Will Darling came back from the Great War with a few scars, a lot of medals, and no idea what to do next. Inheriting his uncle's chaotic second-hand bookshop is a blessing...until strange visitors start making threats. First a criminal gang, then the War Office, both telling Will to give them the information they want, or else.
Will has no idea what that information is, and nobody to turn to, until Kim Secretan—charming, cultured, oddly attractive—steps in to offer help. As Kim and Will try to find answers and outrun trouble, mutual desire grows along with the danger.
And then Will discovers the truth about Kim. His identity, his past, his real intentions. Enraged and betrayed, Will never wants to see him again.
But Will possesses knowledge that could cost thousands of lives. Enemies are closing in on him from all sides—and Kim is the only man who can help.
A 1920s m/m romance trilogy in the spirit of Golden Age pulp fiction.
Secrets and Betrayal
Another wonderful period piece from KJ Charles. Everything seems right for the era in which the book is set; the speech and language, the clothes, the style of furniture and sadly, how returning soldiers were treated. Having said that though, things don’t seem to have changed much for returning veterans today.
An unlikely duo, Will Darling, a returned soldier who had to pawn his medals in order to survive for another few weeks, and aristocrat, Lord Arthur ‘Kim’ Secretan, who offers to help Will when he needs help, seemingly out of the goodness of his heart. But he has secrets and more secrets.
I loved the interaction between Will and Kim and I’m very interested to see where Book 2 in this series will take them.