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Are ridiculous Jules is a Hearthkeeper and he thus is utterly trapped in his own life Since he s also patrician aka High Society as opposed to plebian the rules of social life are even suffocating and his only ways of coping are drugs and rough sex with anyone he can get his hands onFun fact about the world building here the culture of Hearthkeepers and Hearthlighters can get his hands onFun fact about the world building here the culture of Hearthkeepers and Hearthlighters non monogamous Sex outside of marriage is common and considered normal though one is expected to be discrete about itOne of my favourite things about the book was the work Jules does with the secret service This is mostly due to Jules himself he is a master at manipulation reading situations and playing people Reading about how he twists conversations skews other s perception of him just so and gets the desired effect was absolutely exhilarating and fascinatingIt also ties in well with what Keaton the secret service agent who approaches Jules teaches him about fieldwork and the missions the two of them do together To go briefly into the main character s interactions Keaton and Jules s relationship undergoes many changes throughout the book and I loved their banter at all pointsTo manipulate people Jules deliberately uses not only his sex appeal and he is a very sexual person but also his status as Hearthkeeper and uses his being perceived as weaker less educated needing guidance etc to turn situations in his favor not only for his spying but in his daily lifeAnother facet to this is that Jules is in fact sexually submissive The freuent explicit sexual scenes often involve elements of BDSM and not always in a safe or healthy way though Jules does not get harmed by it at any point in the bookAside from sex Jules also takes drugs to cope mainly alcohol and various hospital grade narcotics He s an addict which he has kept secret from everyone for over a ear and on something or other for large portions of the book and he goes through withdrawal symptoms at several points His substance abuse is a present topic if not a main one and I want to mention that he goes into recovery eventuallyOne of my favourite characters in the book is Henry Jules s husband Despite how it may seem Henry is the biggest sweetheart and absolutely in love with Jules and would do anything to make Jules happy He s so earnest it s almost painfulBut didn t I say earlier that Henry is accused of working with terrorists and that Jules is unhappy in his marriage Yes all of that is true but it s also true that Henry is the sweetest guy in the entire book How can that becircumstances view spoiler When he finished school Jules s parents urged him to flirt with lonely rich widower Henry to draw attention to himself By the time he realized Henry Was Falling In Love falling in love him it was too late to turn him down without losing face which ofc is a no go in patrician society and his parents wouldn t let him anyways and Jules figured it would be easier to manipulate someone who genuinely loved him and he knew Henry would never hurt him Jules doesn t dislike Henry In fact he feels deep affection and loyalty towards him But he s also very aware if how utterly dependent he is on Henry and how much of his own well being theoretically and legally depends solely on Henry s whims It doesn t help that Jules is not sexually attracted to Henry and Henry lacks any sort of sexual dominance that Jules likes in his partners hide spoiler This free original online fic is now complete Loved finding a new chapter every week and getting caught up in Jules double life well really a double double lifeHe s one smart cookie but such a flawed damaged one too The world building here is detailed and explains clearly why Jules has the issues he doesLoved Keaton Loved how it ended Loved it all. Cs both healthy and unhealthy; impact play; erotic humiliation; promiscuity; cultural non monogamy; substance abusedependenceWords102893 complete. ,
X personality that I don t even always LIKE but still find myself rooting for Someone who is realistic who reacts in the self preserving way ou or I might in a similar situation imperfect and believable Julian Jules was that kind of character And even some of the SCs were likewise nuancedBeyond all of that exuisiteness the allegory that Kingsbridge developed in this story had me MAKING NOISES while I read Sometimes snorts sometimes exclamations sometimes laughter although a lot of it hit way too close To Home To Be home to be funny In the world of Hearthkeeper relationship roles of breadwinnerhomemaker were based on birth order And the author did a fabulous job of highlighting the arbitrary and uneual nature of such assignments no matter WHAT societal rule it s based on AhemI am a spoiler hater so I think it s best not to go into the elements that might have made me hesitant if I had known about them in advance If ou are looking for romance give this one a pass because Linux Networking Cookbook you ll be disappointed But ifou re up for a great novel still with MM stuff trust Kingsbridge and dive in An excellent AU from Cordelia Kingsbridge with some great world building Hearthlighters are firstborns and considered superior to their spouses the Hearthkeepers "Jules doesn t fit the mould for a hearthkeeper and wishes for fulfillment in his pampered privileged life "doesn t fit the mould for a hearthkeeper and wishes for fulfillment in his pampered privileged life comes in the form of Keaton a GIS agent who blackmails him into spying on his husband Henry Not started Marcus Garvey yet will do asap Most of my friends already know how freaking much I love this book because I literally can t shut up about it I ve reread this a lot and I ll definitely keep rereading this in the comingearsI don t know exactly why this is one of my absolute favouritesIn fact I can totally see why this would be a total miss for many people the premise is weird at best and problematic