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A Fashionable Indulgence: A Society of Gentlemen Novel (Society of Gentlemen Series Book 1) by [Charles, K.J.]
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“If one Regency rake isn’t enough for you, check out A Fashionable Indulgence, a rollicking tale from the deft pen of K. J. Charles. I’ll read anything she writes!”New York Times bestselling author Kate Pearce

“Charles has built a reputation for tight, enthralling plots.”Publishers Weekly
 
“I will go out on a limb and say I enjoyed this more than the Magpie story. Gasp! Yes I said it.”—Reviews by Jessie Wave
 
“The kind of story that you want again and again.”—Love Bytes
 
“A wonderful start to a new series. Harry and Julius are so likable and incredibly sweet together.”—Joyfully Jay
 
A Fashionable Indulgence has more than piqued my interest in all things A Society of Gentlemen has to offer and I am eagerly anticipating future installments. For now, allow me to give this latest 2015 favorite five-plus stars.”—Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous
 
“Charles [gives] potential and breadth to an unusual and unconventional couple who are sure to enchant readers.”—I Am, Indeed
 
“I never, ever wanted it to end.”—Binge on Books
 
“An utterly fantastic read . . . It hooked me in from the first page and kept me that way until the very end; the story is well developed with plenty of historical detail, all the characters are very strongly drawn, and the two protagonists are captivating and intriguing. In short, I couldn’t put the book down.”—Caz’s Reading Room
 
A Fashionable Indulgence has it all: joy, laughter, excitement, suspense and hand-wringing tension. It was everything I hoped it would be and I’m eager for the next book.”Prism Book Alliance

“I’m giving A Fashionable Indulgence a wholehearted recommendation. Ms. Charles has created a cast of memorable characters in her club of ‘Ricardians,’ all of whom are three-dimensional; the writing is superb with a strong feel for time and place, and all the relationships—the friendships as well as the romantic ones—are very strongly written. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series as soon as I can get my hands on them.”All About Romance

“K. J. Charles excels at writing m/m stories with plots that extend beyond her main characters’ arc, . . . and A Fashionable Indulgence delivers.”—The Breakfast Ocotopus
 
“K. J. Charles’s beautiful writing, compelling characters, and expert historical knowledge will sweep you off your feet and back to Regency England. Here the poor clash with the rich, and a young man must decide if living the life he’s always dreamed of is worth turning his back on what he believes is right.”—Just Love

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  • File Size: 1148 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (August 11, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2015
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QP3ROUA
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... or lull you into what would be a false sense of comfort.

Danger, fear, and violence – the potential for and realization of – are inescapable results of suppression. Something always gives way. This is true on societal and personal levels. This novel is an examination of both. It’s an examination of the many different forms of expression and decisions made while living a reality filled with these things. While trying to survive. While struggling to do more than just survive. While wanting to love and live as the person one is meant to be, especially when it doesn’t conform to the accepted norms. Poverty, inequality, and repression influence many a decision, especially when it’s between life and death, literally and emotionally. This is early nineteenth century England at its tony best and abject worst.

Shall we begin?

Right from the get-go, I liked Julius. He’s hyper aware of everything, extremely intelligent, doesn’t hesitate to share his biting wit, and is loyal to his friends. Despite all of this, he’s living a life partially blocked, partially broken.

~ * ~ Julius glanced down at his chest with some satisfaction. His waistcoat, in satin of a delicate pink hue shot with apricot streaks and embroidered with silver thread, was a masterpiece. It flattered his slim build, its dawn shades complemented his pale blond hair delightfully, and best of all, it caused almost physical distress to his friends. ~ * ~

Harry is intelligent, quick to thought and action, especially when involving those he cares about, and is so very exhausted from years of barely surviving.
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A Fashionable Indulgence is the first in the A Society of Gentlemen series from author K.J. Charles and it also happens to be the first book penned by the author that I've had the privilege and pleasure of reading. To say that this was simply a male/male romance would not give this book justice. Yes, there was certainly romance, what with the evolving relationship between twenty-three-year-old Harry Vane and twenty-nine-year-old Julius Norreys, but there were also other facets--including political and societal--that made this first in a series a thought-provoking read. There are books that are pure entertainment and there are those that are for information purposes, but A Fashionable Indulgence had me enthralled while inspiring me to learn more about the era the story is set in and take note of the changes and parallels then and now.

I was thoroughly impressed with the character development of not just the lead characters but of the supporting ones as well, making me curious about them and wanting to find out what may be in store for them in future books. There is much more to Harry and Julius than being a radical and a dandy, respectively. Harry is torn between wanting to live a far more comfortable life and having access to the promised inheritance assures him of that, but he also finds it difficult to sit idly by and know speak up when it comes to the plight of other classes who demand change and equality. Then there is Julius whose sense of loss and guilt has cast a pallor over the past five years of his life, triggering the need for him to solely focus on things like the cut of his clothes, the style of his hair, and the rest of his physical demeanor.
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Approximately for the first third of this story I was really confused - I felt no chemistry between the main characters, I could care less about teaching Harry better clothes and manners, in fact I almost DNFed it. I want to feel connection in romance between two leads and for me it was not there, it just was not. But then we finally see tension in Harry between wanting to forget about fight his parents were engaged in, because that made them put their boy second and wanting to succeed in society he was brought back to and still being a decent person and being unable to forget about the plight of poor. I enjoyed that a lot. I also loved that Julius was shown as being interested in something more than clothes and manners (because YAWN - such a tiresome plot about rake being asked, threatened, cajoled to introduce young naive debutante in the society. Saw that enough in m/f regencies, run away from it). Anyway, I really liked last two thirds and thats how the book gets this grade. The tone of the first third was just too different from the rest of it for me, although I get that some of it was due to the need to set the tone for the next two couples.

3.5 - 3.75 stars rounded up, because no, I do not see myself ever rereading this one although very intrigued by the upcoming couples and preordered the rest
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Unfortunately I wanted to like this one a lot more than I did

It wasn't bad. The writing, as always, was fantastic, and I really thought the author brought this world to life. I really enjoyed the plot and the tension between the gentry and the lower classes. I even liked the sort of "everybody's gay" trope, because it was actually explained and made sense.

But I found myself bored while reading. I was really uninterested in the main pairing, Harry & Julian, and so the whole book kind of dragged. I really liked Harry, both his characterization and his whole character arc, but I think my problem was with Julian. Even though we get both Harry and his POV, I felt no connection to Julian, and I didn't really feel his connection to Harry the way I should have. IDK, I'm sure it was just me, but the whole time, I just never bought their attraction or relationship. Something about it felt blah.

I will, however, keep reading the series, as I was much more interested in the side drama between Silas and Dominic, and that's the pairing in the next book.
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