SUBTLE BLOOD by KJ Charles

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.

MONTHLY WRAP UP – SEPTEMBER 2021

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 (!)

DNF

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


additional reads not reviewed for blog : Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance, Venom, Killer Queen, Vulture, You Asked For Perfect, Only You
total reads by Micky : eighteen plus three DNFs (gasp)
favourite read of the month : The Hollow Heart by Marie Rutkoski
least favourite read of the month : The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird
most read genre : fantasy/contemporary mix

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

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