Title: An Unsuitable Heir (Sins of the Cities #3)
Author: K.J. Charles
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Genre(s): Historical Romance
Page Count: 211 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
A private detective finds passion, danger, and the love of a lifetime when he hunts down a lost earl in Victorian London.
On the trail of an aristocrat’s secret son, enquiry agent Mark Braglewicz finds his quarry in a music hall, performing as a trapeze artist with his twin sister. Graceful, beautiful, elusive, and strong, Pen Starling is like nobody Mark’s ever met—and everything he’s ever wanted. But the long-haired acrobat has an earldom and a fortune to claim.
Pen doesn’t want to live as any sort of man, least of all a nobleman. The thought of being wealthy, titled, and always in the public eye is horrifying. He likes his life now—his days on the trapeze, his nights with Mark. And he won’t be pushed into taking a title that would destroy his soul.
But there’s a killer stalking London’s foggy streets, and more lives than just Pen’s are at risk. Mark decides he must force the reluctant heir from music hall to manor house, to save Pen’s neck. Betrayed by the one man he thought he could trust, Pen never wants to see his lover again. But when the killer comes after him, Pen must find a way to forgive—or he might not live long enough for Mark to make amends.
Didn’t Swing My Trapeze
Yeah, well, the story was decent, but it just didn’t swing my trapeze, make my socks roll up and down, float my boat … you get the drift. The whodunit was too predictable and even though I didn’t really know who was doing the killing for a while, I knew who was behind it. And then the murderer slipped up and I caught it out right away, so I was disappointed.
I was also not really enamored with Pen’s character. I was a little confused as to where he stood off and on. Gender-fluid? Transgender? Back and forth I went for most of the book until it became a little more clear overall. I’ve read a lot of titles this week with characters that fit either or both of those “labels” for lack of a better word and this one did the least successful job of explaining it to the reader.
I don’t know. There were things to like about it, there truly were. And maybe I just have a hard time with gay historicals because it doesn’t seem like the vitriol and censure the characters do encounter fits what would have actually happened back then, so it tweaks my sense of realism. Like I said, I don’t know. I enjoyed the story itself but just couldn’t suspend all disbelief to really get into it. It also didn’t make me want to backtrack and read previous stories from the series. Take from that what you will.