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Lie back and think of England....

England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless, and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage.

Curtis's search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.

As events unfold, Curtis realizes that Daniel has his own secret intentions. And there's something else they share - a mounting sexual tension that leaves Curtis reeling.

As the house party's elegant facade cracks to reveal treachery, blackmail, and murder, Curtis finds himself needing clever, dark-eyed Daniel as he has never needed a man before....

Warning: Contains explicit male/male encounters, ghastly historical attitudes, and some extremely stiff upper lips.

©2014 KJ Charles (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • BR
  • 11-11-17

an unexpected delight!

I found out this favorite KJ Charles book came out as an audiobook by happy surprise. Any offering by KJ Charles by Audible is a delight, but this delivers on great narration, good characters and strong chemistry. The main character Archie is a wounded war hero trying to determine if his accident was caused by treachery and finds an unlikely ally in the bohemian Danielle. Set against a very British house party, the two discover dark secrets and a strong attraction. I found Archie's quintessential British chap to have a compelling storyline in self discovery as he slowly adapts to an understanding of himself as attracted to men. The period prejudices are a little startling to hear but are important to the plot so not there just for shock value. Danielle acts as a quicksilver foil to Archie's self realization, and the sex scenes show how opposites can fit together in the end. All this is managed with a deft touch by Tom Carter as the narrator. Am hopeful it is the start of a series and even more hopeful that other books by Charles, particularly the Charm of Magpies series, will also get audible versions.

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And listening just adds to the pleasure.

KJ Charles is an amazing storyteller creating vivid images of times and places.This historical romance fits the time and place that it portrays like a glove: prejudices, entitlements, societal blinds pot, are all handled with a deft hand. Then,just when you think it can't get any better we add Tom Carter's narration. ... Let's just say I'll be listening, again.

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Great story but can't get over the narrator's lisp

This another oh so good K J Charles - but I couldn't lose myself in the story as I was always conscious of the narrator's lisp

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Lie back and enjoy!

I haven’t read many historical m/m romances – a handful if even that really. They just never really called my name – that is until I picked up Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride a couple of months ago. I then realized there was a whole new genre for me to explore! And word on the block is that KJ Charles is the one to read for this genre. So said and done, Think of England and I were going on a date.

Two years ago Captain Archie Curtis’s life changed, he lost his fingers, his friends and fellow soldiers along with his military career. All due to a batch of malfunctioning guns. Determined to get to the bottom of it all and make the responsible party pay – if indeed there was a guilty party, he starts to investigate. His search leads him far into the country, and a very modern, but isolated country house.

While a guest, he meets Daniel da Silva, a queer poet that ruffles all Curtis’s proper feathers. After all one can hardly expect a gentleman from the army to have anything in common with the femme and limp wristed man with questionable morals, now can you? That is until he catches the poet breaking into the same library as he, and just maybe they are after the same information. What they find is a tale of blackmail and murder and more danger than either of them expected.

I enjoyed listening to this book. It was kind of fun to watch Curtis flounder a bit when da Silva got under his skin. And he did it so splendidly – and often. Another thing that I enjoyed was Curtis coming to terms with who he was, his sexuality, and accepting it. It was all portrayed quite believably, it wasn’t overdone but fit the era, as did the ending – their beginning.

Tom Carter narrated this book really well. He captured that stiff British upper class to perfection, but he also managed to portray the more femme and swishy Daniel da Silva. He brought me to UK, back in time and into the adventures of Curtis and sa Silva

All in all, I’m not going to abandon my preferences for contemporary romances, but I will definitely continue to pick up a historical romance every now and then, because it seems I have missed out!

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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Waste of money

This is the first book that I have purchased that I totally did not like. I listened to several chapters and finally gave up. Listening to it was about as exciting as watching paint dry.

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I was surprised by how much I loved this

KJ Charles does it again, and makes me fall in love with another amazing pair.

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Really Really Good Book

This book was really entertaining. Usually I find books that are set in the 1800. This was the first MM romance I found set in the early 1900. I definitely highly recommend this book!

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Fantastic!

Had some trouble with background feedback noise of the recording while listening on my phone in the car via bluetooth but otherwise the narration is fantastic!

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  • BevS
  • 11-19-17

Story is amazing....the narration not so much.

It's a toss up between this, Jackdaw and the Charm of Magpies series as to which is my fave KJ read, although books 2 & 3 of the Society of Gentleman series run them a pretty close second or fifth 😉. While I'm waiting for the Charm of Magpies series to come out on audio [with a suitably impressive narrator like...say Nicholas Boulton for example nudge, nudge], thought I'd give this one a listen.

Well, I'm glad I did BUT I was also a tad underwhelmed by Audible's choice of narrator I have to admit. I thought the mis-pronunciations were maybe down to Tom Carter being nervous, but I see that he's made several audios under different names, so that shouldn't have been a problem really. He also needs to work on his female voices and stop leaving uncomfortable pauses between characters. Maybe this was his first 'gay' romance, who knows?? Whatever the reason, he would definitely need to up his game before I listen to something else from him. 3.5 stars for the narration.

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  • mee
  • 05-18-18

A favourite story, aeragely presented

Possibly my favourite KJ story. A country house intrigue with straightforward somewhat naive gentleman Curtis and the colourful clever da Silva, with some appealing side characters.
The narration is comfortable listening rather than good. There's often a touch awkwardness about it and pronunciation, punctuation could be just a touch off. The character voices weren't the best - the young buff Wesley sounded unavoidably like the Thunderbird's Parker!

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  • Martin Moore
  • 09-03-18

Wonderful story

Wow, such wonderfully evocative writing. Brilliant story. More than brilliantly narrated! I’m in awe actually.