In the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation. 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 – 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.
Rating: A- for narration; A for content
The first in a new series of books by K.J. Charles, A Fashionable Indulgence (Society of Gentlemen Book 1) is, at first glance, a fairly simple story. It’s basically a rags-to-riches tale about a young man who is plucked from relative poverty and obscurity, and who has to learn to be a gentleman so that he can be presented to society by his well-to-do family. But Ms Charles turns it into an utterly compelling and unforgettable story, combining a heartfelt and sensual romance with an element of mystery set against a richly detailed and fascinating historical background; and when I read the book in the summer, I was utterly captivated.
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