Title: The Servant and the Gentlemen (Society of Beasts #3)
Author: Annabelle Greene
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 17, 2022
Genre(s): M/M Historical Romance
Page Count: 341
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The third in the series Society of Beasts - each of the books features one of the three founders of Regency-era exclusive molly club, in a society where keeping secrets is paramount.
This book features Josiah Balfour, an extremely able administrator for the Society. Balfour is "in charge of everything. Or perhaps responsible for everything was a better way to put it. He had worked diligently over many years to attain this position: chief assistant to the men who helped make London a safer place for gentlemen who loved gentlemen." And Hartley is, well .... "He's Mr. William Hartley and he can do whatever the bloody hell he likes."
When they learn that a new molly club catering to the middle class is being started up in Bath, Hartley and Josiah work together to infiltrate the club as well as starting a sexual relationship that seems somewhat .... odd at the onset. This plot feels somewhat forced as a means of getting Hartley and Josiah together, and their chemistry together is pretty much non-existent.
However as the story progresses, I like how the author opens up the idea that the Society needs to do more to help ALL men who face prosecution and death due to their sexual orientation rather than simply throwing extravagant parties, and uses Hartley and Josiah's relationship as the example for how things can change and compromise works to ensure both parties get what they want, need and deserve. 3.5 stars for "The Servant and the Gentlemen."
I received an ARC from the Publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.