Review: Diplomatic Relations by J.L. Langley

Posted March 8, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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Review: Diplomatic Relations by J.L. Langley
Diplomatic Relations

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Series: Sci-Regency #4
Genres: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Released on February 19, 2019
Pages: 312
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Regency Romance mashed with Military Space Opera just can’t go wrong to my way of thinking.  After a hiatus, the author comes back to this whimsical, quite spicy sci-regency romance loaded with political intrigue and the shenanigans of a unique royal family.  Diplomatic Relations was a book date waiting to happen just as soon as I got the joyous news that it was coming.

Review

Diplomatic Relations is the fourth book in the Sci-Regency series.  Yes, read these in order.  The intro to the mischievous Townsend family, their work to thwart a danger rising within a joint-military organization, and their paths to their hot and, oft times humorous, happily ever afters all tie together throughout the series.

In this installment, the roguish Townsend cousin, Dalton Fairfax, is getting his story.  Dalton, a military man, has been a secondary character in the series and I was always curious why he was closer to his Uncle Raleigh and cousins while avoiding his own parents like the plague.  I was glad to finally get the deets on his past and see the shenanigans ensue when he becomes attracted to straight arrow political intern, Blaise Thompson, a ducal heir and the watchful eye on his younger trouble magnet brother.  Blaise feels compelled to make his parents proud and secure the Councilman position that his family has always held.  He is determined to help his people by tracking down the missing Jenkins family who have important intel in the ongoing secret investigation that Regelence is doing into the IN affairs.  This unlikely pair end up working together, and maybe will work out if they both take a chance.

So, for those unfamiliar with this series.  There are some interesting features that set it apart.   It is a unique world of humans in the future whose ancestors left earth and colonized out into the galaxy.  Some planetary colonies to take as their model Earth’s Regency Period and so, centuries later, they are a combo of regency and tech society.  One of these planets, Regelence, took its uniqueness a step further and is not just gay friendly, but gay dominated.  Their royals, aristocrats, and government leaders are male-male families.  It’s an interesting what-if scenario.  I won’t get into the deets of how they pull it off.  The conflict arises from a United Nations-like organization called the Inter-galactic Navy that is made up of a council and military organization that is meant to be the peace-keeping policing action arm, but there are some within it who have decided to make a go at taking over the governance of all the galaxy by developing a planet-killing weapon and using Regelence genetic tech to make their own super-soldiers.

The romance is hot and spicy, but is not isolated.  There is the ongoing political intrigue story thread, good action scenes, and connection through family and friends all set against this futuristic regency world backdrop.  Each couple, like Blaise and Dalton have their background stories and their romances that are teased out.  I really enjoy how the author writes her pairs as partners and friends first and foremost even if they do have strong attraction or end up in forced or arranged marriages due to circumstances.

All in all, I was utterly satisfied with this installment that returns to the series and promises further fabulous series installments.  I loved the hints about future Townsends getting their stories and knowing that the rascally Bannon is the next one to get a story on a planet, Skye, made up of a Scottish Highlander clan culture.  So, yes, if you are in to a historical-future, spicy hot m/m romance mash up, grab book one and dive in.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
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A futuristic story sounds really interesting.

Sophia Rose
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It’s really cool how she combined English Regency with space sci-fi.

Ethan
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I really like the sound of these characters and the techno world they live in!

Sophia Rose
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It’s so unique that its tough to describe in a summary. Very fun, Ethan! 🙂

Carole rae
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Regency Romance mashed with Military Space Opera??? Woah! Different for sure.

Sophia Rose
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They’ll mash anything these days. In this particular installment, it leans more toward romance. In truth, I think only the first two were stronger on the Space Opera elements.

Lola
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I just bought the first book in this series earlier this week as it was discounted to 99 cents. It’s been on my wishlist since I saw your feature one of the books in this series a while ago, so I am glad I finally got the first book now. It sounds like a very interesting series and the mash of regency romance and sci-fi sounds unique and fun. And good to know it’s best read in order. Sounds like this series has a bit of everything with romance, politics and action. I am always fond of friends to lovers… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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Oh neat! I’m glad you caught a sale so you can try it without plunking out too much book budget money. I have copies from an online bookstore that closed years ago and it was before my Kindle so they are epub format so I might hit that sale up and replace that one. 🙂

I hope you end up enjoying. Just be warned. Book one is the spiciest of them all with Dominance/submissive elements for that pair, but the rest are more ‘vanilla’ gay romances. 🙂

Lola
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I love being able to get first books for cheap when I am not yet sure if I enjoy the series and then happy to pay full price for later books. I just checked and it seems the price is still at 99 cents in case you want to replace your copy with a new one.

Good to know re book 1 being the spiciest with dominance/ submissive elements and the rest being more vanilla. I hope I can read book 1 soon :).

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, I snagged it on sale. Plus I like the new cover, too.

Thought I should say something so you expect it since the blurb doesn’t hint about that.

Melanie Simmons
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I haven’t read a lot of space opera, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read. Great review.

Sophia Rose
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I have a few series and authors that are solid favs. I haven’t read it as much as I’d like.