Book Review: A Gentleman’s Position, by KJ Charles

Title: A Gentleman’s Position
Author: KJ Charles
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: April 5, 2016
The Breakfast Octopus’ rating: A-

Thanks to Loveswept for this review copy!

Blurb:

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.

Thoughts:

KJ Charles’ A Gentleman’s Position left me conflicted: Never have I loved a book so much that made me want to smack one of the main characters. Lord Richard Vane epitomizes white male privilege: he’s a nobleman, everyone listens to him, he’s physically imposing and well-respected.  But he takes his duties seriously as well, feeling a true sense of responsibility for the people under him. David Cyprian, his right hand man, is sneaky and smart and thinks 17 steps ahead of his master.  He shares some qualities with one of my favorites of Charles’ characters, Stephen Day. They’re both painfully aware of the class system and have a foxy grin.

Their story had its beginnings in the earlier novels in the Society of Gentlemen series, so I knew what was coming.  Each of the books has had significantly more angst than Charles’ earlier series (excluding Jackdaw, which is an angst-fest) If Cyprian had been a friend of mine, I would have said to him of their pairing, “Well, I guess… I mean, if he makes you happy” with some serious side-eye.  But while I started out being suspicious of Richard, by the end of their journey I saw more of what his objections to the match were, and I loved that while he’s a total doofus who screws up constantly, he at least tries to fix what he’s done wrong.

I loved seeing all of the other characters and, while it wasn’t my favorite, I thought it was a fitting conclusion to the series.

A Gentleman’s Position is out now from Loveswept. Buy it wherever ebooks are sold.