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review 2016-04-06 22:51
A Gentleman's Position by KJ Charles - My Thoughts
A Gentleman's Position - K.J. Charles

To quote what I said on Twitter: *BIG HAPPY END OF BOOK - END OF SERIES SIGH* Damn that was marvelous!!

 

So many people have written more clever, more insightful, more discerning reviews on A Gentleman's Position, and indeed on the whole series, than I could ever hope to write.  Hell, I don't even write reviews, just spew out my thoughts.  :)  But I really wish I could do the former for this book and this whole series.  It's just a crackerjack of a historical romance.  Entertaining and well... educating at the same time.  For my money, KJ writes about the inequalities of the class system (see, I don't even know for sure if that's what you call it.  *LOL*) as well as, if not better than anyone else.  I mean, you come for the love story and before you know it, you've learned something!  At the very least, you've been made to think about things you might never have thought of before.  :)

 

So, about the book.  First off, it was only fitting that we finally get the story of Lord Richard  Vane and his valet David Cyprian.  We learn why Richard is the oh-so-proper (except for his love of men) upright, upstanding, strict caretaker of his friends and family that he is and I was finally able to forgive him for being a self-righteous prick over 2 and a half novels.  :)  I don't know that I ever came to really like Richard, but I did come to understand and root for him.  

 

His valet (and love of his life), David Cyprian, is quite the piece of work.  So very very clever - quite honestly I think he, Silas and Dom could take over the whole British Empire given half the chance - and so devoted to his master, I loved him for his own moral code that was, in its way, just as rigid as Richard's.  I also enjoyed his wicked sense of humour and loved how he dealt with his own family.  I think that he's going to be the making of Richard.

 

Things I thought of while reading...

 

I'm still in love with Richard's life-long best friend, Dominic Frey, one of the MCs of the previous book - A Seditious Affair.  I loved how he spoke to Richard, open, honest and from the heart, not holding back on his anger while so obviously loving him as really, only Dom could.  

 

I totally enjoyed Richard's older brother, Philip.  I loved how he behaved in the climactic scene of the book and how his relationship with Richard compared to that of the other brothers - Ash and Maltravers.

 

Even though I knew that KJ would never take the easy route, I was still inordinately pleased that there were no sudden revelations of a hidden noble background or a business legacy appearing out of nowhere.  It made the HEA that much more satisfying to me.  

 

Yeah, I'm sad that the series has come to a conclusion (even though KJ is thinking of maybe writing a coda) but it truly doesn't feel like anything has been left undone.  Sure, I would enjoy tales of the adventures of the happy couples but I don't NEED them.  :)

 

As I said, again on Twitter, KJ Charles has been added to the list of authors for whom I will put aside the book I'm currently reading to read their latest work.  And it's a short list!

 

Loved these characters, loved this book and loved this trilogy!  

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review 2016-01-21 17:36
A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles - My Thoughts
A Seditious Affair - K.J. Charles

Simply put...  I loved it!  

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review 2015-08-16 21:15
A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles - My Thoughts
A Fashionable Indulgence - K.J. Charles

5 Stars, yes indeed!  I loved it, pure and simple.  KJ Charles is one of my favourite authors and she most certainly did not disappoint with this first entry into her new Society of Gentlemen series.

 

A Fashionable Indulgence tells the story of Harry Vane and Julius Norreys.  

 

When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips.
 
After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.

 

 

I was beginning chapter 3 and I was already in love with the whole cast of characters, each one of them unique and may I say flawed in their own special ways.  Real people, I think.  :)

 

It was as if Georgette Heyer had decided to write a romance about two men and add in a few more racy scenes than her norm.  :)  And then about halfway through the book, things get serious and it's no longer a story of manners and such, but almost a mystery/adventure.  And add in some serious political insight too.  

 

This is one of those books that make me wish I could write an insightful, educated, knowledgeable review but I can't.  And I really regret that, because I think KJ is a supremely talented writer and would love to do her justice.  But, I can just say that I adored the book, loved the story, adored the characters and I cannot WAIT for the next book in the series.  :)  

 

EDT:  I forgot to mention that I'd been saving this review/rec post to add to my own because it says things I wish I could.  Check it out.  :)

 

http://oliviacirce.tumblr.com/post/126601232527/rec-kj-charles-society-of-gentlemen

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