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A Gentleman's Position

(Society of Gentlemen #3)

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Power, privilege, and the rigid rules of class leave two hearts yearning for connection in the sizzling new Society of Gentlemen novel from K. J. Charles.
 
Among his eccentric though strictly principled group of friends, Lord Richard Vane is the confidant on whom everyone depends for advice, moral rectitude, and discreet assistance. Yet when Richard has a problem, he turns
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ebook, 246 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Loveswept
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Julio Genao
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
quite simply the finest queer regency novel i have ever read.

i am bereft! for it is ended.

bugger.

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previously:

*idly fondles nipple*

surely you're not jelez

it's just a novel, really

which i have procured weeks in advance

and am enjoying decorously

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like a gentleman
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This book is like the best dark chocolate: decadent, sensual, orgasmic.

"I should learn my place ... "

"It's here, between my legs."

"God help me, I think it is ... my red fox ... my flame."

Lord Richard, wealthy, privileged, self-contained, likes order and control. He rules with certainty and magnanimity. His truth is the truth; his word, the law. Far be it for him to fuck the man who shines his boots.

David Cyprian is the son of a whore and knows everyone’s secrets. He presents a blank
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K.J. Charles
Jul 15, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Book three of my Regency trilogy about a set of unconventional gentlemen. With all the plots and conspiracies engulfing his friends cleared away, the only problem Lord Richard Vane has is his barely-controllable attraction to his unparalleled valet, henchman and fixer, David Cyprian, who has been running everything for Richard from behind the scenes for years. David is a servant, a dependent. Richard will not abuse his position no matter what he may want. And that means ignoring what David wants ...more
Shile (Hazard's Version) RL sucks on semi hiatus
4.25 Foxy stars

This series is one of the MM-Historical romance i have ever read.

I loved the dynamics between the characters, the characterization, the writing and almost everything going on in the books.

It was hard to get into Richard's character. Half of the time i wanted to punch him in the mouth and just tell him to stop talking. I ended up liking him by the end and understood why he was the way he was.

David, i loved! he was exactly the right guy for Richard. His character has been elusive s
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
I'm actually sad I finished this series. Again!

But it's just so good I can't quit it. Matthew Lloyd Davies did another masterful job with the voices and emoting. But that last sex scene y'all...

*blinks*

I'm surprised I didn't get into a wreck or just drive into a ditch or something.

Dangerous driving listening is dangerous!
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Moony Eliver
4.5 stars. A few days ago, in a comment thread about Society of Gentlemen, I mentioned that the whole of this character ensemble was greater than the sum of its parts. And that's exactly how I feel about the series, too.

Of course, all of the parts were great as well — every volume has been at least 4 stars for me. But I give the series as a whole a solid 🎯 for two reasons:

Firstly, it's this group of men. I could read books about them forever. Forever. So much variety among them, and almost all o
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Vivian
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fr, ng, romance-hist
IT'S OUT!

The Tale of Tantalus, what you want is so close, but always just out of reach.

David Cyprian has constructed his own means of torture. Faithful service is a poor substitute for what he truly desires. For a man who pulls so many strings, this is one he avoids. He takes the safe bet, the sure thing rather than risk it all.



Lord Richard Vane is living a seemingly carefree life of the second son of a Marquis. Here we see the twists and the turns in the Vane tree as the skeletons dance. The re
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Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio – All the stars!!
The writing – All the stars!!
Story – 4 stars !!

No one can convince me that the author and narrator are not time travelers because the writing and performance are so incredibly authentic!

Although Julius and Harry remain my favorite couple of the series, book 3 is my favorite story of the series. As Shile promised, this was quite the ride and I loved it. Richard was such a snob until he wasn’t. It took awhile for me to “like” him. David was PERFECT! He caught my attention f
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SheReadsALot
A Group Review with Adam and Cupcake




My two cents...

4.5 Hearts--aka A Saran Wrap Review

"Do you think it is possible?"
"Most things are possible, if you look at them the right way."




Why Saran Wrap? I was on top of this book the moment I read A Fashionable Indulgence. I was pressed against it so tight, I clung to it like Saran Wrap.

Why? Because boss/employee relationships are my balm, K.J. Charles is word porn for the mind and it featured the 'gingerest of all gingers', David Cypria
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Ms. Smartarse
Lord Richard Vane can do no wrong: an upstanding gentleman with means of his own, amiable to every single one of his servants, a faithful younger brother, and a friend who'll even confront the crown for you. He's so perfect, that even marriage demands are never more than a gentle suggestion, whereas anyone else in his position would, at least, get a direct order.

