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Enjoyable beyond words L O V E D it Not started yet, will do asap 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 This comes in the form of Keaton, a GIS agent, who blackmails him into spying on his husband Henry. Whew, this was fun A special thank you to the person who gifted me a copy of this since it s been pulled from archive of our own You know who you 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 sure, but they didn t go the way I was expecting and that s good Not going to give away spoilers but I think the ending was pretty satisfactory Not a real spoiler view spoiler I did have a question about Henry and Julian s relationship and Julian and Keaton s relationship Is the plan for J to still sleep with Keaton after everything happened hide spoiler 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 coming years.I don t know exactly why this is one of my absolute favourites.In 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 questionable, the ending while not bad isn t traditionally happy, the list goes on.I m going to try to pin down at lest part of why I loveHearthkeeperso much The story and world ofHearthkeeperis so deeply layered that I m not sure how much I can truly say without spoiling.Here s the basic gist Jules 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 turn.There is so much to unpack here If you dislike mild spoilers proceed with caution, though I definitely won t reveal any plot twists.The setting is pretty crucial to the storyHearthkeepertakes 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 younger 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 them.Doesn t sound appealing, I know, it s utter bullshit, but please bear with me.These roles, rules, dynamics and laws, while the sadly the norm, are frequently challenged in conversations throughout the book and definitely portrayed as what they 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 on.Fun fact about the world building here the culture of Hearthkeepers and Hearthlighters is non monogamous Sex outside of marriage is common and considered normal, though one is expected to be discrete about it.One 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 himjust soand gets the desired effect was absolutely exhilarating and fascinating.It 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 points.To 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 life.Another facet to this is that Jules is, in fact, sexually submissive The frequent 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 book.Aside 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 year 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 eventually.One 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 painful.But 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 be.circumstances 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 with 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 Strong elements, but a bit inconsistent overall Big thanks to my weekly BR group of awesomeness. 2 7 15 So, 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 Cecilia.This 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 dynamic updates on a weekly basis rating withheld for now 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 life.He 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 does.Loved Keaton Loved how it ended Loved it all. 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 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 spots.Favorite quote I don t need further proof of your capabilities, Keaton said You re the one who needs convincing. ^DOWNLOAD PDF ⇘ Hearthkeeper ☉ 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 The Gallevan Intelligence Service Into Spying On His Wealthy Husband, Jules Life Gets A Little Too InterestingRating NC Warnings BDSM Dynamics, Both Healthy And Unhealthy Impact Play Erotic Humiliation Promiscuity Cultural Non Monogamy Substance Abuse DependenceWords Complete