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Summary

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.

©2017 K.J. Charles (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Loved the continued story

The narrator is exceptional. I don't think I have ever enjoyed a reading of a book so much. It was almost like a fully cast play. The continued story jheld a lot of suspense and mystery. I can't wait to start part 3.

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Wonderful escapism

Highly enjoyable and suspenseful romp. Clearly meticulously researched. Perhaps esp enjoyable if you are a London resident in current times. Lovely narration!

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Hairy at times

Entertaining period romp. Intelligent, well crafted MCs showcase their skills in their individual fields, which subsequently overlap in delicious ways, to create a very engaging tale.

This author knows how to bend and shape the English language to best effect, coupled with excellent narration, which serves to enhance the drama and tension.

JOLLY GOOD SHOW

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The concept is interesting and well written. The characters are likeable and the narration is good.

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Great gripping mystery and romance

I really enjoyed listening to the two protagonists on their respective and intertwined journeys, and can't wait for the next installment! It winds up with a cosy kind of feel/aftertaste, despite all the excitement, as you feel so comfortable in K J Charles' world.

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They were sweet together but the story did not grasp me. Well narrated, though.

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Nail biting!

The hot sex and raw romance are secondary to an excellent crime/mystery thriller. Wonderful narration.

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Gripping sequel

I really enjoyed the first book but this one exceeded expectations. Set in the mirky fog of Victorian London we follow Nathaniel Roy’s investigations into the Seer of London whilst grappling with the mystery of who is the rightful heir to a fortune. I love that I really can’t predict what’s going to happen.

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An enjoyable continuation of the series

This was a bit 'middle book-ish', trying to keep the plot going for the third book, although there's a big revelation towards the end that leaves it unclear what is left to be revealed in the third book, as the first two focus so much on uncovering secrets. This one has a bit of a lull about two-thirds of the way through (presumably the third book will fill in more action taking place during that time), and Justin's character is quite hard to like, with his remorselessness about fooling and taking advantage of his clients. But it keeps the story going well for setting up the next book, and the narration is once again very fitting.

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Thrilling and masterfully narrated

KJ Charles never disappoints but this might be my favourite series of hers. The backstory running through the first book continues here with a gripping and hot romance going. very addictive.

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  • BR
  • 03-08-17

K. J. Charles does it again

K.J. Charles is an auto buy for me ever since the Magpie series. That remains the favorite, but I definitely enjoyed the second installment of the Sins of the Cities series. While the first book in the series had a gentleness between the two main characters, in this book there is friction and sparks. Following an enemies to lovers storyline, the cynical psychic Justin rubs the crusading journalist Nathaniel the wrong way. But that doesn't stop them from wanting to rub each in other ways (sorry, easy joke). The initial attraction grows to something more when danger follows them in the fog polluted streets of Victorian London. One of my favorite things about K. J. Charles is that her characters are not without flaws and issues. Justin is, to me, the more interesting as someone who will do whatever he can to keep his precarious social position as his protection from poverty and the streets. Nathaniel struggles to put aside his self righteousness but does so once he sees Justin's reality is less privileged than his own. The sex scenes work well as does the eventual solid partnership they form together. The narrator does his usual great job of giving unique voices to each character. In a nutshell, a fun listen that is well worth a credit. The biggest problem I have is the wait until the final book coming out in October.

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  • 10-10-18

Opposites Attract

4.5*

An Unnatural Vice is a great continuation of the Sins of the Cities series. The suspense and mystery had me wanting to take a nice long road trip so I could just sit and listen until the end! I'm loving the way this story is playing out- the who, what, where, when, why, and how, I need answers! Oh what a tangled web Ms. Charles has weaved- one that has me guessing and second guessing myself with each page.
Nathaniel and Justin are such complete opposites. we're talking enemies-to-lovers to the extreme! And I was feeling all the anger and the animosity and I was there for it!
Then there were the moments of reflection from Nathaniel, when he was remembering the times with Tony, and I could just feel his pain and sorrow. So sad. But it was wonderful to see him open himself up to Justin, and accept that there was more life out there for him to live.

I really enjoy the way the overall story arc runs through the 3 books- we get "complete" stories for the main couples, but the mystery itself continues on, with each couple playing their part in moving the story along.
I'm glad I discovered this after all books were out, so I didn't have to wait to know what happens!

Once again another fantastic job by Matthew Lloyd Davis! With his narration I could imagine myself transported to London, feeling the fog closing in around me, feeling the anticipation and anxiousness of the characters.

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  • Nichola Millen
  • 15-07-20

Middle-book syndrome

I loved the Characters but too much of this felt like a middle book in a series with barely any action happening. In comparison to the other books by Charles I felt like this lacked pacing and plot. I am hoping the conclusion to the series will balance the series out for me.

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  • Blondie
  • 23-04-20

An unnatural Vice

These books really need to be read in order if you want to understand the mystery because it sounds across all three books. However, each book finishes the love story for each couple.

This book was better than the first but I definitely enjoyed both and will be listening to the next right away.

The author created characters who were worth caring about. I didn't think I would like Justin anymore than Nathaniel, but by the end I wanted him to have the hea he never thought he deserved. I am glad the author didn't try to make the reader believe Justin was an authentic medium and that she described the tricks of the trade.

I saw other reviewers comment on the authors description of the fog but my goodness it made me thankful for my small town life. It was almost like I was lost in it.

