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A Gentleman's Position

Society of Gentlemen, Book 3
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Series: Society of Gentlemen, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (241 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

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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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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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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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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  • Robin
  • Minneapolis
  • 05-20-16

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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A great series with magnificent narration

Multi-faceted story with love, struggles and suspense. And a narrator that makes it even better.

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  • Amanda
  • BORDENTOWN, NJ, United States
  • 02-26-19

why does audible require a word minimum on reviews

in my opinion I think this one was the best in the set. blah blah

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i liked this sequel.

David's motivation confused me but I like this group of characters. i skipped the 2nd book but Im not into S&M.

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Terrific series, sad to see it end.

This has been such an interesting, entertaining, thought-provoking series. I've really enjoyed each book, and how everything flowed so smoothly between the 3 stories. Each has been unique, with the mystery tying it all together.

I was a little leery of Richard, it took awhile to warm up to him just because of his stand-offish attitude which I guess came with his station in life. That was not the case with David, though- I was a fan of his throughout the series.
I enjoyed the dynamic between Richard and David, even while I hated that it was wrong for them to be together! It was just so interesting seeing how life was during this time period.
I loved that David was so much more than *just* a valet, but because of his start in life he couldn't aspire to be more than that really, at least in the eyes of the public.
Richard was such a stickler for protocol, but when you grow up in that world you don't have much choice. I am glad that he finally opened himself up to David and let love in.

This was such a wonderful series, I'm sad to see it come to an end. I loved the audiobooks but I'll definitely be picking up the ebooks so I can revisit this group again.

Matthew Lloyd Davis was an outstanding narrator! The way he was able to keep each character's voice constant from book to book was incredible! And how he was able to give each character such distinct voices was truly impressive. I will definitely be looking into more books that he's narrated.

***Borrowed through the Audible Romance Package.

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Darcy and Foxy

Having found Lord Richard Vane to be insufferably priggish and unyielding in the previous books, I normally would have avoided his story. However, I decided to take a chance with “A Gentleman’s Position” because K.J. Charles’s writing was so good and I definitely wanted to know more about the valet and mysterious “flash man” David Cyprian, and I was not disappointed.

While Richard maintains his rigid standards and the core of who he is presented to be in the previous books, Charles does an excellent job showing the humanizing roots of his pride and inflexibility. The reader discovers that he holds himself to extremely high standards and takes his responsibilities to his position and his friends so seriously that it blinds him to possibilities that even slightly deviate from those deemed “right and proper”, making his feelings for his servant Cyprian seem morally wrong and impossible.

Beyond making Richard an interesting and likeable character, learning more about who Cyprian is, how he sees the world and his position as Richard’s valet and watching him develop from simply a devoted servant to a full partner in his relationship with Richards is another appealing aspect of the book. The story is full of hard truths, compromise, intrigue and Foxy at his best; it definitely ends the main series on a high note.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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!