Well, to be honest, Lord Richard Vane is only perfect, when his desires are met to perfection. Luckily for him, he employs David Cypria
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Ariana  (mostly offline)
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, historical
Reread February 2021

Papie's recent read of this series inspired me to reread this one. And what a joy it was!
It never fails to amaze me how every reread makes me think again - the conflict, the issues, the discussion of who has 'power' in a relationship. No doubt this won't be my last reread!


Reread June 2018

If you have never read historical m/m, but would like to try - please start with this series. (or the Magpie Lord series which is also truly wonderful!)
Every single book is awesome in its own
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Whenever I'm in any sort of book funk, I can always count on K.J. Charles to save me.

I don't know how to review this book without just fan-girling all over the place. I'll just start by saying that K.J. Charles is first and foremost a wordsmith. She crafts her stories like they are... well, a CRAFT. Her sentences are incredibly well conceived, and each word, each flick of a character's wrist or blush or bluster is done with extreme care. I'm obsessed with this author's skill and talent, and it
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Vanessa North

I went into this book, absolutely, positively, ridiculously excited--and wary as fuck--because how could it possibly be as exquisite as the best book I've read this year, A Seditious Affair? How could the final act of the trilogy possibly compare to the stunner that was the second?

I was so fucking wrong-- because it isn't until the third piece of the puzzle, the Richard and David shaped piece, falls into place that brilliance of the two prior books can really, truly be understood. And it is only
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Elisa Glendenning
4.5 Stars

This has been a wonderful series with a stellar cast of characters and one which I will come back to again and again. I really have to be in the mood to read historical fiction, so the fact that I’ve just read two KJ Charles series back-to-back and I’m left wanting more speaks volumes. Such a fitting end. The showdown had me chuckling.

I couldn’t wait to read Richard’s story as I had a lot of sympathy for him in the previous books (not everyone gets BDSM, lol). Richard and his valet Davi
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Andrea
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Please excuse my incoherent ramblings, but this book wrecked me a tiny little bit. I'm still trying to gather my thoughts...

Keep your hands of the staff. It was as simple as that. There could be no justice where one party had all the power and the other risked his livelihood with refusal

Lord Richard Vane has spend the last four years repeating that very mantra to himself over and over again. But with every day, it gets just a little bit harder to stay away from his valet...

I actually pretty mu
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Adam
I am apparently part of a "gang bang review" with Baby and Cupcake.

The unicorns are a kinky bunch.

4.5 stars!



When I finished the first book in the Society of Gentlemen series, I crossed my fingers and hoped that high and mighty Lord Richard Vane’s love interest would be his resourseful valet, David Cyprian. I ended up with another reason to fanboy over KJ Charles, because not only do Richard and David end up together, but their story was the romantic, sexy, and slightly angsty read that I was hop
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Elena
Great writing, plot and characters, just like in the previous books.

Richard and David’s back and forth as a couple tired me a little, but it was more my personal reaction to a dynamic that I wasn’t expecting than an issue with the story, since their various “conflicts” were resolved fairly quickly, without unnecessary dragging. The relationship development was realistic, they worked well as a couple and I liked how Richard had to learn to think differently and that his view of the world doesn’t
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Kaje Harper
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This has been a great series, strong in period detail with a real underpinning of events and attitudes from that era, but with sympathetic and recognizable main characters. In this book, David Cyprian, Lord Richard's valet and miracle worker, moves from silent agent behind the scenes to the man Richard wants. But also the man Richard is convinced he must not have, if he is to maintain his integrity.

Much of the early conflict in this book is internal, issues of rank and place and choice, rather t
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Kathleen in Oslo
Re-read May 2022

TFW your whole body trembles with the desire to dive into a book, clasp your hand over the MC's mouth, and shout SHUT UP MY GOD YOU FANTASTIC IDIOT HAVE YOU NO SENSE OF SELF-PRESERVATION???

Demeaning, Richard, really?? DEMEANING???!!!

Seriously, though: this is the perfect capper to an absolutely exquisite series (which really must be read in order -- not exactly a hardship). Richard is an insufferable prig who eventually realizes this about himself and takes steps to remedy it. Cy
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Papie
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I don’t think I have read another series where every single book was absolutely perfect. 5 stars all around. I haven’t read the prequel novella yet, but I’m sure it will not disappoint.

I love every single one of these gentlemen and their lovers. Richard and David might be my favourite. But Dominic and Silas. Harry and Julius. I can’t pick.

I started this book disliking Richard. But that didn’t last past the first page. His poor heart. His lost love with Dominic. His impossible love for Cyprian.
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Ije the Devourer of Books
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sheer excellence! And the best in the series!

