These two idiots….
You can’t not love them both.
Martin is the grumpiest of the grumpy ones, Will is the gooiest of the cinnamon roll, and they’ve been soulmates – though never lovers – since they were young. They’re so cute together and the banter is top tier Cat Sebastian. Two Rogues Make a Right is truly the ultimate friends to lovers!
Will Sedgwick knows that kidnapping – especially kidnapping a member of the gentry and your oldest friend – is wrong. But when Martin Easterbrook is found sick and incoherent in Will’s brother’s attic, Will will do anything to get Martin out of London and nursed back to health. When Martin realizes what’s happened, he’s aghast to learn that his friend and love of his life has been taking care of him and sleeping on the floor.
But there’s only one bed in the tiny cottage Will’s brought him and as the days pass and Martin gets better (though no less grumpy), he’s not sure he’ll be able to continue hiding his feelings from Will’s watchful eye. When Will let’s Martin know his feelings are not all one-sided, both must decide if the chance for the ultimate love is worth the risk.
This book is, both on the surface and at its core, all about feelings and character growth. The majority of the story takes place in a tiny cottage and the antagonists are the demons Will and Martin must face before they can grab their happily ever after with both hands.
If you read the first two books in the Sedwick series, you know Martin is portrayed as a villain. And he acts like a villain; he 100% deserves that portrayal, because he does some pretty horrible things. But we quickly learn that he didn’t always have all the information, was also abused by his father (though in a different way), and that much of what he did was out of desperation and love for Will.
Martin is crabby, demanding, a bit (a lot) high maintenance, but also loyal to a fault. He’s going to be sick for the rest of his life, which he has to come to terms with and realize that life is still worth living. I also think Martin may be demisexual. He’s never been attracted to anyone but Will, but he’s only ever loved Will. Will is Martin’s entire fucking world.
Will has been dealing with PTSD and an opium addiction for years after a terrible almost-mutinous experience in the Navy with an abusive captain. However, nothing matters to him as much as Martin. His love for Martin has never been in question, but as it begins transforming in front of his eyes, he has to decide if he’s ready to take the leap from friend to lover. Martin is the yin to his yang and he realizes that everything he’s gone through has led him to this place and back to this person. He just has to convince Martin that he’s in it for the long haul, in sickness and in health.
Will is a sweetheart. A sensual sweetheart. At one point he blurts out, “I’m not immune to anyone’s charms” while drinking with Martin and then proceeds to pet him on their walk home, which is beyond adorable. He also knows exactly how to give Martin what he needs both in life and in the bedroom (which also happens to be their whole cabin).
Will and Martin are just two lovable idiots who get the happy ending they deserve, and I like it lots.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.