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Gilded Cage

av KJ Charles

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*Picks up pillows stitched with J+N. Adds some lines for family trees. Proceeds to stitch J+S within family tree.*

Don't play the game if you don't like the stakes.

KJ Charles, via her character, calls Susan Lazarus a hedgehog and of course that's what I was thinking of her the whole time.
"Christ, you look good in opals. I have a lot of them for you.”
“Stolen ones?”
“Let’s not split hairs.”

And so, imagine a hedgehog, showing its soft underbelly (still with claws out don't be silly) to a teddy bear who also drops people out the window for fucking with those he cares about: "defenestration" he says. Templeton Lane talks like Richard Vane and has a weakness for opals, and hell, you know I was a goner when I found that out-and I knew KJC had done the perfect thing perfectly again when I read this, and he's holding a torch for a difficult woman raised by my favorite KJ Charles character (Justin Lazarus).
Diamonds were easier to fence, emeralds more valuable, but opals sang to Templeton and he couldn’t resist their song.

Susan knows her found family is loving and counts herself lucky. She is equally dedicated to justice and righteous as her other 'guvnor' Nathaniel, but with the slippery and ruthless methods of Justin. And if Temp didn't say it enough: she's glorious. It just so happens she's the only one willing to help Temp, murder suspect, because she knows him just a little bit better than everyone else, or is smarter than everyone else at least.

It wasn’t about him at all, but about the simple mathematics: if he swung, a double murderer would walk free. She would do this because it was right, and if the entire rest of the world thought she was misguided, foolish, or irritating for it, that was their hard luck.

What follows is an exploration of a light that never extinguished, a reclaiming of names, and just a fucking good romance.
James Vane had never had any business falling in love with Sukey Lazarus. It had always been impossible, and she had always been
doomed to suffer for it.

I absolutely LOVE when James/Temp surprises Susan, it's fantastic, "You fucking what?" or "I...uh, what?"
It's hilarious in that way that the highly suspicious, ruthless, two steps ahead character getting knocked off her feet way....
“In my old trade, a blank slate was a lie. I’d write on it with onion
juice, then Justin would wipe it with a chalky handkerchief, and there
you are, a message from the spirits. The flats fell for it every time.”
“Perhaps the invisible writing is always there, whatever you do,”

This was fabulous, and in perfect KJ style, the pacing is on, the sex integral and it just results in a near perfect romance. Justin and Nathaniel were there first, though(and their intensity cannot be topped). ( )
  samnreader | Jul 22, 2021 |
What an absolute treat of a book!

Susan “will cut you” Lazarus and James “cinnamon roll” Vane are definitely one of my fave book couples now.

God, Susan is glorious. She is everything I like in a heroine: angry, disagreeable, up-front, and definitely won’t take anyone’s shit, especially James’s. It’s hard to imagine a man, who can take her heart, but James proves to be just right for her. He’s definitely made a mess of things, but he’s not afraid to work tirelessly on their relationship to make it work. James also doesn’t shy away from emotional labor, which makes him real attractive in my book.

I also really enjoyed cameos both from previous books in this series (Jerry really speaks to my sociopathic nature, okay) and Sins of the Cities. Nice to know Justin hasn’t mellowed in his old age and Nathaniel still can lovingly tell him to shut up.

5/5, definitely will be rereading this one. ( )
  tetiana.90 | Apr 30, 2020 |
One of the Lilywhite Boys is framed for murder, and turns to his lost love Susan—now an inquiry agent—to help. Het romance with shenanigans. I liked it but would prefer more fantasy! ( )
  rivkat | Jan 29, 2020 |
I love both of the lead characters individually and together, the interactions between Templeton and Jerry, and Sarah and Lazarus. I found this very different in structure from the other full novel in the series, making it impossible for me to pick a favorite if I had to, but it's certainly at least the equal to Any Old Diamonds. ( )
  Unreachableshelf | Nov 5, 2019 |
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