Book Review by Mel: A Seditious Affair, by K.J. Charles

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A Seditious Affair, by K. J. Charles
Series: Society of Gentlemen, Book #2
Publisher: Loveswept (Penguin Random House)
Release Date: December 15, 2015

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars5-of-5


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.


M/M Pairing
Bisexual Character
Gay Character
Historical Romance
Class Differences

Review by Mel

Just having finished the first book in the series, A Fashionable Indulgence, I knew I was in for a rough ride, because while Harry from the first book was only partly involved in sedition and revolution because of his past and parents, Silas, on the other hand, is fully engaged in it. Add to the voice of sedition another man, Dom, who’s working for the Home Office, which is working against all revolutionaries, it becomes obvious that this will cause conflict.

I won’t lie, I have a hard time with foreboding, because of personal issues (with my brains ;-P ), so this book was rather challenging for me. There were times when the tension was nearly killing me; my heart was beating fast, and I wanted to curl in on myself, but… But I persevered. I worked through my shit. I did not give up.

Because this book is stunning.

Because Silas and Dom together are mesmerising and perfect together.

I might not always have been able to continue reading right away, but I was not capable of quitting it either. Not in a million lives.

All I said in my review for the first book about the well-crafted characters, the palpable setting and atmosphere, the well thought-out plot is also true for the sequel, and I enjoyed reading more about everyone—especially Julius and also Cyprian.

Now, Silas and Dom, leave me quite speechless. Their relationship is extraordinary and I think I can’t get quite enough of their chemistry. Um… Both in- and outside the bedroom. OMG, seriously… I’m not sure I have read anything hotter lately. That’s because of the emotional connection they have with each other and the power dynamics in their sex. The complete but fought surrender on Dom’s side and the cruel kindness delivered by Silas. There is nothing more beautiful and trusting and accepting. I also really love how they interact with each other, how they discuss everything, and how they are both capable and willing to say sorry and move on. I see good times ahead for them.

I want to add that the conflict, the seditious affair, so to say, is solved to my complete satisfaction as well.

I highly recommend this book—like the first one it’s absolutely stunning—and I’m quite sure the next book(s) will be amazing as well. Check out my review for A Fashionable Indulgence in case you’ve missed it.


KJ Charles is a writer and freelance editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, an out-of-control garden and an increasingly murderous cat.

KJ writes mostly romance, gay and straight, frequently historical, and usually with some fantasy or horror in there. She specialises in editing romance, especially historical and fantasy, and also edits children’s fiction.

Find her on Twitter @kj_charles or on Facebook, join her Facebook group, or email her at kjcharleswriter {at] gmail {dot} com. She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan, and published by Samhain and Loveswept.

You can purchase A Seditious Affair from:
All Romance
Barnes & Noble

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6 thoughts on “Book Review by Mel: A Seditious Affair, by K.J. Charles

  1. Pingback: Book Review by Mel: A Gentleman’s Position, by K.J. Charles | Just Love: Queer Book Reviews

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