A slow-burning romance and a chilling mystery bind two singular men in the suspenseful first book of a new Victorian series from K. J. Charles.
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.
An Unseen Attraction is book one in K.J. Charles' new series, Sins of the Cities, and while I had great expectations after Society of Gentlemen, Ms. Charles managed to meet them with this very original story.
Clem Talleyfer is a lodge-keeper in London. He likes to have a quiet life and work taking care of his lodgers and is quite happy with it all, especially the nights he spends talking with his friend Rowley Green, who is a preserver who has been living at Talleyfer's for a few months. He only wishes Mr. Green were interested in more than just his friendship.
When someone breaks into the lodge trying to find something and then into Rowley's store, and then one of the lodgers appears dead at the doorstep, Rowley and Clem start getting closer as they get caught up in the mystery of who's trying to harm them and what is it that they are really after, all while trying to reconcile their feelings for each other.
I've said it before and I'll probably say it again, but one of my favorite parts of reading a historical romance is the writer's ability to transport me back in time and make me feel as if I were there along with the characters. In this case, Ms. Charles transported me to a different side of London, more middle class and showing a very extensive and interesting research in Taxidermy, which was so different from other books I've read.
I loved Clem and Rowley, who were far from perfect and each had their issues to go through. It was lovely seeing their relationship move from tentative friendship into more. It was even better to see them mess up and try to make things better once they realized their mistakes, to see them work together to resolve the mystery they found themselves in the middle of along with their friends.
Regarding the mystery, I can safely say I saw some part of it coming, but I really liked the progression and intrigue and how it all played out. Never mind that I can't wait to read Nathaniel's story next, as it sounds really interesting.
Well-written, engaging, hot and with characters you'll want more of, An Unseen Attraction is definitely a must-read for fans of mystery and historical romance!
*** Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.***