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Take Me to the Good Parts of This Book
Warning: The Good Parts Might Be Explicit
- Until he gets used to it, Clem needs to set the pace.
- Flirty Banter
- Red-faced Rowley trusts Clem with his truth.
- Hot Hot Hot
- Slowly is very nearly Rowley's name.
- Rowley is armed with comical rat mounts and a clumsy kiss.
- Declaration of Love
- Mr. Green fails at being nothing special.
Lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer prefers a quiet life. He's happy with his hobbies, his work - and especially with his lodger Rowley Green, who becomes a friend over their long fireside evenings together. If only neat, precise, irresistible Mr. Green were interested in more than friendship....
Rowley just wants to be left alone - at least until he meets Clem, with his odd, charming ways and his glorious eyes. Two quiet men, lodging in the same house, coming to an understanding...it could be perfect. Then the brutally murdered corpse of another lodger is dumped on their doorstep and their peaceful life is shattered. Now Clem and Rowley find themselves caught up in a mystery, threatened on all sides by violent men, with a deadly London fog closing in on them. If they're to see their way through, the pair must learn to share their secrets - and their hearts.
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By BR on 02-25-17
K J Charles is amazing
I had a hard start with this book. I love Charm of Magpies so much that I was initially disappointed to listen to a softer, more slowly paced book. But the author's talent won me over. As is true in all her books, the characters are portrayed as complete people with flaws and issues that make them more interesting. The characters are not "perfect" as people or physically. Which is a relief from most m/m books and gives their romance through friendship and awkward flirtation more complexities than simple physical attraction. Not that there isn't sexual attraction and a tiny bit of kink, which is nicely explored. Besides the layered personalities of the main characters, KJ Charles situates them deftly in Victorian London with nice historical details. The mystery is not the strongest element of the story but it does move the story along. The narrator had a good voice and gave each character a unique voice without overdoing it. I still hold out hope that Charm of Magpies will someday get turned into an audiobook but am perfectly happy with her current work if it continues to be of this quality. And (the best compliment you can give an author) I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Meredith on 02-25-17
I'm fond of adventures featuring everyday people, and this is an excellent example. I felt like I could have been one of the other residents of the boarding house or regulars at the Jack and Knave. KJ Charles' historical worldbuilding is thorough without beating you over the head with endless descriptive passages, so that you're just dropped into the rich complexity of Victorian London and allowed to live there. This is a gentler, slower story than some of her wild rides, but there's plenty of excitement, a little horror, and some truly hilarious animals.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Jayltee on 04-16-18
Given how much I enjoyed the Magpie Lord series it’s a shame I found this so boring. Clem was a frustrating character who is kind and accomodating except when it comes to anything that actually matters, like logic and the truth, at which point he’s annoyingly belligerent. His relationship with Rowley left me cold, unlike other works of Charles which have been both delightfully romantic and smoking hot.
Narration was very good
By Martin Moore on 04-08-18
Rushing for part two.
I’ve been riveted, by the character development, the incredible settings and well drawn sense of time and place.