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Power, privilege, and the rigid rules of class leave two hearts yearning for connection in the sizzling new Society of Gentlemen novel from K. J. Charles.
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.
“God help me, I think it is,”Richard said. “I love you, David. My red fox, my right hand, my flame.”
I think this needs to be known about Lord Richard Vane. This book surpassed all of my expectations. Richard was a douche bag from book one up until now, but that never stopped me liking his position. K.J. Charles has managed to write a series where each book is so different from the previous. I loved everything about this book. Richard seems like such a complex person, but he really wasn’t. He wanted to abide my his title, and not take advantage of anyone lower then him. I see nothing wrong with this. Except his lovely red headed valet David Cyprian has other plans. You can see the love that they have towards each other right from the start. Cyprian isn’t just a valet, he is Richard’s rock, his ears, his voice and his heart. I loved the swoony moments in this story. I honestly think this was the most romantic out of the series. They used some words that made my heart melt.
“You don’t have to forgive, my lord. You don’t have to go, and if you go you are not obliged to forgive, and if you forgive, you are not obliged to forget.”
Going into this we already know Richard is not quickly to be with someone based on his actions with Dominic Frey. I love that Dominic has forgiven him, and even helped him understand some things early on about the potential relationship between him and David. Of course Richard fought it almost all the way. He couldn’t stop thinking with his head. That’s not a bad thing, I respected him much more for having the strength and respect of the people under him. The way the story unfolded was so magical to me. I mean it wasn’t a dull moment at all. I super highlighted the book. It was so many moments that left me and tears, and moments where I was so joyous for these two. I loved the plot. I loved seeing all the wonderful cast come together in time of need and play their active roles needed. I loved seeing Silas and his arrogance tone, and Dominic protecting him. Julius as usual with his funny self. If K.J. Charles could steal two characters and made a novella at least please give us Shakespeare and Quex story!!! Jon and Will is so needed. I love reading about them. I’d take a Zoe tell as well. Cyprian was more important then gentleman guys in this story. I mean, he rocked it. His character was able to shine and truly show us his feelings, and his skills. I love how he doubted his self at times, but when Richard asked him for anything he doubts and reservations went out the window. He’ll do anything for Richard and we’ve seen that over the series. I’m so happy with this book, and I can definitely say it made it to my Favorite books of 2016. It’ll be a re-read soon, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Ms. Charles.