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 The Mystery of Nevermore by C.S. Poe

The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter, #1)The Mystery of Nevermore by C.S. Poe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This was a great and fun little whodunnit story, that keeps you engaged from the first page and onwards, until the very end.

Sebastian Snow is the owner of an antique shop, in an unhappy relationship with a closeted cop and suddenly finds himself involved in a murder case when a mysterious smell in his shop reveals a pig’s heart under the floor boards.

The attraction to the homicide detective investigating the case, Calvin Winter, is instant. And when Sebastian have to out his boyfriend, Neil, whilst being interrogated about his alibi for another open murder case, another nail is put in the coffin of sebastian’s dying relationship.

The characters are interesting and sympathetic, the mystery is fun and compelling, as well as littered with homage to Poe for fans of his work, and the eccentric cast of secondary characters, the closeted (ex)boyfriend, the happy go lucky shop assistant, the eccentric bookshop keeper, the retired american literature professor turned shelter pet volunteer father and the competing antique dealers keeps you entertained and guessing, whilst Sebastian plays amateur sleuth and tries to figure out his confusing love life at the same time.

This is the first book of a series, and I would definitely pick up another book about this couple. Warmly recommended read for a rainy day.

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Review of Foxe Tail by Haley Walsh

Foxe Tail (A Skyler Foxe Mystery, #1)Foxe Tail by Haley Walsh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this audiobook from AudioBookBoom in exchange for an honest review.

This was fun!Be aware though, that you need to be able to suspend your beliefs a bit and that this is the first of a series and many details are left hanging at the end of book 1.

Skyler Foxe is a young closeted high school teacher, who happens upon a dead body one night out dancing with friends at a club. The young man turns out to be the son of Skyler’s principal at school and he invests himself in the case, to the point where he actually starts to investigate it himself. This is the parts where you have to suspend your beliefs, or at least I had to, because I found it quite unrealistic that he would actually do this, to the extend he takes it too, including withholding evidence and knowledge from the police…

The murder investigation is not the only thing going on though, there are also strange going on’s at the High School, where everyone seem to be hiding something or other. Teachers as well as students. Add to that Skyler’s crush on his new co-worker, his jilted hook up smashing up his car and almost outing him at his work place and his students acting up in class…. Skyler is a busy man!

The narrator did a great job, the story was fun and so was the mystery. Skyler is quite a likeable, albeit a bit annoying, character and I would definitely consider getting the second one of the series. If nothing else, then to find out what happened to poor Julia with the great t-shirts.

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Review of The 13th Hex by Jordan L. Hawk

The 13th Hex (Hexworld, #0.5)The 13th Hex by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun and cute prequel to an interesting new series. 4 stars

Jordan L. Hawk is a great storyteller and even if this little gem is a bit too short and therefore feels a tiny bit rushed, it was still interesting enough to hook me into this world.

I had already bought the first book in the Hexworld series, based on the autbor’s name alone. I adored her Whyborne and Griffin series, and can’t wait to immerse myself into another paranormal historical universe.

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Review of Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin, #1)Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, wow! This was kind of exhausting LOL. I listened to the audio of this book and I think my comments made whilst reading pretty much sums up my feelings. I shouted and screamed during the read!

This is a historical paranormal mystery with a romance thrown in, and it is delicious. I am not going to waste time summing up the plot, as others have done so, but Whyborne might be one of my favourite characters ever, he was just so amazingly mumbling, bumbling sweet. I just wanted to hug him. Now, I really do not have the time to write anymore, as I just downloaded both the 1.5 tiny slice of life story (only 0.99 on Amazon btw) and the audio for the second book, so…

Read it! Greatly recommended. It’s free on Amazon and you can add the audio companion for less than the cost of a cup of coffee. I was so thoroughly entertained all the way through, that this deserves all the stars I can give it.

Comments made, whilst reading:

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Review of Think of England by K.J.Charles

Think of EnglandThink of England by K.J. Charles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

This was delicious, and really, why are you wasting time sitting here reading this review? Go buy the book already! You will not be sorry!

Archie Curtis has returned from war wounded by what he believes to have been sabotage of weapon supplies. An invitation to a house party held by a competing arms manufacturer comes in handy for him to snoop around and try to find out if his suspicions hold true.
Curtis is a soldier, not a spy. He is not practised in subterfuge, but he is determined to find out what happened to him and his men.

At the party he encounters Daniel DaSilva, a man he dislikes upon sight. Daniel is a poet, he is effete, rude, crude, waspish and all together an embarrasment with his jewish faith, his too tight clothes and his effete mannerisms.
Daniel IS practised in subterfuge, in all aspects of his life, and has his own agenda for being at the house party. He becomes Curtis unlikely ally when they discover that their two causes seem to have the same root.

This was wonderfully written, the tension unfolds neatly and even though the story starts slow it pulls you in quickly and a few chapters in you are hooked. I was as tense as Curtis for the remainder of the book.

The only reason it looses half a star is due to the fact that I felt it was too short. I would have loved a little more in the middle and end… I was so tense, wondering if anyone would figure out how much they knew, and then suddenly it climaxed and wrapped up…

There is a love story here, and a coming out story as well, I guess. But mainly it’s a mystery story, and a very entertaining one at that. The story takes place in 1904, and stays true to its time period, so there can obviously not be a true hea in a society that classifies sodomy as a crime. But do not let that scare you off. I am a HEA junkie myself, but was very happy with the HFN I was given and the open ending that could lead to sequels, which I would definitely read!

This was my first book by Ms Charles, but it will not be my last!

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