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A Seditious Affair

Society of Gentlemen, Book 2
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Series: Society of Gentlemen, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

K. J. Charles turns up the heat in her new Society of Gentlemen novel as two lovers face off in a sensual duel that challenges their deepest beliefs.

Silas Mason has no illusions about himself. He's not lovable or even likable. He's an overbearing idealist, a radical bookseller and pamphleteer who lives for revolution...and for Wednesday nights. Every week he meets anonymously with the same man, in whom Silas has discovered the ideal meld of intellectual companionship and absolute obedience to his sexual commands. But, unbeknownst to Silas, his closest friend is also his greatest enemy, with the power to see him hanged - or spare his life.

A loyal, well-born gentleman official, Dominic Frey is torn apart by his affair with Silas. By the light of day, he cannot fathom the intoxicating lust that drives him to meet with the radical week after week. In the bedroom everything else falls away. Their needs match, and they are united by sympathy for each other's deepest vulnerabilities. But when Silas' politics earn him a death sentence, desire clashes with duty, and Dominic finds himself doing everything he can to save the man who stole his heart.

©2016 K. J. Charles (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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"This book is so good I read it in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down. K. J. Charles has long been one of my favorite authors, and this book doesn’t disappoint. A Seditious Affair is a beautiful love story interwoven with the realism of the political unrest of the time - another winner from K. J. Charles!" ( USA Today best-selling author Carole Mortimer)

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This lady can write a Good story!

Would you consider the audio edition of A Seditious Affair to be better than the print version?

Yes, only because it is read to you by Matthew Lloyd Davies and he pulls you into the story and characters that KJ Charles has created.

What other book might you compare A Seditious Affair to, and why?

I don't think I can compare A Seditious Affair to any other book I have read....KJ Charles is in a league of her own.

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

A Fashionable Indulgence. The first book in KJ Charles A Society of Gentlemen series. I think both are equal in performance. KJ Charles couldn't have got a better man for the job.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Prepare to think and be dazzled.

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Will make you rethink on your convictions.

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history and hot consentual non consent

Best thing I've read in ages. well researched and believable characters. loads of fun with serious edges.

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Fabulous!

This is my favourite KJ Charles novel, so I knew I liked the story. The narration really brought it alive. I loved Silas's voice, in particular.

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This book has everything anyone could wish for

Where does A Seditious Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in the top 10

What did you like best about this story?

Apart from the meticulously researched historical content; the love story between the two main characters was breathtaking and superior.

What does Matthew Lloyd Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Matthew Lloyd Davies brings another dimension, he breathes life into an already wonderful story. His range of tone and voices is incredible, I had to remind myself that this was one man, reading a myriad of different characters of all ages, class etc. Simply superb!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really, the whole book, from start to finish is perfect. If I had to choose one; the first kiss between Silas and Dominic was stunning and moving.

Any additional comments?

I have only recently read/listened to this author with the first two books in this series and I am firmly hooked. I have already searched her backlist and been disappointed to learn that there are no other audio versions available for download in the UK. I only hope that the partnership between the author and narrator continues and we see some more of this talented duo.

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  • Hank C.
  • 06-01-16

Adults falling in love!

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I find myself tired of May/December romances and teenage puppy love. This book's protagonists offer a welcome change. It is so nice to see two middle aged men fall in love over books, philosophy, wine, with not so much attention to physical beauty until well after attachment is established.

I am not the biggest fan of dominance and submission, but I was not put off at all because, I don't know, the care is there. The awareness at all times of each other and of limits and care to observe that. I loved that there was discussion of why the protagonists felt the way they did and that, while the romance was at the forefront, it did not swallow their world and we got to see them moving in it, addressing their pasts and presents.

Their struggles are genuine for me; grown men who are allowed to still grow, to learn, to find love and comfort outside of the usual trappings of puppy love, insta-love and physical fascinations leading to love. The characters feel like people and I find that I cannot say that about many romances I've read.

Are there contrivances? Certainly. I do not think any romance is about the "real world;" but when the characters are texturized, 3D-entities, the contrivances melt away for me and I only want to see what happens at the end; and that definitely happened with this story.

