Among his eccentric though strictly principled group of friends, Lord Richard Vane is the confidant on whom everyone depends for advice, moral rectitude, and discreet assistance. Yet when Richard has a problem, he turns to his valet, a fixer of unparalleled genius – and the object of Richard’s deepest desires. If there is one rule a gentleman must follow, it is never to dally with servants. But when David is close enough to touch, the rules of class collide with the basest sort of animal instinct: overpowering lust.
For David Cyprian, burglary and blackmail are as much in a day’s work as bootblacking – anything for the man he’s devoted to. But the one thing he wants for himself is the one thing Richard refuses to give: his heart. With the tension between them growing to be unbearable, David’s seemingly incorruptible master has left him no choice. Putting his finely honed skills of seduction and manipulation to good use, he will convince Richard to forget all about his well-meaning objections and give in to sweet, sinful temptation.
Rating: Narration – B+; Content – A-
K.J. Charles’ Society of Gentlemen trilogy is easily one of the best series of historical romances I’ve read and listened to in recent years. There’s more than enough history to satisfy those of us who like our historicals to pay more than lip-service to the moniker, the romances are all beautifully written and the characters are engaging and fully-rounded.
In terms of the historical background, the previous books in the series (A Fashionable Indulgence and A Seditious Affair) have made excellent use of the rather unsettled political situation in England in 1820. This was a country looking over its shoulder at revolution and those in power were not above resorting to underhand means in order to root out those who were brave enough to speak against the abuses of power being perpetrated against the populace. In A Gentleman’s Position, however, the author turns her attention to a smaller canvas and focuses on domestic issues, taking an unvarnished look at the difficulties inherent in pursuing a relationship outside of one’s class.
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