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A Seditious Affair

Society of Gentlemen, Book 2
Written by: KJ Charles
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Series: Society of Gentlemen, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

K. J. Charles turns up the heat in her new Society of Gentlemen novel as two lovers face off in a sensual duel that challenges their deepest beliefs.

Silas Mason has no illusions about himself. He's not lovable or even likable. He's an overbearing idealist, a radical bookseller and pamphleteer who lives for revolution...and for Wednesday nights. Every week he meets anonymously with the same man, in whom Silas has discovered the ideal meld of intellectual companionship and absolute obedience to his sexual commands. But, unbeknownst to Silas, his closest friend is also his greatest enemy, with the power to see him hanged - or spare his life.

A loyal, well-born gentleman official, Dominic Frey is torn apart by his affair with Silas. By the light of day, he cannot fathom the intoxicating lust that drives him to meet with the radical week after week. In the bedroom everything else falls away. Their needs match, and they are united by sympathy for each other's deepest vulnerabilities. But when Silas' politics earn him a death sentence, desire clashes with duty, and Dominic finds himself doing everything he can to save the man who stole his heart.

©2016 K. J. Charles (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"This book is so good I read it in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down. K. J. Charles has long been one of my favorite authors, and this book doesn’t disappoint. A Seditious Affair is a beautiful love story interwoven with the realism of the political unrest of the time - another winner from K. J. Charles!" ( USA Today best-selling author Carole Mortimer)

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Wonderful!

I absolutely loved this book. Dom and Silas are a strong couple with strong opinions, and it was wonderfully entertaining to see them debate.

Matthew Lloyd Davies is a fantastic narrator, but there seemed to be something wrong with his microphone in this one. There were several (very frequent) lines that were so faint as to be inaudible, while most of the narration was loud. Overall, though, it was great.

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  • Hank C.
  • 2016-01-06

Adults falling in love!

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I find myself tired of May/December romances and teenage puppy love. This book's protagonists offer a welcome change. It is so nice to see two middle aged men fall in love over books, philosophy, wine, with not so much attention to physical beauty until well after attachment is established.

I am not the biggest fan of dominance and submission, but I was not put off at all because, I don't know, the care is there. The awareness at all times of each other and of limits and care to observe that. I loved that there was discussion of why the protagonists felt the way they did and that, while the romance was at the forefront, it did not swallow their world and we got to see them moving in it, addressing their pasts and presents.

Their struggles are genuine for me; grown men who are allowed to still grow, to learn, to find love and comfort outside of the usual trappings of puppy love, insta-love and physical fascinations leading to love. The characters feel like people and I find that I cannot say that about many romances I've read.

Are there contrivances? Certainly. I do not think any romance is about the "real world;" but when the characters are texturized, 3D-entities, the contrivances melt away for me and I only want to see what happens at the end; and that definitely happened with this story.

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  • Trio
  • 2019-04-05

Dominic & Silus, Matthew Lloyd Davies is Marvelous

I know I'm in the minority here, but there's something about the books in this series that haven't really worked for me.

A Seditious Affair focuses so much on the politics of the era, and while I get that's the whole point of Silas' character, as well as the point of the conflict between him and Dominic, I still could have done with a tad more lovin' and a bit less talk.

Matthew Lloyd Davies is fantastic here with the range of voices and accents he's able to conjure for this series. Very fine work.

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  • rebecca wheeler
  • 2017-03-15

A wonderful m/m historical romance.

Not only a great m/m romance, one of the best historical romances I've read so far.
Wonderful narration, I fully appreciate this narrator's skill with varried accents, from a Tori Dandy, to a rough bulldog from the poorest London, to whiney cockney'd nefarious characters.
Ensure you start from the beginning of the series.

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  • dephal
  • 2020-09-05

Enjoyable period romance

I really enjoy all of KJ Charles's books, and this was no exception. The writing is excellent, and the sense of time and place are incredibly rich. However, I liked this story less than some others. While we learn a great deal about Regency-era politics--sometimes to the point of repetition--we're given virtually no background information on either protagonist. We know almost nothing about their families and only a few scraps about their past. That makes it very difficult to understand what drives their characters. Why is Silas such a firebrand and so loyal and generous? What drives Dom's desires and his inner conflict? Both men experience character development, but it's hard to understand where they began. I think even a few paragraphs about their past would have helped.

The performance was excellent. I was relieved Dom didn't have the annoying voice he was given as a minor character in the first book.

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  • W.F.
  • 2020-08-28

Outstanding

One of the many things I appreciate about KJ Charles writing is how well researched are all her books.

A Seditious Affair is a wonderfully written and entertaining story that mixes politics and sex perfectly.

Mathew Lloyd Davis performance was top notch.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2020-07-20

Brilliant!!

Politics and sex, my two favorite things. The history was accurately portrayed. The love story was magnificent. One of the main reasons I liked it so much it was a true look at love, friendship, duty, and honor. Soul searching on how far we will bend for love, and how much we will risk for friends. KJ Charles just continues to amaze and enthrall.

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  • Alisa
  • 2020-03-01

Delightfully complicated

Sedition, politics, literature, and appropriate use of safe words. What’s not to love about this book???

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  • Christine Collins
  • 2020-01-30

More greatness!

The author does a great job connecting the threads of each story while allowing the main couple to shine.

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  • NYC wheeler
  • 2020-01-20

Great MM historical romance w some very mild BDSM

There is a fair amount of political talk in this novel, a continuation of the “society of gentlemen” book 2, so if you can’t bear that sort of talk this might not be the best novel for you. I quite like how KJ Charles wraps multiple books and partners into events sometimes taking different views of the same event, especially the Magpie world, and I wonder if she is going in that directions with this series— seeing as I haven’t heard the last book. The older men’s relationship is unusual for KJ Charles, who normally does younger male partners, so it seems after about 8 of her books— and I liked the change of pace and feel she did a good job with it. Their relationship which although from the views of the other men in the “Richardian” group seems reprehensible and abusive turns out to be a consensual relationship, which as many BDSM relationships in real life can be. I definitely look forward to the third novel.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 2019-12-08

Suspenseful, heartbreaking at times; a wonderful s

I originally read this story back in 2015 and it was the first book I'd read by KJ Charles. I loved the book so much and was happy to find it in the Escape program. I loved revisiting this story; it's been long enough since I read it that listening to it was almost like reading it for the first time. Matthew Lloyd Davies does a great job with the narration.

Below is a copy of the review I wrote back in 2015:
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I wish I was one of those reviewers who write wonderfully descriptive reviews with good details about why I like a book and the author’s writing - but I’m not. I just don’t know how to express things that well which I why I’m a reader instead of writer. I don’t read many historical romance books but when I saw this one on NetGalley, and read the description, I knew I wanted to read it. Not being a history buff I have no idea how historically accurate this story is but I don’t care because it was a wonderful story regardless.

Two people who couldn’t be less alike and yet they still have many things in common, Silas and Dominic begin as forbidden lovers who are able to fulfill each other’s sexual needs. Despite their differences in class standing and beliefs, they become friends and lovers - not just f*** buddies.

The first book I’ve read by Ms. Charles, this is a captivating story about trying circumstances. It was at times suspenseful, heartbreaking and humorous. Her writing is wonderfully descriptive; I felt like I was there and feeling what the characters felt. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

Ebook ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for my review.