Review of An Unnatural Vice by K.J. Charles

An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities, #2)An Unnatural Vice by K.J. Charles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4-4.5 stars

The second installment in KJ Charles’ Sins of the cities series is a wonderful enemies to lovers story, with two completely opposite men clashing on every page, with a great deal of angry sex to follow, but also some fantastic character growth.

Each book revolves around a new couple, but the overall mystery story arc continues, so you really need to read the series in order to get the full picture.

Justin Lazarus is know as “The seer of London”, a complete fraud and charlatan, he has no issue with manipulating and tricking people in grief, when he pretends to speak to their loved ones ‘behind the veil’. Justin knows no guilt for his actions, quite the opposite, if someone is stupid enough to pay him to lie to their face, why shouldn’t he?

When Justin is set opposite to Nathaniel Roy, whom we met in book one, the arch bishops son, a trained barrister and investigative journalist, with a strict moral code, who lost the love of his life in a freak accident, sparks fly.

The two suffer an instant mutual dislike and also a fierce mutual attraction. When the ongoing mystery and drama of the late earl’s bigamy and lost heir bring them together over and over again. The attraction wins over the dislike.

Nathaniel and Justin are great together. Everything about them is opposite. Their upbringing, their moral codex, their thoughts about friendship, love and humanity as a whole. It leads to a fascinating tale of opposites and enemies to lovers.

The plot thickens in the mystery too, and although I guessed who the lost heir was right off the bat, there are still a lot of things left unsolved for the next book. I cannot wait to read it! Warmly recommended.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.com, for my reading pleasure.

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Review of Fascinated by Jess Michaels

Fascinated: The Wicked WoodleysFascinated: The Wicked Woodleys by Jess Michaels

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley.com, for my reading pleasure.

This is a pretty standard historical romance: a house party, illicit meetings, parlour games that turns into touches and kisses etc. There is no subplot other than the two men’s own conflicted feelings and their shared connection to Letty, their hostess, Griffin’s sister and the widow of Aron’s deceased lover.

This is the 6th book in The Wicked Woodleys series by Jess Michaels. I have read this author before – though not this series. The blurb promises the book can be read as a stand alone and it does work that way, although I still felt I was lacking something… Not so much information, as build up of this relationship. I just didn’t feel the chemistry and tension between the two men, even if I was told they had been circling each other for years…

The story was easily read, sweet, a little bit angsty and enjoyable enough. Not so enjoyable though that I will return to read the books before it in the series and I predict it will be very easily forgotten too. However, I would read this author’s work again, for days when you need something light and easy for a quick read.

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Review of The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister, #1)The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It always amazes me, how different people are. I was shocked to see so many bad or midling reviews of this book. This was the book that made me realise, that historical romance was NOT the Barbara Cartland stories I remebered from my early teens, when I read it just after it came out. I had fallen in love with Ms Milan’s writing after reading some of her shorts, including The Governess Affair, which was the prelude to this series.

Now I have purchased all of the books in the Brother Sinister series on audio too, including the two companion novellas, and are happily making my way through them.

If you – like me – love strong heroines and men who are not afraid of that strength, intricate plots with political references to the time in which the stories take place, you will love the Brother Sinister series. Be sure to read the prelude novella, it is, in my opinion, one of the best short historical romances you will ever read. Warmly recommended.

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Review of The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

The Suffragette Scandal (Brothers Sinister, #4)The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Huzzah, Suffraggets!

This was wonderful! Suffragette girlpower, scoundrels, punctuation and two same sex couples too! Delicious!

This is the 4th in the Brother Sinister series, and even though they can be read as stand alones, I wouldn’t recommend it, as you would lose out on a lot of back story. ¬†And really, there is no reason to skip the others – they are all brilliant!

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Review of Reckless by Anne Stuart

Reckless (The House of Rohan, #2)Reckless by Anne Stuart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

and the second star is only for the secondary romance between Lina and the vicar.

The romance at the forefront of this story is horrid. Charlotte is a shallow twit, supposedly in love with a man, whom she has only interacted with once, and then he was rude to her. She spends the entire book going from no to yes and then back again and is generally a TSTL type of character.

Adrian Rohan is a douche bag, and no matter how many times they claim this wasn’t rape, it was certainly coercion and forced captivity. He redeems himself slightly in the end, but it was too little, too late for me.

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