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Gilded Cage

Series: Lilywhite Boys, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Once upon a time, a boy from a noble family fell in love with a girl from the gutter. It went as badly as you’d expect.   

Seventeen years later, Susan Lazarus is a renowned detective, and Templeton Lane is a jewel thief. She’s tried to arrest him, and she’s tried to shoot him. They’ve never tried to talk.   

Then Templeton is accused of a vicious double murder. Now there’s a manhunt out for him, the ports are watched, and even his best friends have turned their backs. If he can’t clear his name, he’ll hang.   

There’s only one person in England who might help Templeton now...assuming she doesn’t want to kill him herself.

©2019 KJ Charles (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Perfect

A heroine who can really take care of herself, interesting murder mystery, and great narrators.

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KJ Charles knocked it out of the park again

Charles's Any Old Diamonds has been tied (with Band Sinister) for my favorite of her books since it came out, so that was a pretty high bar for Gilded Cage. It managed beautifully, though, coming in at a very, very close second. It was wonderful to see more of grown-up Susan Lazarus.

My only quibble is with the audiobook: I always love Cornell Collins's narration (well, 98% of it, barring a few quirks of his delivery during sex scenes, but IIRC that wasn't relevant here, as all the sex scenes were from Susan's POV) but Victoria Aston's narration just didn't work for me (hence the 3-star rating for Performance). In the early chapters, she sounded like she was practicing elocution lessons; even after a few chapters, once she seemed more comfortable with narrating, her delivery was too flat, as though she was just reading the words and not considering the context or meaning of the sentences.

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  • Mary
  • 01-16-20

Jarring dual narration

Cornell Collins is a really wonderful narrator, so I was very surprised to discover this book had dual narration. The female narrator does a decent job, but still I found the change of narration from chapter to chapter upset the flow of the story. It was really unnecessary to have a female narrator and I would have enjoyed this book more with just Cornell Collins.
The story itself is an M/F romance. KJ Charles is well known for writing MM and ticking every diversity box, whether or not it fits with the historical context.
The story was nice, but not as well written as some of the other books by this author. There was clumsy prose and some painfully awkward sex scenes. It appears KJ Charles writes MM better than MF.

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  • Escape Artist
  • 11-30-19

Not loving the dual narration

The story was absolutely brilliant, as always but I really didn’t like the dual narration, Cornell Colins is the best narrator ever, why interfere with perfection. I found the swapping from one narrator to another jarring, if future stories have two narrators in the future I’ll stick with the kindle books only.