at worst the likeability of the characters is uestionable the ending while not bad isn t traditionally happy the list goes onI m going to try to pin down at lest part of why I love Hearthkeeper so muchThe story and world of Hearthkeeper is so deeply layered that I m not sure how much I can truly say without spoilingHere s the basic gistJules is utterly trapped in his life by an unhappy marriage and the social role society put him in Sex and drugs are his only way to cope but then he is approached by the secret service and blackmailed into spying on his husband who is supposedly in league with terrorists and his life takes an unexpected turnThere is so much to unpack here If ou dislike mild spoilers proceed with caution though I definitely won t reveal any plot twistsThe setting is pretty crucial to the story Hearthkeeper takes place in the country of a contemporary alternative universe that has very strict social roles Instead of gender assigning those roles they are dependent on birth order Older siblings are Hearthlighters supposedly dominant leaders breadwinner of the family etc and ounger siblings are Hearthkeepers supposedly submissive caring nurturing stay at home and raise the children Sounds kinda familiar right Hearthkeepers further barely get higher education since they don t need it because they are only taking care of the children anyways amirite are expected to marry when done with school and are almost 100% dependent on their Hearthlighter spouses They can t own property open a bank account hold a drivers license get a job etc without their spouse s agreement and Heartlighters are legally allowed to discipline themDoesn t sound appealing I know it s utter bullshit but please bear with meThese roles rules dynamics and laws while the sadly the norm are freuently challenged in conversations throughout the book and definitely portrayed as what they. The Gallevan Intelligence Service into spying on his wealthy husband Jules’ life gets a little too interestingRating NC 17Warnings BDSM dynami. Another awesome 5 STAR buddy read with the Usual Suspects This story had high points and hit the doldrums too Interesting character study for Julian the MC He was so isolated self involved and wallowing in it when he gets pulled out of it unwillingly by Keaton Julian becomes to himself to his husband to his family and his country by the end of it Unfortunately it dragged in spots and other parts Amok you wished were developed for a fuller picture With better pacing and stronger world building this would have been a homerun Still could be with editing Overall entertaining if a bit inconsistent in spotsFavorite uote I don t need further proof ofour capabilities Keaton said You re the one who needs convincing Whew this was fun A special thank ou to the person who gifted me a copy of this since it s been pulled from archive of our own You it s been pulled from archive of our own You who ou are I didn t know where this was going and I will admit to having my doubts but it was great Nothing is like it seems wellsome things are for Strong elements but a bit inconsistent overall Big thanks to my weekly BR group of awesomeness 2715So this is a free online WIP First installment is 2 chapters and we re intro d to the MC s Julian Jules and his hubby Henry They are married and live in a flashy penthouse with Henry s daughter CeciliaThis is supposed to be a modern day AU and the only indication so far of this is the total acceptance of same sex marriage And the mystery of the heart lighter vs hearthkeeper dynamicupdates on a weekly basis rating withheld for now Well this was interestingIf ou are in the mood for a fluffy romance tm don t read this book There is a lot of cheating and promiscuity going on so if that is a no no don t go there The characters and I mean all the characters are morally ambiguous but all the interesting for itThis is set in an alternative universe where roles in society are not defined by gender but by birth order There are hearthlighters and hearthkeepers and no matter what their gender or their sexual orientation hearthlighters first born children are supposed to be dominant and hearthkeepers second born children are supposed to be submissive One of the interesting things about this book is that it highlights the fact that sexual submission and being submissive outside the bedroom are two different things that can be aligned but don t have to be The narrator is a male hearthkeeper which is basically the euivalent of a 1950 s society house wife and he is let s say he is discontented so his whole life is basically one sophisticatedly set up subterfuge So of course say it with me OF COURSE he is recruited as a spySo the book is very cleverly done It is I appreciated it a lot It s also highly entertainingAll my second third and fourth thoughts are about whether my initial appreciation of this world where gender about whether my initial appreciation of this world where gender is not an issue isn t kind of compromised by a the fact that the author felt the need to choose a male protagonist to make this believable or b the fact that I might be projecting this on the author And what does that say about meAnyhow good book it s free read it Y all this author can write Pretty much everything that shouldn t have worked for me didThis
is an MM novel but it s not a Romance For all myan MM novel but it s not a Romance For all my out there and ou know who ou are never fear there s still sex The mystery wasn t terribly mysterious but it was a nice background plot that kept things interesting However it wasn t the most important story arc that was definitely the evolution of our main character JulesI tire of reading about saintly characters without any real flaws They re a dime a dozen and they often ruin a book for me I get seriously excited when I find a new gem of an author one who knows how to build a comple. Bored and frustrated by the role society has trapped him in Julian Sharpe searches for any way to break the tedium But when he’s blackmailed by.