Title: Think of England
Author: KJ Charles
Publisher: KJC Books
Genre: historical m/m, mystery
Length: 239 pages
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Two years ago, Archie Curtis was injured in a freak accident with his hand was blown off by a faulty pistol. His entire unit–and closest friends–were killed or maimed in the accident. Now, Archie has discovered that this might not have been an accident at all, but sabotage.
Determined to find out the truth, he attends a house party of the man he suspects of the terrible deed. There, he meets Daniel da Silva, a poet, who is all too obviously queer and dainty for Archie’s tastes. But when the two uncover a ring of blackmail and are caught up in its web, they are thrown together and Archie begins to see the beauty, elegance,and dangerous mind behind da Silva.
Soon, he finds that he needs the other man, not just to save his reputation and avenge his fallen comrades, but to satisfy a hunger he never thought himself capable of.
I love this book, and it’s not even my favorite of KJ Charles, which just goes to show how much I love Charles’s writing. The mystery behind the story is really well done and completely plausible. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was based on real, historical happenings. After all, house parties were notorious as a setting for affairs, and blackmail is just the next step for that setting.
The other thing I like is how masterful Charles is at taking her characters from point A to point Z so seamlessly. At the beginning, Archie is turned off by da Silva. Da Silva is too over the top and sets off a sort of straight-man’s panic in him. But, as the story progresses, he naturally and believably beings to not only da Silva, but become strongly attracted to him. They have a wonderful chemistry and the more intimate scenes are sizzling hot.
It doesn’t appear that Charles plans to continue on with these two lovers, and that’s a shame because if feel she left it at a spot where she could. I’d love to read more of Archie and da Silva and follow their relationship as it grows and deepens. Alas, I think I’ll have to be satisfied with my imagination instead.
If you like historical m/m and mystery, this is definitely a book that you’ll enjoy. It’s available on Kindle and physical form, so get it now!