Will Darling is all right. His business is doing well, and so is his illicit relationship with Kim Secretan–disgraced aristocrat, ex-spy, amateur book-dealer. It’s starting to feel like he’s got his life under control.
And then a brutal murder in a gentleman’s club plunges them back into the shadow world of crime, deception, and the power of privilege. Worse, it brings them up against Kim’s noble, hostile family, and his upper-class life where Will can never belong.
With old and new enemies against them, and secrets on every side, Will and Kim have to fight for each other harder than ever—or be torn apart for good.
Title : Subtle Blood Author : KJ Charles Series : Will Darling Adventures Format : eBook (overdrive) Page Count : 290 Genre : historical fiction / LGBTQIAP+ romance Publisher : KJC Books Release Date : June 23, 2021
Reviewer : Hollis Rating : ★ ★ ★
Hollis’ 3 star review
It’s strange to feel less than effusive over a Charles read but honestly since book one this series just hasn’t filled me with the usual love I come to expect from this author. But looking back I think I was slumping during book two and honestly I think I’m doing the same now. So maybe it’s just me. And in fact the only reason I’m even bothering with a review is because I’ve reviewed the first two. So maybe I’m also feeling a bit blah from having to force myself to sum up my thoughts.
An easy positive from this? Is my love for the couple. In book two I think I was more taken with the ladies who were secondary to the action — and they were still great, with a few very important key reveals in this third book — but I found my love for this couple again in this finale. I think it was the mystery and big conspiracy, woven through the series but coming to a head here, I didn’t much care for.
Ultimately, though, a lack lustre Charles is still a great read. My expectations from this author are just pretty huge after all these years. But again, it could just be me. As always, I look forward to what is to come from Charles next. If you have still yet to discover her? What are you even waiting for.
To close out each month, we’ll be posting a break down of everything we reviewed, beginning with the reads we loved.. and ending with the reads we didn’t. Not only does this compile all our reviews in one handy summary for you to peruse, or catch up on, it also gives us an interesting birds eye view of the month and our reads. And maybe, even, our moods.
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads
Who’s That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane — see Hollis’ review here
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao — see Hollis’ review here Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton — see Hollis’ review here Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton — see Hollis’ review here Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton — see Hollis’ review here Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune — see Hollis’ review here The Hollow Heart by Marie Rutkoski — see Micky and Hollis’ reviews here The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik — see Hollis and Micky’s reviews here The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe — see Hollis’ review here Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell — see Hollis’ review here Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier — see Hollis’ review here (!) The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang — see Micky’s review here (!) Fresh by Margot Wood — see Micky’s review here The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun — see Hollis’ review here Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith — see Micky’s review here Gawain by J.P. Harker — see Micky’s review here Once Upon A Broken Heart — see Micky’s review here
☆ ☆ ☆ star reads
The Last Library by Freya Sampson — see Micky’s review here When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting — see Micky’s review here Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier — see Micky’s review here (!) White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson — see Hollis’ review here We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz — see Micky’s review here
☆ ☆ star reads
The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale — see Hollis’ review here Sailor Proof by Annabeth Albert — see Hollis’ review here Freckles by Cecelia Ahern — see Micky’s review here Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat — see Hollis’ review here
☆ star reads
u n r a t e d
Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon — see Hollis’ review here The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang — see Hollis’ review here (!)
The Small Hotel by Suanne Laqueur — (Micky) no review The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird — (Micky) no review Master of One by Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett — see Micky’s GR review here A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger — see Hollis’ GR review here
total reviews by Hollis : eighteen + DNF review favourite read of the month :Who’s That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane least favourite read of the month :The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale most read genre : contemporary