A Seditious Affair A Society of Gentlemen Novel by K.J. Charles
Oh I adored the Magpie books, and then KC Charles starts another series…I loved the first book ( have just discovered there’s a 0.5 novella on amazon about Ash and bought it). Silas played a big part in the first book, and here the time line kind of overlaps with the end of that one so we see events we know about happening from Silas and Dom’s POV.
Dom, seemed one of those darkish, silent and devoted to his job types in book one. I had wondered about Wednesdays and Silas, and then later we saw more that confirmed what I’d thought. Now we see the full story. Dom’s a Sub when it comes to sex, but needs a proper domination and in the past for him that’s been violence. That was the thing that was the breaking point for him and Lord Richard, and Lord Richard was and still is a real jerk about it. Then Silas comes along each Wednesday and he doesn’t like whips and floggers. He gives Dom what he needs though just by his force of character- he’s an amazing person.
On the face of it they’re so opposite, Dom the High Tory, working in a senior position for the Home Office and Silas the seditionist, writer and publisher of illegal pamphlets preaching against the King and the Gov. They only know each other through Wednesdays though, don’t know names, don’t exchange personal details. As time goes on though they get closer and closer, and we can see there’s a disaster in the making. Each feel very strongly about their politics and I love that kind of dichotomy in a story, where the two are so opposed I think “ how on earth is the author going to get them a HEA?” All this is set against a solid and interesting story of English politics in Regency times, and its part fiction part fact. I love a good romance, but I need it to be backed up by an interesting and realistic story and once again KC delivers it. We meet characters from book one, the irrepressible Harry and Foppish Julius, Lord Richard and Cyprian – that’s going to make an interesting story 😉
I was gripped by this tale, couldn’t put it down, just had to see how KC was going to make a story that’s not looking to have a good ending work out, how she would bring together characters that seem doomed to be apart through their opposing views, even though they’ve fallen in love. I just couldn’t see how it could be done, and the closer I got to the end the more I just couldn’t work out a way forward. ( that’s why I’m a reader not a writer!) Silas was Socialist through and through, would never step down from his beliefs, been convicted, imprisoned, whipped for it in the past yet wouldn’t be deterred, and nor would Dom ask him to. Dom, a Tory, Royalist and working for the department seeking Silas head – preferably on a pike! They had opposing views and yet respected each others right to them. A HEA I thought – No chance….and as usual thankfully I was wrong.
I so look forward to seeing what she can do with Lord Richard, he seems such an arrogant and selfish ar se in many ways, but recent events have forced him to look at himself and it looks like Cyprian is tired of waiting in the wings..
Stars: Five, a gripping and realistic story and a fabulous read.
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