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Charles And Edward by [Beau Garçon De La Nuit]
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Set in the years leading up to the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee of 2012, this is a very modern love story with an unusual twist. Across the class divide that separates the extremely wealthy from the common man in modern day England, two men meet and form a most unlikely bond.

Edward is a humble young man from South London, born into a poverty stricken and mixed up family with no hope of a good future. With a single mother addicted to drugs, abused as a child and adopted at a young age, Edward is trying hard to make a better life for himself any way he possibly can.

One day he meets his knight in shining armour, a true blue-blooded member of the aristocracy, who comes into his life and turns it around in a whirlwind fantasy.

Will events change Edward? Can he remain the humble young man he was or will he become caught up in all the glamour and luxury and lose himself amongst the finer things in life?

A Belle de Jour meets Pretty Woman for the 21st Century. Like the love letters between King Edward and Wallis Simpson before becoming the Duke and Duchess of Windsor crossed with Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl.

It is a tale with an underlying message of morality - can you really have everything you want without paying the price?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Universal London Publications (3 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Email fiction 23 February 2014
By E.de Vos - Published on Amazon.com
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I had no idea this was all in the form of emails. Not a fan. Great premise and expected a lot more. Sad that this was what I got. There is literally no way to really see the build of the relationship. Nor was I a fan of the constant references to moneyed places, things etc. It made the relationship seem very shallow.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This "novel" only goes from bad to worse 1 August 2014
By Edward in Seattle - Published on Amazon.com
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This "novel" only goes from bad to worse! Attention by an English noble lavished on a young egocentric, greedy male escort! The whole "novel" is written in shared emails which can get VERY tedious and told me way more than I ever wanted to read about book sellers! Lot's of repetition. The author definitely needs a proof-reader but, to be fair, most of the writers of these gay romances need a proof-reader.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Got through it, but I don't recommend it. (SPOILERS) 23 September 2014
By The Bionic Stan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the story of a 60ish marquess and a 20-something rent-boy, told through e-mails between the two of them. It's not clear whether Edward is seeing other clients, or just Charles.

They go on for two years, with Edward getting more and more demanding, even wheedling Charles to cover household expenses for Edward's mother. Charles, who by the way is a millionaire and has a high-paying job in international sales, always complains about how much everything (including Edward) costs, but he always coughs up the cash.

If I finished reading this, why don't I recommend it? Because it was about three times as long as it needed to be. I'm around Charles's age, and I can't imagine any reason why he didn't kick Edward to the curb (or kerb) after their first trip together, when it was obvious that Edward was a gold-digging whore. Oh, did I mention that Edward not only kept hitting up Charles for money, jewelry, and fancy hotels and restaurants, but also he wouldn't put out? (Or, at least, he wouldn't do what Charles wanted in bed. Just what that was, is left tastefully unspecified.)

Edward was believable, though annoying; Charles was a totally unbelievable doormat. In a short story, I might have had more patience, but this just went on and on. It wasn't bad, exactly, but there's so much out there that's better.

I should mention stylistic problems. Edward's emails were full of misspellings and grammatical errors, to be expected from an aging urchin, I guess. But they were also grossly padded with narration of what the two of them did together on their latest trip. Of course the author had painted himself into a corner with the structure of emails only between the two of them, but all that exposition just felt wrong. The problem could have easily been solved, in the hands of a better author, by bringing in e-mails to a third person. Charles's e-mails didn't have that problem, but they too were full of basic English mistakes. The question kept recurring to my mind, like a fly buzzing at a window, "how could a Harrow-educated older gent write so badly?"

