K. J. 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.
A Seditious Affair: A Society of Gentlemen Novelby K.J. Charles
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/b>
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.
Praise for A Seditious Affair
“This book is so good I read it in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down. K. J. Charles has long been one of my favorite authors, and this book doesn’t disappoint. A Seditious Affair is a beautiful love story interwoven with the realism of the political unrest of the time—another winner from K. J. Charles!”—USA Today bestselling author Carole Mortimer
“Without doubt, A Seditious Affair is one of the best books I’ve read this year.”—All About Romance
“I still haven’t gotten over how much I loved this book. I so look forward to reading the next novel in K. J. Charles’s Society of Gentlemen series.”—Unquietly Me
“Gah! It’s always the books I love the most that leave me flailing and tongue tied. . . . A Seditious Affair is not a fluffy read but it is a story you can really sink your teeth into. It’s complex, sensual, raw and gosh darn it—super romantic. It’s one of my favorite reads of [the year].”—For What It’s Worth
“Read it. You won’t regret it.”—Binge on Books
“I look forward to even more acerbic wit and foppish clothing in future books!”—Badass Book Reviews
“I’m not one to sob over a book, but I’ll admit to having a tight throat on a couple of occasions. It’s all glorious.”—Sinfully
“Overall, a fantastic book!”—Way Too Hot Books
“These guys are the perfect sexual and intellectual match, getting great satisfaction out of challenging one another and considering new points of view. I just adored this story and highly recommend it, as well as the whole series.”—Joyfully Jay
“For lovers of historical MM romance I can’t recommend this series highly enough. . . . [A Gentleman’s Position] can’t come soon enough.”—Prism Book Alliance
Praise for the Society of Gentlemen novels
“The Regency period gets more rakish than ever in the Society of Gentlemen series. I’ll read anything K. J. Charles writes!”—New York Times bestselling author Kate Pearce
“Charles has built a reputation for tight, enthralling plots.”—Publishers Weekly
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Historical isn't always a win for me, but this series is wonderful in my opinion. This entire book was interesting to me, and the sex was smoking hot. The plot between this book and the last is connected. It's about politics of the time. The main characters in this story are on different sides of everything, but perfect matches in the bedroom.
This author's books just get better and better. Every single one that I read is delightful, but this may have been my favorite. Woven with actual events from history, the plot is exquisite and had my heart pounding the whole way through. One thing I love about these books is that the author has no trouble telling excellent romance stories that also have intense, thrilling overarching plots. There is never a dull page, and I honestly would have enjoyed these even if they weren't full of incredibly well written sex (though I am certainly not complaining, and could always use more of that). Just wonderful.
So if you read the first one, then you will notice this one takes place at the same time just told from a different POV. Interesting. Silas is a commoner, and a radical, and a Dom, and so many other things. Really when you break him down a very complex man. However, he’d probably say he’s pretty simple. Dominic, he’s a different kind of man. Well born, well loved, liked and respected. However, he’s a secret that his closest of friends sort of know. And this double life is eating away at him. As England is still dealing with social divides failing apart, we’ve got this group of friends that is like the epicenter of everything. They must follow King and country but the more and more they newest friend talks the more they realize, hey maybe. Silas and Dominic are one of the most intense couples I’ve read in a while, politics aside and just them. Silas just breaks Dominic down to the basic level. Bring the friends (both sides) and politics back in and you’ve got a well rounded and a book you can’t put down. I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviews
A SEDITIOUS AFFAIR by K.J. Charles is an epic and transformational love story. If I could rate it higher than 5 stars on Goodreads and Amazon, I would. It has definitely raised the bar for my future reviews. This is the second novel in the Society of Gentlemen historical romance series about a group of gay upper class gentlemen, aristocrats, and their lovers. Their leader is Lord Richard Vane, who has established a network that protects them in a time in England when homosexuality was a crime. This book can be read as a standalone, but would be best experienced after having read Book 1, A Fashionable Indulgence. There are some overlapping scenes and exposition in the beginning to acquaint new readers with the story so far, but the plot quickly and crisply advances thereafter. The novel opens with a fabulous BDSM scene between the main characters: Silas, a radical democrat who writes anti-establishment pamphlets under the alias of Jack Cade, and his lover, who has a kink for pain and humiliation and aligns with the conservative Tory political party. Silas and his Tory have been meeting discreetly every Wednesday for the past year, though they don’t know each other’s names. The Tory is soon revealed to be Dominic Frey, an employee of the Home Office, which enforces British rule by investigating, arresting, and prosecuting seditionists, like Silas, who rebel against the monarchy and government. Dominic is also Lord Richard’s former lover, with whom he had split because Richard was disgusted by Dominic’s sexual needs. Dominic would then hook up in alleys and with prostitutes and random men to satisfy his kink. Worried about Dominic’s health, a mutual friend “recruits” Silas to help Dominic relieve his needs in a safe environment. Since Silas had been flogged in prison when he was previously arrested at a riot, he refuses to use toys to hurt Dominic. Instead, Silas torments his Tory erotically, psychologically, and consensually by implying force and using restraints and fear of exposure to obtain Dominic’s reluctant submission. It is incredibly alluring how Silas, a brutish, lower class Londoner, brings the authoritative, dignified, and powerful gentleman to his knees. It is a profound, intimate exchange of power that transforms them into equals. After, replete, they lie in bed, share a bottle of luxurious and expensive wine, and discuss their differing opinions about books, philosophy, social class, and politics. Their relationship is revolutionary and seditious–a