Review: An Unseen Attraction

An Unseen Attraction

K.J. Charles

Sins of the Cities #1

Publisher: Loveswept
Publication date: 21-Feb-2017
Date Finished: 31-Jan-2017
Format: eARC
Pages: 247
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance, Victorian Romance, LGBTQ+, Mystery
ISBN: 9780399593963
Source: Netgalley
Rating:3 star
4 flames
Reading Challenges: Goodreads Challenge


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. ”



I have read books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed them, this one was okay, but not a series I feel I will continue with. The story has a very unique cast of characters, one of the characters runs a boarding house, while the other is a taxidermist. Together they make one interesting couple.

A flaw I find with many historical romance novels was not in this story. That flaw is insufficient character and relationship development. I feel that K.J.Charles did a wonderful job with the relationship development while also providing very enticing intimate scenes.

Despite being a decent novel, I’m not feeling the setting that this story takes place in. I much prefer reading high society regency stories over working class Victorian stories.

I would recommend this to readers who enjoy both MM relationships and historical romances.

About the Author

“I’m a writer of romance, mostly m/m, often historical or fantasy or both.
I’m also a freelance editor, and I blog about writing and editing at
I live in London, UK, with two kids, a tolerant husband and an even more tolerant cat.
Follow me on Twitter @kj_charles or friend me on Facebook at” –Goodreads

I received this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.


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