A Seditious Affair
BY K.J. Charles
“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’s 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.” -Goodreads
To note this is the second book in the Society of Gentlemen series. While I have read the first, it is not necessary to have read the first, to enjoy the second. Another thing to note this is a gay historical romance, so if you don’t like romance this isn’t for you. 😉 Also the story is quite explicit.
The timeline of this story coincides with that of the first novel making it interesting to see other views into the plot points that affected everyone. Another intriguing aspect of this novel is the politics. The story follows two radically opposing opinioned people who fall for eachother with their mutual interest in a particular type of fornicating.
I loved how this story evolved from a simple weekly appointment to a full on romance. Not only that it did, but that the author crafted the evolution so that it didn’t seem rushed or just stupid. (I’ve read a lot of historical romance that ends up seeming just stupid.)
While I typically like all my major characters to be high society lords, I did greatly appreciate an everyday business owner are a main character, and not exactly in the rags-to-riches way.
Overall it was an interesting read, particularly politically, and even though I’ve only said good things about it so far, I’ve only given it 3/5 stars. At times the story lost my interest.