One of my favorite things about K.J. Charles’ writing is how she weaves together emotion, intrigue, and suspense. Another of my favorite things is how she inserts non-straight and nonbinary characters without unnecessary fanfare into historical fiction that too often lacks such representation as it it never existed before the twentieth century. In combination, she is an author whose new releases always go instantly to the top of my “to be read” pile, and this story once again proves this to always be the correct decision.

It may be a novella, but Christiana and Stan’s relationship develops naturally and to good effect. It doesn’t feel rushed, and it also doesn’t leave me wanting more. This story is not a necessary read for the Lilywhite Boys series, but it’s lovely background detail that fleshes out the world.

Fans of K.J. Charles should not miss this story, and it would also serve as a short and sweet introduction to this author’s excellent writing and storytelling.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

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