Audiobook Review: Slippery Creatures by K.J. Charles

Posted August 5, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 20 Comments

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review: Slippery Creatures by K.J. Charles
Slippery Creatures
Narrated by Cornell Collins

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Series: Will Darling Adventures #1
Genres: Historical Romance, M/M Romance, Mystery Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on July 21, 2020
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

WWI is over, the Jazz Age is dawning, and a decorated war hero can be homeless and starving to death on London’s streets if it weren’t for the generous legacy left by a deceased uncle.  Too bad the old bookshop he now has comes with a dangerous secret that people will kill to get their hands on it.  This opening Will Darling Adventure set post-WWI Britain grabbed my attention and turned out to be even better than anticipated.


Will was a soldier in the trenches who learned he was good at killing and serving many a mad scramble, but it’s peacetime that makes him wonder if his number is up.  He couldn’t find a job and was on the point of starvation when an estranged uncle surprised him by leaving him his old bookshop.  Will is giving it a go at selling the used and rare books and figuring out running a business when he gets a short parade of shady customers wanting something his uncle had.  He’s in no great humor at all the threats from two different groups with one being a snooty war office colonel when a natty lordling offers to help him look for what must be hidden in the shop.  Will likes Kim right away and doesn’t think he’s mistaken in the heated looks Kim is throwing his way, but what would an aristocrat want with a rough working guy like him?  Is it real or is Kim after the papers, too?

Slippery Creatures was a lusty suspenseful romp.  It’s exciting and has some great action scenes, it gets spicy hot when the two men come together, it’s thoughtful as ideologies and other philosphical discussions are explored, and it’s intriguing with more than one plot thread going on and a well-sketched cast of characters introduced.

At the center of it all is the sole narrator, Will Darling.  The story has many pivotal parts, but it is his personality, thoughts and actions that drive it all.  Will is a down-at-the-heel average bloke on first appearance.  He’s not brilliant or posh, but he’s observant and makes his own luck.  He’s quite stubborn once he feels he’s got the right of it whether it’s the ethical dilemma about what to do with the secret the shop is hiding, his thoughts on the war he just fought in, or his blazing opinion about Kim’s shady ethics and actions.  He gets threatened and beat up, tricked and seduced, but he stays at it.  I loved his gumption.  He has decided opinions about his supposed betters and those who lead things in the war which lend him a gritty, eyes-open skepticism when people try to tell him what he should do about the secret in the shop.  A very fascinating character who was underestimated by everyone.

Around Will is his black Welsh friend, Maisie, who works in a hat shop and is his pal and confidant.  Kim’s fiance’ Lady Phoebe who is a fluttery bright young thing and gives him insight into Kim even if he is uneasy about their wide-open engagement.  Then there is Lord Kim Secretan.  Kim is a very complex person who is more than he seems and does nothing straightforward.  He is a love interest for Will, but at times, Will thinks Kim his worst enemy.  I do love shades of gray characters like Kim especially when paired with straight arrows like Will.   They had a pretty tempestuous relationship that frustrated Will to no end when he’d catch Kim out in one of his lies. There is much about this group that I still think will come out as the series continues and I look forward to seeing if I’m right about some of it that was not revealed by the end of this one.

The era was painted well.  The focus was on Will in his dingy working class world where the glam of the Jazz Age barely infiltrates.  There are also a few scenes when Will ventures into Kim and Lady Phoebe’s upper class Bright Young Thing life.  Historical setting was something of background, but it added to the story nicely.

Cornell Collins was a new to me narrator.  He has a great versatility for class and personality with all the distinct voices he acted.  Will’s was rough in accent and quality while Kim was the opposite.  Maisie’s Welsh voice seemed somewhat sing-song, but he did great with female voice registers for Maisie and Phoebe.  I hope he continues to narrate the series.

All in all, my first Will Darling Adventure was a smash hit and I can’t wait to progress with the series.  It’s an action-packed, spicy hot m/m historical mystery romance that I can recommend to those who enjoy those elements.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest

Challenges Met

New Release #101
Romanceopoly #59  Lover’s Lane non contemp LGBT
Historical Fiction #75
Audio #59

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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1 year ago

Oh yay, I’m so glad to hear you really enjoyed this one. It’s on my wish list of books, so looks like I need to get my hands on a copy as soon as I can. How fun that it’s a series too – or will be!


Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes! You will enjoy it, Lauren. I think the ebook for book 2 comes out this fall. I have to wait a bit longer for the audio release.

1 year ago

I love the time period this one takes place in!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Ethan

Same here! So much was going on right after the war. Loved that she gave an upper and a working class world split.

1 year ago

Oh I like the idea. It looks fun!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

It was a definite hit, Melliane!

sherry fundin
1 year ago

excellent review. at first glance i would have passed over this, but after reading your review, i took another look
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Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

Yes, it is rather understated compared to her usual books, but the style of the cover was so Roaring Twenties that I got excited right away. Glad to snag your interest, Sherry.

Lover of Romance
1 year ago

love the sound of this story here and this is an author I have been meaning to try. Really appreciate an author who implements the world of the “working class” would love to see that more.

Great review.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

I tried one of her older ones and it was good, but this one was even better to me and maybe it’s the era and the characters. 🙂 I enjoyed a working class hero, too.

1 year ago

Not my genre, but I am glad you enjoyed it.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Nadene

Thanks, Nadene! I’m trying to be patient for book two’s release. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

This sounds good from the stellar narration to Will. Great review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Oh yes, Will totally stole the show for me. And, I enjoyed the different style of the narrator.

1 year ago

This just sounds amazing. Thanks for the review!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Jen

It sure did. I had to snag it as soon as I spotted it. Hope you get the chance, Jen.

1 year ago

This sounds awesome. I’ve been eyeing this one and your review convinced me to give it a try. Will sounds like a great main character with his unique point of view and shades of grey type of characters like Kim are great to read about. I am glad the era was painted well and it had some great action scenes as well.Great review!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

Oh good! Glad to persuade you into giving this one a try. I enjoyed the characters and the time period so much. The suspense part and the relationships were superb.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

I’m glad this worked out well for you! I am curious to see what book 2 has in store for us.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Me too. Will and Kim are great fun when there’s trouble brewing.