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The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh

(Society of Gentlemen #0.5)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,542 ratings  ·  377 reviews
Passion is on the cards for two reckless rogues as K. J. Charles ups the ante in her Society of Gentlemen series with a sizzling eBook short story.

The youngest son and the blackest sheep in his family, Lord Gabriel Ashleigh never imagined he could sink so low. Though he’s a notoriously bad gambler, he takes on the formidable but strangely alluring Francis Webster, only to
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Published October 27th 2015 by Loveswept
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K.J. Charles Heh. It's an almighty pain to get decent cover images for Regency, and this guy looks more like Ash than anyone else we could find, so I lived with th…moreHeh. It's an almighty pain to get decent cover images for Regency, and this guy looks more like Ash than anyone else we could find, so I lived with the earring. Also, there's a new trend for earrings that gets started as the series develops, so you never know, Ash might be getting one... ;)(less)
George I got mine thru the Salt Lake Public Library, from the OverDrive people.

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I got mine thru the Salt Lake Public Library, from the OverDrive people.

If you look below the blurb for the story in this platform, you'll see buttons that will lead you to other sources. I wouldn't pay 3 bucks to Amazon, Barnes&Noble, or your favorite shop myself--the thing is over almost before it starts--but you may be of a different mind.(less)

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Buddy reread June 2019

Even better than the first time.

The best ones are always short. *Le sigh*

-Well written

- Witty dialogue

-Lovable characters

And HooooooooT!!

Julio Genao
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Julio by: Pixie
take my shilling.

take all my shillings.

[knocks on neighbor's door; when admitted, takes all said neighbor's shillings also; returns and flings them at k.j. charles in desperation]

all the motherfucking shillings for youuuuuuuu...

(view spoiler)
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Judith by: Moony Eliver



Thanks Moony.

I was twirling BIG TIME here.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I mean, it's K.J. Charles writing a hot, mildly kinky, hella dirty talking sex scene. What's there not to love?

I could have used 100 pages more, but that's just me being greedy. I'll take K.J. Charles any way I can get her.

K.J. Charles
Aug 11, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-by-me
This is the same story as in the Another Place In Time anthology so if you already have that, you don't need this.

If you don't... This story was the first thing I wrote in the Ricardians' world as detailed in the Society of Gentlemen trilogy, where Ash and Francis (and Ash's horrible brother Lord Maltravers) are important minor characters in all three books. This story takes place about six months before A Fashionable Indulgence begins, and contains card games, unwise gambles and a certain amou
Ms. Smartarse
... otherwise known as "the story of evil, wily Francis Webster finally pouncing on poor, defenceless Gabriel Ashley. But only because the kid insisted.

evil laugh

Francis and Ash are a well-established couple throughout all three of the main books, occasionally popping up in cutesy, lovey-dovey poses, along with a brief scene of a more explicit nature. So of course, I was curious about their beginnings. Too bad it wasn't a very exciting story, more like an excuse for an extended boning session. A rather,yu
Moony Eliver
EXCUSE YOU this is ridiculously hot. Enemies to lovers in a perfect 13K words for the

I'm not panting, you're panting.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay...that taste was enticing.
I want more!!

...moving series up on my tbr...
Hot! Hotter! The hottest! 


The will-you-be-my-lover-until-the-end-of-time came too fast for me and I had to hurdle some language barriers which never happened before with one of her books. So yeah, I have to admit I'm a teeny weeny bit bummed by that. :(
This is NOT a new story, and if you'd rather not wait until October I would really, really, REALLY suggest you get your hands on the anthology Another Place In Time, in which it was published in 2014.

Do you know how anthologies are often hit and miss, with only 1 or 2 stories standing out? Not the aforementioned anthology. With contributors like Aleksandr Voinov, Kaje Harper, Joanna Chambers and, of course, the one and only KJ Charles, this particular anthology is quality packed. What's more, yo
Review written October 31, 2015

4 Stars - Fun, yummy sexy and adorable romantic

Book #0.5

Some months ago I read the M/M historical A Fashionable Indulgence by K.J. Charles and of course I enjoyed it as everything written by her pen (click and see my 3.8 stars review). This novella, The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh is the standalone prequel first published in a short-story collection. I'm so glad I at last got to the chance to read when it now was published to download as single ($.99) kindle book. ~ T
Edit: 08/06/2019

Reread for the umpteenth time with Moony, Rosa, Shile, and Teal.
Every time is as good as the first and that's not something I can say for a lot of books.

Edit: 07/04/2018

Bumping the rating up to 5 stars and adding it to my favorites shelf.
It's been a little more than a year since I first read this and Ash and Francis have never disappointed, not one of the many times I've turned to them and their lovely short story when I went looking for a comfort reread.

Original review: 12/02/20
Richard Derus
Lovely sexy D/s deliciousness. The tipping point in D/s stories for me is when they start to involve props and costumes and "scenes" because that stuff gets Really Really Old IRL. Simply put, if I have to be wearing mirror shades for you to obey my command not to touch yourself, you're too damned high maintenance for me.