Mathew Lloyd Davies did and an absolutely marvelous job telling this story and thankfully he reads this entire series!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mm historical romance with a bit of mystery on the side.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 31-01-20

Good for re-reading

I like this whole trilogy/series quite a bit. It’s inventive and interesting. The community built here is supportive and a good group to read about. Justin and Nathaniel are good foils for each other. The seances are entertaining. It’s a good example of figuring out how/why/when to use one’s skills for good, while acknowledging why one might not. Both N & J have ended up in a different place than their younger selves had expected, which makes them more accepting of each other. I just listened to it again and it remains interesting and entertaining.

Steam: Med-low. There’s somewhat aggressive M/M sexytimes on page. While it’s on the critical path to an HEA, it doesn’t read as the main focus of the adventure.

Worldbuilding: Incorporating a real London Fog, the scenery is as mission critical to the plot as the steam. I enjoyed the setting and only wonder if the swearing seemed more American than British.

Narration: Well done. Easy to keep track of characters.

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  • R. Moore
  • 30-04-22

Better than expected

I listened to this after the Unsuitable Heir and it seems like it should have been the second in the series not third. Overall, I liked how authentic the characters were. Even when they were being awful or selfish they were true to who they were.

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  • Jace
  • 28-04-22

Enjoyable

I liked this title more than the first in the series. This type of antagonistic relationship is more my style, and with the mystery continued, I'm starting the next book straight away. I hope the protagonists of the next book bring the kind of energy I prefer reading.

I must say, however, the mystery isn't one that has me on the edge of my seat. In all honesty, it feels somehow unimportant. I'm enjoying the listen, but my eagerness for a conclusion isn't such that I'd be terribly bothered by not having one.

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  • TiltedHalo54
  • 27-04-22

Looking for answers

I enjoyed this story. It had a lot of twists and turns and a most delightful ending.
It all started with looking for a set of twins. A sad man, a so called medium, and an uncanny parcel of friends. Justin the medium and Nathaniel the journalist looking for answers, ending up in a precarious situation.
Continue listening for the next installment of this story.

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  • A.
  • 23-04-22

Spoilers! Unexpected Reaction and a Lovely Romance

Alright, I’m not going to waste *too* many words.
I haven’t been into romance novels until recently, so my reaction may be atypical.

This novel made me hit pause and reach out to my friends and family of choice. Let them know how much they mean to me, which is a damn lot.

It made me want to be a better person, and I don’t say that lightly or with a bad feeling about who I am now.

This *isn’t* what I expected from something I thought would be escapist material. Everyone is different though. It does have excitement and tenderness and pretty well fleshed-out environmental detail. It has more than one story line.

The spoiler is also a warning, after all those twists and turns, this book leaves you with at least one cliff-hanger and a few other story lines which are not resolved. Be ready to look for the next book(s?) for resolution to some of these plots.

I went in blind, so a “things are mostly alright for these characters” ending did give me my warm fuzzies, but I also don’t know if I just fell into the most obvious trap in the world— one free book to get you hooked, and the rest of the story a hefty price for the *other* plots’ resolutions, if indeed they are resolved.

I didn’t check, so if you’re low on funds, you might want to just in case you don’t want to be invested in puzzles & potential which are not finished here.

Some of the topics hit home for me, but may seem like window-dressing, backstory put there to support the romance and occasional sex, maybe these themes are not that important to a habitual reader/listener.

That said, I would not be writing this if I hadn’t figured it would be worth recommending to people with open minds. If you have issues with feeling like diversity, difference and so-called “PC” topics being presented front and center, skip this. Or learn from it. I don’t find books with underrepresented characters in the forefront as self-righteous or unusual. I didn’t find this heavy-handed when it came to all kinds of differences, but *I am different* so it was nice to feel welcome in this fictional world.

I do my best not to think about the author when I’m enjoying fiction; occasionally it felt like a somewhat more “normal” person was writing, but that didn’t stop me much. There wasn’t anything too glaring. Though if there is a better ‘tasteful’ word for certain parts of the anatomy I would be happy never to hear the word “length” again. Ever. Unless I’m building something. It’s a small point, maybe it’s just my lack of exposure to this genre. (I’m sure I’ll take the tape measure out of my pocket in the next month or so.)

Any criticism I’ve made is *far outweighed* by the enjoyment I got from this. Since I don’t know the genre it’s harder for me to rate what might be expected by a usual reader. Adventure – yep. Romance – definitely. Emotions – lots. Ambience - nicely done. Visual descriptions of the characters – extremely detailed at times, I would’ve liked to hear them reiterated a little more often for some of the background characters but that’s a tiny point overall unless you’re into that kind of thing.
Sex-It’s in there. I expected a little more, but again this isn’t my usual genre, and the emotional bonding was well balanced with the physicality. Narration – is this guy single and bi/pan/gay? I want to marry his voice, but I expect he’s taken! XD

I said I wasn’t going to waste too many words and I’m pretty sure that’s enough for you if you even read this far. I’m off to find out how many other books there are before I get to find out the ends to the other stories. I still recommend it, enjoy!

















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  • Slippery Vowels
  • 05-04-22

Beautiful

The mystery the romance!!! Just so wonderful. I love the intrigue and the suspense. The narrator does such a good job im sure im in London half the time. Throughly enjoying this series