The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen (The Doomsday Books, #1) by KJ Charles

The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen (The Doomsday Books, #1) by KJ Charles

Title:  The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen
Series:  The Doomsday Books, #1
Author: KJ Charles
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre:  LGBTQIAP+, Romance 
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  353
Date of US Publication:  7 March, 2023
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

After receiving the opportunity to read this, rather taken by the cover as well as that it’s a Regency era M/M romance. More Poldark than Bridgerton (actiony with moments of wonderful sweetness) this one was a very fun and enjoyable read. 

I was immediately pulled into this well written, utterly enjoyable English countryside regency romance / fiction, and adored it. Also importantly - how have I never heard of KJ Charles before??!!

I enjoyed both Joss and Gareth as characters - their relationship and romance read as realistic and unrushed - and the character development they each went through was terrific. 

I also appreciated the relationship development between Gareth and his half sister and her aunt. 

This is a series I’m absolutely  looking forward to reading more of. 


Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley for the DRC!


Gothic scandal meets Bridgerton intrigue in this swashbuckling Regency romance from celebrated author KJ Charles.

Abandoned by his father, Gareth Inglis grew up lonely, prickly, and well-used to disappointment. Still, he longs for a connection. When he meets a charming stranger, he falls head over heels—until everything goes wrong and he's left alone again. Then Gareth's father dies, turning the shabby London clerk into Sir Gareth, with a grand house on the remote Romney Marsh and a family he doesn't know.

The Marsh is another world, a strange, empty place notorious for its ruthless gangs of smugglers. And one of them is dangerously familiar…

Joss Doomsday has run the Doomsday smuggling clan since he was a boy. When the new baronet—his old lover—agrees to testify against Joss's sister, Joss acts fast to stop him. Their reunion is anything but happy, yet after the dust settles, neither can stay away. Soon, all Joss and Gareth want is the chance to be together. But the bleak, bare Marsh holds deadly secrets. And when Gareth finds himself threatened from every side, the gentleman and the smuggler must trust one another not just with their hearts, but with their lives.

Readers Rave about KJ Charles:

"KJ Charles is one of the best romance novelists writing today. Historical romance at its finest." —Sarah MacLeanNew York Times bestselling author

"Once again KJ Charles has produced an absolute masterpiece!" —Joanna ShupeUSA Today bestselling author

"A romantic, swashbuckling tale from start to finish."—Manda Collins, Bestselling Author of A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem


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