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Secret Societies (Thomas Newton #1)

3.18  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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 Tho
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 15th 2012 by Bold Strokes Books (first published October 1st 2012)
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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. (Not necessarily in the same order).
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 categor
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
First of all it is 18th century we are talking about here, so there is no joking about the coupling of men, (although it is practiced widely enough) and even worse with those wicked secret assemblies. This gave me stress from the very first pages.

The system of justice was totally ridiculous, and most part of the story is taking place in the so-called court and this made me to want the main character just to leave that godforsaken court and move to another place for good! The writing is detailed
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.

Paul Wilson
Feb 22, 2013 Paul Wilson rated it it was amazing
Compelling and powerful. Heart wrenching, too.

** 3.5 Stars **
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Mar 11, 2013 Yte rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped
Smell obsessed PWP.
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Originally from Detroit, William Holden now lives in Cambridge, MA with his partner of eighteen years. He has a Master's in Library and Information Science from Florida State University. Over the past decade he has devoted his time to collecting and preserving GLBT history and is a volunteer archivist at Boston's History Project.

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