democratic and peaceful discourse and a love affair that is forbidden not only because they are gay but because Dominic is tasked with arresting Silas for sedition. Their love story is unforgettable and achingly beautiful. Dominic is torn between his loyalty to Silas and the nation, and treats Silas with a reverence that Silas has never received from anyone before. Silas is fiercely protective of Dominic, and teaches Dominic that there is nothing wrong with and shameful about his needs. Dominic and Silas were so heroic as they fought for their lives, love, and voice. This novel really did it for me–intellectually and emotionally. The constant thread of fear and danger was intense, the plot’s twists and turns based on historical events were credible and suspenseful, and the confrontation with the villain in the end was brilliantly played out. The recurring characters were perfect in their roles, from the upper crust Ricardians to the emancipated blacks, trans in hiding, and a certain foxy valet. Yes, the sex scenes were HOT, but more than that they were relevant and insightful–a tacit reiteration that what’s personal is political. Considering the current state of U.S politics, the intolerance and unwillingness to compromise, this novel has a lot to say about democratic values. K.J. Charles did a wonderful job world-building, bringing her characters to life, and articulating their journey. I still haven’t gotten over how much I loved this book. I so look forward to reading the next novel in K.J. Charles’s Society of Gentlemen series. *ARC received from NetGalley
A Seditious Affair A Society of Gentlemen Novel by K.J. Charles Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, Oh I adored the Magpie books, and then KC Charles starts another series...I loved the first book ( have just discovered there’s a 0.5 novella on amazon about Ash and bought it). Silas played a big part in the first book, and here the time line kind of overlaps with the end of that one so we see events we know about happening from Silas and Dom’s POV. Dom, seemed one of those darkish, silent and devoted to his job types in book one. I had wondered about Wednesdays and Silas, and then later we saw more that confirmed what I’d thought. Now we see the full story. Dom’s a Sub when it comes to sex, but needs a proper domination and in the past for him that’s been violence. That was the thing that was the breaking point for him and Lord Richard, and Lord Richard was and still is a real jerk about it. Then Silas comes along each Wednesday and he doesn’t like whips and floggers. He gives Dom what he needs though just by his force of character- he’s an amazing person. On the face of it they’re so opposite, Dom the High Tory, working in a senior position for the Home Office and Silas the seditionist, writer and publisher of illegal pamphlets preaching against the King and the Gov. They only know each other through Wednesdays though, don’t know names, don’t exchange personal details. As time goes on though they get closer and closer, and we can see there’s a disaster in the making. Each feel very strongly about their politics and I love that kind of dichotomy in a story, where the two are so opposed I think “ how on earth is the author going to get them a HEA?” All this is set against a solid and interesting story of English politics in Regency times, and its part fiction part fact. I love a good romance, but I need it to be backed up by an interesting and realistic story and once again KC delivers it. We meet characters from book one, the irrepressible Harry and Foppish Julius, Lord Richard and Cyprian – that’s going to make an interesting story ;-) I was gripped by this tale, couldn’t put it down, just had to see how KC was going to make a story that’s not looking to have a good ending work out, how she would bring together characters that seem doomed to be apart through their opposing views, even though they’ve fallen in love. I just couldn’t see how it could be done, and the closer I got to the end the more I just couldn't work out a way forward. ( that’s why I’m a reader not a writer!) Silas was Socialist through and through, would never step down from his beliefs, been convicted, imprisoned, whipped for it in the past yet wouldn’t be deterred, and nor would Dom ask him to. Dom, a Tory, Royalist and working for the department seeking Silas head – preferably on a pike! They had opposing views and yet respected each others right to them. A HEA I thought – No chance....and as usual thankfully I was wrong. I so look forward to seeing what she can do with Lord Richard, he seems such an arrogant and selfish ar se in many ways, but recent events have forced him to look at himself and it looks like Cyprian is tired of waiting in the wings.. Stars: Five, a gripping and realistic story and a fabulous read. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers If you enjoyed my review I'd love it if you would please click “Like” and if you didn't I'd love to know why, so I can make future reviews more helpful.
A seditious affair is the story of two men trying desperately to balance their love for each other with the politics and laws of the times they live in. There are brutal elements to the love story between these two men, but it's truly beautiful in its brutality and through it all, their love is always evident. I really loved this book and can't recommend it highly enough to anyone looking for an extremely intriguing and enthralling read. * I was given an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review
Suspenseful, heartbreaking at times; a wonderful story. I wish I was one of those reviewers who write wonderfully descriptive reviews with good details about why I like a book and the author’s writing - but I’m not. I just don’t know how to express things that well which I why I’m a reader instead of writer. I don’t read many historical romance books but when I saw this one on NetGalley, and read the description, I knew I wanted to read it. Not being a history buff I have no idea how historically accurate this story is but I don’t care because it was a wonderful story regardless. Two people who couldn’t be less alike and yet they still have many things in common, Silas and Dominic begin as forbidden lovers who are able to fulfill each other’s sexual needs. Despite their differences in class standing and beliefs, they become friends and lovers - not just f*** buddies. The first book I’ve read by Ms. Charles, this is a captivating story about trying circumstances. It was at times suspenseful, heartbreaking and humorous. Her writing is wonderfully descriptive; I felt like I was there and feeling what the characters felt. I look forward to reading more books by this author. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for my review.