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.
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By BR on 03-08-17
K. J. Charles does it again
K.J. Charles is an auto buy for me ever since the Magpie series. That remains the favorite, but I definitely enjoyed the second installment of the Sins of the Cities series. While the first book in the series had a gentleness between the two main characters, in this book there is friction and sparks. Following an enemies to lovers storyline, the cynical psychic Justin rubs the crusading journalist Nathaniel the wrong way. But that doesn't stop them from wanting to rub each in other ways (sorry, easy joke). The initial attraction grows to something more when danger follows them in the fog polluted streets of Victorian London. One of my favorite things about K. J. Charles is that her characters are not without flaws and issues. Justin is, to me, the more interesting as someone who will do whatever he can to keep his precarious social position as his protection from poverty and the streets. Nathaniel struggles to put aside his self righteousness but does so once he sees Justin's reality is less privileged than his own. The sex scenes work well as does the eventual solid partnership they form together. The narrator does his usual great job of giving unique voices to each character. In a nutshell, a fun listen that is well worth a credit. The biggest problem I have is the wait until the final book coming out in October.
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By Bosco on 21-05-18
Charles is a pretty good author. She adeptly combines love and mystery. My first experience of her writing was An Unsuitable Heir. I admit that I didn't love the main characters. But the plot was good enough, the writing solid enough, and the other characters interesting enough that I went back for more. An Unnatural Vice was more to my liking, mostly because the main characters were more attractive to me. I'll start my third Sins of the Cities book soon. (Unfortunately I unwittingly read them in reverse order, but to the author's credit, the one I liked the least still whet my appetite to read the first two books in the series.) Assuming I like An Unseen Attraction as much as I expect to, I'll probably start reading/listening to some of her other series as well.
I should note here that, though Sins of the City is a series in which all the books are closely related and interdependent, they are also stand-alone novels. No cliffhangers that make it impossible to read the books out of order, or force the reader to buy another book in the series. This was a plus for me.