A Fashionable Indulgence: A Society of Gentlemen Novel

A Fashionable Indulgence: A Society of Gentlemen Novel

by KJ Charles

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ISBN-13: 9781101886021
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Series: Society of Gentlemen , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 90,594
File size: 992 KB

About the Author

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.

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A Fashionable Indulgence: A Society of Gentlemen Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, accurate to the period in which it is set. Amazing storyline.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
I loved Harry and Julius’ story. This is book one of the Society of Gentlemen Series but I actually read it after book two (A Seditious Affair) and didn’t feel like that was a bad thing. I’m usually a stickler for reading books in a series in the proper order. However, A Fashionable Indulgence and A Seditious Affair pretty much take place at the same time. Each book is about a different couple but the timelines are parallel. Because of the overlap, and the fact that each book stands alone, it didn’t bother me that I read book two first. The book blurb is great so please read it; I’ll concentrate the rest of my review on how the book made me feel. Historical romantic fiction isn’t usually my first choice to read. However, I’ve found a couple of authors whose books are at or near the top of my must read list and K.J. Charles is one. Her attention to detail in her stories makes her books a pleasure to read. She knows how to evoke many different emotions and as a reader I felt like I was “in” the story. Men having intimate relations with other men can get you killed during the time period this book takes place; Harry and Julius have to be very careful. The trials that Harry goes through to become a “gentleman” and Julius’ tutelage of him invoked all of my emotions. For me, a book that does this is a great one and A Fashionable Indulgence didn’t disappoint. I can’t wait to read the third book in this series.
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
My second Charles novel in less than a week, and I have to say with very different feelings and reading results. This time, this 260 plus page novel took me to about page 120 (on my ereader count) before I could safely say I was enjoying it. From that point on, I couldn’t stop reading. And stayed up way past 1AM to finish. Prior to that point it took me three days to get there. Unlike the normal MM historical I read, this one deals with the political side, the unrest, the tension, and the divide that is really starting to happen between the classes. And how one boy then man is stuck in the middle of all that simple because he is born. We start this story, with Harry then twelve being witness first hand to what power of word can do. As his father starts a riot and they escape to France. Years later, both parents dead, Harry has no choice but to come back to England and find his fathers old friends again. Little does he know this will set a chain reaction that will change his life. Julius, is part of the crowd Harry has been groomed to dislike, but has found himself liking him very much. Julius on the other hand has told himself because of his past, he will be single and carefree for always. As I said in the beginning of this review, I didn’t care for the start of this book, the ‘grooming’ of Harry into a noble, his birth right. This was also a time when him and Julius were getting to know each other but I found it all superficial. And couldn’t hold my interest. I can only read about so many waistcoats. The second half, when the raids and other actions start happening, when Harry started standing up against what was happening to him. Then it became interesting. The sub plot, to build up the rest of the series was pretty obvious but made me curios enough that if I’ve nothing else going on I just might pick them up and read about the rest of the characters. I was given a copy of this in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviews
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Anyone familiar with K.J.Charles body of work knows that they can expect a story with interesting characters, a tight plot and a page turner - whether it's because of the drama or the sex or the relationships. In this case, it's all three as Harry discovers that his grandfather is willing to claim him as a relative despite his father's abandonment of the family ideals, so long as Harry marries and produces an heir to continue the line. To that end his Uncle Richard has persuaded his personal friend and dandy Julius to outfit and school Harry in the ways of society. As members of the Society of Gentlemen, Julius and Richard are part of a small group of comrades who happen to be more interested in the male persuasion than the female. When Harry realizes this, and the fact that Julius is more interested in him than expected, it becomes more and more difficult to keep their hands off each other, in the name of fashion or otherwise. But Harry's seditious background is in danger of being discovered as the people on the street revolt against the upper class and he's caught in the middle. Can he find peace in his new role and a love worthy of the sacrifices it will require? I think what interested me the most about this story was that it's a given that the men involved are homosexual, and that they must keep that a secret from society in general or risk prosecution and loss of society status. So the drama is never about whether they will be revealed as such. The society of Gentlemen is discreet, with well paid servants and strict rules about their public behavior and so you never get the feeling that their sexual orientation is going to be an issue in the plot of the story (other than to direct the romance of course). Instead the drama is all about Harry's background, his being raised by radical parents who had to flee the country, and in doing so leaving Harry as a 12 year old boy with a warrant on his head should he venture back to England from his home in France. But Harry does in fact return after his parents' deaths, and reunite with their friend Silas (to whom Harry owes his life), and who runs a print shop that happens to deal with inflammatory and secretive pamphlets that would easily get him hanged if discovered. When his Uncle Richard (his father's brother) finds him there to bring him back into the family fold, it's with the clear understanding that his past, where he's been, and how he grew up must be kept hidden from society. While Harry can immerse himself in this new life of wealth and status, he can't change the deep held feeling inside him for the people in the position he used to be in - the public servants, the ordinary workers, the oppressed. He's hard pressed to hold his tongue when in the presence of the very Lords who are a part of the problem. Caught between a rock and a hard place, discovering that his tutor has the same lustful feelings towards him as he has towards him, and with attempted threats on his life, it's no wonder that this story kept me up late flipping pages faster and faster! I loved the slow burn romance between Julius and Harry as they discover the men behind the facades, and the will to be together no matter the cost. With the fascinating politics, fashion and society manners of the time expertly revealed, it was a joy to read. 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit, it took me a few chapters to really get into A Fashionable Indulgence. Julius' focus on fashion came across as shallow and flightly, until I came to see the trauma that he was hiding -- and that he truly cared for Harry. Once I got a feel for their personalities, I became thoroughly invested in the story -- and I loved it. Highly recommended to fans of Zoe Archer, Mary Renault, and Josh Lanyon. -- lyradora
