Book Review by Mel: A Gentleman’s Position, by K.J. Charles

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A Gentleman’s Position, by K. J. Charles
Series: Society of Gentlemen, Book #3
Publisher: Loveswept (Penguin Random House)
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars5-of-5


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.


M/M Pairing
Gay Character
Historical Romance
Class Differences

Review by Mel

This has quickly become one of my favourite series of ever, I think. All three books are so incredibly good, I can’t even decide which of these I love the most. While all of them are set in the same time and place and are about the same group of friends,  and therefore appear like a whole unit, all of the books have a unique feel to them as well, because the characters are distinct and they have to overcome different obstacles. I find this quite remarkable and admire it.

While I was killed slowly and excruciatingly by the foreboding of seditious affairs in the second book, this time it was the palpable unfulfilled sexual tension and the hopeless seeming divide between Richard’s and David’s position. Innocent scenes like the valet undressing his master were driving me crazy…

But the sensation of those buttons coming undone one by one, the feel of those sure fingers approaching the opening of his shirt, where the skin of his chest had felt so naked…

It was so worth the wait, though. One of the strengths in this series, and also in this book, is the strong emotional connection between the characters that becomes apparent in the love scenes as well, thus making them some of the hottest ones I’ve read.

I think the class difference between Richard and David was handled exceptionally well and solved to their and mine complete satisfaction. But gosh, Richard really fucks up bad several times. Luckily, though, David has something clear to say on the matter as well:

“I am very well as I am, and if you cannot lower yourself to fuck the man who cleans your boots, you may not have me.”

But not enough to see these two find love, there is, of course, another scandal to deter and friends to be rescued. We can witness David’s masterpiece in this book.

David couldn’t help feeling the thrill. He’d worked from behind the scenes for so long. Now he had stretched out his hands across London and tugged on a tangle of threads painstakingly set up over the years, and this time he would see his puppets dance.

This is just so much fun. Really suspenseful as well, but I never doubted David’s ability for one second. Moreover, this part plays well together with Richard and David finding their way into a relationship.

So, don’t be like me and nearly miss this series, because it is amazing and you should give it a go, if you haven’t already. Check out my other reviews of the series (A Fashionable Indulgence, A Seditious Affair), if you haven’t already, and, most of all, enjoy!


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.

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