The Husband Plot by Katherine Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought this was a well-written, well-researched book. Once I started reading, I was pulled in and couldn’t stop thinking about Lisbeth and Adrian’s adventures. The hero of the book is a mixed-race man and the setting is London, England. The book does not shy away from addressing the complexities of being racialized in the Regency era.

There is a great scene where Lisbeth casts up her disadvantages as a woman and compares it to being a Black slave. Lets just say she soon understands how that is not an adequate comparison and addresses her privilege very well as the novel unfolds.

The villainous character in the book is great–I was on pins and needles at one point where it seemed as if another character was going to be forced into perpetual close proximity with the villain!

While Adrian’s navigation of race and Lisbeth’s evolution as a white woman married to a Black man is given the most focus, Grant also included another subset not often seen in Regencies–queer characters! But I won’t give anything away about that subplot.

Most of all, the romance is believable–Lisbeth and Adrian quickly come to see all that they share in common and become powerful partners. They also have a ton of fun together, both in bed and out of it!

Overall, an enjoyable, intelligently written read!

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