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An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities #2)
Published June 6th 2017 by Loveswept
BLURB: In the sordid streets of Victorian London, unwanted desire flares between two bitter enemies brought together by a deadly secret.Crusading journalist Nathaniel Roy is determined to expose spiritualists who exploit the grief of bereaved and vulnerable people. First on his list is the so-called Seer of London, Justin Lazarus. Nathaniel expects him to be a cheap, heartless fr fraud. He doesn’t expect to meet a man with a sinful smile and the eyes of a fallen angel—or that a shameless swindler will spark his desires for the first time in years.
Justin feels no remorse for the lies he spins during his séances. His gullible clients simply bore him. Hostile, disbelieving, utterly irresistible Nathaniel is a fascinating challenge. And as their battle of wills and wits heats up, Justin finds he can’t stop thinking about the man who’s determined to ruin him.But Justin and Nathaniel are linked by more than their fast-growing obsession with one another. They are both caught up in an aristocratic family’s secrets, and Justin holds information that could be lethal. As killers, fanatics, and fog close in, Nathaniel is the only man Justin can trust—and, perhaps, the only man he could love.
My rating:2.5 the spiritual-guide was out the building stars
My bookshelves: historical-fiction, m-m, mxm-historical-romance, netgalley, situ-1870s, w_con-man-or-grifter, w_journalist
Not as I was expecting. Seriously tempted to put just 2 stars to this book.
Journalist seeks to unmask a medium in Victorian London, the plot is complicated in a tangle of questioning for an inheritance.
Strangely, during the narration of the séance, I keep thinking in Houdini and his own obsession with spiritualism.
My problem with this book is that Nathaniel Roy -the journalist and former lawyer- is an uncharitable character, from a priveleged upbringing , he has never suffered hunger or despair to do everything to survive, but he feels with the right to judge others. In another hand, Justin Lazarus, the subject that deceives those who 'want to be deceived', is a character of gray morality, much more understandable; and I could sympathize with him.
The vision of London wrapped in a tangible fog where Justin manages to navigate is not very subtle, but convincing. I think they are not the type of couple that you expect to stay together for a long time, not with the way Nathaniel thinks.
The drama /mystery that comes from the previous book about the Count's heritage, is entertained by the development, although the clue I discovered it immediately.
That plot stay undefined, with continuation in the next book. /SPOILER-->And, I don't know why, but I still have suspicion about cousin Tim. <--SPOILER/[And, I don't know why, but I still have suspicion about cousin Tim. (hide spoiler)]
Definitely, not the best book of KJ.
Periodista busca desenmascarar a un medium en Londres victoriano. Nathaniel Roy es un personaje poco querible , nunca ha padecido hambre ni desesperación por hacer de todo para sobrevivir, pero se siente con todo derecho a juzgar a los demás. Justin Lazarus, el sujeto que engaña a quienes quieren dejarse engañar , resulta un personaje de moral gris, mucho más comprensible. La visión de Londres envuelto en una niebla tangible donde Justin consigue navegar no es muy sutil, pero convincente. No es el tipo de pareja que uno espera que permanezca junta por mucho tiempo, no por como piensa Nathaniel.
El drama/misterio que viene desde el libro anterior en torno a la herencia del Conde , es entretenido por el desarrollo, aunque la pista la descubri de inmediato. Esa trama queda sin definir, con continuación en el próximo libro.
No es el mejor libro de KJ, y eso es una lástima, porque sus libros me encantan.
Por otra parte, no es necesario leer el libro anterior para entender este.