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De : KJ Charles
Lu par : Bella Lowe
Série : Think of England, Volume 0.5
Durée : 7 h et 21 min
Catégories : LGBT, Romance

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A shooting party at the Earl of Witton’s remote country house is a high treat for champion shot Patricia Merton - until unexpected guests turn the social atmosphere dangerously sour.  

That’s not Pat’s biggest problem. She’s visiting her old friend, the Earl’s heir Jimmy Yoxall - but she wants to spend a lot more time with Jimmy’s fiancée. The irrepressible Miss Fenella Carruth, with her laughing eyes and lush curves, is the most glorious woman Pat’s ever met, and it quickly becomes impossible to remember why she needs to stay at arm’s length.  

But while the women’s attraction grows, the tensions at Rodington Court get worse. Affairs, secrets, betrayals, and blackmail come to light. And when a body is discovered with a knife between the shoulderblades, it’s going to take Pat and Fen’s combined talents to prevent the murderer destroying all their lives.

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  • Global
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  • A.E. Bross
  • 15/11/2019

Throwing Propriety out the window!

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. In fact, it may be one of my favorites of Charles' works. It felt very much like the development of the relationship between characters (not just the romance between Pat and Fen, but the friendships and familial relationships written about as well) developed at a pace that felt natural. The reader is very much treated to a study in the interplay between a group of people with mixed emotions and opinions of each other, as well as the surroundings.

While I identified most with Pat, who shares many of my own qualities and outlooks on life (though I'm not a gun person), I was most entranced by the development of Fen, who I felt blossomed outward in a way that had me wanting to know more of this woman who hated the masks that people wore, yet found it so protective to wear her own. The idea of her having this secret self, one that was so strong and determined, was absolutely everything.

My only complaint about this book (and the reason the story is 4 star and not 5) had to be, well, the steamier, romantic parts. This is the first primarily f/f pairing I have read by K.J. Charles, and I found it fairly disappointing. It almost fell into what might consider "traditional gender roles." While Charles' m/m pairings are usually a rush of excitement, of power dynamics and surrender, of stripping off the armor that these characters wear so that they are laid bare (no pun intended) to the dangers of the heart, Pat and Fen felt more subdued, more demure, when neither character behaved in such a manner during the rest of the story. Fen's attempt at "teaching" in some of the more private scenes felt lackluster at best, and utterly frustrating at worst. I mean, I feel that the story, characters, and setting more than made up for it, but I would have preferred that it didn't have to.

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  • NYC wheeler
  • 30/01/2020

Mystery, romance, two women in love

A change for KJ Charles, who I think normally does MM romance novels, and a novel, which greatly beefed up the mystery portion-- I didn't manage to figure out who it was until it was almost at the reveal point-- with two women protagonists. I really don't understand people complaining about Fern being too silly-- that was explained and I quite like the intelligent woman behind the fluff. Actually I really wish Pen was less mannish-- for goodness sake us ladies can be good looking and fluffy and also good shots, although the gender lines were much stricter during this era so perhaps not, but I would have liked there to be much less a division of the two women in terms of "types" but overall a great story and a good foray into WW romance novels for KJ as well as mystery books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11/12/2019

AND audible just makes it even better.

I loved the novel... Really loved it. Audible just blew it out of the park.

KJ Charles writes some of the best historical romances and this one, a begged for prequel to Thoughts of England was a perfect gift for those of us who were already in love with TOE...The narrator took that tale and made it even better. I so love the voicing of Pat and Fen...

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  • Destiny
  • 28/07/2020

easy listening

not a fan of the writing. the voice actress was good, she brought the dull story to life.

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  • Sab
  • 14/07/2020

Usually i love English stories

This one was not my cup of tea,story was boring, the little drama towards the end was not enough. Narration was good and kept me with the story...

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  • Barbidahl
  • 01/07/2020

So good!!!

This book was amazing! If you like a good murder mystery and a sweet romance, this book will give both in one package. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28/06/2020

Fluffy, and worthwhile

This story is not some great novel to shake the pillars of the world, but they needn't all be. This is a very sweet story, though, with enough intrigue in between fluffy matchmaking to leave one giggling.

The narration was excellent, as it often is on Audible, and is worth a listen if you have the credits, or the Escape account.

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  • DAR ICE
  • 26/06/2020

fantastic

Fantastic " who did it" with a twist! very enjoyable, and well spoken. Voice actor was easy to follow.

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 12/06/2020

Couldn’t Stop Listening

This book has everything I love. It’s a period piece, wlw, drama, and mystery!! If you like those things, search no more. This is it!
Narration was very well done, easy to differentiate characters and the story was highly entertaining. 10/10 would recommend

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  • AllAboutThoseBooks
  • 06/05/2020

Sweet Romance and Fast-Paced Mystery

I really liked the book quite a bit. The death count isn't as high as some of KJ Charles's books, but the dead man may be the most deserving. You'll spend half the book wishing he was dead already.

The real story, of course, is the admiration and attraction between Pat and Fen, and as well as it read on the page, it was even better read aloud, including and especially between the sheets. I wanted them for each other as soon as Pat saw Fen enter the room, and as we get to know Fen better, we realize she is every bit as deserving of Pat.