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Band Sinister

Written by: KJ Charles
Narrated by: Cornell Collins
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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Sir Philip Rookwood is the disgrace of the county. He's a rake and an atheist, and the rumors about his hellfire club, the Murder, can only be spoken in whispers. (Orgies. It's orgies.)  

Guy Frisby and his sister, Amanda, live in rural seclusion after a family scandal. But when Amanda breaks her leg in a riding accident, she's forced to recuperate at Rookwood Hall, where Sir Philip is hosting the Murder.  

Guy rushes to protect her, but the Murder aren't what he expects. They're educated, fascinating people, and the notorious Sir Philip turns out to be charming, kind - and dangerously attractive.  

In this private space where anything goes, the longings Guy has stifled all his life are impossible to resist...and so is Philip. But all too soon, the rural rumor mill threatens both Guy and Amanda. The innocent country gentleman has lost his heart to the bastard baronet - but does he dare lose his reputation too?  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 KJ Charles (P)2019 Tantor

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Lovely little stand alone

Apologies for how cheesy I’m about to sound but I just really like this book and the author and the narrator and I think it all deserves more popularity!

Charming, witty, and wonderfully loving just as so many of K.J. Charles’ books are.

This is essentially a review for all of the audible books written by K. J. Charles that I have downloaded (which is most of them) because I have yet to listen to one which I don’t completely adore!
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A happy little accident brought me into the world of lusty reading (listening?), and to the works of Charles specifically. I was hooked after the first book I found of hers (The Magpie Lord) and since then have collected nearly all of her books which are available on audible.
I love the way she portrays queer characters and how well developed her stories are in whole! Her books aren’t just smut, they are full and wonderful and intelligent plots which happen to have the bonus of some excellent raunchy lovemaking flecked throughout the story.

The Charm of Magpies series is absolutely my favourite but having consumed all of those and more, I was in need of more of her writing.

This little story is sweet and fun and happy, although it does pull at your heart one or two times... The narrator is also excellent. His voice is so smooth and pleasing, and he really leans into characterization of his inflection which makes EVERYTHING that much more... engaging :)

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  • VHB
  • 2019-03-20

KJ and Cornell Collins winning combo.

What a great combination of
Narrator and Author.
I Very much liked this.
He also narrated the Magpie Lord series so this reminds me a bit of that.

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  • Jennifer Smith
  • 2019-03-20

A Delicious MM Regency Tale

KJ Charles does a beautiful job with this sweet Regency tale of an honorable and virginal country gentleman and the disreputable man he falls in love with. I loved the narrator's voices, especially Guy's.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2020-07-15

MARVELOUS!!!!!

I think this is KJ Charles best book yet!!! Cornell Collins was wonderful!!! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 2020-02-04

Good about consent

Low angst house party - after a leg injury is on the mend. I like the author but only picked this up (not being in my audible package) after seeing a tweet commenting on how ‘spraining an ankle turned into an extensive visit leading to marriage, back in the day.’ This is that plot🤣. It also takes on the feuding families & virgin/whore dynamics - more sensibly than most.

It’s fine but less adventurous than some others they’ve written. Some of the secondary characters were a little thin but I guess that leaves room for the author to flesh them out more fully in future books. (Plus a 6-fingered man!) What it excels at is consent, informed discussion, personal passions, & found family.I was very relieved when the “we need to split up for appearances” talk squashed any misunderstanding immediately. Soul cleansing sensibility there.

Steam: Medium-low. Despite starring an “oh hey, I’m gay? Guess so” virgin, there is low drama about the fact of it. The book concentrates more on the pleasure of discovery than the fears, which helps the low angst vibe. M/M/M is discussed but not shown on page. M/M action happens on page but remains low key, for all the neighborhood’s speculation about degeneracy. There’s some budding d/s kink starting out but these guys go a little slow since Guy is new to romance of any sort.

Narration: Good, except there are several instances where phrase endings audibly fall off as if the microphone got out of range. Some reviewers questioned the Jewish doctor’s accent but I didn’t find it heavy handed & it helped to differentiate speakers. I usually like the narrator, though, so consider that.

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  • Tsuf Plotkin
  • 2019-12-26

David <br />

one thing I dont understand, is why david has a russian accent?
He is Jewish but that doesn't mean he's from Russia or eastern europe, especially when his last name is Martello.

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  • John W. Adams
  • 2019-12-20

Charming / a fun read

I agree with the comments / reviews that have already been made. This book is charming and fun and takes you away to another time and place. It is not action-filled but it has a nice plot. I can't help wishing there had been a great murder mystery mixed in. Oh well. Great relaxing read. The narrator, Cornell Collins, is wonderful!

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  • Ijw
  • 2019-10-20

Standard romance

First love, troubled past, surprise: neighbors aren't evil. Lackluster plot.
A nice read if if you want relaxing, little drama, read.

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  • Lesekaninchen
  • 2019-10-04

Wonderful story of love in its many forms

This is a period book in which modern morality prevailes. A hint of menage that happens offscreen. The writing is fantastic and the narration supperb!
KJ Charles and Cornell Collins are my go to when in search for a great listen

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  • David Daniels
  • 2019-05-10

just a light fun and enjoyable little tale.

All was as it should've been. I recommend for something light with a great performance.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 2019-04-09

Fantastic all around!

Absolutely loved the story! But the narration was perfect! Cornell Collins captured all the tones - ranging from Phillip's sardonic amusement, Guy's innocent outrage to Corvin's rakishness and John's long suffering tolerance of the foibles of his friends. Mr Collins was the perfect choice to perform the story.