• Subtle Blood

  • Will Darling Adventures Series, Book 3
  • By: KJ Charles
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Will Darling is all right. His business is doing well, and so is his illicit relationship with Kim Secretan - disgraced aristocrat, ex-spy, amateur book-dealer. It's starting to feel like he's got his life under control.

And then a brutal murder in a gentleman's club plunges them back into the shadow world of crime, deception, and the power of privilege. Worse, it brings them up against Kim's noble, hostile family, and his upper-class life where Will can never belong.

With old and new enemies against them, and secrets on every side, Will and Kim have to fight for each other harder than ever - or be torn apart for good.

Contains mature themes.

©2021 KJ Charles (P)2021 Tantor

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PERFECT conclusion to the series!!!

The best in the series and an all-star, absolutely perfect conclusion! After reading this book, the whole series became not just my favorite by KJ Charles, but my favorite in the genre. If you're unsure about starting the series, this book alone makes reading the first two absolutely worth it. If you're reading reviews because you're concerned about Kim in particular (the spymaster love interest who lies to Will), have no fear: these concerns are addressed seriously, smarty, and fully throughout book two and three. You will go from hating Kim in book one to outright loving him in book three, and it will be EARNED! As always, KJ Charles knows how to write believable people, engaging stories, and settings that transport you into the world.

Kim and Will both go through tremendous growth, and Kim's growth in particular is beautiful and well-earned. There are so many tender scenes throughout the book that I highlighted something nearly every other page. It felt like the entire thing was an ode to vulnerability in love and finding a Happily Ever After. My heart was mush by the end!

The mystery, action, and conflict of this book are also perhaps the best of the trilogy! Meeting Kim's family felt like a natural, necessary progression of the story, and the way that goes down does not disappoint! You'll want to shout at them and see them hurt, and Will just might channel all that for us readers.

After reading this, I may or may not have made Sidecars for the first time in my life. (I see why Kim and Phoebe like them.)

Cornell Collins's performance is perfect as always.

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Loved it

I absolutely adore KJ Charles’ books. This one did feel a little bit like fan service, in how everything ended. I would suggest that you only read Subtle Blood after the previous books in the trilogy, and not as a stand alone book.
I love KJ Charles’ characters and world building and the way she uses language. Which brings me to Cornell Collins and his lovely narration, it is just as wonderful in this book as the rest.
I can not recommend enough, if you are into realistic historical queer suspense / detective books in the romantic book category. By realistic I mean that this series doesn’t incorporate fantasy elements, and people generally behave as they would in the time period the book is set. Otherwise it’s just about as perfect book for escapism as I’ve ever read… unless you’re not keen on handling the war theme considering current world events.
But I think it’s simply marvelous, Darling!

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Fantastic series!

I bought the first three books in Charles's newest series. I have to say that all three books are fantastic! Well written, fast-paced, very likable and believable characters, and a time period that one can easily relate to. The action is nonstop and the resolution is perfect. I actually stayed up until 5 am in order to finish listening to the third book. K. J. Charles has come a long way with her writing. 90% gripping story 10% m/m romance/graphic sexual scenes. This is a good balance. Cornell Collins has to be one of the best, if not THE best, reader for these stories. His voice is perfect. He does a range of voices and accents and all of them done masterfully. I will eagerly await the fourth installment in this series.

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Really Enjoyed the Series

Great conclusion to the adventures of Will and Kim. Wish there was part 4 to look forward to.

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K J Charles Does It Again!

I enjoyed following the twists and turns of this plot all the way to the end. What a wonderful listen! I hope there are further adventures of Kim and Will down the pike as I hated to see this saga end.

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Beautiful

what can I say? It's a lovely and exciting series from start to finish. Will definitely be wanting this on my shelf.

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  • HMM
  • 02-23-22

Nice

I liked the characters and the plot but would have liked more about the relationship.
The recording, as in the other books, often had a low rumble in the background.

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  • Elliot V.
  • 12-11-21

I am utterly obsessed with the Will Darling Adventures.

I love all three books in this series and Collins’ reading of them so much. I’ve easily listened to each three times now. Collins reads well, despite how laughably terrible his regional accents are. A good & fitting ending to a brilliant, thoroughly enjoyable trilogy.

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  • Monica
  • 12-14-21

5 stars! What a gem!

Incredible! Wonderful! Absolutely darling, darling! I adore this series and this was the ending it deserved!