Book Review: The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes by Cat Sebastian

The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes

Author: Cat Sebastian
Series: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb, book 2
Publisher: June 7, 2022 (Avon Books)
Paperback, 352 pages
Romance, Adult Historical Romance


Marian Hayes, the Duchess of Clare, just shot her husband. Of course, the evil, murderous man deserved what was coming to him, but now she must flee to the countryside. Unfortunately, the only person she can ask for help is the charismatic criminal who is blackmailing her–and who she may have left tied up a few hours before…

A highwayman, con artist, and all-around cheerful villain, Rob Brooks is no stranger to the wrong side of the law or the right side of anybody’s bed. He never meant to fall for the woman whose secrets he promised to keep for the low price of five hundred pounds, but how could he resist someone who led him on a merry chase all over London, left him tied up in a seedy inn, and then arrived covered in her husband’s blood and in desperate need of his help?

As they flee across the country–stopping to pick pockets, drink to excess, and rescue invalid cats–they discover more true joy and peace than either has felt in ages. But when the truth of Rob’s past catches up to him, they must decide if they are willing to reshape their lives in order to forge a future together.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is my everything. I am having a hard time finding the words to explain why and how much I love this book. We meet Marian in the first book in this series, The Queer Principles of Kit Webb, but we get so much more of who she is and her motivations in this book. And of course I fell immediately in love with Rob, who is basically the ultimate cinnamon roll wrapped in a sexy, charming thief package. SWOON. He’s just so *good* and so cheerful and zany and skilled.

I love Cat Sebastian. Her books always somehow have this core of comfort somehow, and The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes is no exception. How can a book focused around blackmail, murder, kidnapping, thievery, and other assorted crime have a cozy, comforting vibe, you ask? I have no idea, but Cat Sebastian somehow manages all that plus witty banter, steamy sexual tension, and break-your-heart levels of mutual pining. I can’t even with this book, I just want to read it all over again right now.

This is the second book in The Queer Principles of Kit Webb series and is essentially a companion novel to the first book. For maximum impact, they should be read in order (and there are major spoilers for The Queer Principles of Kit Webb in this book.)

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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