This is the second KJ Charles book I read after stumbling upon her via a recommendation for Any Old Diamonds. Read AOD first and enjoyed it, and since good authors can be very hard to come by, I had a look at her other work. Figured The Magpie Lord sounded like something I'd enjoy. Hooboy, it sure was. Charles has a knack for character, relationship AND plot (all three at once can be tricky). I fell in love with Stephen almost instantly. Lucien took a little longer but I ended up adoring him too. I wanted so badly for them to work out as a couple and even though I KNEW I was reading a romance it was tense about it - this author is that good.