Behind These Doors

Behind These Doors : Radical Proposals Book 1

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A Lambda Literary Awards Finalist for Bisexual Fiction (2019)

London, 1906

Lucien Saxby is a journalist, writing for the society pages. The Honourable Aubrey Fanshawe, second son of an earl, is Society. They have nothing in common, until a casual encounter leads to a crisis.

Aubrey isn't looking for love. He already has it, in his long-term clandestine relationship with Lord and Lady Hernedale. And Lucien is the last man Aubrey should want. He's a commoner, raised in service, socially unacceptable. Worse, he writes for a disreputable, gossip-hungry newspaper. Aubrey can't afford to trust him when arrest and disgrace are just a breath away.

Lucien doesn't trust nobs. Painful experience has taught him that working people simply don't count to them. Years ago, he turned his back on a life of luxury so his future wouldn't depend on an aristocrat's whim. Now, thanks to Aubrey, he's becoming entangled in the risky affairs of the upper classes, antagonising people who could destroy him with a word.

Aubrey and Lucien have too much to hide--and too much between them to ignore. Rejecting the strict rules and closed doors of Edwardian society might lead them both to ruin... but happiness and integrity alike demand it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22mm | 572g
  • English
  • 191273401X
  • 9781912734016
  • 2,605,673

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"Once in a while, you read a book that works to break down boundaries in multiple ways, and with amazing results. Behind These Doors is one of those books." LGBTQIA Historical Romance

"Lucens' writing reminds me of the best works by K.J. Charles. Highly, highly recommended, and a must-read for historical romance fanatics." Love Bytes LGBTQIA Reviews

"A nuanced story about queerness and class and misogyny... the polyamory representation was deeply compelling and felt very real. One of my favorite historical romances I've read this year." Corey's Book Corner

"I will happily call [Behind These Doors] a masterpiece. ...Holy hell that book is gorgeous." Talia Hibbert

"An unusual Edwardian-set historical that combines rich class critique, sympathetically-drawn characters, and polyamorous relationships to brilliant effect." Romance Novels for Feminists: Best of 2018 List

"Incredibly transporting, a very persuasive snapshot of Edwardian London." Olivia Waite for The Seattle Review of Books

"Inspiring as hell. Sweet and powerful and angry and righteous." Amy Jo Cousins

"Exquisite historical detail, deftly rendered. ... A love story through and through." Nancy Yeager for Eight Ladies Writing

"I really couldn't put this book down, and I'm amazed that this is the first full length novel from this author - I hope there are more soon!" Duke Duke Goose

"A book that ticked all the boxes I wanted ticked in a story about polyamory. I appreciated the deeply thoughtful exchanges that occurred between the various characters. An utterly delightful read." Joyfully Jay

"Lucens does a great job of balancing the titillating nature of some of her characters' encounters ... and the reality of everyday tenderness and familiarity between partners." TBQ's Palace Blog

"There are issues of class, of women's suffrage, and of the cause and effect of sensational journalism. I was thoroughly captivated by the characters and the story." Diverse Reader
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433 ratings
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4 35% (150)
3 18% (80)
2 4% (18)
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