Lord Alexander Pyne-ffoulkes is the younger son of the Duke of Ilvar, with a bitter grudge against his wealthy father. The Duke intends to give his Duchess a priceless diamond parure on their wedding anniversary—so Alec hires a pair of jewel thieves to steal it.
The Duke's remote castle is a difficult target, and Alec needs a way to get the thieves in. Soldier-turned-criminal Jerry Crozier has the answer: he'll pose as a Society gentleman and become Alec's new best friend.
But Jerry is a dangerous man: controlling, remote, and devastating. He effortlessly teases out the lonely young nobleman’s most secret desires, and soon he’s got Alec in his bed—and the palm of his hand.
Or maybe not. Because as the plot thickens, betrayals, secrets, new loves, and old evils come to light. Now the jewel thief and the aristocrat must keep up the pretence, find their way through a maze of privilege and deceit, and confront the truth of what's between them...all without getting caught.
Any Old Diamonds is the first book in The Lilywhite Boys series. It's the story of Jerry and Alec. We meet the Lilywhite boys: Jerry and Templeton, and Susan Lazarus. Jerry is absolutely a villian and you'll love him for it. Alec is clearly a sweet and slightly tortured hero. I really enjoyed this heist story and found it a great start to the series. This is a m/m romance and KJ Charles is one of my go to author's for those.
Music-hall singer Miss Christiana is in serious debt, and serious trouble. She owes more than she can pay to a notorious criminal, and now he plans to make an example of her. There's no way out.
But Christiana has an admirer. Stan Kamarzyn has watched her sing for a year and he doesn't want to see her get hurt. Stan's nobody special--just a dodgy bloke from Bethnal Green--but he's got useful friends. Friends who can get a girl out of trouble, for a price. Christiana's not sure what it will cost her...
The two slowly reach an understanding. But Christiana is no criminal, and she can't risk getting mixed up with the law. What will happen when Stan's life as the fence for the notorious Lilywhite Boys brings trouble to his doorstep?
The Rat Catcher's Daughter is a novella in The Lilywhite Boys series. It takes place before the events in the first novel, Any Old Diamonds. In this book we meet the Lilywhite Boy's fence, Stan and his love interest Christiana. This is a very sweet novella, that I enjoyed reading. I do find that with novella's I'm never truly satisfied story-wise, but I don't see how this story would have benefited from being longer. It's so well done and enjoyable that I don't hold it's length against it. It is also a trans, asexual romance, which is 2 firsts in one for me.