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A Gentleman's Position

(Society of Gentlemen #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,861 ratings  ·  572 reviews
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
ebook, 246 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Loveswept
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Dela It can be read as stand-alone. I didn't read any of the previous books and I loved it.

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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.




*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


like a gentleman
~✡~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 facade
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
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fr, ng, romance-hist

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
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...


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

Dangerous driving listening is dangerous!
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 Cyprian aka FOXY!!!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

ᴥ Irena ᴥ
A Gentleman's Position is an excellent finale of the Society of Gentlemen trilogy.
The final confrontation with their enemy had to come and this time the whole group might be in danger. The weight of the world is on lord Richard Vane's shoulders and by extension David Cyprian's.

I wanted to be in Richard Vane's head and I wasn't disappointed. The man was a bit too everything in the first two books, but what else could you expect when he is constantly bombarded by other people's needs and troubles

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
♣ 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
Absolutely amazing. This was well worth the wait, even the self imposed wait for... reasons. Four years of foreplay for Lord Richard and his foxy Cyprian was so very worth it. I loved the romance, I loved the intrigue and possible scandal. I loved seeing all the Ricardians together and I fell so hard for Richard learning to be the man David needs, loves and wants to stand beside. Goodness. Yeah, this was good and what a way to end the year, reading this!
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

"...but we know who is really the master here."

Worth the wait of several months since the last one. And when I say wait, I mean I'm impatient. It's only like five to six months between books, but they're that good and I'm that hooked on the characters.

There's a weird thing that's happened to me this series - at first I was intrigued at the concept with the first book, Harry and Julius in A Fashionable Indulgence. I had some issues with some of the plot complications in it not being some of my fa

This is pretty close to perfection. I’ve been waiting for Lord Richard Vane’s story. He and his devoted valet, David Cyprian, have been relegated to the background for long enough. We finally get their story. And for me, this is the best one so far in this series about this small clique of society men who love men. Dubbed the Ricardians, after their fearless leader, these men have made a safe place for their love for one another in a society that would persecute them for it. And they’ve come to
Trisha Harrington
A Gentleman's Position This book was a little bit of a surprise for me. I know I've loved the other books in this series and everything from K.J. Charles that I read before, but Richard is not my favourite character, so I was a little unsure about this one. A Gentleman's Position was just as amazing as all of K.J. Charles other books. I loved it pretty much straight away and I got caught up in Richard and Cyprian's story.I love Cyprian. He's always been a character I wanted to find out more abou ...more
This is the third book in K.J. Charles’ Society of Gentlemen series, which is one of the best set of historical romances I’ve read in recent years. Set in the late Regency period, Ms Charles has made fantastic use of the historical and political background of the time, which was one of great unrest and disillusionment in England. It’s easy to forget, given the steady diet of stories set in the salons and ballrooms of the ton, that there were increasingly large numbers of disaffected people spe ...more
It's a refreshing for me to be back to historical after some contemporary. And this one was quite good.
Until 60% Richard was a jerk and I wanted to slap his head for David's sake. And David, raised a valet by his Mother, can only accepted his position in Richard's life.
Or is it not?

It was understandable that being gay (or sodomite) in that era was a forbidden laissons, and cannot be exposed on that matter.
So, when the fire was on after 4,5 years of silence, Richard and David (view spoiler)
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
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
One of the best M/M romance novels I've read. Period.

Wow! I think most of the plus points have already been listed in many other reviews. So no need to bother there. I'd rather point out that this novel is worth the wait. It should be read in the series to appreciate the gravity of it's touch. And it should be savoured like a long lost lover. Throughout the first half, Adele was singing ALL I ASK in my head because that song and these two slow burning gentlemen fucked with my days and nights.

K.A. Merikan
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a horrible DNF-er, so when I find a book that draws me in, I get ridiculously giddy.

Loved this book SO much. There was great sexual and romantic tension between the characters, and the exploration of the power dynamics between master and valet went a lot further than the usual 'oh no! I can't! You're a master/servant'. It explored all the intricacies of the issue, while taking into account the personalities of Richard and David.

And OH, I love me a ginger <3

Silly me, I've read this as my
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing

K.J. Charles is on my list of: "drop everything and get to reading" authors and she never disappoints. The previous two books in the series were each in their own way brilliantly engaging.
Charles' exceptional Society of Gentlemen series (I refuse to call it a trilogy) continues as the Ricardians still face their adversaries who threaten to bring about scandal and ruin.

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Who better to have in their corner than the ridiculously sexy redhead David Cyprian, loyal servant to Lord Richard
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“The great Cyprian.”
“Quite right. I should learn my place.”
“It’s here, between my legs.”
“God help me, I think it is, I love you, David. My red fox, my right hand, my flame.”

What can I possibly say about this book that won't be mealy-mouthed in comparison to KJ Charles' words? This story was everything it could be and then nearly everything else imaginable.

Lord Richard is larger than life, the man who fixes his friends' problems, who supports his brother in any way necessary and who, beyond a
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre-historical
This has quickly become one of my favourite series of ever, I think. All three books are so incredibly good, I can’t even decide which of these I love the most. While all of them are set in the same time and place and are about the same group of friends, and therefore appear like a whole unit, all of the books have a unique feel to them as well, because the characters are distinct and they have to overcome different obstacles. I find this quite remarkable and admire it.

While I was killed slowly
4.5 stars rounded up

Richard and Cyprian's book, I've been waiting for this since the beginning. Richard was so very arrogant and so judgemental of Dominic in the last book, he really needed to be brought down a peg or two and Foxy Cyprian was just the man to do it.

This book picks up immediately where book 2 finished, Maltravers is still determined to bring Silas to justice and has finally found the way to do it with an incriminating letter Ash wrote to Francis. It doesn't matter that the letter
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Other books in the series

Society of Gentlemen (3 books)
  • A Fashionable Indulgence (Society of Gentlemen, #1)
  • A Seditious Affair (Society of Gentlemen, #2)
“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?” 5 likes
“He had no idea if he was being served or mastered now. Both, or neither, it didn’t matter.” 4 likes
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