Historical Romance

An Unseen Attraction (Sins of the Cities #1) by K.J. Charles

an-unseen-attractionRating: 3.5 stars
Genre: 
Historical; Mystery 
Publication day:
 February 21, 2017
Length: 
247 pages  
Publisher:
Loveswept

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.

My View: An Unseen Attraction is an interesting historical that goes with K.J. Charles’s style. As always, it’s well-written and detailed; perfect for the period and the mystery ahead. Everything from the weather to the clothing plays a part in the book.

This story can be considered a friends-to-lovers even when we don’t see much of the friendship taking place. The setup reminds me of a game of Clue; trying to determine where the murder was committed, how, by who, when, etc. There are players inside the boarding house and outside forces.

Some parts moved at a quick pace and others dragged. The sex scenes were a bit hard to follow and Rowley’s preferences, mixed with Clem’s responses were some sort of surprise. Almost like having stuntmen taking their place. Plus, they switched from confident to needy in a blink of an eye.

If you are a K.J. Charles’s fan, love historicals or mysteries, this story is for you. It’s easy to read an interesting enough for a single day read.

What I liked the most: The period’s details.

I wanted more/less: Less details about Rowley’s work and more interaction with other characters.

Who should read it:  Fans of historical mysteries.

ARC provided by Loveswept, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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Wanted, A Gentleman by K.J. Charles

wantedRating: 3.5 stars
Genre: 
Historical
Publication day:
 January 9, 2017
Length: 
155 pages  
Publisher:
Riptide

By the good offices of Riptide Publishing
KJ Charles’s new Entertainment

WANTED, A GENTLEMAN
Or, Virtue Over-Rated

the grand romance of

Mr. Martin St. Vincent . . . a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem
Mr. Theodore Swann . . . a humble Scribbler and Advertiser for Love

Act the First:

the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London
where Lonely Hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling

Act the Second:

a Pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts)

featuring

a speedy Carriage
sundry rustic Inns
a private Bed-chamber

***

In the course of which are presented

Romance, Revenge, and Redemption
Deceptions, Discoveries, and Desires

the particulars of which are too numerous to impart

My View: I like this story, but I didn’t love it. There’s something I can’t pinpoint that was missing for me to make this a great read. Perhaps it’s more me than the story, but that connection between the MCs was not enough for me to get invested. I love their individual stories, but as a couple, I was not too interested in knowing what would happen next.

Theo was my favorite of the pair. He was funny and broken, but still, he looked forward to doing his job, even if it was out of necessity. Martin background was discussed in the forefront, but it felt like a history lesson more than a historical.

The travel, the settings, and the complete atmosphere were the best part of the story. It was easy to be transported to those time in which social status and family obligations ruled the world. I’d like to read more stories in this world and to know more about Theo and Martin in the near future.

What I liked the most: How well the main characters complemented each other as colleagues.

I wanted more/less: More time to see Martin and Theo be together as a couple.

Who should read it: Fans of historical romance with diverse characters.

ARC provided by Riptide, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.