The Rat-Catcher's Daughter

The Rat-Catcher's Daughter Review

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?

A trans f/m asexual romance novelette (17,000 words), set two years before Any Old Diamonds.

Content warnings: Story opens with misgendering/transphobia and threat of violence.

Title:The Rat-Catcher's Daughter

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  • K.J. Charles

    A Lilywhite Boys short story, in which we meet Miss Christiana, the music-hall songstress, and Stan Kamarzyn, the Lilywhite Boys' fence. Plus Templeton and Jerry at play, two years before Any Old Diam...

  • Kaje Harper

    This is an interesting novella set in the Lilywhite Boys series, with two engaging main characters. Both Stan, with his shy diffidence, and Christiana in all her complexity and vulnerable determinatio...

  • Lily

    Short, but sweet. A 18th century Drag Queen is rescued by a thief. She is suspicious of him at first but finds him to be the most adorably shy and down-to-earth honest man in existence. It's a rather ...

  • Ami

    3.5 starsAn trans/asexual romance from KJ Charles. YAY! It's a short story (less than 20k) so things go quite fast. It has transphobia in the beginning; a little reminder for those who might be more s...

  • Andrea

    At this point, I'll read anything K.J. Charles writes and love it, but I love it when one of her stories surprises me. I absolutely adored the pairing of Stan and Christiana, it was so sweet to see bo...

  • Aldi

    Thoroughly heart-warming in the best way, and the trans/ace rep was wonderful. There was just something so simple and lovely about Stan and Christiana slowly discovering that they were actually on a p...

  • Megan

    Romances at this length (not quite at novella word count) are difficult to review, because if I like the romance, I really do want more of it.And I liked the romance here a lot. When the two asexual c...

  • Robin Mandell

    So much said in 17000 wordsMore of KJ Charles' whip-smart writing right here. As usual, I can't wait to reread this to see what I missed the first time. The characters here are sonderful, with lots of...

  • Jen

    I was excited to receive an ARC and couldn’t put it down. Christiana is a joy, Stan is a dear, and this book is a delight from beginning to end. (view spoiler)[Ace characters are rare. Trans charact...

  • Laura

    The Rat-Catcher's Daughter is a short story set about two years before the events of Any Old Diamonds about the Lilywhite Boy's fence, Stan. It's a sweet, quick romance about Stan meeting Miss Chris...