Silas Mason has no illusions about himself. He’s not lovable or even likable. He’s an overbearing idealist, a radical bookseller and pamphleteer who lives for revolution…and for Wednesday nights. Every week he meets anonymously with the same man, in whom Silas has discovered the ideal meld of intellectual companionship and absolute obedience to his sexual commands. But, unbeknownst to Silas, his closest friend is also his greatest enemy, with the power to see him hanged – or spare his life.
A loyal, well-born gentleman official, Dominic Frey is torn apart by his affair with Silas. By the light of day, he cannot fathom the intoxicating lust that drives him to meet with the radical week after week. In the bedroom everything else falls away. Their needs match, and they are united by sympathy for each other’s deepest vulnerabilities. But when Silas’ politics earn him a death sentence, desire clashes with duty, and Dominic finds himself doing everything he can to save the man who stole his heart.
Rating: A for narration; A+ for content
I couldn’t resist picking up this second book in K. J. Charles’ Society of Gentlemen series as soon as I’d finished listening to book one, A Fashionable Indulgence. A Seditious Affair contains all the ingredients that made the earlier book such a compelling listen; excellent narration, strong characters, a steamy, but deeply-felt and well-developed romance and a terrific story that makes excellent use of the historical setting.
Some of the events of A Seditious Affair run concurrently with those in A Fashionable Indulgence, so anyone who has read or listened to that book will already be familiar with some of the references herein and with the protagonists of this story, well-to-do, upstanding Home Office official Dominic Frey, and bookshop owner and political polemicist Silas Mason.
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