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—and 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.
Lesson learned: never doubt K.J. Charles.
There is no getting around the fact that the start of this book is sort of slow. At first, I was feeling a little iffy about the story and having a really hard time connecting to the characters, which was freaking me out because this author is usually SO on point... like ALL of the time.
Then things started to get interesting.
The plot of the book is deceptively simple. A poor man comes into a fortune and needs to be tutored in the ways of London high society. However, the author makes this story so utterly compelling and way more nuanced than you'd expect.
The character development really makes this story come alive. The MCs are such divided, flawed characters and I adored every bit of them. But as much as I loved Henry's rags-to-riches story, it was Julius who stole my heart. Julius was so contained, so in charge, that I just DIED with joy when Henry broke through that exterior, bit by naughty bit.
This series has so much potential. I liked how the side characters were included (and how their own individual stories were teased) but didn't take away from the main couple's story. K.J. Charles struck just the right balance.
The writing was sharp, the story was engrossing... I couldn't ask for anything more.
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Enjoy reading, friends!