An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities, #2) by K.J. Charles

An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities, #2)

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 fraud. He doesn’t expect to meet a man with a sinful smile and the eyes of ...

Details An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities, #2)

TitleAn Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities, #2)
Release DateJun 6th, 2017
GenreRomance, Historical, M M Romance, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Lgbt, Historical Romance

Reviews An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities, #2)

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    *4.5 stars* Excellent, excellent, excellent! This book is simply K.J. Charles doing what she does best. I'm a huge K.J. Charles fan, but I was a little worried about this series. I'm not a huge fan of suspense and mystery, and the fact that the stories in all three books link together in a "to be continued" kind of way worried me. I wasn't crazy about An Unseen Attraction, but the characters in An Unnatural Vice just spoke to me. I am loving enem...
  • Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
    I think this is supposed to be a trilogy like Society of Gentlemen was. The first book, An Unseen Attraction, introduced endearing, naïve Clem who found his love interest and also showed his other friends, part of a close group of likeminded individuals (like Society of Gentlemen.) Besides being historical, that's where the similarities seem to end.While I enjoyed the first of the series, this one was even better. K.J. Charles gave one character...
  • SheReadsALot
    Group unicorn review with Adam and Chelsea 4.25 Hearts--Once again, KJ Charles blew my expectations to smithereens after reading An Unnatural Vice. Once again, she delivered word porn to savor. And wrote a mystery arc that I was fully engaged with and can't wait to be solved. Once again a set well written characters that I just wanted to pick apart and re-read over and over.The leads in the second in Sins of the Cities series, are the serious, cr...
  • ~Mindy Lynn~
    4 spiritualism stars! I enjoyed this one much more than I did the first one which I can only hope will get even better with the last book in the series. Justin Lazarus was by far the most interesting character so far in this series. I really enjoyed the back and forth bickering between him and Nathaniel. These men didn't know if they wanted to fight or strip down and get their sexy on. Sometimes they ended up doing both. There was no lack of stea...
  • Vivian
    Men on opposite sides.Nathaniel Roy and Justin Lazarus are two miserable bastards that don't really evoke sympathy at the onset of the book. Possessing diametrically opposed viewpoints of the world it makes for an interesting discussion as the book progresses. I can't say that either character is endearing, but the gulf between the two has a bridge and it is traversed as they begin to understand the basis for each other's stance. But, I just neve...
  • Caz
    The feeling that washed over me when I finished An Unnatural Vice isn’t one I experience all that often, but I suspect we all know what it is; that wonderful sense of awe and sheer elation that settles over you when you’ve just read something incredibly satisfying on every level.  A great story that’s excellently written and researched; characters who are well-drawn and appealing; a book that stimulates intellectually as well as emotionall...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestCalifornia is having a devastating heatwave statewide right now, so it was nice to pick up this book with its icy looking cover and Gothic, foggy London setting, while trying to ignore the scorching temperatures outside. I *almost* wanted to reach for a scarf. K.J. Charles was that convincing in her narrative. (Maybe her next story will take place on a cruise ship in the Arctic - please.)Sins...
  • CrabbyPatty
    An Unnatural Vice is the second book in K.J. Charles' Sins of the City series. The two books occur pretty much concurrently and you really need to read An Unseen Attraction first.Nathaniel Roy is an impressive man - wealthy, handsome, sure of his position in the world and absolute in his convictions. Formerly a lawyer, he is now an investigative reporter and he's got his sights on Justin Lazarus, a despicable low-life spiritualist who calls himse...
  • Sofia
    This book is like a Fast and Furious action movie - from the first kick of the ball, the action on the ground moves so fast that I was left breathless at the end whistle. Whilst craving for more as we are now in the middle of the story and I do want to read the end bit yesterday before tomorrow.A'la Charles this story has become quite intricate, tangles within tangles. I was indeed happy to have deducted a solution to a particular tangle before t...
  • Andrea
    ALL THE FREAKING STARS I CAN GIVE!!! Justin and Nathaniel might just have replaced Julius and Harry from A Fashionable Indulgence as my favorite couple. And I love those two idiots to pieces! But these two just resonated with me on a more personal level (mostly because Justin might be even more fucked up than I am, and I could totally emphasize with the poor thing), and oh the feels.... Anyways. This book picks up right where An Unseen Attraction...
  • Adam
    Group review with Baby and ChelseaNathanial Roy and Justin Lazarus are two completely different men. From the moment they meet, they’re at each other’s throats. The mutual dislike is intense. But underneath that, there’s also a strong current of desire.Most of Nathaniel and Justin’s issues boil down to the fact that they see the world differently. Nathaniel wants justice and order. Justin see life as a jungle - you either eat, or get eate...
  • Ariana
    Absolutely stunning!An exceptional enemies to lovers romance.These two guys REALLY loathe and despise each other when they meet. Nathaniel is glorious: a man of stature, honest, good, upstanding and gorgeously hairy (sorry, my mind just went off tangent there *G*), and he has barely recovered from the death of his long term lover. He hates what Justin represents: “the exploiter, the liar, cheat, kiter, and fraud”. The thing is: Justin real...
  • Chelsea
    4 hearts!Well Nathaniel and Justin couldn't have been more different from Clem and Rowley and as such we got an entirely different type of story! Where Clem and Rowley were all sweet explorations and careful considerations, Nat and Justin were all hateful fucks and shoving their opinions in each other's faces.When we get down to brass tax, Justin is a liar who literally doesn't give a shit about anyone or anything other than himself and the two g...
  • Laura
