5 stars because KJ Charles can do no wrong.
I absolutely loved this unconventional m/m historical.
Clem was a very untypical hero, and Rowley had a delightfully creepy occupation, but the two of them really worked well as a couple. The crime element of the story added an interesting edge. And as always, there was plenty of spark and steam between the two lovers!
Also, Clem was every bit as hot as this cover might imply. Maybe more so.
Don’t miss this one; and it’s worth your while to go get the rest of K.J. Charles’ stuff while you’re at it.
*Free ARC provided by NetGalley – review in no way influenced by this!*
4 Give-Me-MORE stars!
Oh, how I loved Thea! A lady who knows what she wants, and isn’t going to let some meddling duke get in the way. Or the meddling duke’s meddling servant, who cooks up plan after plan to get them in bed together! I especially loved the “surprise” the duke’s valet had waiting for them in the carriage.
This was a five-star H/h pairing and I loved them together!
Dalton’s mysterious mission and “dark past” was a little harder to believe, and the plot did tumble into predictable toward the end with a too-easy resolution, knocking this down a star. Even so, it’s on my keeper shelf and I’ll be looking for more by Lenora Bell!
3.5 not-into-rich-politicians stars
This was maybe not the best-timed read for me, coming as it did just before the events of November 2016. I was not inclined to kindness toward a rich politician, and really never warmed to the hero of the story as I might have in, say, 2015. I also wasn’t sold on just what the attraction was between the two of them – he seemed to dislike her so much but just had to have her anyways?
For all that, it was still a good read, and I hope to re-read it in a year or two when (if) all this has settled.
**I received this as a free NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review**
This m-m romance was filled with well-developed primary and secondary characters and had a strong political background. The first section started a little slow for me, as it introduced the slow burn between David and Richard, and I found myself wishing for some drama. My wish was soon granted, and drama, nefarious plots, and hot scenes began to erupt.
The conflict between the two main characters was sustained believably and resolved in a way that made sense. I also liked seeing how Richard grew and changed over the course of the story.
I had read the first in this series (A Fashionable Indulgence) but missed the second (A Seditious Affair); I’ll be circling back to catch that one next.
I really hope Ms. Charles takes the time to write a bit about Will Quex and Jon Shakespeare soon, though, because those two secondary characters have captured my imagination! I won’t give spoilers but Will’s story is one I really want to read in full.
This definitely goes on the reread list along with the rest of my K.J. Charles collection.
(Disclaimer: I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.)