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Secret Societies (Thomas Newton #1)

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In 1724, Thomas Newton is cast out of his home by his aristocratic father. Desperate to make a new life for himself, he heads to London. Through a string of intimate encounters, he enters the underground world of male-male desire.

Soon enough, Thomas meets Margaret Clap, who runs one of the male brothels. Without a child of her own, 'Mother Clap' finds herself drawn to Thom
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 15th 2012 by Bold Strokes Books (first published October 1st 2012)
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Lena♥Ribka

I'm on holidays with a great sea view and a bad internet connection. With two kindles, two smartphones, a hubby and a kindle fire.
Briefly: I am not well-equipped for writing proper reviews. I planned to write here not more than 2-3 sentences for every read book, but the average rating for this book PISSED ME OFF upset me, it's why I decided to make an exception. THAT'S UNFAIR.

1) Secret Societies was a finalist of the LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD(2012) in the category GAY EROTICA. Does it make a click
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Jennifer Lavoie
Well, this book certainly did not end the way I was expecting it to. I was quite depressed by the end, yet I did enjoy the book. It was well written and offered a look at the mollie houses of England and the Society for the Reformation of Manners.

What a horrific time that was for a man who loved other men. There really was no one to trust, and if you were caught, you were dead. There was no real system of justice. Even if the evidence clearly pointing one way, the jury didn't want to hear it.

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Mel *I guess nowt changes except ourselves*
TRIGGER WARNINGS for book and review.


'Secret Societies' is the first part of the Thomas Newton series, and was nominated in the category 'Gay Erotica' for the Lambda Award in 2012. The same goes for the sequel, 'The Thief Taker', but in 2015.


Please note the category 'GAY EROTICA' , because it has been mistaken to be a romance by readers—before reading—who were quite disappointed about it and did not find what they were looking for. So, if romance is the only thing you want to read, please, mo
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Paul Wilson
Compelling and powerful. Heart wrenching, too.
Yte
Smell obsessed PWP.
DNF
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William Holden has published more than fifty stories of erotica, horror, fictional history, and romance. His first book, A Twist of Grimm (Lethe Press), was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award. His collection of erotic horror stories, Words to Die By, (Bold Strokes Books) released in March 2012. His first novel, Secret Societies, (Bold Strokes Books) is set in 18th Century London during ...more
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