Title: An Unnatural Vice
Author: KJ Charles
Release Date: June 6th, 2017
Genre(s): Historical (Victorian)
Page Count: 250
Reviewed by: Lenalena
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
An Unseen Attraction is the second book in a trilogy set in Victorian London. It’s certainly starts a little more high-octane than the first book, which took quite a bit of time to get going. Where the first book picked up speed in the second half, though, this one lost a bit of it in the latter part. Personally, I preferred the shenanigans in London to the getting-to-know-each-other part in the country side. There was just more fireworks in that part. So much so that I even read the first sex scene. Yes, I admit that normally, I skim. I skimmed the later ones in this book. I’ve read so many of them over the last years that they tend to not hold my interest very often these days. It’s an unfortunate side effect of reading one genre exclusively for a long time.
Both characters are interesting, especially Justin Lazarus. Maybe not quite as interesting as Clem in the first book, but I liked both of them. I like how Charles introduces characters who have been traumatized in their youth, and who aren’t suddenly cured by magic dick. Real work has to be done in these relationships to make them work. I love that.
All in all, a really decent installment in this series. I still haven’t figured out who the killer is and that is great. I gotta say that being briefly introduced to the love interest in the next book, I am very much looking forward to that one. Pen promises to be right piece of work! Can’t wait!