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Would you listen to A Fashionable Indulgence again? Why?
Definitely. I was stuck to the story from beginning to end. The characters are incredibly real and the story very very interesting. Amazing performance of the reader as well.
Any additional comments?
I Immediately looked for the rest of the serie and... well, I will wait patiently!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I'm a fairly recent fan of K.J. Charles, and I find everything she writes witty and charming. So far both her historical fantasy series and an Edwardian mystery I read proved to be very entertaining, and so as her high octane contemporary thriller.
This new series, A Society of Gentlemen, will take a little more time to warm up to, but I've no doubt, will be just as successful.
A Fashionable Indulgence starts with Harry working in a bookshop which secretly prints radical literature. He is a Radical at heart just as his parents were, but not averse to becoming rich and titled which is what might happen if his grandad who disinherited his rebel father deems him worthy. All Harry needs to do is learn how to behave like a gentleman, marry a good noblewoman and continue the family line.
Easier said than done. Essentially, this book reenacts Pygmalion/My Fair Lady on a more subtle and complex level. Julian Norreys who becomes Harry's teacher on a bet, is an epitome of an accomplished gentleman - elegant, confident, witty and striking. Harry is not only awestruck, he is plagued with untoward thoughts about his mentor the more time they spend together.
On the other hand, Julius, tired, jaded and in mourning after a tragic loss, is in need of inspiration, and his new project suddenly becomes his salvation. Harry is exuberant, drunk on life and new experiences, clever and direct. Julius can't help but fancy his pupil.
Both hide their thoughts not knowing if they share same inclinations until something happens to bring it all out in the open.
There is a slight mystery plot going on which I loved as it's not often the topic of sedition and revolution and problems English people battled with after the war ended brought up in Regency romances, but mostly the book is full of rich dialogues, both Harry and Julius's sharp observations and gorgeous background. The secondary characters are fabulous as well.
The narrator, Matthew Lloyd Davies (about whom I'm in two minds), certainly adds to the atmosphere with his stuffy upper class British accent, but at the same time he doesn't have much fluidity. He sounds the same as Harry, his cousin, his valet, or his grandad, which dampened my enjoyment from the narration. To my surprise and delight it's Harry who is driving force in couple's relationship, he is the catalyst of all changes.
Overall, a lovely quick listen, witty, intimate and comforting. Enjoyed it and recommend it as a start of a promising series.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I loved A Fashionable Indulgence when I read it and reviewed it for Prism Book Alliance and this audiobook is superb, its one of the best MM audio books I have ever listened to. The narrator is brilliant and his Julius is just perfect. It's a wonderful story and I just don't have the words to convey how good this audiobook is. If you love historical MM and audio listen to this, you won't disappointed.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about A Fashionable Indulgence?
The historical content is superbly and meticulously researched and the sensual relationship between the main characters is off the scale.
What other book might you compare A Fashionable Indulgence to, and why?
Other than A Seditious Affair by the the same author, I have none to compare it with.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I can't pinpoint one - the whole book from start to finish is simply superb.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It was a very moving read/listen, I cried more than I laughed.
Any additional comments?
The narrator, Matthew Lloyd Davies, performed rather than read the characters' parts. He is a very talented actor, in the wrong hands this would have been a disaster. He captured the real and growing love between the protagonists in a most tender and sensual manner. One of my best reads/listens of 2015 topped possibly by A Seditious Affair.