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
  A Fashionable Indulgence, A Society of Gentlemen Novel, K.J. Charles  Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, women’s literature I adored K.J.Charles Magpie series so much that I was a bit concerned that it might overshadow this when I began reading. Once again it’s a historical read, but this time without the side of magic that made Magpie so entrancing for me. The characters here though as so well drawn, so vivid that I was soon pulled in to their world. Harry – who couldn’t like him. He’s so enthusiastic even though control of his life has been out of his hands for most of the time, and he’s verged on losing his life due to his circumstances. He’s been supported by his parents radical friend Silas since they died, and he returned to England. Silas gives him work, though it isn’t just running the bookshop but helping with the printing of illegal leaflets.....What can he do though? He owes his life to Silas, was brought up by very radical parents, and its a time when one is stuck in the world one’s born into. Without money or work he can’t do anything else. Plus of course these are his friends and he feels loyalty to them. He believes that people should have more rights, more protection, and this kind of protest is all he can do. Then he gets a complete change of fortune, and is brought into a different world, the moneyed classes from which his father sprung. Last of the line, his grandfather wants to see it continued, and he seeks to mould Harry into someone worthy (in his eyes) of the Vane name, and wants him to continue it. His grandfather Gideon is a very strict, conventional and harsh man, but before he settles money on Harry he wants him properly presented. Harry’s cousin Richard is tasked with making the change, and seems the help of his good friend Julius. When Harry sees Julius he’s astonished at his beauty, entranced by this man. Harry loves sex, with ladies or men, and has to work hard to keep his attraction to Julius secret. He doesn’t know that Richard and Julius belong to a secret group, the Ricardians, that share a love of men, illegal in this time, and so the need for secrecy is paramount. Then Harry sees something he shouldn’t and all is revealed..... Julius, I so felt for him, such a lonely man ( in fact most of the characters are in a way, lots of stiff upper lips, hidden feelings, and outward shows of content that mask so much unhappiness – it’s going to be interesting to see the series develop, there’s lots of scope with this group). Julius is drawn to Harry’s simple happiness. He’s someone who’s had such a traumatic upbringing, is now pulled into a world in which he wants to belong but struggles to reconcile his radical thoughts, and yet he’s always happy, finds pleasure in such simple things. They make a great pair, him and Julius but they know once he’s engaged it all comes to an end. Richard has made that very clear, his help comes only while Harry is single. Then an arranged marriage gets put forward by Gideon, and poor Harry can’t face losing Julius... Its a real heart wringer at times, not just from Harry and Julius, but from the other characters too. Men with desires forbidden by law and yet all they want to do is love and be loved...and there’s no prospect of change, so an unhappy future all round is faced. Harry’s fiancée seems to despise him, Julius will withdraw back to the shadow person he was before Harry came along, someone superficial and lost. Among all the romantic drama is al
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KJ Charles does an excellent job weaving a story together about a group of devoted gentleman. Harry's passionate speech about the rights of man feels both appropriate for the time period and yet just as at home today. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
gaele More than 1 year ago
In a detail laden opening, the time and the political tumult of 1819 will play a large part in the story, and Charles is careful to give readers sufficient background to set their understanding for the story to proceed smoothly. And then we are off and running! I couldn’t help but keep making references to Pygmalion (My Fair Lady) with Julius and Harry’s story, although Harry wasn’t quite on the streets selling flowers, his position and lack of connections, title and money made him very much the perfect recipient of the polishing up that Julius could provide. Harry’s family is impoverished and radicalized, and always had a fascination and desire for more. While his ‘defection’ could have been seen as hypocritical for all he had known, his struggle with his beliefs and the new life and riches he so desperately wants is understandable and easy to understand. He’s not perfect, but he does have a heart and soul, and both are clearly apparent to readers. Julius, on the other hand, is a bit of a tough nut to crack: he’s a snob in every sense of the word, with a single glance he can accurately measure one’s wealth, position and upbringing. But then, it was the time when the smallest missteps in dress or deportment could mark you as coarse, unpolished, or worse; a fraud. So he sets out to polish and school Harry, giving him the gift of his knowledge and insight, as their relationship grows steadily from mentor to friend to lovers. His transformation from aloof and sarcastic man to one who could trust and share his biggest secrets was a wonderful arc and added greatly to the story. These two grew and developed in a way that felt natural and plausible, all set against the background of political tumult and strife, social upheaval and the tyrannical grip of government and tonne. Readers are more familiar with the ballrooms and machinations of that rather rigidly constrained social group, never truly seeing the lives of those belowstairs or not invited into the drawing rooms. Charles balances the two with this story, giving potential and breath to an unusual and unconventional couple who are sure to enchant readers. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.