Think of England
England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage.
Curtis’s search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and ...more
you got yer gigantic creepy house on gigantic creepy grounds.
you got yer addison-dewitt-type littry homo and a wounded vet in the closet.
you got yer murrrrrrrder! and blackmail! and people doing appalling things with the help behind closed doors!
nits: too short. over too soon. slightly insubstantial. bcuz i'm a greedy fuck who loves all of kj charles' words except the end.
GET THEE TO A BOOKERY AND PURCHASE YE SOME INGLEHOMOKAPERBLITZENSPRITZ!*
K.J. Charles is changing the face of M/M, I'm telling you. She keeps coming up with this brilliant, well written stuff that elevates the whole genre. Think of England is another exceptional book and I loved it almost as much as her The Magpie Lord series.
Is it a GFY? No, I wouldn't say so. This book is sort of like a coming of age or sexual awakening, only the person waking up is way past adolescence. Curtis was ...more
‘‘I fear not,’’ said a silky voice, and Curtis realized that he had collided with da Silva. ‘‘Both Jewish, of course, but the resemblance ends there.’’
3.5 stars. What really happened is that I was completely enthralled for a good part of the story, (around 50%), before it started to feel relatively monotonous and my interest slowly decreasing. It didn’t happen soon, for sure, but, by the last chapters, I just wanted to get to the ending and, naturally, the HEA. I needed ...more
I do love it. I love Golden Age pre-WWI Britain, with well-dressed gentlemen and dastardly foreigners, stiff upper lips and country-house parties, derring-do and plots and amateur spies. John Buchan, Edgar Wallace, E Phillips Oppenheim, and the other wonderful writers of a time when to be a straight white English gentleman was to be at the pinnacle of human civilisation.
Obviously, if you weren't white, or upper class, or Christian, or male, or straight, it wasn't q ...more
Note to self: do not doubt KJ Charles.
I love KJ Charles' books. Her Charm of the Magpie series, the Simon Feximal shorts, and even Non-Stop till Tokyo...all rocked my world. But, I was interested in and ready for what I thought would be a character-driven, slow-paced, VERY British, gentle story. And this is how I started Think of England.
As I delved in, I wasn't immediately feeling the love. It was ok, I guess. But I was noticing things that were niggling on my brain.
The cha ...more
Read this book. Take my word for it and read this wonderfully fun romp in the English countryside, you will not regret it.
The plot concerns Curtis,
a wounded military man, investigating some evil-doings at a country estate. Curtis is a very proper Englishman... until he meets Daniel, a "poet" who turns out to be a little bit more.
Daniel is sex on legs. Curtis tries to resist his charms
but danger, as it al ...more
4 1/2 Stars - So VERY good, Wow, hopefully a new series to crave.
A new novel by a favorite historical M/M author. It can not but be a grand reading experience.
I don't have enough words. I'm on vacation and traveling a lot this summer and there's just no time for thoughtful lengthy reviews right now. However, it must be said; This was so amazingly good. Just read and ENJOY.
A bunch of people are guest in an isol ...more
I know there was hardly a squeek from me whilst I read this, only one update, I did not browse through my GR feed, I just sat and read with a happy smile on my face.
Flowing fun read with a cast of good characters not only the main ones. Ms Charles had fun with people and plot and then I had fun reading this. The story reminded me of Christie's and Heyer's crime stories, same time frame, same type of setting. I've spent many a lazy Saturday afternoon curled up reading their stories or wa ...more
KJ Charles, I bow down!
Such stellar writing: 5++ stars for that alone! Nary a single typo in the entire book.
This was historical fiction at its best: one stoic ex-military man and one femme Jewish poet, a week in the countryside at a not-everything-is-as-it-seems houseparty, mysteries, espionage, murder, and a couple very hot and heavy blowjobs.
This is not a GFY, but rather a sexual awakening of a deprived and repressed man at a time (1904, England) when getting caught in a same-sex ...more
You see this in Archie's v ...more
I really like the whole 'opposites attract' theme and Captain Archie Curtis and Daniel da Silva were as far apart as two people could be. I fell in love with Curtis right from the start, he's a very determined and strong-willed man who never backs down from a challenge ...more
I'm a sucker for opposites-attract types of stories, and right from the first I felt the heat between the stolid English soldier not given to introspection and the gorgeous, decadent poet. I could barely put the book down, I was so eager to find out how they would overcome their outer differences of class, ethnicity, and background and discover how perfect they were for each other.
Of course, this being a KJ Charles story, there's plenty going on besides the romance. Intrigue and action ...more
In long: I wrote about how much I loved it over The Bookpushers for Queer Romance Month.
