Thursday, February 23, 2017
An Unseen Attraction by KJ Charles
Sins of the Cities - Book 1
A new KJ Charles trilogy!! WOOT!
No one does historical m/m romance better than KJ Charles, in my honest and humble opinion. That this trilogy also holds a mystery plot line makes me very happy.
As always, the main characters are distinct and different from the norm. And as often as not, they aren't the nobility either, which I find fascinating. I always learn something when reading KJ's books. This time, we have a taxidermist and the manager of a boarding house.
Rowley, the taxidermist, is a quiet man. His childhood was violent and somewhat hopeless and these days he's most happy to spend most of his time by himself, working on his art or doing commissions for his customers. I found many of his life observations to be quite true and really enjoyed getting to know him.
The boarding house manager, Clem, is part Indian and has ties to the nobility. He also appears to be what we call 'on the spectrum'. Asperger's? Highly functioning autistic? It's never really stated because, well, these diagnoses didn't exist back in those days. I really enjoyed how Rowley was able understand him and let his true self show. That Rowley's sexual preferences seemed to dovetail quite nicely with Clem's personality and needs... well it was really well done.
And Clem's friends and co-workers... delightful! KJ does characters so well. :)
An Unseen Attraction is a sweet love story wrapped up in a mystery and tied with a lovely historical bow and I totally enjoyed it! I can't wait for the next book, coming in June and then the final book which I believe comes out in October. They are pre-ordered. KJ is one of the few authors I will preorder.