Title: A Gentleman’s Position (Society of Gentlemen #3)
Author Name & Publisher: K.J. Charles (Loveswept)
Publication Date & Length: April 5, 2016 – 246 pgs
Power, privilege, and the rigid rules of class leave two hearts yearning for connection in the sizzling new Society of Gentlemen novel from K. J. Charles.
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.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
What do you get when you take M/M historical romance, add in a scoop of pining and a dollop of nefarious plotting? A Gentleman’s Position.
Let’s start off with Richard and David’s relationship. As Richard’s valet, David’s job is to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Not only is he good, he’s exceptional, putting in 110%.
Unfortunately, that last 10% comes from the fact that he’s in love with his master. Lord Richard Vane wants David desperately, but doesn’t think it’s right, since David wouldn’t be in a position to refuse. The unresolved romantic (and sexual) tension was strong in this book, in all the right ways. Pining is quite possibly my favourite thing in a book, which probably says something about me. There’s something about watching two characters want each other so badly but refuse to act on it, for whatever reason, that really makes my heart clench, and it makes the final get-together that much sweeter. This was absolutely no exception. It was beautiful. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say you definitely won’t be disappointed.
*I’ll preface all of my next comments by saying I didn’t know until I was about ¾ of the way through that this was part of a series. I’ve subsequently bought both the first and second book, along with the short story.*
In addition to having really great main characters in Richard and David, A Gentleman’s Position also had amazing supporting characters, including a gay trans man and a gay black man. Honestly each and every character was so fleshed out and so real. They all had motives, they all had relationships. And granted this was because they were all part of a bigger series, but even in the context of this one book, they weren’t just side characters.
The one thing that I would have to say is that it starts out a bit slowly. And again, the fact that I hadn’t read the first two books in the series probably had something to do with this. Connections were already there that I didn’t know about, so it took a bit to piece everything together. It’s not impossible, but I would absolutely recommend reading the others in the series before A Gentleman’s Position.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book. It was well written, it kept me engaged all the way throughout, and it was so good that I one-clicked the others in the series without even looking at the blurb. I can safely say that this is one author that I will be reading more of in the future. If you love Regency era romance and books that really tug on your heart, this is definitely one to check out.
I’m a writer of romance, mostly m/m, often historical or fantasy or both.
I’m also a freelance editor, and I blog about writing and editing at kjcharleswriter.com.
I live in London, UK, with two kids, a tolerant husband and an even more tolerant cat.