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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles (145-06-10-2016)

1) This is simply a terrific historical romance. The prose is tight and descriptive without being distracting and the book has a very tight plot that sweeps you along in a historical setting that is very convincing. But what truly makes this book stand out are the characters. They are vivid and believable and the reader cares very deeply about what happens to the two protagonists. But more than that, both characters feel fresh and interesting. I don't feel like I've ever known two characters quite like this, especially the way they come to love each other.

2) This is a great book for those who love historicals. I really loved the characters and the passion that flows between them. The author also does a go job bringing the time period of the story alive. Fans of this author will not be disappointed.

3) Extremely well done historical with a vivid beginning and great characters separated by ideology. Thoroughly and darkly enjoyable.

4) This well-crafted love story is so much more than an enemies-to-lovers tale, although it contains many of the elements I love about that particular trope.  The author presents us with two finely developed characters, both with believable and firmly opposing convictions, who bridge that gap painfully but with care and without sacrificing the other's integrity.  I must admit that I was partial to big, gruff Silas Mason, Dom's werewolf, who comes across to the reader vividly, but the story undeniably works best in depicting the space and tension between the two men and how, in the end, the issues between them are resolved.  As a sequel, this book does suffer from the usual issue of dropping the reader in the middle of other well-established relationships.  I feel that without having read the short story and preceding novel (I have read both), it might be difficult to be as invested in the fates of our protagonists' compatriots and have downgraded slightly for this reason.  Regardless, this was one of my favorite reads this year.

A Seditious Affair (Society of Gentlemen #2) by K.J. Charles
Gay Historical Romance
Publisher: Loveswept (December 15, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: A Seditious Affair (Society of Gentlemen #2)

K. J. Charles turns up the heat in her new Society of Gentlemen novel, as two lovers face off in a sensual duel that challenges their deepest beliefs.

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.

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