19 April, 2018


Title: An Unnatural Vice
Author: K.J. Charles
Series: Sins of the Cities 2
Genres: LGBT, Romance, Historical
Publisher: Loveswept
Release: June 6th 2017
Source: eBook
Pages: 250

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In the sordid streets of Victorian London, unwanted desire flares between two bitter enemies brought together by a deadly secret.

Crusading journalist Nathaniel Roy is determined to expose spiritualists who exploit the grief of bereaved and vulnerable people. First on his list is the so-called Seer of London, Justin Lazarus. Nathaniel expects him to be a cheap, heartless fraud. He doesn’t expect to meet a man with a sinful smile and the eyes of a fallen angel—or that a shameless swindler will spark his desires for the first time in years.

Justin feels no remorse for the lies he spins during his séances. His gullible clients simply bore him. Hostile, disbelieving, utterly irresistible Nathaniel is a fascinating challenge. And as their battle of wills and wits heats up, Justin finds he can’t stop thinking about the man who’s determined to ruin him.

But Justin and Nathaniel are linked by more than their fast-growing obsession with one another. They are both caught up in an aristocratic family’s secrets, and Justin holds information that could be lethal. As killers, fanatics, and fog close in, Nathaniel is the only man Justin can trust—and, perhaps, the only man he could love.


EXPECTATIONS: I've a friend who kindly teases me and recommends me KJC books, so my expectations, due to experience and her, are always pretty high. So far, I have not ever been disappointed by the wonderful author that K.J. Charles is.

THE WORLD: Dirty, foggy London, with its unbreathable air. Crooks and criminals thrive here, among honest men and gentlemen. The more you delve on the streets, the less odd it seems that a poor woman would take her savings to a seer, rather than a detective, in hopes of finding her lost twins. Desperation is in the air, and how do you know whom to trust, really? After all, it's as easy to disappear here, as it is to find death in some dark nook, and no detective will allow you a word with a dead relative.

CHARACTERS: Justin Lazarus is a famous London seer to whom the said woman came. Really, he thought nothing of it, just did his job, vaguely consoled her of their well being, and kept the picture she brought with her, as an insurance. For the woman was robbed off her pennies in the middle of the day, it seems, but promised to come back with the rest of her savings. It's just that she never did. Again, Lazarus didn't think twice of it, it happens. Up until he met journalist Nathaniel Roy, and his detective friend Mark. For the woman was not just a woman, and her twins are well sought after. And by far not everyone has their well being at heart! Nathaniel dedicated his time to expose such charlatans as Lazarus, so it wasn't odd they met, even taking the woman out of equation. What was odd, and as the theme goes, almost supernatural, was their second meeting. For Lazarus appeared on his doorstep instead, cold, shivering and worse for the wear, after nearly meeting his death due to those damned twins! 

ROMANCE: Nathaniel buried his heart with Tony, a man he loved very much, a man who died. But Lazarus brings in very odd dynamics into his life. His unapologetic need to survive, his care for those who work with him, his firm independence. Thus romance blooms with a clashing start and/or an explosion, and develops into a very fine relationship. 

GOOD: The detective story line is very good here. Surprises are perfect, on time, and barely suspectable. And, as always, I love me a survivor. Lazarus is just that. He did what he had to do, and felt no remorse for it. He wanted to live, so he lived, and did whatever it took to continue. Nathaniel felt a little blander, but I think that's a plus for him. He wasn't anything special, a simple man, with a simple job, and a simple well-of life. 

BAD: Nothing. Seriously. 

OVERALL: I loved this. It was a very good story, with a very good detective plot, and fine romance. KJC, as common to her theme, is very able to play just the right strings to get me to relate to her characters. In this case I can quite Nathaniel talking to Lazarus "you're afraid to hope". In compare to the first book, this was much, much better, and I already started the third one, and that one's even better than this one, so there's that!

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