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’s 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.
K.J. Charles seems to always get it right, and she scored again with another really well-written historical in the Society of Gentlemen series.
Now, here is some stuff that I think you should know. This absolutely can't be read as a stand-alone. It takes place in and around the same time line as A Fashionable Indulgence, and the plot-lines are interwoven to a great extent.
If I'm comparing the two stories, I'd say that I liked A Fashionable Indulgence more. It was more... unexpected, more charming, and for sure less gritty. This story has it's moments that felt darker, almost depressing, which is less my speed. It also felt political and charged, something I tend to avoid in my romance reading.
In terms of sex content, I thought that this book was hot. I like D/s books where there is a power-play of some sort, especially if it involves humiliation or begging... and Dominic loves to beg! No, he loves to be FORCED to beg! Ohhhh yeahhhh.
But the best part about this story has to be the writing. K.J. Charles is one of my tried-and-true standbys for an excellently written book. She has a way with words that gives great authenticity to her stories. I can't wait to see where else she takes this series because I know Richard's story is going to be perfection.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
Catch ya later!