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A Gentleman's Position by K. J. Charles (Society of Gentlemen #3)
★★★★☆

My thoughts and feelings are all over the place on this one.

I absolutely adore David's clever plotting to get Ash and the rest of the Ricardians out of trouble, and I'm a huge fan of loathsome people getting their comeuppance, particularly when they're hoist by their own petard, so the romance-adjacent plot made me gleeful.

The romance plot itself.... I'm not entirely sure. I wasn't really invested in Richard and David's relationship, though I don't know that I can put my finger on why. I completely understand both of their perspectives: Richard's problem with a relationship where there's an imbalance of power that could impact his partner's ability to consent, and David's confidence in Richard's good character and his own ability to exercise his free will despite his status as a servant. I was happy with where they ended up but...I guess I wasn't completely convinced by the journey? Or perhaps it's just that they took a different route than I would have, and so it was harder for me to identify with either of them.

I suspect this is one of those books that I'm going to have to think about and pick apart a little before I can put my more complex feelings about it into words. That said, it was still a very enjoyable read — so much so that I ended up staying up all night because I didn't want to put it down.

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