My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! I am not sure I breathed at all through this. It was so fast paced and furious that I just couldn’t stop reading.
This is the second book in The Society of Gentlemen, and even though I guess you could read it as a stand alone, I wouldn’t advice it, as you would lose an awful lot of backstory that adds to the richness of the character gallery, the setting and the story itself.
Dominic and Isaac are opposites in every way it is possible to be. Class, opinions, wealth, upbringing, beliefs, occupation, well, you get the idea. And yet they are absolutely right for one another. Where the first one of this series was a story of assimilation: Harry and Julius both being chameleons, bendable and movable and not ones to cause waves, except in the fashion choices. Isaac and Dominic are their exact opposites. None of them bendable in the least, they believe in their own cause staunchly and are not willing to compromise and yet, they find, in each other, a way to realise that the world may not be as black and white as they believe.
If you are looking for sweetness and light, you will not find it here. The romance is set in between real life historical and political events and this may not work for every reader, but for me it only highlighted the romance between the two. The softening of corners is beautifully done through both men’s point of view, through debate, conversation, books and poetry. And oddly enough through very rough sex, submission and domination.
Isaac and Dominic’s story also touch many of the other ‘Ricardians’, it changes friendships and to some extent, beliefs. I enjoyed Harry and Julius’ story, but I loved this one. and I cannot wait for Richard’s story. Off to preorder!