Arc Review: AN UNNATURAL VICE by K.J. Charles


K.J Charles

SeriesSins of the Cities #2
Genre: LGBTQ+, Historical, Mystery
Publisher: Loveswept
Pages: 250
Release date: June 6th 2017

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.

“I’ll tell the truth if you will.”

An Unnatural Vice is a wonderful and engrossing enemies-to-lovers story! It introduces new characters, but follows some of the events in the first installment of this series, An Unseen Attraction. It has an added element of mystery that keeps you on your toes, some paranormal shenanigans, and complex and developed characters.

K.J. Charles continues to deliver entertaining and fast-paced novels. This one is action packed, and a great mixture of mystery and romance. It has some steamy and sweet scenes to counterbalance the dangerous ones, and keeps you flipping pages the entire time to figure out what’s going on.

Once again, K.J. Charles gives us well-developed and complex characters, one of which has a unique profession. Justin’s work is super interesting to read about, especially with the way it ties together with the plot and last installment’s mystery arc. It gives him an edge as a character, especially as you struggle to empathise with him and his line of work.

The conflict in this novel is also really engrossing and well-thought it. Like mentioned above, it brings up things from An Unseen Attraction. This book also reveals and adds to the main mystery left over from the previous installment – the Godfrey kids, while also providing new twists and obstacles for Nathaniel and Justin to face. The plot picks up and really hooks you in as it progresses, and the last half of the book is absolutely amazing.

The romance is also super well-developed. It is very much an enemies-to-lovers story. Nathaniel and Justin rather dislike each other at the beginning, and hold on to those kind of feelings throughout a chunk of the novel. It’s such a delight to read about their relationship and feelings changing as they get to know each other, and makes the romance rather sweet at the end.

In the end, An Unnatural Vice is a great addition to this series. It’s a fun book with an intriguing mystery, and definitely worth a read if you enjoy historical mysteries with a dash of romance.





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