    4.5 starsThank you very much to Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept for providing a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. Every time I read a new K.J. Charles book I always think she can’t possibly do better than her previous novels, and I am always, happily, proved wrong. An Unnatural Vice was no exception, featuring an insidious murder mystery, a crafty fraudster, a crusading gentleman journalist, and a passionate romanc...
  • Mel
    He had never in his life been with anyone whose will was as strong as his own. This didn’t feel like a flirtation; it felt like stags circling, antlers ready to clash.An Unnatural Vice is an enemies-to-lovers story at its best. The animosity in the beginning and the undercurrent of attraction are palpable and believable. Moreover, since we get both point of views of Nathaniel and Justin in this book, we are able to like and understand them both...
  • Mandi Schreiner
    Favorite Quote: "You - are the worst man - I have ever met."Lazarus's teeth scraped his shoulder. "And yet here you are, under me...."Guys, there is hot hate sex in this book. Do I need to say more?The Seer of London, Justin Lazarus, makes a living calling spirits from beyond the veil, gladly taking people's money to tell them what they want to hear from their deceased loved ones. Can he really talk to spirits? No, but he doesn't feel bad about ...
  • Dianne
    He was a journalist on a quest to uncover charlatans exploiting the grief and pocketbooks of those who have lost loved ones. His number one target is the Seer of London, Justin Lazarus, but Nathaniel Roy had no idea what he would discover when he went undercover.These two “enemies” would find themselves wrapped up in aristocratic intrigue where no one can be trusted, except each other, but will their growing feelings cloud their judgement? Wh...
  • Alisa
    4.5 starsOohh.....I really liked this enemies to lovers story. The story starts with Nathaniel investigating Justin's psychic business. Nathaniel's convinced Justin and all others like him are just out to scam people and he despises how they use people's vulnerabilities against them. Unfortunately for Nathaniel he has a pretty serious vulnerability himself. He desperately misses his deceased partner and there is a part of him that wants Justin to...
  • Caz
    I've given this an A- for narration and an A for content at AudioGalsAn Unnatural Vice is the second book in K.J. Charles’ Sins of the Cities series, a trilogy set in late Victorian London which revolves around the search for the missing heir to an earldom. Each book features one central couple whose romance is complete by the end, but the overarching story of blackmail, bigamy and murder is carried through each one, so while it’s possible ...
  • Hollis
    Justin Lazarus was without a question a disgraceful fraud, but as as his lips moved in silent prayer, Nathaniel could not help the thought that he looked like a glorious fuck.Now this is the kind of book by Charles I've come to love."I wish I could say I was someone else underneath, but I'm not.""I wish you understood that I don't want someone else."AN UNNATURAL VICE picks up midway during book one in the Sins of the Cities series. The plot that ...
  • Bubu
    The enemies-to-lovers trope is my least liked one. But 0h look at my favourite shelf or my 5-star-shelf. I see lots of books with that trope.If written as beautifully as in An Unnatural Vice, if executed as perfectly, if as atmospheric as it is here, the enemies-to-lovers trope delivers the most delicious and fun books, with the bonus of in-depth characterisation, too. And, oh wow, does An Unnatural Vice deliver. I'll say this again and again. Th...
  • Kaje Harper
    This is another enjoyable historical series from K.J. Charles, this book with an enemies-to-lovers theme, where the first was sweet friends-to-lovers. This second book picks up the threads of the ongoing mystery from the first, so they should be read in order, despite featuring a new couple.I really enjoyed Justin, a man making a living by his wits and the skill of his hands as a fake-medium. He lives by taking coin from the gullible for a mystic...
  • Dani
    Wow, this book can’t be more different from the first one. Nathaniel and Justin are not only opposite pole between each other but also between Clem and Rowley story. This wasn’t sweet and awkward. This was more aggressive, with hate sex and bickering that is definitely my favorite part of ‘enemies-to-lovers’ story.Undoubtedly, this book was splendid! So, so great! The characters were more complex in this story and that made me enjoyed it ...
  • Em
    I gave this an A at All About Romance.Spoiler alert: If you haven’t read the first book in the Sins of the Cities trilogy, An Unseen Attraction, this review may contain spoilers.I thought the first book in the Sins of the Cities trilogy was terrific, but this one is even better. Each book in the trilogy features a different couple, but they’re all linked to each other through friendship or family (or both), and the overarching mystery involvi...
  • haletostilinski
    Ah! I loved this! I didn't read the first book in this series, but it didn't make this a confusing read or anything like that. It explained what had happened in the first book as things happened to the MC's in this book, so I was able to understand the main storyline fairly well. I loved Justin and Nathaniel together. This story had a good enemies-to-lovers type feel and enemies to lovers is my bread and butter so I LOVED it. I think whenever the...
  • ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
    4.5 StarsI can't even begin to describe how much I loved this book other than to say it was probably one of my favorites of all of JKC's books.
  • Pavellit
    Ughhhh, excuse my lack of impressive language but this to-be-continued ending really annoyed me. The mystery subplot stays undefined, with continuation in the next book. While I enjoyed reading Nathaniel and Justin's lust/hate relationship and the erotic games of submission (the scene when Nathaniel fucked Justin over the terrifyingly shaky banisters was memorable), I wasn't completely sold on the romance by the end. I loved Justin (the rogue, th...
  • Tess
    4.5 starsI was lukewarm about book #1 in the series, but this one was absolutely terrific! Great characters, an interesting time period and a slow burning enemies-to-lovers romance. Perfect!
  • Eugenia
    I’m loving this series! I’m not sure why it took me so long to pick up the first book, since I had it on my Kindle app since it came out. Well, the lovely first book led me to immediately pick up this second novel in the series. This second one had a very different feel than the first. Whereas An Unseen Attraction felt purposefully slow and measured like a slow drive through a lovely country lane, this one felt more like crossing an intersect...