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Summary

Will Darling came back from the Great War with a few scars, a lot of medals, and no idea what to do next. Inheriting his uncle's chaotic secondhand bookshop is a blessing...until strange visitors start making threats. First a criminal gang, then the War Office, both telling Will to give them the information they want, or else.  

Will has no idea what that information is, and nobody to turn to, until Kim Secretan - charming, cultured, oddly attractive - steps in to offer help. As Kim and Will try to find answers and outrun trouble, mutual desire grows along with the danger.  

And then Will discovers the truth about Kim. His identity, his past, his real intentions. Enraged and betrayed, Will never wants to see him again.  

But Will possesses knowledge that could cost thousands of lives. Enemies are closing in on him from all sides - and Kim is the only man who can help.  

Contains mature themes.

©2020 KJ Charles (P)2020 Tantor

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Great story, poor narration 😕😕😕

I LOVED this story, but as usual KJ has chosen Cornell Collins/Matthew Lloyd Davies to narrate. Yes, it's her story and of course, the choice is up to her BUT I genuinely do wish she would try someone else [although to be honest, that doesn't seem to have worked out too well for her sometimes in the past...Think of England for example 😒😒]. 2.5 stars only for the narration, so my overall rating for the story has lost a star I'm afraid.

It was a REAL STRUGGLE to finish this one, and that had nothing to do with the story. The narrator seemed to switch between *coughs* accents for Will, anything from a West Country accent to a dour Yorkshire man...sometimes even in the same sentence, and it was either mumbled or spoken so quickly that you had trouble understanding him; his female voices are still non-existent and his Welsh accent for Maisie was laughable too. I was under the impression that Will came from Northants, so what happened to his Midlands accent...or is that an accent too far for Mr Lloyd Davies? 'Kim' was fine of course as an upper-crust Southerner, but the narrator's performance in this story has ensured that I won't be buying the audio of The Sugared Game.

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Dramatic tale of the ebb and flow of emotions and passion caused by disillusionment, despair and treachery between the MCs. Excellent narration enhances the action. Good start to the series. ENJOYABLE

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Sadly, rather tedious

I was disappointed with this audiobook on two levels. Firstly, the story plot was tedious and messy. Secondly, Cornell Collins narration was not up to par. His upper-crust accents were delightful as always, but Mr. Collins seems to be a one-trick pony when it comes to accents.

The character of William Darling was from Northampton. For those who don't know, this is in the West Midlands, UK... close to Birmingham. The accent is a very particular kind of drawl, which as Mr. Collins didn't attempt. He should have stopped there and given a basic RP accent. However, the accent he did give Will was DREADFUL. Not only was it unattractive and incorrect - a cross between Yorkshire and West Country, but he also spoke VERY fast when narrating Will's lines, which made them sound garbled. I couldn't even change the narration speed on my device to make him audible, as it would slow the whole production.

All in all, I just could not take to Will as a character. He made little sense to me and his actions and reactions bugged me. The plot was so drawn out, centering around a book shop and the consistent visits from ruffians and the War office looking for 'THE INFORMATION'. I got bored very quickly but persevered for the love interest, but sadly, even that couldn't detract from the rest of the book. Shame. I really hoped this would be as good as Simon Feximal or the Green Men books.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 24-07-20

good yarn

The timing of a book that doesn’t glorify war is spot on. I was expecting a romance with some action. This is mostly a mystery. A broke world war 1 veteran, Will, inherits a bookstore and a pile of trouble via a wayward package. Hijinks ensue. The least bad person coming after the package is Kim, who comes from money.

Normally I don’t root much for characters who are stubborn just to be stubborn, but I was fully rooting for Will & his stubbornness the whole time because he wasn’t wrong to be so stubborn. I only wish he was more stubborn about carrying his knife. Kim was a chaos generator and kind of irritating. This might be because the story has a single POV from Will, or it might be because Kim’s a secretive guy with trust issues who never really worked with Will, only adjacent to him. I was unable to tell if they were working together by the end. I would have enjoyed it more if I could have.

I think the mystery was pretty good. Clues and action came along often enough to keep the plot moving, the stakes make sense, and the conclusion was satisfying.

But the romance barely reaches infancy by the end of the book because Kim is a secretive loner whose motives are murky to both Will and the reader. Having just re-read the Magpie series, again, where the romance is solid by the end of book 1, I was a little thrown here. I’m not sure if it’s entirely fair to be disappointed in the romance because I can’t tell if it’s a matter of false expectation on my part. Kim & Will spend this whole book working independently, hoarding secrets from each other, then playing catch up. Sometimes this makes sense. Sometimes it’s annoying. We mostly know they’re “good people at heart” because their friends think so, but their friends are few and rarely in scenes. While I don’t think the guys will sell each other out, they are a long way from being a couple that collaborates. I need see Kim & Will deliberately work together more before I will believe that they’ll have a reliable future. I like the author so if this is a series, I’ll keep reading despite finding the romance more frustrating than not.

Steam: Med Low. There’s some M/M shenanigans on page but less than average. There isn’t a great deal of emotional intimacy either, which makes what is there a little flat.

