In the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation.
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.
My second Charles novel in less than a week, and I have to say with very different feelings and reading results.
This time, this 260 plus page novel took me to about page 120 (on my ereader count) before I could safely say I was enjoying it. From that point on, I couldn’t stop reading. And stayed up way past 1AM to finish. Prior to that point it took me three days to get there.
Unlike the normal MM historical I read, this one deals with the political side, the unrest, the tension, and the divide that is really starting to happen between the classes. And how one boy then man is stuck in the middle of all that simple because he is born.
We start this story, with Harry then twelve being witness first hand to what power of word can do. As his father starts a riot and they escape to France. Years later, both parents dead, Harry has no choice but to come back to England and find his fathers old friends again. Little does he know this will set a chain reaction that will change his life.
Julius, is part of the crowd Harry has been groomed to dislike, but has found himself liking him very much. Julius on the other hand has told himself because of his past, he will be single and carefree for always.
As I said in the beginning of this review, I didn’t care for the start of this book, the ‘grooming’ of Harry into a noble, his birth right. This was also a time when him and Julius were getting to know each other but I found it all superficial. And couldn’t hold my interest. I can only read about so many waistcoats.
The second half, when the raids and other actions start happening, when Harry started standing up against what was happening to him. Then it became interesting. The sub plot, to build up the rest of the series was pretty obvious but made me curios enough that if I’ve nothing else going on I just might pick them up and read about the rest of the characters.