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The Magpie Lord
The Magpie Lord | KJ Charles
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A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell. A Charm of Magpies, Book 1 Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. Hes also inherited his familys enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesnt expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Cranes family. Unfortunately, its his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat hes ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude...and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. Thats definitely unusual. Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Cranes dangerous appeal isnt the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen cant find a way through ittheyre both going to die. Warning: Contains hot m/m sex between a deeply inappropriate earl and a very confused magician, dark plots in a magical version of Victorian England, family values (not the good kind), and a lot of swearing.
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shanaqui
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I love the way Lucien is... forceful, in a way he has that arrogant confidence of his breeding... but he also very fiercely cares about everything that his family did not. He might pin Stephen to a wall, but only as long as he really wants to be there.

First square for #BookSpinBingo! I've got books on the go for that whole column, oops.

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shanaqui
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I've been planning an epic reread of K.J. Charles' work in order, so I've started on this. Very comforting and familiar, even as the stuff happening in the story is horrible. 😅

I've set up my #BookSpinBingo card, as usual... I might try to go for last month's six bingos again -- I've placed the TBR signs to point their way to the 3 verticals, 2 horizontals, and 1 diagonal I've marked out as possible.

Maybe I could even get the left vertical...?

Nutmegnc Great idea!! 5mo
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writerlibrarian
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Haven't read something this fast in well over a year.
Good : The plot. It keeps you reading. You want to know what happens next. There are no "dull" moments. The main characters are vivid, interesting and most of all for me, present. The world building is good. You slowly get the information as is Crane. Okay: The romance. I bought it. Still, it was quite fast and sudden. But that's me and it's knitpicking.
#romance

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Nutmegnc
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This is my new motto.

TrishB Yep 👍🏻 11mo
CarolynM Me too 11mo
Shae_Purcell Well, this really puts things into perspective. 11mo
Nutmegnc @Shae_Purcell It does doesn‘t it?! And removes the shame of not reading the “right” books or dnf a book 11mo
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okthislooksbad
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Made the mistake of picking this up at 11:30, fully knowing that we switched to summertime last night, and wasn't able to put it down until 1. I'm /tired/ today 😴 was it worth it, though? Absolutely. #20in4

xicanti I had basically the same experience with this one. 2y
okthislooksbad @xicanti Glad I'm not the only one! Absolutely ate this up, it was so good 2y
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Airykah13
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I laughed a little too hard at this 😌

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I loved this series so much! It's like a dark fairytale and got me hooked not only on everything by K.J. Charles, but also on Historicals and M/M Romance in general. Btw., the first book is free on the Zon and comes with a super cheap audiobook (and the narration is amazing!): https://lovelyaudiobooks.info/free-romance-novels-with-audiobooks/

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effani
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This was a fun fantasy/mystery/historical romance mash-up that I accidentally finished in a couple of hours once I started reading it in earnest. It really does need a content warning for self-harm and suicide, though, particularly the beginning section.

It's free on Kindle, and entertained me enough that I'll probably pick up the sequel.

This was my #BookSpin pick for this month. Thanks as always, @TheAromaofBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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effani
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Starting my #BookSpin book and wow, I wasn't expecting it to need a content warning for self-harm in the first paragraph 😨

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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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@rachelsbrittain #WeekendReads
1. 📚The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles
📚The Southern Book Club‘s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
📚Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton
📚One Apocalypse (The Dark Side #4)
2. ⚡️🧙🏻Ginny Weasley
3. 🥮Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker

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CarolynM
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I couldn't resist diving into this after @Centique reported on the second book in the series and now I just want to devour all of them! I'm not much for magic and the supernatural but I love the way KJ Charles writes, especially the dialogue. So much fun.

SaturnDoo 👀👀I really like this cover ❤ 2y
Centique I‘m so glad you liked it! Great characters I reckon - and I thought the magic was described in quite a physical way. I liked that it doesn‘t come easily. I‘m not fond of the sort of easy fairytale magic where there‘s just a swish of a wand and things fall into place. 2y
CarolynM @Centique Most of her characters have to work for what they have one way or another. I agree that the physicality of the magic makes it more convincing. I was reluctant to start this series because the other "magic" type book of hers I read was really weird (though still well written) -tagged - but this is more like her others but with magic. 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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What a delightful romance full of attempted murder and magic.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory I hope you are doing well, Ashley. I've missed your posts. 3y
Ashley_Nicoletto @vivastory Thank you! I‘m doing OK. I‘ve stepped back from social media since I find all of the craziness in the world super overwhelming. I‘ll make a slow return eventually. ❤️ 3y
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rwmg
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This was a ripping yarn that kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. At first I found the romance elements an irritating distraction from the occult curse mystery but the disparate elements blended together very nicely in the last few chapters.

