Impeccable Credentials (Town Bronze #3) by Ellie Thomas


Impeccable Credentials is the third in the Town Bronze series of regency romances set in London around a group of friends.  It can be read standalone but best as part of the series.  

From the blurb:

Sequel to Petticoats and Pantaloons 

Outwardly, twenty-one-year-old Julian Buchanan is the epitome of wealth, breeding and good looks. He’s a pink of the ton in Regency London, and his position in society is assured. But beneath his impeccable surface, Julian is riddled with doubt.

Matters come to a head in the autumn of 1812 when his autocratic father, Sir Roger Buchanan, orders Julian to court an heiress and propose marriage. Finally, Julian must acknowledge that he has no interest in women. At the same time, he becomes involved with Rafe Ingles, a radical intellectual whose beliefs concur with Julian’s inward convictions.

With pressure building and so much at stake, can Julian find the courage to break the habit of a lifetime and choose love and freedom over duty?

Sheena's Review:

This is the third in the Town Bronze series, and can easily be read as a standalone although some characters from the first two books do appear here. The main character, Julian, we have met before briefly in the first two books but Rafe is a new character.

At first meeting Julian, I thought him to be a typical upper class snob, only concerned with appearance and partying and nothing else. He's so much more than that though, finding his life with his more than overbearing father beyond stifling. I grew to really like Julian, and respect his desire to become his own man away from the influence of his father and the social circle his family so carefully cultivated for him. I liked the development of his relationship with Rafe over the course of the story, they have so much in common and even for a novella, it's relative slow burn. More than that, I loved seeing Barney and Jasper from the first two books again, and getting to see second-hand a happy resolution to both their stories, which was really well done.

I really enjoyed this, as I enjoy all stories in this universe Ellie has created, and loved the easter egg of seeing Jo Everett again too. I'm a sucker for a good historical romance and this has it all. Even Lord Byron.

Impeccable Credentials is currently available as an e-book