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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 : Anglais - Romance, Historical

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 20/10/2019

Pat & Fen forever! <3 <3 <3

I absolutely love KJ Charles books! I have loved Pat & Fen ever since they appeared in THINK OF ENGLAND.
I was so glad when KJ decided to give Pat and Fen the Scottish murder mystery love story that I never knew I wanted.

I have a hard time finding historical f/f romances with happy endings. (Honestly, it's hard to find an f/f romance set in modern times with a happy ending.) The characters definitely do have their challenges (as do we all) but they don't get hammered down with endless gloom and misery and sadness. The protagonists have drive and agency, and they set forth with gumption and ambition to create a happy life for themselves, despite the challenges. Their lives are full and interesting and joyful. I always feel so hopeful and optimistic when I finish a KJ Charles book.

I really enjoyed the narrator, Bella Lowe. I was a little nervous because I didn't see any other titles narrated by her on Audible, but her narration was perfect. She channeled Pat's wry sense of humor and Fen's bubbly cheer of life as they go about solving a gruesome murder (and falling in love along the way) in a houseful of complex individuals. In my dream world, KJ Charles would write more murder mysteries featuring Pat & Fen, and Bella Lowe would narrate all of them.

5/5 stars for Fen & Pat, for KJ Charles, and for Bella Lowe. Thank you for providing me with hours of audio pleasure!