Review: Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles

Reviewed by Olive

Any Old Diamonds is the newest release from KJ Charles and tells the story of Alec, the estranged – and angsty about it – son of the Duke of Ilvar, and Jerry, one of the jewel thieves he hires to further his revenge plot against his father. Alec dangles the lure of an entrée into the famously remote and challenging Castle Speight (aka Castle Spite), as well as the Duke’s newly commissioned diamond parure, in the hopes of enticing Jerry and his partner to accept the caper. The blurb promises “betrayals, secrets, new loves, and old evils come to light” and it definitely delivers!

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Joint Review: A Gentleman’s Position by KJ Charles

gentlemans positionReviewed by Jen & Janell

Janell: This is the third in a historical m/m series. I read the first one and enjoyed it. I did not read the second book because, after seeing the characters set up and knowing that their relationship leaned toward BDSM, I figured it wasn’t for me. This book picks up after the events of the second, and I didn’t feel lost at all. You might have trouble keeping all the characters straight if you started with this book, but you could get by.

Jen: When I picked up this book, I had no idea it was the third story in a trilogy. But even if I did, I might have picked it up anyway, because it features one of my very favorite tropes: a historical where one person is much lower than the other in social station. Here, the romance is doubly forbidden, because it involves a m/m pairing in the 1800s –and because it involves a lord and his valet. Yum. [Read more…]

Review: A Fashionable Indulgence by K.J. Charles

fashionable indulgenceReviewed by Janell

This was my first historical male/male romance. It’s full of sharp dialogue, fancy clothes, and powerful gentlemen, and I mostly enjoyed it. The author is new to me, and I’d definitely read her again.

Harry’s father had noble blood, but he married a peasant woman and was disowned when he began inciting the poor of London to riots. Harry was raised in exile in France, hating the nobility. When his parents died, he returned to London, to the seditious rabble-rousing bookstore that he knew as a child. He’s then found by a family lawyer. It turns out that his uncle has died, and Evil Grandfather would rather reform Harry into a proper heir than let the estate pass to an unworthy relative. [Read more…]