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A Fashionable Indulgence: A Society of Gentlemen Novel (Society of Gentlemen Series Book 1)

3/5. M/M historical. Young radical is found by his wealthy grandfather and brought back into society. And then there's the gentleman tasked with teaching him manners.

Finally trying Charles, dog years after everyone else. This is nice, I guess, though the antecedents (Pygmalion and that musical I hate) don't interest me.

But the thing is, this held little to no interest as a romance. I found that aspect quite dull. But the rest of the book – and this is supposed to be a romance, so you'll understand how amazing this is to say – but the rest of the book stands on its own and was a pleasant diversion. There's a density to Charles's world building, and a little extra zing to the historical detail. And this book manages that nearly impossible feat of being about a largeish group of queer men without being about how everyone is magically gay. Instead, it's about like finding like, and co-existing together without ever really talking about it, and the pressure they are all under, and the danger they are in.

Note: Currently $.99 on Kindle.

Date: 2016-08-31 05:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ellen_fremedon
I had a similar reaction to this book, but I thought the two sequels held up much better as romances (while continuing and expanding the excellent worldbuilding). I'm planning on nominating this series for Yuletide, actually.

Date: 2016-08-31 06:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ellen_fremedon
Right?! I haven't decided exactly what I want to ask for, but I think I'm definitely requesting something for this series.

Also possibly something for Charles' Think of England, which is basically an Ivan/Byerly fake relationship Edwardian AU, except instead of both being upper-class, the foppish spy is a now a Jewish bohemian poet.

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