Title: A Gentleman’s Position (Society of Gentleman, #3)
Author: K.J. Charles
Publisher: Loveswept, Random House Publishing
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: Historical, M/M Romance
Page Count: 246
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
First off (I just had to say it): the cover’s expression is spot on to describe David Cyprian on dealing with Lord Richard Vane. And what an ending to Society of Gentlemen’s trilogy. The events from first and second book built up to the moment in this book. Likewise the awareness and sexual tensions that had been simmering between Lord Richard Vane and his valet, David Cyprian. For over four and a half years these two have always been in close and intimate quarter, keeping their attraction to the other deep inside, until an innocent touch in highly critical situation brought the realization that their feelings were mutual.
The first half of the book was heavy on Richard/David tumultuous feelings; the pull and push between two men of different stations in society. To say the sexual tension between them felt alive was an understatement. I wasn’t overly fond of Richard during the previous books, but I could definitely feel his pain here. And I came to marvel on David with his many abilities; he certainly put a new definition for running cost imho.
The second half, was mixed in with other Ricardians (I especially loved a few Richard and Dominic’s moments, and the banter between Julius and Silas), what’s with their precarious situation as a group. This was certainly the culmination of everything since the events in A Fashionable Indulgence to this book; the sedition and the indecent acts accusations. Personally I felt the scene at White’s – while I understand the elaborate stage it had gone through – was rather dramatic. (Honestly, I’m more familiar with that sort of scene taken place among the ladies of the ton. So for the gentlemen’s having this awed me somewhat.)
Through all these hullabaloo, Richard and David went through high and low; misunderstanding and acceptance; not to mention pretty hot gymnastic on any available surface: the bed, the floor, the bed, the wall, you name it. I for one wouldn’t object to their much graphic deeds – they were altogether hot and sweet!
This book tied up the trilogy nicely. I’m sad to see it end but at the same time happy with the way the whole things concluded.
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.