Title: An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities #2)
Author: K.J. Charles
Publisher: Loveswept, Random House Publishing Group
Expected Publishing Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Historical, Romantic Suspense
Length: 220 pages
Rating: 3 Stars
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.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
The second entry to Sins of the Cities brought Nathaniel Roy – the journalist cum lawyer friend of MCs from An Unseen Attraction – head to head with the so-called Seer of London, Justin Lazarus. It was a fiery collision from the get go which – as expected – combusted in no time at all.
As continuation to the Taillefer family rigmarole, this book lent crucial attribute to put together the missing link. On the personal issue and romantic department however, Justin and Nathaniel didn’t fully captivate me.
The story is interesting, and likewise the mutual animosity mixed in with lust between the two men. Justin might be the perfect antihero, him being a crafty trickster masquerading as spiritualist and taking a couple of orphans as his familiars. Nathaniel too, with his sharp journalist mind, seemed to be a good opponent. And I initially enjoyed their verbal volleys. As the plot revealed though, my regard to Nate diminished as – on facing the menacing fiend that keep popping on their way – he didn’t seem too resourceful. Not totally obtuse, but less than what I expected. On this matter, Justin proved his savviness (at the same time the thugs showed their dimwittedness, I guess).
And fervent as their dalliance might seem, I didn’t totally buy the chemistry between them. It felt too rushed and adrenaline-affected. Justin and his familiars’s kinship were more believable and touching indeed. I really look forward to see him on the next entry to series – with how the case’s development further had Justin worked together with another of Nate’s friend.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.