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rwmg
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jpmcwisemorgan
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Ok, I finished Any Old Diamonds and wow! Alec and Jerry are HOT - sexy times are about giving up control, all consensual. I love how consent is used so clearly now, compared to what I recall reading as a kid. Decades old suspicious deaths, thievery, sexy times, betrayal, oh my!

Note: This is my first time using Bookly. I found trying to time my reading was awkward and probably not very accurate.

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jpmcwisemorgan
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I read Magpie Lord over a year ago and I think I‘ll read it again so I can catch up on the series. In the meantime I‘m reading Any Old Diamonds, which was recently released. There‘s a thief. I like thieves. I‘m also using Bookly for the first time because I want to make cool infographics and I think that‘s the only way I‘m gonna make that happen.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Get ready, this fantastical fantasy/mystery mashup is hot & more than a little entertaining. Lucien Vaudrey is in danger & fears he will soon be dead unless he gets help figuring out what is going on. Enter Stephen Day who can help if he can get over the fact it‘s a Vaudrey who needs his help. The plot thickens & sparks fly as old resentments are forgotten & new bonds formed as they race to solve the mystery. The plot is thin but the fun is real.

wanderinglynn Sounds intriguing! 4y
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Centique
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I needed a #romantsy break and this m/m tale of a magician called in to save a lord was a fun romp. There were great characters with sharp sarcasm that really made me laugh. I would have liked a longer, more developed plot around the magic (cos it was fab🙌) but that‘s just my #currentmood. And 🔥🔥🔥 all the flames for level of heat. 😂

CarolynM Love K J Charles💕 4y
tournevis It's in my queue. Is there sex? That would move it up the queue 4y
Reggie I‘m going to have to read this. Lol. 4y
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Centique @tournevis oh YEAH. 😂 4y
Centique @Reggie love to hear what you think of it 🤞 4y
tournevis @Centique Good. Because the first volume had like two short scenes. 4y
Centique @tournevis this has at least three, although I‘m not sure if they count as short. (I haven‘t read many authors in the genre) Have you read K & B Ritchie? I was amused at how long the sex scenes go on for. They‘re great writers though. An m/m one is 4y
Centique @tournevis In some books their characters are a bit too young and angsty for me, but otherwise excellent. I loved 4y
tournevis @Centique Interesting. Noted 4y
tournevis @Centique Thanks for the tip! 😘 4y
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tournevis
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Boxing Day morning in bed at the hotel. The Man is sleeping, the Boy is watching Wallace & Gromit, I'll resume reading in a minute and Igrec the dog fears we will leave him again.

Tamra Wallace & Grommit 💜 5y
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tournevis
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You can't see it on the pic but it snowing hard! 🌨️❄️🌨️🌬️🌨️☃️
The boy is watching Star Wars episode 1 (🤮), the parents are doing virtual puzzles on their computers and I'm reading in between my son's questions. My sister, husband and dog should join us for dinner at some point. We are having Chinese fondue (which is not Chinese, nor really fondue...) Good times!
Merry Christmas, Littens!!! 🎅🎄🤶🎁😘

BookMaven407 Sounds great! Love the snow. ❄️ Merry Christmas 🎄 5y
tournevis @BookMaven407 My husband just texted me telling me he's been following the snow plow on the highway for an hour. He's 375 km away right now. 5y
BookMaven407 Glad he is behind the snow plow! Hope he has a safe trip home without delays. 5y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful!!! Merry Christmas 🎄💕 5y
tournevis @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ☃️☃️☃️☃️ 5y
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Julsmarshall
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I liked it! Different for me but it pulled me right into the story and was so charming! I definitely look forward to reading more about Crane and Stephen! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookwormAHN I've read A Charm of Magpies series they are all really good and rather adorable 💙 5y
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Julsmarshall
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Up next! Grabbed me from the start! #currentread

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llwheeler
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Started this last night intending to read just a chapter or two, next thing I know it's 1:30 am and I'm on the last chapter. Read the accompanying short story (felt more like an epilogue) this morning and immediately bought book 2. Historical m/m romance with magic yes please. I want more books like this. Luckily Charles has quite the backlist for me to discover. #romantsy

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BookwormAHN
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I loved The Magpie Lord as well as the other books in a Charm of Magpies trilogy. #9satisfiedsaturday #awesomeautumnbooks @Jess7

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llwheeler
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I may or may not be feeling a little overwhelmed with the ol' TBR, since when I tried to think of my Sept #mostanticipated I basically was like all of them? Ugh how do I take a pic of all of them? So going with my top two ebook tbrs. The Magpie Lord is one I'm hoping I'll really like, I've heard good things about KJ Charles.
#fallintobooks

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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
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Apparently Sundays are the days when I inhale read books and never leave my room until they are done.
Still forming real thoughts on this one.

