Title: An Unseen Attraction (Sins of the Cities, #1)
Author: K.J. Charles
Publisher: Loveswept, Random House Publishing
Expected Release Date: February 21, 2017
Genre: Historical, Romance
Page Count: 247
Rating: 3 Stars
A slow-burning romance and a chilling mystery bind two singular men in the suspenseful first book of a new Victorian series from K. J. Charles.
Lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer prefers a quiet life. He’s happy with his hobbies, his work—and especially with his lodger Rowley Green, who becomes a friend over their long fireside evenings together. If only neat, precise, irresistible Mr. Green were interested in more than friendship. . . .
Rowley just wants to be left alone—at least until he meets Clem, with his odd, charming ways and his glorious eyes. Two quiet men, lodging in the same house, coming to an understanding . . . it could be perfect. Then the brutally murdered corpse of another lodger is dumped on their doorstep and their peaceful life is shattered.
Now Clem and Rowley find themselves caught up in a mystery, threatened on all sides by violent men, with a deadly London fog closing in on them. If they’re to see their way through, the pair must learn to share their secrets—and their hearts.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Well. I’m a bit on the fence on this book. I liked story with unique character and the MCs in this first installment of K.J. Charles‘s new Sins of the Cities series is certainly that.
Lodging house keeper Clem Talleyfer was a bastard son of nobility with an Indian nanny in Victorian era England; that alone was a major flaw for Clem, even when he was acknowledged by the family. But Clem also had condition that making it hard for him to do things simultaneously. Another flaw in society’s eyes. So of course I was set to like Clem!
The subject of his fascination was Rowley Green, a small and quiet taxidermist who set-up shop next door; and he’s also one of Clem’s lodger. They eased from friendship to more in an artlessly sweet way.
However – as much as I like Clem and Rowley’s budding romance – I’m not particularly impressed with their intelligence here. I’m not saying they were stupid; but they practically had no instinct or sense of danger when faced with dire situation. Especially Clem. My God, he was way too gullible and trusting, inconsiderate and unbending when he should’ve. What’s supposed to be an easy puzzle became prolong harried state of affairs!
One last thing: I was also not amused with the way this book ended. So it paved the way for the upcoming character and their story. But really?? That really was not my favourite way of a story to conclude, part of a series or not.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.