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Slippery Creatures Novel

Novel: Slippery Creatures

Author: K.J. Charles

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery

Released: 2020

Part of Book Series: The Will Darling Adventures #1

Summary: Will Darling came back from the Great War with a few scars, a lot of medals, and no idea what to do next. Inheriting his uncle’s chaotic second-hand bookshop is a blessing… until strange visitors start making threats. First a criminal gang, then the War Office, both telling Will to give them the information they want, or else.

Will has no idea what that information is, and nobody to turn to, until Kim Secretan—charming, cultured, oddly attractive—steps in to offer help. As Kim and Will try to find answers and outrun trouble, mutual desire grows along with the danger.

And then Will discovers the truth about Kim. His identity, his past, his real intentions. Enraged and betrayed, Will never wants to see him again.

But Will possesses knowledge that could cost thousands of lives. Enemies are closing in on him from all sides—and Kim is the only man who can help.

Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.

After a short no-read period I was more than ready to plunge right back into it. I had no idea what to pick from my list, but I’ve had this novel for a while now so I thought it was about time I see what it is all about, what adventures is this Will Darling engaging in. And oh, what an adventure!

I knew I was going to like the book from the first pages. This is my first K.J. Charles novel and I loved the writing style so much. It flowed so beautifully and it pulled me in so easily. Loved the description and I’m all in for that slow burn romance story. It’s all so complicated too, I could weep with joy.

Will Darling is a regular man in a regular world trying to manage a regular business. After war and after going back into a society that had no use of him, he’d been blessed to inherit his uncle’s bookshop. Or so he thought because things took quite a turn when a man came looking for something. What? Will had no clue, but he’d made up his mind and he’s a stubborn man who sticks to his principles.

Then enter Kim Secratan, this cunning bastard who I inexplicably like. (I’m joking, it’s not completely inexplicable.) Kim raised a few red flags from the start, but I wasn’t sure what to make out of them. I had no choice but to keep reading. He is devious, a man who tries to do the right thing no matter what, and so great.

Will and Kim make an excellent pair. The chemistry was obvious and the air was sizzling when the two of them were in a room. I loved them together so much! But the whole situation made things so tough and when doubt creeps in there’s just so much one can do. But the heart wants what the heart wants. Right?

The relationship between Will and Kim progresses slowly and tantalizing. It gives just enough to not frustrate the reader, but not too much so you would feel satiated. All in all Slippery Creatures is a great first novel of the series, it pulls you in and promises a very good experience throughout.

The plot is definitely intriguing and fun to read. It is also pretty easy to figure out, but it’s so good. I just really loved it, and I loved how brilliant both Will and Kim were. While the reader knows relatively early where this is going, in broad lines, there still is something there that keeps you glued to the pages. Like I already said, I loved the writing style, K.J. Charles knows how to use words and does it flawlessly.

Needless to say I am looking forward to the next books in this series.

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