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A Fashionable Indulgence

Society of Gentlemen, Book 1
Written by: KJ Charles
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: LGBT
5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation. When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity - yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips. After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.

©2015 K. J. Charles (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

“If one Regency rake isn’t enough for you, check out A Fashionable Indulgence, a rollicking tale from the deft pen of K. J. Charles. I’ll read anything she writes!” ( New York Times best-selling author Kate Pearce)

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Engaging story, beautiful romance of two people

I acknowledge the narrator's dedication in keeping the characters separate through the way he speaks, it really did give the audiobook a little extra. The romance in the story was splendid, and I love how the story ties into different stories that will be upcoming and gives depth to this world that KJ Charles has created. Can't wait to listen to the next one, I'll be sure to wear more loose fitting knickers... oh heavens! lol.

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K.J Charles & Mathew L Davies are a perfect match!

I have read and loved KJ Charles for years. Discovering this series (and others) in audiobook format has allowed me to enjoy these books all over again as if new. Mathew L Davies has become one of my favourite naarotors. Perfect match!

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  • kara-karina
  • 2015-08-19

Utterly charming!

I'm a fairly recent fan of K.J. Charles, and I find everything she writes witty and charming. So far both her historical fantasy series and an Edwardian mystery I read proved to be very entertaining, and so as her high octane contemporary thriller.


This new series, A Society of Gentlemen, will take a little more time to warm up to, but I've no doubt, will be just as successful.


A Fashionable Indulgence starts with Harry working in a bookshop which secretly prints radical literature. He is a Radical at heart just as his parents were, but not averse to becoming rich and titled which is what might happen if his grandad who disinherited his rebel father deems him worthy. All Harry needs to do is learn how to behave like a gentleman, marry a good noblewoman and continue the family line.



Easier said than done. Essentially, this book reenacts Pygmalion/My Fair Lady on a more subtle and complex level. Julian Norreys who becomes Harry's teacher on a bet, is an epitome of an accomplished gentleman - elegant, confident, witty and striking. Harry is not only awestruck, he is plagued with untoward thoughts about his mentor the more time they spend together.


On the other hand, Julius, tired, jaded and in mourning after a tragic loss, is in need of inspiration, and his new project suddenly becomes his salvation. Harry is exuberant, drunk on life and new experiences, clever and direct. Julius can't help but fancy his pupil.


Both hide their thoughts not knowing if they share same inclinations until something happens to bring it all out in the open.


There is a slight mystery plot going on which I loved as it's not often the topic of sedition and revolution and problems English people battled with after the war ended brought up in Regency romances, but mostly the book is full of rich dialogues, both Harry and Julius's sharp observations and gorgeous background. The secondary characters are fabulous as well.


The narrator, Matthew Lloyd Davies (about whom I'm in two minds), certainly adds to the atmosphere with his stuffy upper class British accent, but at the same time he doesn't have much fluidity. He sounds the same as Harry, his cousin, his valet, or his grandad, which dampened my enjoyment from the narration. To my surprise and delight it's Harry who is driving force in couple's relationship, he is the catalyst of all changes.


Overall, a lovely quick listen, witty, intimate and comforting. Enjoyed it and recommend it as a start of a promising series.

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  • Paola
  • 2015-08-16

really really really good!

Would you listen to A Fashionable Indulgence again? Why?

Definitely. I was stuck to the story from beginning to end. The characters are incredibly real and the story very very interesting. Amazing performance of the reader as well.

Any additional comments?

I Immediately looked for the rest of the serie and... well, I will wait patiently!

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  • Kd
  • 2017-03-03

No sensuality with sex

Overall is more like a 2.75
All of the technical parts needed for a good book were there, it seems. Yet, it was lacking. I appreciate the story told and the way it was told. And maybe it would've been better if it didn't include sex, regardless whether it was M/M or M/F. It wasn't the type of sex but that it all just seemed so mechanical and lacked any sensuality. And with this narrator, it almost seemed like it was missing lust. Words of lust were there, but this narrator is unable to portray lust, sensuality and romance. He was great in all of the other parts but not in the sexual parts, which deterred from the story. There are several sex acts in the story, and it's a central element. So a narrator who did those parts properly was needed to really carry this tale.
The ending—not related to the romance—was a bit of a surprise, and that was good. It didn't redeem the story fully, in my eyes, but still appreciated. Ended on a higher note than most of how I experienced the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-12-18

LOVE this narrator!

What does Matthew Lloyd Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I would have enjoyed this book if I just read it, but having the awesome narration made me love it.

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  • Robin
  • 2015-11-23

I'm crying in a good way

I'm not great with words, but I must say that this is only recommended if you want to feel giddy for probably the rest of your life.

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  • ShannonVM
  • 2018-08-29

I need more historical m/m in my life!

But seriously, why haven't I read or listened to more historical m/m books? I so enjoyed this story. I loved the story and the characters, I especially loved the prose! I got such a kick out of some of the sayings and the way they phrased things- so entertaining! I adored Harry adn thought Julius was wonderful. They had their ups and downs and bumps along the road, but everything worked out as it should.
The audiobook was awesome, but I definitely want to go back and read this as well. And I can't wait to move on to the next book.
Matthew Lloyd Davies narration was really outstanding.

***Borrowed through Audible Romance Package

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-12

Excellent story, bewildering performance

The reading wasn't neat. It feels the narrator wanted to force an English accent but ingloriously failed in the middle and totally gave up. The dynamic between the main characters was decently depicted though. Love the writer, so just gonna buy hte kindle edition of the last two books.

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  • Trio
  • 2018-10-18

Very Well Done Historical, MLD is Excellent

In the end I did enjoy this one, but it took me awhile to get into it. I also could never shake the feeling that I've done this story before back in my MF days - couldn't place it, but it was crazy familiar. Then at the end I was sure I've read this MM version (?) maybe before my GR days.

Regardless, it is very well done.

Also, the narrator, Matthew Lloyd Davies, is excellent.

I'll definitely be moving on to the next in the series... mostly because (hello) Silas and Dominic? YES please! And I already own the audiobook... ;)

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  • VHB
  • 2018-07-24

Great narration ok storie

This was a good listening experience.
Not a keeper for me dough.
Will listen to the other ones though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-27

Fun, sexy, Adventure

loved it, when cyprian and julius rescued harry from the valets clutches was my favorite part. can't wait to get into book 2.