So this story, Gabriel's eager and ecstatic submission to Francis because he chooses to, because he longs for the safety of being the emotional center of a man's life, resonates
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I'm thrilled that this original short story from the Another Place in Time anthology was the genesis of the "Society of Gentlemen" series by KJ Charles. This was a fun read and the stories that follow have been remarkable!

I love Ash and Francis...and the Ricardians are the motherload when it comes to new story potential! Even MORE BOOKS from this world, please! :)
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been needing this book since I read that incredibly hot scene where Harry catches Ash and Francis in book 1. I was not disappointed.

Too short, but incredibly hot and sweet. ❤️🔥❤️
**4.5 stars**

This was magnificent! And so filthy... I first met Gabriel and Francis in A Fashionable Indulgence and I was fascinated. I hadn't realised that this book was previously published as part of Another Place in Time anthology!

So, this shortie is basically one scene. This quote is pretty much representative of the whole story:

“What will you stake?”...[...]
“And what will you have me stake?”
“Yourself.” Webster’s voice rasped, as if he had to force the word out. “You,
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, Hot, and to the Point!!

This was a delightful decadent read!! It’s a historical version of strip poker with a very happy ending for both men involved!!

It makes me want to re-read the entire series again!
Trisha Harrington
I loved Ash and Francis! I've wanted their story since reading A Fashionable Indulgence, not realizing at first that there was this short already out there.

This super short and sexy read was perfect. Of course, it left me wanting more because...

“Yourself.” Webster’s voice rasped, as if he had to force the word out. “You, over the table. Legs spread. Crying my name.”

*happy sigh* This is going on my reread pile.
That is how all card games should end!!

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Shin Mon Thway
My God, how much I loved the ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh! 😱😍 I need me more of that delicious ruination. Wow, genuine enemies-to-lovers trope with a healthy dose of thrill, emotions and a filthy love-making??? 😋 All wins in my book! 👍 I kinda feel like this is such a missed opportunity for K.J. Charles because I can definitely see myself mooning and fangirling over the full-length novel love story of Francis Webster and Gabriel Ashleigh. The UST between those two were sky high even in this very sh ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
That was simply lovely. I can see why my friends are so enamored by this series.
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
This story is originally from the antho Another Place in Time and is sooooooooooo worth and worthy of a reread.

This time around, I shall simply give you pieces of the puzzle. My original review is below.


... as high in the instep...

Can't help it, love that phrase.

...kept his potations within reasonable limits...



Still a winner winner chicken dinner in word-landia.

Good God. Ash could never have his valet take his boots off again.

Sigh, them's the brakes, my dear chap. And worth th
“Ill-mannered, drunken brat,” Francis said softly. “With that glorious hair and those ridiculous eyes.” “My eyes are not ridiculous.” “They are. Nobody else has eyes like that. Madder blue, it’s called, that gray-purple.” Francis knew the exact shade of his eyes. Ash felt an odd lurch in his chest.

**2/27/21 Papie inspired reread. After reading this a second time, I do actually think there’s enough to rate it. Maybe it’s because since reading this, I got to know these two more throughout the re
5 hot stars

Someone has a fan to lend me?

“Christ, you like a good ride, don’t you? Who’s been having you when it should have been me?”
Claudie ☾
Wow, this was GREAT. 😍 It takes real skill to pack this much delicious tension into ~30 pages. The main series is gonna be absolutely amazing, I just know it!
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

With this story , I finally I get to know more about Ash and Francis.

First got to know them while listening to Society of Gentlemen ; and liked them individually and as a couple right away.

Their short tale of how their relationship began is sweet and sexy.

I actually read this in the anthology Another Place in Time and let me tell you, it's pure gold!

Here is my original review from the anthology. Not sure if this has any new material or not but...

Yeah, see that title is making me break out in goose bumps thinking about the ruin… I really need to gather my thoughts on this one but I just can’t. Another wonderfully told story with layers I wasn’t expecting. I loved getting to know Ash as he wakes hung-over from a disastrous night where he lost eve
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“And what will you have me stake?”

“Yourself.” . . . “You, over the table. Legs spread. Crying my name.”

I'd give it 5 stars just for that alone!

When you finish a book you loved, and then find out that there are not just two more books in the works, but also a short story you didn't know about, you'd be happy about it, naturally. Imagine realizing you already have that story... You'd probably be like:


Yeah, that was me when I realized I wouldn't have to wait until October to read about Ash and
I first read 'The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh' in the Another Place in Time anthology and loved it. I decided to re-read it after finishing the last book in the Society of Gentlemen series last night.

This short story was just as good the second time around. It's fun, romantic, and oh so sexy. Regency era strip poker gets all the stars.

So does screwing over the table.

Even though Francis and Ash never got a full novel (which I'm a bit bummed about!), they've definitely earned their place among KJ Cha
h o l l i s
"Five years?"
"Five extremely long years of wondering what you'd do if I suggested exactly this."
"Why didn't you?"
"Why didn't I make possibly unwanted sodomitical advances to the younger brother of a man with whom I have a long-standing mutual animosity?"

Hahaha the non-eyerolling-because-this-is-historical-fiction-eyeroll is so real.

So. Unlucky me, I've been unable (unwilling?) to read anything since finishing the amazing A SEDITIOUS AFFAIR a few days ago. The lack of reading in my life has been
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