Title: An Unseen Attraction
Author: K.J. Charles
Good things about this book: It takes place in Victorian England.
Bad things about this book: I wanted more mystery!!
Do I recommend it? Yes, if you already liked the author then it’s a must.
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[ARC received via Netgalley]
Victorian England, ugly weather, two men falling in love, rude family members, a mystery, and a murder. I want to say I loved everything about this book because I’ve read the Magpie series and loved it with all my heart, but this book lack a bit of everything. It was enjoyable and, even if I wanted to give it 3 stars, I’m rounding it up to 4 because I just love how this author writes.
While Lord Crane and Stephen of the Magpies series were excellent even when they were annoying, I found Clem annoying even in non-annoying situations. I wanted to like the guy, flaws and everything, but I couldn’t do it. I didn’t have a problem with his flaws. I hated how blind he was when it came to one very important thing. When showed clear evidence of something very wrong, he got angry and decided it couldn’t be true because he knew best. He didn’t give the situation the benefit of the doubt and his excuses for that were quite childish. I understand loyalty and family, but if someone is showing me the wrongdoings of a person I know, it is important to have a little bit of doubt because nobody is perfect. If you are positive it can’t be true, then investigate and try seeing all points of views. Clem wasn’t my favorite person in this book.
On the other hand, Rowley Green, the preserver and lodger of the lodging house Clem runs, is a beautiful human being and deserves all the nice things in the world. He has a creepy job, there’s no doubt in that, but nobody can deny how talented he is in what he does. The creations in his shop are magical and it’s clear, seeing them, that he loves his job. He has found a good friend in Clem when he first moved in the lodging house and he knows what he feels for the other man is more than friendship. He drowns in Clem’s eyes and sees the beauty in a man who cannot see it for himself. The way he thinks of Clem is pure and beautiful. Rowley is a character that I want to know more about. He is the other reason I’m giving this book half a star more than it deserved in my opinion.
While these two men try to have romantic and sexy encounters, a lodger is murdered and left in front of the house. This event starts a chain reaction that will inevitably get the two men to question the reality they live in and believed in up to that day. Rowley will face his past ghosts and Clem will need to let go of an image he has in mind that it’s clouding his judgement. The twists weren’t really twists but they kept the story interesting. While I think the mystery was pretty important, I think it was the romance the main theme of the book. They both are trying to start something and they put their bodies and souls in each other’s hands. We see how Clem starts being a goofball and then becomes a master in the bedroom, and we see how Rowley embraces his kinks and let go of a few inhibitions.
This series has potential and I’m very curious to see what the sequels are going to offer. I truly want to see more of Clem and Rowley together; that’s for sure!