Genres: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Released on February 19, 2019
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.
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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