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Publisher's Summary

Power, privilege, and the rigid rules of class leave two hearts yearning for connection in the sizzling new Society of Gentlemen novel from K. J. Charles.

Among his eccentric though strictly principled group of friends, Lord Richard Vane is the confidant on whom everyone depends for advice, moral rectitude, and discreet assistance. Yet when Richard has a problem, he turns to his valet, a fixer of unparalleled genius - and the object of Richard's deepest desires. If there is one rule a gentleman must follow, it is never to dally with servants. But when David is close enough to touch, the rules of class collide with the basest sort of animal instinct: overpowering lust.

For David Cyprian, burglary and blackmail are as much in a day's work as bootblacking - anything for the man he's devoted to. But the one thing he wants for himself is the one thing Richard refuses to give: his heart. With the tension between them growing to be unbearable, David's seemingly incorruptible master has left him no choice. Putting his finely honed skills of seduction and manipulation to good use, he will convince Richard to forget all about his well-meaning objections and give in to sweet, sinful temptation.

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

Critic Reviews

"This book is swoon material - grab it!" ( Red Adept Reviews)
"What I enjoyed most about this book was the author's slow and deliberate reveal of the story from both parties' perspectives." ( The Oddness of Moving Things)
"I absolutely loved this book. It was well written, it kept me engaged all the way throughout, and it was so good that I one-clicked the others in the series without even looking at the blurbs. I can safely say that this is one author that I will be reading more of in the future. If you love Regency era-romance and books that really tug on your heart, this is definitely one to check out." ( Inked Rainbow Reads)

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Loved it!

Wow! I'm really at a loss for words. I just loved everything about this and Richard is redeemed. It wasn't anything like I expected and Richard had better never get on his fox's bad side or he is in big trouble.

My love for Silas is unending. I love that man. He had some great scenes in this book.

Matthew Lloyd Davies has become my favorite British narrators. I highly recommend this whole series!

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Superlative Conclusion

Where does A Gentleman's Position rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Easily in the Top Five. Actually, in order to keep my top five from being taken up by the three books in this series, I include them as a group. They are all extraordinary, but this one is tremendous.

What did you like best about this story?

The absolute usurpation of various tropes and expectations based on the appearance and status of the characters. Charles always has a strong command of sexual negotiation and politics, but watching two intrinsically Alpha personalities with extremely different psychological expressions find common ground is incredible. Humanizing Richard in particular who has been more of an entity than a person presiding over the Ricardians, is a genuine triumph.

Have you listened to any of Matthew Lloyd Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

His work on this series of books has been absolutely outstanding. His commitment and delivery are impeccable, making everything from seditous politics, printmaking, to sex vivid and immensely enjoyable to listen to.

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Mediocre plot, great narrator, too much sex.

narrator was the best thing about it. characters were decent, but too much focus on the sex, not enough on the plot. needed a bit more substance. overall not bad, but not riveting either. I had hoped for a more intricate game of cat and mouse from the Illustrious Mr. Ciprian, but recieved a relatively straight forward game of rumors. Ciprian should have defected, apparently genuinely and then done a few seemingly nasty things before turning on maltravers at the last second and masterfully outwitting him and his co-conspirator having planned the whole thing long in advance.

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Sad To See The Series End

Another winner. The narrator does a great job, although I can't say I cared much for how he reads Ash. Ash has appeared in the prior books, but I don't recall him 'speaking' with a slight lisp as he does in this book. Other than that, all the characters were done quite well.

The author also does a great job with the plot. It doesn't seem plausible at first, with what we know of Lord Richard, that he would consider an affair with a servant, but because of what happened with Dominic in the prior book, I can see how Richard could slowly be changing his rigid moral viewpoint.

I wish there were more stories in this series. I'd read (listen) to anything written by K J Charles as long as it's read by Matthew Lloyd Davies.

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Fav Narrator. Fav Author.

Always a winning pair! I never thought I could handle listening to another human being read romantic scenes, especially not scenes as steamy as the ones in this book. Yet, somehow this narrator makes blushing at my desk an absolute delight. I hope that KJ Charles works with him on future audiobooks. he's a treat

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The best in the series!

Richard abs Davids story had to most to offer to me. it was mature and had the levels of romance for a good story. It is a definite relisten

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Wonderful Conclusion

Loved it. Great way to tie up the stories of all these loveable characters.

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A well told story with a good plot and interesting characters. A good diversion with heart.

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Fantastic Narration
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I have nothing else to add. Everything was rounded off as satisfactorily as I had hoped and I for one am sad it ended.

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5*****

Loved the narrative wonderful series . worth the read. Lord Richard has a great worker in Cepriean and a wonderful lover.

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  • Noxifer
  • 05-27-19

Excellent read

This is as good as previous books in the series (though I do hope that the prequel will be available at some point as well). There's just one mistake I've noticed this read around, in chapter 13 (chapter 12 of the actual book) around 18 minutes in, where one sentence is repeated twice. It may be a corruption in my file, or a miscoding in the recording, since the inflection is identical, but it's not a big deal.

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  • IAN
  • 06-04-16

Lord Richard Vane & his valet David Cyprian story.

The third (full) instalment in K. J. Charles's m/m Regency romance series Society of Gentlemen. Centres on Lord Richard Vane and his valet David Cyprian.

From the moment that you start listening to the narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies, the characters and the story come alive from the pages. Transporting you to period London, where if you know the right man for the job...anything is possible!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-21

Servant or master

The roles may seem easy to discern at first but look closer as there may be long standing contradictions.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 08-30-21

We'll written and narrated

Brilliant series and excellent plots. Likeable well drawn characters under threat of having their homosexuality exposed and facing gaol or worse.

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  • AMG, London
  • 08-23-21

Engaging MM romance, well written and well read

Read this series because it's included with my membership, but now I'm completely hooked. Will now be getting more by the same author. Enjoyable regency stories, excellent reader, and unusually well written sex scenes!

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  • Jaime Boardman
  • 11-20-20

Silly Cover, Wonderful Book

This one was probably my favourite of the series, oddly enough A Fashionable Indulgence (Book One) is my least favourite and A Seditious Affair (Book Two) is in second place. I loved David and although lots of people seem not to like Richard I liked him and understood where he was coming from.

The narration by Matthew Lloyd Davies is incredible as always, and the story is excellent. Ignore the weird covers, these books are actually fab

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  • HMM
  • 02-11-19

Did not finish

I think in this case the writing and narration influenced each other to make the story worse. I did not like the cool descriptions of affection. The narrator chose correctly for a 19th century aristocratic English voice, which lacks emotion and personality. I want my romance characters passionate, in stead of polite.

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  • Catherine
  • 03-30-20

Lovely story with familiar themes but refreshing differences from the usual

This is the third in a series and I do recommend reading in order - the whole series is a delight and the plots overlap most satisfactorily.

All the series deals with love across social and class divides and the themes from the previous books coalesce here with the challenge of how a great lord can honourably love his valet.

This doesn’t feel an anachronistic telling of this story but it is sensitive to a modern view of power and privilege and how easily abuse can arise when the imbalance is great.

But mostly thus is a sweet romance where the heroes communicate and grow and find their HEA while thwarting villains and making the work a better place.

Love it. Read / listen to them all.

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  • Laura
  • 07-26-19

Amazing!

Oh I loved this book! Davies does a wonderful job at the narration and I felt like the characters were right there in front of me. I also adore this book (it was a reread) and the characters.

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  • Martin Moore
  • 07-17-18

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Mathew Lloyd Davies bought the story to life brilliantly! I’ve enjoyed the 3 books. M