Power, privilege, and the rigid rules of class leave two hearts yearning for connection in the sizzling new Society of Gentlemen novel from K. J. Charles.
Among his eccentric though strictly principled group of friends, Lord Richard Vane is the confidant on whom everyone depends for advice, moral rectitude, and discreet assistance. Yet when Richard has a problem, he turns to his valet, a fixer of unparalleled genius - and the object of Richard's deepest desires. If there is one rule a gentleman must follow, it is never to dally with servants. But when David is close enough to touch, the rules of class collide with the basest sort of animal instinct: overpowering lust.
For David Cyprian, burglary and blackmail are as much in a day's work as bootblacking - anything for the man he's devoted to. But the one thing he wants for himself is the one thing Richard refuses to give: his heart. With the tension between them growing to be unbearable, David's seemingly incorruptible master has left him no choice. Putting his finely honed skills of seduction and manipulation to good use, he will convince Richard to forget all about his well-meaning objections and give in to sweet, sinful temptation.
"This book is swoon material - grab it!" (Red Adept Reviews)
"What I enjoyed most about this book was the author's slow and deliberate reveal of the story from both parties' perspectives." (The Oddness of Moving Things)
"I absolutely loved this book. It was well written, it kept me engaged all the way throughout, and it was so good that I one-clicked the others in the series without even looking at the blurbs. I can safely say that this is one author that I will be reading more of in the future. If you love Regency era-romance and books that really tug on your heart, this is definitely one to check out." (Inked Rainbow Reads)
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Easily in the Top Five. Actually, in order to keep my top five from being taken up by the three books in this series, I include them as a group. They are all extraordinary, but this one is tremendous.
The absolute usurpation of various tropes and expectations based on the appearance and status of the characters. Charles always has a strong command of sexual negotiation and politics, but watching two intrinsically Alpha personalities with extremely different psychological expressions find common ground is incredible. Humanizing Richard in particular who has been more of an entity than a person presiding over the Ricardians, is a genuine triumph.
His work on this series of books has been absolutely outstanding. His commitment and delivery are impeccable, making everything from seditous politics, printmaking, to sex vivid and immensely enjoyable to listen to.
- Hank C.