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An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities)

by KJ Charles

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KJ Charles is always a fun read, and I'm really enjoying this trilogy! I like the baggage these guys have, and the take on the enemies-to-lovers trope (where rather than being enemies per se, they're more philosophically at disagreement/worldview/ethics). I'm very much looking forward to the concluding volume! ( )
  Gretchening | Jul 20, 2017 |
The second volume in Charles's Cities trilogy, this reintroduces us to characters from the first book and adds some new faces, namely the so-called Seer of London, the spiritualist Justin Lazarus. The crusading journalist Nathaniel Roy is on Lazarus's trail, hoping to expose him in the papers as a fraud and a conman. However, Roy's mission is complicated when both he and Lazarus are drawn into the hunt for the lost heir to the Earl of Moreton: a quest which has drawn interest from some distinctly unpleasant (and murderous) characters. Even worse, Roy is finding it hard to ignore his very inconvenient interest in the blackguardly Lazarus.

This is a quick read but not, for me, a hugely memorable one. If you enjoyed the first book, you'll like having the chance to revisit characters such as Clem, Rowley and the gang at the Jack, but I can't help feeling that this series doesn't have the weight, conviction and polish of the Society of Gentlemen series. I'm just not enjoying it so much. It feels more like a formulaic romance and less like the thoroughly plausible world in which the Ricardians lived. But maybe that's just because I preferred the Society of Gentlemen's Georgette-Heyer-style panache to the grimmer, darker Dickensian flavour of this series. ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Jun 6, 2017 |
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