Band Sinister

Title: Band Sinister
Author: KJ Charles
Publisher: KJC Books
Release Date: October 11, 2018
Genre(s): Historical
Page Count: 224 pages
Reviewed by: LenaLena
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Sir Philip Rookwood is the disgrace of the county. He’s a rake and an atheist, and the rumours about his hellfire club, the Murder, can only be spoken in whispers. (Orgies. It’s orgies.)

Guy Frisby and his sister Amanda live in rural seclusion after a family scandal. But when Amanda breaks her leg in a riding accident, she’s forced to recuperate at Rookwood Hall, where Sir Philip is hosting the Murder.

Guy rushes to protect her, but the Murder aren’t what he expects. They’re educated, fascinating people, and the notorious Sir Philip turns out to be charming, kind—and dangerously attractive.

In this private space where anything goes, the longings Guy has stifled all his life are impossible to resist…and so is Philip. But all too soon the rural rumour mill threatens both Guy and Amanda. The innocent country gentleman has lost his heart to the bastard baronet—but does he dare lose his reputation too?

KJ Charles does Georgette Heyer. Unashamedly so. And with excellent results.

This is a tropetastic, light hearted romcom that has it all. The rogueish rake with the heart of gold. The blushing country virgin. The spunky sister. Appallingly horrid family members. “Indecent” but true friends. Romps through the country side. Whispered conversations in the rose garden. Secrets that could ruin someone. Enemies to friends to lovers. Nobody even dies in this book. A HEA. What more do you want?

Maybe you wanted discourse on the dark side of the sugar cane industry? Or discussions on consent? Served with a side of fossilized trilobites and the implications for biblical history? A hero with anxiety?  Well, you’re in luck, because it has that too.

I’m not going to say anything about the plot, that would spoil the fun. But be assured that Charles’s writing style does justice to the witty banter and the shenanigans taking place at Rookwood Hall.

I wish the book had been a little longer and the burn a little slower, that would given the book a bit more depth, which would have paired just lovely with the light hearted feel of the book, if you ask me. The other thing on my wish list would be a less heavy handed treatment of the importance of consent. I know it’s really important these days (and always was), but one of the guilty pleasures of reading regency romance, to me, is that the rakes tend to be somewhat arrogant and overbearing and extensive assurances of the importance of consent aren’t part of that playbook. Should there be more adherence to requiring consent than in your standard 70s rapey Harlequin novel? Yes. Does it have to be as explicitly (and repeatedly) dealt with as in this book? No. But your mileage may vary.

In short, this is the perfect book for when life is just a bit too much to deal with and you just want something good and light to take the edge off.




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Galley copy of Band Sinister provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.

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