By Tqwana B.
4 out of 5 stars ★★★★☆
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.
Another great one from KJ Charles.
Cyprian is probably one of my favorite characters from Society of Gentleman. Maybe because he reminds me a bit of Stephen from The Magpie Lord. I think I could read a book about nothing but Foxy David’s scheming and plotting.
The sweet, sexy, filthy, yummy things they say to each other doesn’t hurt either.
“I want you back. I want you as my lover, my right hand, my devious, lying, counterfeiting, entirely unprincipled fox … My valet … I want you blacking my boots, solving my problems, and sharing my bed … I want you to be that foolish, vulnerable creature, a servant who warms his master’s sheets, and only the two of us will know that I am not the master here.”
Richard, bless his heart, is ruled by the dictates of his position and screws up anything he may have with Cyprian – his valet – before it can get started. And then he does it again. But, he’s willing to do just about anything to get him back, which is good since the Ricardians need Cyprian to save them from scandal and ruin.
I really wish I could write a better review for this because I’ve enjoyed this series so much. It has politics, history, love, sex, intrigue, mystery, silly men thinking they know best.
ARC provided by NetGalley/LoveSwept in exchange for an honest review