Too long, and irritating. If I could give it 2-1/2 stars, I would.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lover of Romance 26 November 2013
By A Torres - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow this was a very interesting read.I was hooked after the first few pages. It is a different type of romance you will find than the cover but either way it is a romance story. It is like you are reading their personal emails correspondence between Charles and Edward. Two men from different social status. One rich one not so well off. ( I hate using the word poor). It is like a modern day romance of Pretty woman. All with a twist that will keep you reading the love that grows between them. You don't have to be gay to love this, if you love romance you will love it. I received a free copy for my honest review.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not another email exchange, please! 26 January 2014
By Stacy L - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
**Disclaimer: This paperback novel was sent to me by the author at no cost to review. While I do not feel that this influenced me in any capacity, I am legally obligated to disclose this fact so that you can come to your own conclusions about the merit of this analysis.**

Life, as displayed through the eyes of a third party, can sometimes lead to observations and epiphanies unbeknownst to those being observed. In literature you generally refer to the third party as a "narrator", who usually expounds about subtle plot points or other information to add mystery to the prose. By contrast, a novel may be written from a first-person perspective, with the protagonist adding their perceptions and internal dialogue to deepen the tale. Finally, and author may use both a narrator and a first-person viewpoint.

Now you may be wondering as to why I wrote the above statement; the distinction is important because "Charles and Edward" is written in the form of emails exchanged between the main characters. At first this may seem like a nifty idea, but as the story unfolds you will find yourself yearning for more depth and exposition. With that in mind, here is my review of "Charles and Edward: A Modern-Day Pretty Woman".

Book Format

As mentioned above, "Charles and Edward" (henceforth referred to as C&E) is written entirely in the form of email communication from the main characters. From page 1 you begin with an email from Charles to Edward, and then the inevitable reply from Edward. While an email may discuss another person, the author of C&E, rather than using email dialogue sporadically as a way to add to the story, chose the email format as the plot delivery vehicle for the entire book. You will read the circular email dialogue over and over, ad nauseam. If you are like me, you WILL also find yourself loathing the tale as you tackle each page.

Lastly, the book is printed with a very small font, even more so on the back of the book cover. If you have trouble reading smaller text, you may want to wait to purchase this book printed with a larger font.

Story and Plot

The book comes plastered with the tagline "A Modern Day Pretty Woman". For those of you who know history, the 1990 movie "Pretty Woman" (starring an appropriately sexy Richard Gere) was based on the play "My Fair Lady", which in turn was adapted from the 1912 play "Pygmalion" written by George Bernard Shaw. The basic premise of these three stories is that a poor, underprivileged woman meets a wealthy gentleman, who then gives her elocution lessons and dresses her is in fine clothing to elevate her standing within the class hierarchy, and thus gain entry into the world of the rich and successful.

C&E touches upon a condensed ideal of "Pretty Woman" with the trope of "poor boy, rich man", with the ensuing drama plays out in the emails between the two characters. Unfortunately the emails do not explain how Charles and Edward met each other, only that each enjoyed the company of the other party prior to the starting email at the beginning of the book. It is from these casual emails that the story evolves to Charles and Edward becoming more than just good friends.

In terms of language/writing skill (and by inference, his elocution) Edward (the "poor boy") writes well, so there is no need for Charles to train him to speak the Queen's English. As their romance unfolds throughout email after email, two points become clear:

1) Charles is older than Edward and is very generous. His luck in catching a young man lends to his tendency to give into Edward's numerous "requests",

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2) Edward is a gold-digger. By the time that you reach the end of the book he is asking for money from Charles in nearly every email exchange.

Unfortunately, due to the writing style of the book, other details are a bit difficult to ascertain (in re: the plot). Charles wines-and-dines Edward, taking him on holiday to many exotic locations and gives him many gifts. That said the writing style of this book leaves the reader in the dark. The characters write to each other like two people who have shared an experience and know the background. Sadly, the book doesn't come around to add the reader to be privy to the inside joke.


"Charles and Edward" tries so hard to follow in the literary footsteps of "Pretty Woman" that it ends up tripping over its own narrative. From the nonstop email exchange narrative style, to the lack of establishing a proper setting, and writing that leaves the reader out of the loop of the world being created (name another novel that actively makes a reader feel "left out" on the plot), the reader will flinch at the lack of detail. lf "Charles and Edward" ever truly reaches the tagline on its cover, I will be surprised. The book has a lot of potential, but for some reason it doesn't want to reveal a plot. Final say: rent or borrow this book to determine whether you feel it is worth the price; personally, until the story is made clearer I cannot recommend this novel.
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