Narration: I remain a fan of this narrator’s work. It’s easy to follow. I think there’s a slight hiss to the background.

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  • Leon Miller
  • 21-03-21

Spies, Thrills, Romance!

“Slippery Creatures” is one of the most purely enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time. This wonderful mix of espionage and romance has fascinating, relatable characters; a fast-moving, suspenseful plot; a charming, sexy romance; and enough turns, twists, and red-herrings to keep you turning pages all night. I hope the author writes many more in this series because I’m looking forward to devouring each one.

I say “read” because I actually took advantage of Amazon’s “Whispersync” technology. That allows you to follow the Kindle text while listening to the audio book. Hands down, the audio actor, Cornell Collins, is one of the best I’ve ever heard. He effortlessly gave each character a distinct voice, rhythm, and personality, he easily navigated British regional and class dialects, and his reading is subtle, nuanced, and often playful. It was a vastly entertaining performance that greatly enhanced my reading enjoyment. Highly, highly recommended.

I especially recommend “Slippery Creatures” for fans of the wonderful, amazing, too-great-for-superlatives “Red, White and Royal Blue.” I had been looking for a follow-up and after having tried a few, this is the first book that was a worthy successor. Read “Slippery Creatures,” especially with the audio book. You’ll thank me.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-01-21

Fantastic period spy story!

All the voices and all the details of the period. the performance and the writing support each other perfectly.

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  • Michelle
  • 24-01-21

Confusing and Boring

I can't say how many times in listening to this book that I wanted to stop and move on to another book. First all, this book was very confusing with too many bad guys with weird names showing up at Will's book shop. Secondly, the story was very confusing and difficult to follow. The narrator was OK but I had to turn the volume up to hear much of the dialog. I was very surprised at the intense sex scenes between the two lead male characters, Will and Kim. Not my cup of tea at all.

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  • ClinD2002
  • 10-01-21

meh*********spoilers*************************

so its with heavy heart that I give the story a low score, the reason why is the way the story progressed, it began great, in fact there were a few moments I actually threw my hands in the air and screamed "YES"! finally a gay character who wasn't a female with a mans name, so many authors....unfortunately they are all women, write gay romance as straight romance and just change the main characters name to a mans name, in all other aspects the character acts and behaves like a woman, this was one of the only gay romance, and ive read a few=P that actually made me believe the Will was a man and not a female character with a mans moniker, this changed unfortunately when will threw himself back into kims arms, being gay back than, I wasn't, but I know the fear of hoping people don't find out, if someone had basically proven that they used me under orders of the secret serivce for the government, and honestly at that point that's exactly what Will Believed .....especially a strong male GAY character from the 1920's, there would be no way on gods green earth that id go back to the person, especially a lord who had pretty much just proven he may have used my sexuality in a bid to blackmail or sway my mind...…...the betrayal itself to a gay man in the 1920s would have been enough to leave the city ….or at the very least NEVER wanted to have contact with Kim every again, it should have been Kim who had to move heaven and earth to win his trust back, and than betraying Will AGAIN?!?! ………..im sorry but wills character would NOT have threw himself back at Kim...…...where this sticks in my craw is that, that would have been perfectly normal behavior for a woman in a straight relationship, there would have been nothing stoping a woman from seeking kim out again, it would have been romantic and spontaneous and hopefully optimistic, when it's a gay man in the 1920's that changes...will had Everything to loose...in a horrible embarrassing and socially catastrophic way that could have put him in prison, and more than likely killed, men arrested for being gay did NOT live a happy life, SOO in conclusion the blaise faire way in which he just happily and with out a second thought throws him self back at Lord Kim(whos gay behavior could have been forgiven as he was acting to save queen and country)is absolutely un believable......that's the unfortunate thing that a lot of female authors don't get is that even today being outed and just being a gay man is a BIG dangerous deal, and NO gay man takes being outed as a no big deal kinda thing. being gay is dangerous even today.

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  • CH
  • 02-01-21

Consistent talent

Hey folks if you haven't read anything by this author do yourself a favor and pick up anyone of her books. You will not be disappointed this is not really a review just an ode to her greatness.
Also thanks to Cornell Collins you are amazing and as a result i move from my bookshelf to my kindle then joy oh joy end with the audible production. Pure bliss. thanks guys.

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  • Michael Howatt
  • 26-09-20

Good fun

I enjoyed this story and the characters. That much I expect from KJ Charles. This is the first book I've heard read by Mr. Collins, and I won't hesitate on the next book I come across read by him. As to the story, no it wasn't original--never mind following remarks about originality and Homer, or his sources, or the people those sources plagiarized. But just because it wasn't really original it was put together quite well and it pulled me along very nicely. I certainly didn't know what was going to happen next at every turn. The story had a Holmesian flavor, or even an old British movie, the kind I remember growing comfortable with in my younger years. I wonder what I'd have thought of the more colorful scenes back then. So thanks very much KJ Charles. I've read your books before and will certainly will continue to do so.

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  • Boo
  • 22-07-20

Another winner for KJ Charles

Super story with superb narration! You can’t lose when you choose this author/narration combo.