Release Date: June 6, 2017
Received From: NetGalley
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.
GENDER: presumed cisgender
SEXUALITY: Homosexual, Bisexual
TROPES: Long lost heir, accidental detective, enemies to lovers, found family
TAGS: queer romance, historical, Victorian era, mystery, fantasy
WARNINGS: violence, language, past child abuse
This was the first book by K.J.Charles that I picked up and I was not disappointed at all. Granted, I should have started with the first book of the Sins of the Cities series but I digress.
I started this book and got to chapter three when I thought I was going to hate Nathaniel as a character and then was pleasantly surprised when I finished it with the utmost love for him. It took some time and some nicely put character development and I was crying by the time I realized that I’d have to wait for the next book to be published before seeing him again. Speaking of character development, Justin’s slow change and realization that he is better than what he thinks of himself was thoughtfully well done and, as a sucker for character development, I was impressed.
The characters’ relationships with themselves and others definitely made me love the book more. Justin’s lowkey doting and highkey banter with his familiars (or children as Nathaniel sees it, which I completely agree with) and Nathaniel with his loyalty to his friends and of course, Justin and Nathaniel’s relationship being a slow-burn build up from enemies to lovers. Honestly, this book meets all my standards in terms of character creations and relationships.
The plot was interesting and easy to follow, leaving nothing too vague or confusing. Some parts did bring up questions but they were the suspenseful questions that would be addressed and executed later in the story–which is a great way to leave a reader hooked.
KJ Charles is a writer and editor living in London. She has a serious reading habit, two kids, a cat, a blog, and several books coming out. Somehow.