I dont read many historical stories but KJ Charles writes the best historicals ever. Her words transport readers to a different time and place, igniting pictures in the imagination of times long past. I was transported into the story and the characters come alive in my mind with the story playing like a film in my imagination. It all makes for a wonderful reading experience. This is exactly what a book should do.

This is the best book in the series and
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Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
Where many other readers rave about the writing style I found it boring and ruinous to my enjoyment. Too much talking!! Who talks that much?? And betw men!! While I can appreciate the class issues and servant and master issues, and gay issues, the way these issues are expressed and resolved is TIRING.

Will not be reading more.
Agla
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well this was perfection! The plot was engaging, well paced and written (I did not expect any less from KJ!). The pairing was perfection, it became everything that was hinted at in previous books and worked so well. I love them and they are adorable. By the end they truly were equals in every sense of the term and I loved it. At the beginning Richard broke my heart with his principles and cluelessness. David made him grovel and wake up as well he should. I LOVE them. This series must be read in ...more
Renée
5 starred historical perfection!



I've been dying for Richard and Cyprian's story since Book 1. I knew, I just knew someone would knock Richard on his ass, and the elusive David Cyprian was going to prove to be such an awesome character to unravel. This book proved to live up to all my expectations for these two!

David is Richard's valet, his right hand man, his go-to person who gets everything done - everything! Richard's previous relationship with Dom left him unwilling to trust himself or someon
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Ami
A Gentleman's Position is the last book of K.J. Charles' outstanding Society of Gentlemen trilogy; this time bringing the happy ending to Lord Richard Vane who is in a sense the patron of the Ricardians and his loyal valet, redhaired David Cyprian. For the past 4.5 years, David has been harboring sexual attraction towards Lord Richard, without completely knowing that the feelings are mutual. The intimate setting of a valet and his master just adds the delicious tension between the two men.

While
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Erika


3.75 stars

Excellently done once again, KJ!

While I really enjoyed reading about Lord Richard and Cyprian, I wasn't as invested in their story as I was in Silas and Dominic's story in A Seditious Affair. I often found myself stopping to check my email and do other things instead of finishing it in a mad rush like a did "A Seditious Affair", but that's probably because I don't find Lord Richard to be as interesting. Too much of a stick in the mud for me lol. I think if the book had focused more o
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Charlotte (Romansdegare)
KJ Charles Backlist Read Part 10

A re-read for me, and a surprising one, in that while this book didn't quite click with me the first time around, on this second reading I was all in. Completely in love, possibly more than with book 2, which I've always considered my favorite. I think part of it was that, on my first encounter, I was braced for the power dynamic between Richard and Cyprian to... not be dealt with quite as assuredly as it is? So this time, I was able to let go and just appreciate
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♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
4.5 Loverly Stars on Prism Book Alliance®

This is the third book in this series and it felt more personal than the others. David and Richard are the main focus, with most events surrounding or involving them both. Even the outside pressures on their relationship are more personal, not due to political or government bodies imposing their will but, from close friends and not always so close family ties. Insular. Everything is centered around what’s happening between David and Richard.

This approach
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Nelly S. on semi-hiatus
4.5 stars

“I will not be changed!” David shouted, then dropped his voice to a low, vicious hiss. “I am a valet, and a whore’s get, and a redheaded bastard, and if that is not good enough for you, then you may go to the devil, because I will not be reshaped to fit your whim. I’m better than that. I am very well as I am, and if you cannot lower yourself to fuck the man who cleans your boots, you may not have me.”

KJC’s writing sorcery is such that she managed to do the impossible: make me empat
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Erth
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed some of the books in this series more than others and I was a bit worried about this one when I started. Richard and Cyprian had done little to recommend themselves in the previous books. Opinionated, stifled and arrogant, the seemed like a rather cold paring. This is actually a vey sweet love story and I enjoyed it very much, The plot once again is excellent, the writing clever and very enjoyable. I hope there will be more of these books, please say there will be more...
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“I want you back. I want you as my lover, my right hand, my devious, lying, counterfeiting, entirely unprincipled fox. My valet. I want you blacking my boots, solving my problems, and sharing my bed. I want you to accept a situation of gross injustice with no safeguard except your trust in me. I want you to be that foolish, vulnerable creature, a servant who warms his master's sheets, and only the two of us will know that I am not the master here. And I swear to you, if you will give me that trust, I will be worthy of it. Whatever may befall between us, no matter whether you change your mind, I will always behave as the man I ought to be. The man you need me to be. I love you, David, Will you be with me?” 6 likes
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