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Chessa
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#riotgrams / day 22 / #currentread / After a couple of ARC busts this month, I really needed a book win - and I am SO GETTING IT with this book! Historical-fantasy-m/m romance - it is just so freaking delightful and reads so fast - I having a feeling I'll be buying the rest in this series posthaste.

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Dragon
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#LGBTQPride #riotgrams. I do love #romantsy novels . Here's a couple of my ebooks that I think may fit today's prompt.

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annamae
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This was SO much fun! What an interesting world that KJ Charles has built! The tattoo thing near the end was also very creative. I will definitely read more by this author. #ReadHarderChallenge2017 #LRC2017 #romantsy

JoeStalksBeck Come over and win some books 📚 5y
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bates_barb
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This is a fun, very fast paced book. Pretty much every night I had to bully myself into putting it down to go to sleep, rather tha just staying up all night to finish it. I finished it this morning accompanied by a #littenkitten who would really like to point out that she, too, enjoys milk, and would be happy to dispose of any cereal milk I didn't want. #catsoflitsy

Puredragonstar 😻😻😻 5y
Suzze 🐱💕 My Tink hates people food, but cereal milk makes her one happy kitty. 5y
bates_barb @Suzze Sadly I keep her eternally frustrated on her milk quest. She's lactose intolerant, so, if I gave her the milk, she'd promptly throw it back up. Cleaning up kitty vomit is not high on my list of most enjoyable activities, so I just don't give it to her. It doesn't stop her from showing up every morning to try to convince me to give it to her today. 5y
Suzze @bates_barb Tink only laps up a tiny bit and luckily hasn't had any problems with it. 5y
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annamae
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I have heard SO many great things about this author. I am really excited to start this one! #ReadHarderChallenge2017

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bates_barb
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My #littenkitten companions for a wild night of reading and sleep. It's been a long week. #catsoflitsy

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bookish_frau
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#2017readharderchallenge Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel

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SarahSaysRead
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Someone is using a dark magic to try to kill Lord Crane. Only magical practitioner Stephen Day may be able to stop them... and then sparks fly between them. 💕 Honestly this didn't feel like a romance novel to me because the focus was so much more on the magic and mystery and MAN it gets creepy for a minute. But the romance was endearing, and this was a really fun read. I think I'll check out more in the series.

#romancenovels #LGBTQ #readharder

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nitalibrarian
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Now reading an ARC of the next K.J. Charles that comes out in February. An Unseen Attraction is not in the Litsy database yet, so I couldn't tag it. I've been wanting to try this author, so excited to do so with her newest. Looks like it is a m/m romantic mystery. #currentlyreading #romantsy

Eyglo I've also been contemplating picking up a book by this author for a while now! Hope you enjoy it 😊 6y
nitalibrarian @Eyglo I definitely recommend giving this author a shot. I'm about 1/4 the way through the book and loving the characters and setting. 6y
EloisaJames I like her historical sense a lot! The characters are so thoughtful--good men. 6y
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Yamich49
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This was a fun, quick read. This marks my fifth book finished and I have just over 16 hours read so far. It's now 5:30 here and I think I'll finally be able to fall asleep so I will see you all in a while! #24in48 #readathon

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Yamich49
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Okay I'm just shy of 14 total hours read so far, 4 full books and I'm trying to get a little more time in before going to bed. After attempting to read a few others, I started this one and I'm already hooked. I think it'll be a fun read and one I can focus on after living in so many different worlds so far today. #24in48 #readathon

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SarahBZ
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Binging on KJ Charles this week- started with Think of England and ran through the Magpie Lord series

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triskeleseeker
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Constant low level chuckling over here. This one is fun!

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triskeleseeker
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Time to catch up on my Vaginal Fantasy online book club reading! My first m/m, yay! I've heard great things about this author - I'm excited for this one! ✨

Liberty I loved this one! 6y
triskeleseeker Yay @Liberty! That bodes well for me. And indeed, 2 chapters in and I'm already hooked... 6y
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Keryntalia
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Turned to this in desperation after two days in our house of plague - thus far, surprisingly engrossing! Fascinating magic system in a Victorian-ish setting, with a (fairly steamy) male/male romance plot that has interesting things to say about power imbalance.

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"The grey awful misery tangled round his heart and throat, choking him, sickening him with the vileness of his own nature. "

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