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A Seditious Affair

Society of Gentlemen, Book 2
Written by: KJ Charles
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: LGBT
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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.

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"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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  • iamb
  • 2019-09-06

KJ Charles cannot write a bad story

What a talent this author has, I have liked or loved each book I have read so far. This particular book was more on the difficult side for me because while I can handle some lighter D/s situations, I don't care for humiliation. But I will say, that the way this book is written, I honestly feel Silas's love and caring in all he is doing for Dom, it's made clear it's a game that is played for Dom's needs and I appreciated that. I will also say that it was a step too far for me in the mention of cuckolding. I , personally, want to read a romance where when two people fall in love they don't want to share, but that's just me, I know not everyone feels that way and I respect that. Not that that happened in this book, it did not. This was such a complex story that I didn't know how the author would resolve it, but I trusted KJ Charles to do just that:) Silas is written as such a gnarly man, but after reading the first book and this one, he has the most loyal heart, the most protective love and I see him then through the eyes of love and he becomes beautiful. The narration by Matthew Lloyd Davies is just stunning. Not only his different voices, but the gentleness he gives Silas when he murmurs "My Tory", or Richards uptight, suffering confusion over Dom. All done so amazingly well. I have more I would like to say, but I may spoil and I really need to get started with my next KJ Charles book!

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  • Zara
  • 2019-06-06

Loved it

I absolutely love this book, naughty and sweet. With a plot line and good characters with personalities.
And the best narrator did an amazing job making this very enjoyable.

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  • Mandy
  • 2019-02-26

Excellent performance, excellent story

What a joy to read a proper romance for once, of two people having a realistic and flawed attraction to each other, making realistic and flawed decisions while set in an extremely realistic and compelling (and flawed) society and time.

Matthew Lloyd Davies also does an excellent job at narration, somehow managing tk distinguish each character's voice so that I never lost track of dialogue, while also injecting just enough drama so that the passions of each character came through without being a caricature.

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  • Shuchi
  • 2019-02-13

Radicals & Tory...bring it on!

Did I ever mention that madam K J Charles is an awesome author ...if I did not I think she just surpassed that position, because I really have to look for better word than awesome...wait...wait (quoting Julius😊). K J charles is an incredible writer of extraordinary stories. She brings real characters in the mix of history and mystery🤓. I never thought of BDSM romance my choice of reading till I read this book. Yes, there are instances that will make a reader like me cringe a bit, but Charles is articulate enough to steer her readers through with a good dose of romance and suspense. Oh dear! I wish I had paid more attention to mystery novels. Nevertheless, the romance tops everything in this one.

It's a slow burn, and what a burn it is(^_-). Silas Mason or Brute or the radical sedationist (aka werewolf named by Julius again(・ิω・ิ) wasn't looking for love, but he found his release of something more every Wednesday curtsey a BDSM play craver Tory or Dominic Grey - the home office official. They were seeing each other for a year and surprise surprise were not even aware of each other's names, forget about real identity. So you can imagine what happens when they are thrown into the mix of reality. There is angst, anger and feeling of betrayal, but what comes out of it all is how these two almost middle aged men coming from very different lives find each other. There is care, affection, understanding, respect and most of all love between Silas and Dom. They remain together, knowing certain boundaries they cannot cross, but the danger is always lurking in the background. Sometimes, it was frustrating to see why Silas was being so stubborn, but one cannot sacrifice their believes no matter how hopeless a situation gets and that made me love Silas so much. Dom had his own struggles, he wanted Silas safe and loved by him and yet he knew he cannot have Silas without his radical self because that's what made Silas who he was. The struggle of these two made my heart quench(¯―¯٥).

If you have not read the first book of Harry and Julius, you better...to get an understanding of the first half of this book. This is not a standalone and all the side characters play a part in this political romantic mystery drama. Bringing out the historical instances like Peterloo was such a powerful angle in this book that it kept me hooked to listen till the end.

Narrator - Matthew Lloyd Davies is fast becoming one of my fave m-m romance voice actors. I think I can safely pick any of the books read by him, because he just makes the characters come alive. You always need a tight script to have a convincing act. Well Ms Charles is an awe-inspiring script writer and Mr Davies did the rest with his voice. If only I could give this book more than 5 stars 💓💓💓💓💓.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-10-22

Beautiful :) 4.5 stars

Brilliant writing, engaging story. This is my first M/M historical romance. I will be reading more from this author. Narration was very good too.

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  • ShannonVM
  • 2018-10-04

Completely unexpected how much I loved this story!

I loved this story!
It was really uncomfortable to listen to at times, as I'm not the biggest fan of D/s, but it was done so well in this book.
Silas kind of crept into my heart and wouldn't let go. He's rough and gruff and so not your typical hero. But he's such a wonderful character!
He and Dominic are the epitome of the odd couple- 2 people you would never, ever expect to work, yet they are the puzzle piece the other was missing.
This story was really compelling, as Silas and Dominic's relationship is so complicated! How could these two men ever have the happily ever after that they so deserve? KJ Charles did a wonderful job of giving us a wholly statisfying and believable resolution to a love story that really shouldn't have stood a chance.

Matthew Lloyd Davies narration was outstanding. He really seems to live and breath these characters. He's not just reading the book, he's giving us a one-man performance, and I am here for it!


*Borrowed through the Romance Package.

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  • Client Kindle
  • 2018-08-12

great series!

tres bien ecrit, les personnages sont attachants et complexes. ce livre est unputdownable! a ne pas rater.