Queer or straight or what-you-will, if your romantic feelings are sexualised, I think a lot of people go through a stage of life best articulated as “omg, now I can have sex”. For me, it hit around lateish adolescence and continued throughout university. It took longer, a lot longer, for me to reach “omg, now I can have love.” And, obviously, the way we engage with intersections of ident ...more
BR - Monday - July 7
Bloody well written, fantastic and thrilling, the charming decade, the setting, the plot, the Mcs! I loved both of these leading men, they couldn't be more different, but Im especially fond of the vicious smart-mouthed, and enigmatic Daniel Da Silva, not only because is Portuguese but also I love is quick-minded sarcastic humour.
A freaking great historical story of deception, betrayal, and dirty secrets, this book has all I love, a bit of mystery, a bit of angst, a bit of in ...more
"I've ruined you. I'm sorry. It seemed like a good idea at the time."
Think of England showcased several things that this author does extremely well — 1) opposites attract, 2) strong plot outside of the romance, and 3) wit for miles. I usually highlight lines that make me laugh but with hers I just have to stop, because when everything's highlighted, nothing is.
Archie and Daniel ...more
I love Curtis and da Silva.
I love the mystery.
I love the unexpected (on their parts, anyway) collisions between these two men.
I love the dialogue.
Some of my favorite ingredients to a great story have I just listed here. Bonus: it’s set in 1904 England, which doesn’t come around these here parts very often. Hist ...more
I really want more! I do hope to read more of Archie and Daniel in the future.
What I loved about the book was... well... everything really!
The writing was so beautiful, the setting, at a remote "castel" on the English countryside, the mystery, that was not silly, like in so many other romance novels, but I most definitely loved the two MC's the most, with a soft spot for the amazing Daniel da Silva *long long and deep sigh*!
Here, let me be kind an ...more
When I was younger, Agatha Christie's books were my main (and constant) companion. I loved her books, her small-town mystery, or simply when a nu ...more
So, um… wow! I’m a bit lost for words, because… Can you imagine? I nearly missed this wonderful story. *shakes head at self*
From the very beginning Curtis and da Silva had me smile. Let’s just say, insta-love this is not ;-) I won’t give much away, but it was just so lovely how annoyance turned into desire, turned into feelings.
I felt that their scenes had a lot of depths. KJC gives us such well developed and lovable characters and together they are just awwww. I was glued to ...more
Also probably spoilers in this review, so.
This was a funner, lighter read than I expected. My last Charles book had quite a bit of weirdo shit going down, and this one, less so, which I find refreshing.
I love Curtis. I love Daniel. But shit, let's be real here, Pat is really sweet one, right? She's reminds me a great deal of Christine from Widdershins, who I think might be one of my favorite female characters in any m/m book I've ever read (Okay, more likel ...more
This story had it all: heat, intrigue, humor. It was gripping, intense, exciting and deliciously, sweetly romantic.
*Throws all the best adjectives at story*
The setting, the characters, the plot were all well written, but it was done so sneakily. I thought it was a good, but not fantastic, story at first, but soon after, I was clutching my reader, flying through the pages, and snapping at anyone who interrupted me. Fantastic? Better than fantastic. This story was amazing. ...more
"I'm half-crippled. I don't need reminding of that. I don't find it easy to live with, and I don't like reminders that I'm less than I was."
"Well, God knows what you used to be, then, because you're built like a brick shithouse and hung like a horse."
When I first discovered Charles, I binged her like whoa. Like, I literally read everything possible. But for some reason I never wanted to ...more
On one hand, you have Captain Archibald Curtis: a wealt ...more
I have been thinking of this book for days after finishing . . . I really, really loved da Silva and the progression of the relationship was wonderful, and, gah, this just hit my good spots!
For me this was even better than the Magpie Lord, which I also enjoyed.
One of my top reads of the year, I think. :)
**** 4,5 jolly good stars *****
"Then lie back and think of England."
(btw, the best line ever)
Downton Abbey meets Agatha Christie meets MM Romance pluss a Viking!
"Oh, God, Archie. My Viking. You do no know how you have plundered me."
Infused with witty and posh British dialogue and English men polite to the end of their fingertips, in every situation.
It was a good old British mystery-crime i
Spiffingly good...Hey what!!!!
da Silva & Curtis... Awesomely top hole! **terribly dreamy. Sigh**
Nice bit of " how's your father?" Wink, wink.
THE BUTLER DID IT!!!! (No he didn't really...just joshing you...like one does! *snort*)
Best thing since sliced bread.
Totally the Bees Knees.
Bravo KJ Charles!
Encore!!!!.... ( clapping wildly)
I say old chaps.....don't be Silly Billy's....go buy and have a bloody good read!
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