separated from the world by his magic and by his years under the control of blood magic. Lord Fine doesn’t know that magic exists, but he and Sebastian are connected. In the aftermath of the defeat of the Baron in Wonderstruck, Sebastian has been keeping an eye on Lord Fine, trying to keep him safe from the magic world he unknowingly brushed against. Wesley is suspicious of Sebastian until Sebastian saves his life.
The two men who feel so broken and undeserving fall in love while hunting down dangerous magical artifacts and trying to stop a mad man. It’s an excellent adventure with family secrets, daring rescues, and people who have no hearts catching feelings while running for their lives.
I enjoyed the Magic in Manhattan series enormously. Therin takes full advantage of writing in a well built world. She balances plot and character, dishing out adventure and feelings in equal measure. I’m looking forward to seeing where Therin takes her world next.
I received this as an advance reader copy from NetGalley and Carina Press. My opinions are my own.