An Unnatural Vice by KJ Charles

An Unnatural Vice

byKJ Charles

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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.

Don’t miss any of the captivating Sins of the Cities novels:
AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION | AN UNNATURAL VICE

And look for the Society of Gentlemen series by K. J. Charles:
A FASHIONABLE INDULGENCE | THE RUIN OF GABRIEL ASHLEIGH | A SEDITIOUS AFFAIR | A GENTLEMAN’S POSITION
 
Praise for An Unnatural Vice

“Explosive.”Publishers Weekly

“Animosity and attraction surge in equal measures when Nathaniel Roy, investigative journalist, faces off against Justin Lazarus, the Seer of London. Their opposing vocations and radically different backgrounds create a powerful and fascinating conflict. Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, [K. J.] Charles continues to build tension and add menace by deepening the overarching mystery introduced in the first novel. The series is definitely building to a firecracker conclusion.”RT Book Reviews

“*An Unnatural Vice *is a well-developed, entertaining romance that left me breathless. . . . Keep these historical romances coming, Charles!”—The Book Corps 

An Unnatural Vice is a tremendous follow-up to the first book in the Sins of the City trilogy. Fans of the series—and of K. J. Charles—will love the romance between Nathaniel and Justin, and the Taillefer family mystery. . . . *An Unnatural Vice *is exciting, entertaining, romantic—and wonderful.”—All About Romance

“A real tour de force. The mystery of the missing Taillefer heir is smoothly and skillfully woven through Justin and Nathaniel’s love story and the ending brilliantly sets up the next book. . . . The real heart of the book is the complicated, messy but glorious romance between two bitter enemies. An Unnatural Vice is a must-read and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Romantic Historical Reviews

“*An Unnatural Vice *is a thrilling, achingly romantic story. Nathaniel and Justin have both undergone serious trauma in their lives, and Charles digs into their respective psychologies with piercing insight. . . . With expertly paced action sequences and the evocative setting of fog-drenched Victorian London, An Unnatural Vice is the rare historical romance that is both transportive and immediate.”—BookPage
 
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Title:An Unnatural ViceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399593977

