AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION
Series: Sins of the Cities #1
Genre: LGBTQ+, Historical, Mystery
Release date: February 21st 2017
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.
“I’d like to make you happy. However that might be done.”
An Unseen Attraction is a rather sweet historical mystery, and a great start to a new series. The plot is engaging, the characters are complex and interesting (also, yay for Indian MC!), and the historical setting is done very well. There is also a little bit of romance, providing great contrast with… well, the murder.
K.J. Charles is a wonderful writer. This is another novel to love, with a fast-paced story that captures your attention right from the beginning. It is mystery-focused, in a way most of her books aren’t, and very well executed.
My favorite thing about this book is the sweet, adorable pining. It’s just so wholesome, reading about our main characters, Clem and Rowley, getting together. Their romance is a delight, and definitely a high point in the story. Especially because they take the time to communicate with each other — yay for relationship negotiations!
Clem and Rowley are actually very interesting characters. They are layered and fleshed out, and their pasts add depth to the story. I especially loved their conversations about Rowley’s work, morbid as they were. Clem’s blind love for his brother is a little bit of a bother, though, as it gets more and more frustrating to read about as the plot moves on.
The mystery is rather good, especially with the way it all comes together in the end. There are a few twists along the story, although most of them are predictable. You can pretty much guess what’s happening right away.
Overall, An Unseen Attraction is a good read. It is definitely worth picking it up if you like historical mysteries, especially when they have a sprinkling of romance and some steamy scenes throughout. 😀