While I enjoyed reading this book and highly anticipated its release, I can't help but leave it feeling ... weird, and a little confused. I got the imWhile I enjoyed reading this book and highly anticipated its release, I can't help but leave it feeling ... weird, and a little confused. I got the impression that the book was rushed and perhaps not properly edited as it should have been. Unlike KJ Charles' other books, I didn't especially care that much about Julius and Harry, our protagonists. I found their love not as convincing as it should have been, and was far, far more excited for the secondary characters Dominic and Silas, who will be the protagonists in the following book. Essentially, this book just seemed very messy - I felt as though Charles was trying to cram all this information into the one book: trying to show us the continuing relationship between Ash and Francis from the previous book, while trying to set up the second book, and even the third book about Richard and his valet. This book was supposed to be about Harry and Julius, and about halfway through, they were together forever, and suddenly it wasn't about them anymore. Can't help but feel a little cheated, especially because I was so looking forward to this series.
Harry's personality was all over the place: at one point, he was a hardcore socialist, the next moment, he doesn't give a crap about socialist politics anymore, and only wants to be rich and leave his past behind. Julius was even more confusing: I did not expect him to be a soldier, let alone one that fought at Waterloo. If this was Charles' motive (to completely shock us), then she has done well. However, his past did not match with who he was now - the sex scene as well was very upsetting: Julius yells at Harry once its over with, and I left the scene with a distasteful feeling in my mouth. Sex scenes are (supposed) to be the climax scene (no pun intended) that finally brings the characters together, and something most readers are waiting for the entire novel. I didn't get that excitement from these characters. I was very upset at the whole experience. Julius suffers from constrained ardour - I thought that Charles could have done a much better job at bringing his renewed passion back to the surface.
The social events were very interesting, as I adore history, especially British history. Can't wait to see this explored fully in the next book.
In my opinion, Charles was trying to0 hard to set up the events coming in the following two books, and didn't spend enough time on the characters of this one.
That being said, it was an enjoyable read, if a little messy and rushed. I am incredibly excited about the next book, and will be very disheartened if the same happens with Silas and Dominic. I hope we can see lots of their anonymous romance before the events from the first book come to fruition.
Its been a long time since a book has captivated me as much as this one did. Utterly perfect in every way. Daniel and Archie were great characters whoIts been a long time since a book has captivated me as much as this one did. Utterly perfect in every way. Daniel and Archie were great characters who came together and complete one another. ...more