ISBN - 13:9780399593970

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.75 stars-fast paced, engaging, intriguing 3.75 stars-- AN UNNATURAL VICE is the second installment in KJ Charles’s adult, Victorian, historical Sins of the Cities M/M romance, murder-mystery series. This is journalist and former lawyer Nathaniel Roy, and Seer of London Justin Lazarus’s story line. AN UNNATURAL VICE can be read as a stand alone but for cohesion and backstory I recommend reading the series in order as there is an ongoing premise and plot throughout the series. Some of the events of An Unnatural Vice cross over and run parallel to the events of book one-An Unseen Attraction. NOTE: AN UNNATURAL VICE and the SINS OF THE CITIES series contain scenes of M/M sexual situations and may not be suitable for all readers. Told from dual third person points of view (Justin and Nathaniel) AN UNNATURAL VICE follows the enemies to lovers relationship between the Seer of London (Medium) Justin Lazarus, and journalist Nathaniel Roy. Nathaniel’s latest assignment is to uncover the truth behind self-proclaimed Seer Justin Lazarus-a proclamation Nathaniel is determined to prove fraudulent and deceitful. But Justin has information that could prove helpful to Nathaniel’s friend Clem Talleyfer (An Unseen Attraction #1) as the group of friends endeavors to find the missing heir to the Taillefer fortune and title holder to the Earl of Moreton. What ensues are Justin and Nathaniel’s attempts to stay one step ahead of the people hired to destroy any evidence of an heir, and Justin and Nathaniel’s growing love between two people whose lives follow different paths towards the future. The relationship between Nathaniel and Justin is slow to build. Their acrimonious but tepid friendship requires cooperation when Justin is targeted by someone in control; Nathaniel is determined to protect the man with whom he is falling in love sweeping his lover to a secreted location fearing for their lives. The $ex scenes are intimate and provocative without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. AN UNNATURAL VICE follows the search for the missing heir, although most of the investigation is behind the scenes as the story line focuses on our leading couple. The requisite evil has many faces but the ultimate villain has yet to be revealed. The world building continues to look at the friendships and relationships of a group of ‘gay’ men in Victorian, England although AN UNNATURAL VICE primarily focuses on Nathaniel and Justin’s struggle to stay alive. Once again, the tone of the story is not conducive to the era or the time-I was expecting a tighter interpretation of the language e.g. euphemisms, slang, sentence structure, and because of this, the story line reads more modern than historic (see my review of book one). The back and forth banter between Justin and Nathaniel is witty and entertaining. The premise is much more detailed and descriptive than the first installment as the author brings to life the dreary and wretched world of Victorian England; the characters are colorful and dynamic although I would have liked more information about Nathaniel’s earlier years; the romance is seductive and intense. AN UNNATURAL VICE is an entertaining story line; a fast paced and intriguing story of mystery, suspense, romance and love.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.75 "my spirit guide's a tart" stars AN UNNATURAL VICE picks up midway during book one in the Sins of the Cities series. The plot that began in book one is still present in the sequel (and now I understand is what ties the whole series together) and becomes even more complicated but oddly even more fascinating. I didn't find AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION to be very compelling, for which I unfortunately blame the leads, but all those confusing elements -- bigamy, illegitimate heirs, murder, torture -- are still very relevant but also not; they aren't directly tied to the main pairing though they are definitely caught up in it all. We met Nathaniel in book one, one of the queer men of Clem's acquaintance who frequented the safe establishment set up for those of less acceptable persuasions, but all we knew about him was that he was versed in law, currently employed as a journalist, and had lost his lover a few years back. Well, in book two we discover all that and more as he applies himself to unmask and take down one of the local mediums known as The Seer of London. Justin Lazarus has been lower than low. He was born in a workhouse, lived in the gutters, did whatever it meant to stay alive, and he's now a successful medium, preying on the rich in cash and guilt but the weak in spirit and sense. Sometimes, too, just the gullible. He makes no excuses, refuses to apologize, and will use whatever edge he can to hook his clients and have them coming back for more. Nathaniel's investigation into Justin's schemes, however, take a back seat when the inquiry surrounding missing twins, one of whom happens to be legitimate son of the Earl of Moreton, who would be Clem's (book one) cousin, crosses both their paths. Vicious desperate people, looking for a payout, abduct Justin hoping to force his help via the spirits to locate the young man, and after he escapes he can think of only one man to turn to : Nathaniel. The push and pull, the hate and impossible fascination, between these two was everything that I love from this author. She excels at matching up personalities and backgrounds that shouldn't align and yet do.. perfectly. I loved the dialogue surrounding faith and belief, morals and honour, not to mention the dilemma in caring about someone who does things you cannot respect. The evolution of this relationship, of Justin specifically, was wonderful. I loved watching him want, watching him acknowledge what he wanted and know he couldn't have it, his own identity crisis, and I loved the clash that came when he called Nathaniel on his picking and choosing what to like about Justin. I normally have a problem with the fight that breaks up a couple in a romance (not always, but more often than not) and while I wouldn't really call the fight in this story the "break up" it still functioned with the same purpose of identifying the problems and throwing down the gauntlet to finally tackle their issues. And it was perfect. While Charles has given me yet another brilliant hate-to-love pairing, full of layers and angst and real growth, I also discovered a love of the setting in this book. Mostly because we had the contrast of the foggy, dirty, dark London with the bright, clean, country air, and it made London feel like a character in its own right. I love this author's writing, not just for the sexytimes and the complicated characters within the pages, not just for the humour and cleverness, but for how she makes everything feel so present and important. How a clever con-man, used to picking on up clues and noticing how someone takes their tea after only one observation, can walk blindly through a city in a dense fog and know exactly where to go, what turn to take. And, actually, it was exactly at that moment that I knew where Justin's future path would go and I loved that I turned out to be correct in that sense. Even though we're very aware of who the missing heirs are, right from the very beginning (and also I think maybe by the end of book one? I've read these too close together to remember), I loved how the mystery and suspense of the story played out. Mostly because of how much bigger things got. And of course we won't see just how far it all actually goes until book three. Which I am so bloody excited for now that we've met the man who will match up with Mark. That being said, I'm not sure how they'll top the princeling and the fraud -- especially after that scene in the last chapter -- but I can't wait to see Charles try and do it anyway.
Date published: 2017-06-06