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  • Trio
  • 05-04-19

Dominic & Silus, Matthew Lloyd Davies is Marvelous

I know I'm in the minority here, but there's something about the books in this series that haven't really worked for me.

A Seditious Affair focuses so much on the politics of the era, and while I get that's the whole point of Silas' character, as well as the point of the conflict between him and Dominic, I still could have done with a tad more lovin' and a bit less talk.

Matthew Lloyd Davies is fantastic here with the range of voices and accents he's able to conjure for this series. Very fine work.

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  • rebecca wheeler
  • 15-03-17

A wonderful m/m historical romance.

Not only a great m/m romance, one of the best historical romances I've read so far.
Wonderful narration, I fully appreciate this narrator's skill with varried accents, from a Tori Dandy, to a rough bulldog from the poorest London, to whiney cockney'd nefarious characters.
Ensure you start from the beginning of the series.

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  • Alisa
  • 01-03-20

Delightfully complicated

Sedition, politics, literature, and appropriate use of safe words. What’s not to love about this book???

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  • Christine Collins
  • 30-01-20

More greatness!

The author does a great job connecting the threads of each story while allowing the main couple to shine.

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  • NYC wheeler
  • 20-01-20

Great MM historical romance w some very mild BDSM

There is a fair amount of political talk in this novel, a continuation of the “society of gentlemen” book 2, so if you can’t bear that sort of talk this might not be the best novel for you. I quite like how KJ Charles wraps multiple books and partners into events sometimes taking different views of the same event, especially the Magpie world, and I wonder if she is going in that directions with this series— seeing as I haven’t heard the last book. The older men’s relationship is unusual for KJ Charles, who normally does younger male partners, so it seems after about 8 of her books— and I liked the change of pace and feel she did a good job with it. Their relationship which although from the views of the other men in the “Richardian” group seems reprehensible and abusive turns out to be a consensual relationship, which as many BDSM relationships in real life can be. I definitely look forward to the third novel.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 08-12-19

Suspenseful, heartbreaking at times; a wonderful s

I originally read this story back in 2015 and it was the first book I'd read by KJ Charles. I loved the book so much and was happy to find it in the Escape program. I loved revisiting this story; it's been long enough since I read it that listening to it was almost like reading it for the first time. Matthew Lloyd Davies does a great job with the narration.

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I wish I was one of those reviewers who write wonderfully descriptive reviews with good details about why I like a book and the author’s writing - but I’m not. I just don’t know how to express things that well which I why I’m a reader instead of writer. I don’t read many historical romance books but when I saw this one on NetGalley, and read the description, I knew I wanted to read it. Not being a history buff I have no idea how historically accurate this story is but I don’t care because it was a wonderful story regardless.

Two people who couldn’t be less alike and yet they still have many things in common, Silas and Dominic begin as forbidden lovers who are able to fulfill each other’s sexual needs. Despite their differences in class standing and beliefs, they become friends and lovers - not just f*** buddies.

The first book I’ve read by Ms. Charles, this is a captivating story about trying circumstances. It was at times suspenseful, heartbreaking and humorous. Her writing is wonderfully descriptive; I felt like I was there and feeling what the characters felt. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

Ebook ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for my review.

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  • A.E. Bross
  • 05-12-19

By far my favorite by Charles!

This book is by far my favorite of all of the books by K.J. Charles that I have read. It takes an area of intimacy that many, many, MANY people write about without having any real measure or perspective on and gives it the treatment it deserves. Plus, seeing how the characters interact with something they don't understand (especially Richard, who I really, really don't like) gives us this great diversity of thought and acceptance. I can't help but feel that it really holds up the Rickardians in a solid, good light. Even if they don't understand, they see each other as family, and they'll see each other through anything.

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  • Allison Smith
  • 26-11-19

The best of the society books

the narrator is fantastic. it's a delight to come to recognize characters by the voices he gives them alone, which adds that much more enjoyment to an already great read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-09-19

funny, provocative with a rich realism

throughly enjoyed the characters, the story the sex and intrigue. my goodness I am fond of the author. the plots and subplots kept me entranced and eager for more.