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It's been two months since Will Darling saw Kim Secretan, and he doesn't expect to see him again. What do a rough and ready soldier-turned-bookseller and a disgraced, shady aristocrat have to do with each other anyway?

But when Will encounters a face from the past in a disreputable nightclub, Kim turns up, as shifty, unreliable, and irresistible as ever. And before Will knows it, he's been dragged back into Kim's shadowy world of secrets, criminal conspiracies, and underhand dealings.

This time, though, things are underhanded even by Kim standards. This time, the danger is too close to home. And if Will and Kim can't find common ground against unseen enemies, they risk losing everything.

Contains mature themes.

©2020 KJ Charles (P)2020 Tantor

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This book made this series my favorite KJC series

Book 1 left me with such a mix of feelings that I wasn't sure what to think. I knew the story intrigued me and the writing engrossed me. I knew I cared about Will Darling. But I didn't want to feel sick with secondhand shame and worry again. I didn't want to feel disgusted and hurt by Kim again. But I love KJ Charles, so I eventually jumped in. I'm so glad I did. Book 2 turned the Will Darling series into my favorite KJ Charles series, and that's saying something considering I worship her books. If unsure of book 1 and checking these reviews for clues it'll be worth it, I promise you the pain and frustration endured in book 1 is 100% completely worth it. This book makes the first book a thousand times better. (It was already great, but I mean it makes the pain a thousand times more tolerable.)

The Sugared Game takes us deeper into the world, revealing a lot of the big players orchestrating a lot of the crime and mayhem. We learn a great deal more about Will and Kim as they get closer and join forces. There is still some frustrating manipulation and dishonesty from Kim, but they actually address it by TALKING about it like adults. Practically unheard of! There's no forced miscommunication or dodging the one conversation that would fix everything. These guys hash things out multiple times and eventually work together. Will sticks up for himself full-stop, no wavering for his pretty boyfriend. In fact, Will is a bit too eager to jump into situations and seems a bit pigheaded (in a charming brutish sort of way) at times.

By the end, I ended up so deeply invested in Will and Kim's hopes for each other that I think I'll be more heartbroken if something came between them than they would be. The book ends with huge changes to the status quo, opening the entire world of possibilities. It's like a gaping wound of possibilities, actually. A bit frightening and unclear. I have no idea what to expect for book 3 at all, and I can't wait!

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just as good as bk 1!

Flappers, secret societies, a dashing spy and a bookseller! All of this combine into a swoony fun adventure novel with steamy scenes and witty repartee. Great narration. Looking forward to bk 3!

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  • A.
  • 01-14-21

Great spy book

The mystery was great. It continues with the Zodiac storyline from the first book, and I was shocked to discover Capricorn's identity. I like a mystery that isn't super predictable.

I also loved that we finally acknowledged that Kim and Will are a damn mess! The ending of the book was my favorite bit. The mystery is solved and Kim and Will finally acknowledge that they have feelings! Imagine that. But they also face the reality that their feelings are messy and they are not that great at the parts of their relationship that exist outside the bedroom. But, this doesn't tear them apart and they don't agree to live forever in toxic matrimony. They actually agree to work on it! If I don't get another book with more mystery and these two actually being happy and sorted out, I will be quite upset.

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  • 04-13-21

Made even better by fantastic narration

The first book was 4.5/5, this book is easily 5/5. It really builds on the previous book and fixes anything I might've had issue with. I think we really start to see that Kim and Will DO have a possible future together and if they work for it, they might actually get that happy ending. Kim especially becomes a lot more sympathetic in this book; his character doesn't really change, we just learn who he is a little bit more and see that he's really starting to care about Will. Meanwhile Will is no pushover and remains fantastically stubborn and has self-respect to stand up to Kim and go after what he wants and what he deserves. Phoebe and Maisie are wonderful as always. The third book and probably last book in the series is coming out in June and I can't wait! Although I do wish that this was going to be a twenty book series instead of a trilogy, ha! I'd pre-order them all!

Lastly the narrator always does an excellent job. Each character has a distinct and immediately recognizable voice, which makes listening to the books so much more enjoyable because there's never any confusion for the listener. Will and Maisie's accents are especially lovely.

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This book makes the previous book better for me

I really like this book, enough that it vastly improves the series, so far, as a whole.

Unlike in Slippery Creatures, our heroes are working together rather than working ‘independently in roughly the same direction’. The secondary & tertiary characters have more to do & do it with flair.

I don’t know how to rate it as a standalone because I read it after SC, and when I reread it, I read both. Recommended.

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Once again 4.5 stars.

I so like this author, the story is quite good, A bit different from many of the routine LGBT+ tales, though not completely unique, the characters are well done. I am so spoiled by having such good LGBT+ centric authors to choose from, there are so many it is hard to keep up! Haven't been disappointed by KJ Charles yet!

I like the relationships within (sorry for being vague, I don't want to put in spoilers). There are some great female characters, I have to say Maisie is #1 for me, and very fine MCs, too. Will is definitely my favorite MC. Practical problem solver, and able to get the job done once he's decided what a situation is. The friendship between Maisie and Will is refreshing.

The narration is superb, the narrator has a lovely smooth accent which I think adds to the story.

So, yes, I do recommended the audiobook highly, I do have to say I preferred book 1 slightly more. I'm wishing that maybe a third novel comes out in this series.

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  • Sophie
  • 11-06-20

Marvelous sequel, enrapturing ending

Firstly, if you haven't read Slippery Creature, go! Go now! It's wonderfully written, and should definitely be read before this. It needs to be really, for story and context.

The narration is spot-on, you often forget its not actually a group of people having a conversation.

Story wise, it is a brilliant depiction of Kim & Darling, staying very much in character with their values and choices. I don't want to give much away of the story, just know this was the audio equivalent of 'not being able to put it down until I get to the end'

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  • C M Silver
  • 05-24-21

Lady Chatterley v Cinderella + large knife

Complicated espionage antics. The MCs joust literally and metaphorically with flesh and metal. On this occasion, the fine narrator detracted from the events, where a more strident style for "heroic" Will could've made the action more of a battle than foreplay with weapons. Neither MC is likeable in any way, which made my continued interest difficult to maintain. It's taken 5 days to finish an almost 8hr book I could've done in a day were I hooked.

A colourful period of history is portrayed like a black and white movie where the acting is wooden and the movements disjointed, which leaves a bland taste from an author who can do so much better.

Would I listen to this book again? NO, I'm sorry to say.