Monday, April 25, 2016

ARC Review: A Gentleman's Position by K.J. Charles

A Gentleman's Position (Society of Gentlemen, #3)From the blurb:

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.

Heather's rating:

Whenever I'm in any sort of book funk, I can always count on K.J. Charles to save me.

I don't know how to review this book without just fan-girling all over the place. I'll just start by saying that K.J. Charles is first and foremost a wordsmith. She crafts her stories like they are... well, a CRAFT. Her sentences are incredibly well conceived, and each word, each flick of a character's wrist or blush or bluster is done with extreme care. I'm obsessed with this author's skill and talent, and it restores my faith in reading romance, especially after a series of disappointing reads.

If you are like me, then you were both extremely excited and extremely sad to finally read A Gentleman's Position, because these books are billed as a trilogy and ohmygodthisseriescannotbeover. I just knew that I would love the final book in the series because I've been waiting to see Lord Richard Vane become utterly debauched, and I knew that David Cyprian would be the one to do it.

There are some really interesting themes at play here, aside from the sexual tension that was TO DIE FOR and the historical elements that absolutely transport you to the scene. There are issues of consent when your job is at stake, issues of class disparity in relationships during that era, and the idea that what is demeaning for one person is empowering for another. I adored how K.J. Charles really made me think.

The plot was also suuuuuper tight and very exciting. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how everything would work out in the end. And while the other MCs from the other books in the series play important roles in this story, it didn't overpower the main couple, IMO.

K.J. Charles managed to combine a sexy, desperate, epic romance with an exhilarating plot, and fabulous historical elements. I loved this story's guts, and I could read this book every day of the week and be happy. Foxy and Vane were a couple I will remember for a very long time, and because of them, this book made its way to my favorites list.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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