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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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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Apart from the meticulously researched historical content; the love story between the two main characters was breathtaking and superior.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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  • IAN
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  • 18-12-15

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.

Any additional comments?

Will make you rethink on your convictions.

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-18

Beautiful :) 4.5 stars

Brilliant writing, engaging story. This is my first M/M historical romance. I will be reading more from this author. Narration was very good too.

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  • ShannonVM
  • 04-10-18

Completely unexpected how much I loved this story!

I loved this story!
It was really uncomfortable to listen to at times, as I'm not the biggest fan of D/s, but it was done so well in this book.
Silas kind of crept into my heart and wouldn't let go. He's rough and gruff and so not your typical hero. But he's such a wonderful character!
He and Dominic are the epitome of the odd couple- 2 people you would never, ever expect to work, yet they are the puzzle piece the other was missing.
This story was really compelling, as Silas and Dominic's relationship is so complicated! How could these two men ever have the happily ever after that they so deserve? KJ Charles did a wonderful job of giving us a wholly statisfying and believable resolution to a love story that really shouldn't have stood a chance.

Matthew Lloyd Davies narration was outstanding. He really seems to live and breath these characters. He's not just reading the book, he's giving us a one-man performance, and I am here for it!


*Borrowed through the Romance Package.

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  • kettygwada
  • 12-08-18

great series!

tres bien ecrit, les personnages sont attachants et complexes. ce livre est unputdownable! a ne pas rater.

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  • Pants Off Reviews
  • 27-07-18

Amazing!!

The Story: 4.5 Pants Off

KJ Charles has done it again!! Like this be mad hot fire and out of this world brilliant.

Silas is a cranky man, he’s a radical and he makes no illusions about who he is and what he believes in. Domenic Frey is on the other end of the spectrum, he’s a man with money and prestige who likes to get off in the seedier parts of town. What he doesn’t know is that his Wednesday hookups is none other than radical Silas, and the rest you can say is history.

There’s gonna be spark, there’s gonna be fire, there’s gonna be glorious fecking.

The writing is superb, if you wanna jizz in your pants off some words, this is the freaking series for you. Multilevel characters, a story that’s inclusive and A Sedious Affair is the story you don’t want to miss.

And while it’s all glorious and sexy it doesn’t shy away from the reminders that two men in or just men being together is exponentially dangerous and could lead to a hanging.

How does one remain with their Pants 👖 on for this remarkable piece of work?!

I recommend it, if you love historical romances, and I recommend it because KJ “fantastic” Charles did the darn thing 💁‍♀️

The Narration: 5 Pants Off

Somebody call 911...cus there is a fire burning in my pants 👖 ooohhhh.....


Mathew Lloyd Davies you are the G.O.A.T for all things British right now. His voice, his take on the characters, his flair for making an already incredibly scene extraordinary is just...

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  • Erin McClanahan
  • 16-06-18

Oh my god listen to this book.

I love the characters. I love the narration. I love this story. It’ll put you through the ringer though. There are a lot of ups and downs, with, obviously the ending landing on the up. And I’m really pleased with where all the characters ended up in the end. Matthew Lloyd Davies is a brilliant voice actor, in that he *acts* doesn’t just read. His pacing is good, his voices are distinctive and his delivery is very polished. I adore the back and forth between the two main characters Dom and Silas. They feel real and honest and Charles lets them develop organically, not forcing either to suddenly agree entirely with each other, but also showing the evolution of their thoughts, friendship, and relationship. The D/S nature of the book took me by surprise, but I’m rather glad it did. I tend to shy away from BDSM in books because I’ve had some very unpleasant experiences in the past. Charles, however, handles it masterfully. And I suppose I like it because it stops at the bedroom door rather than engulfing their entire lives, which I find much more enjoyable. Honestly I’ve already listen to it twice. I’ll listen to it again in the not so distant future. If I could get another novel of just Dom and Silas arguing and fucking I’d read it in a heartbeat, no further plot needed. So do yourself a favor and listen to the book. You’ll be glad you did.

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  • AlexJouJou
  • 25-01-18

Loved the narration and voices

This worked for me completely. I really enjoyed the way the narrator did the voices and his ability to keep the pacing great. The small sounds came through and kept me engaged. The story was tightly plotted, had fascinating characters and enough tension that you did not want to put it down.

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  • Jovan
  • 13-01-18

Excellent

I don’t read much historical romance, but this one was great—the plot, Silas and Dom’s stalwart defense of their disparate political beliefs, but the respect they still feel and (mostly) show for one another and the historical dynamics of that time in England’s history all work together to create an appealing and insightful story. Additionally, the narration is wonderful and definitely adds something to an already great story.

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  • Pavellit Off
  • 11-07-16

Amazing, smoking hot and educational!

I love the second book in the Society of Gentlemen series by KJ Charles as much as I loved the first one. It is amazing,smoking hot ( It's just on the edge of my endurance. I'm not much of a fan of BDSM but I found the dom/sub aspect of the relationship fascinating and utterly on the context ) and especially educational.

This is a fictional romance, but based on the true events or the Cato Street Conspiracy was real ( according to author's note). What a connection between two completely different worlds.

Silas ran a bookshop that sold mostly political philosophy. His nights and evenings, except Wednesdays, were taken up with writing the seditious libels and attending meetings of the people who could no longer bear the stranglehold of the rich on England’s neck. He hated the aristocracy and especially one who let the people starve. On the other hand, Dominic was part of little wealthy private group which offered not only a space in which they could be honest, but also mutual protection. However, both of them strongly stand for their so different political beliefs.

As always Matthew Lloyd Davies was the perfect narrator for this book. Frankly, I'm addicted to his magnificent British accent voice.

The author did a great job at keeping me interested at the whole times. I highly recommend this to anyone that likes a MM historical erotic romance and I cannot wait to listen to the next!