Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles

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5stars

“It turns out I’m slightly braver than I am afraid when it comes to you.”

Title: Any Old Diamonds
Author: K.J. Charles
Series: Lilywhite Boys #1
Number of pages: 320 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: The story and characters were great.
Bad things about this book: I would have loved an epilogue but since there are going to be more books, maybe we’ll see more of the characters? Who knows.
Do I recommend it? I do!
Rate: 5/5

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This book was much more than I expected it to be. I knew I was going to love it because I love this author with all my heart, but then I found myself at 3am reading the book and not letting go until I finished it at 8am, when I had to get ready for work.

I give up sleep only for certain books. I love sleeping.

The dynamics between Alec and Jerry was genuine. They come from very different backgrounds, and they are thrown into this without really knowing if they can trust each other. The lust comes first: raw, unfiltered, much needed. Their relationship evolves naturally without taking anything from the story, the vengeance Alec wants to achieve from the start.

“The truth is that I love you. That I’ve been coming to love you for so long, and with so little care and attention on my part, that by the time I realised you’d walked off with my heart and soul it was already too late.”

There were a lot of references from the Sin of the Cities trilogy. This story takes place at least 20 years after the ending of those books; I found myself smiling and missing the characters and reminiscing about their misadventures and romances. Can’t wait for the next book, maybe we’ll actually see some of the characters!!

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[ARC] An Unsuitable Heir by K.J. Charles

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5stars

Title: An Unsuitable Heir (Sins of the Cities #3)
Author: K.J. Charles
Release date: October 3rd 2017
Good things about this book: Happy ending.
Bad things about this book: The series is over and I’m going to miss the guys.
Do I recommend it? Yes, the third and final book didn’t disappoint.
Rate: 5/5

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*I was given this ARC by Netgalley and I love them for it*

You could say I am a K.J. Charles fan and you wouldn’t be wrong. You could say I am a K.J. Charles super fan and you wouldn’t be wrong, not at all. You could say I am a K.J. Charles mega fan and you would see my heart-eyed expression while nodding enthusiastically. I am a fan, that’s 100% right.

What is with K.J. Charles that makes me love everything she writes? Hell if I know, that woman owns my money and me!

This third and last book of this trilogy was the perfect ending to a mystery series with characters that you can’t help but love. Each of them layers and layers of surprises and wonder. The first half of “An Unsuitable Heir” is set at the same time as the second half of the previous book. The events take place simultaneously and you see the story unfolding from a different point of view.

Mark, a man we know because he is friends with Clem and Nathaniel, is the private enquirer asked to find the heir to the Moreton fortune. By the end of “An Unnatural Vice” we know who are the twins, the children of the late Lord Moreton, children he had from his first wife, one of them male so the rightful heir. The twins are the famous Flying Starlings, trapeze artists well known among Londoners.

The real names of the twins are Repentance and Regret. What kind of woman gives those names to their children no matter how much hatred she had for their father? Of course the poor kids went by the names of Pen and Greta, much better alternatives. Greta is a great woman, strong built, she doesn’t left words unsaid, she knows what she wants, and loves her brother with all her heart. She would do anything for him.

Pen is genderfluid; he feels like a man some days and some other days she feels all woman. Pen likes wearing feminine clothes, he has very long hair and loves earrings: his body doesn’t always fit the image he has of who he is inside. Pointless saying how people treat him because of it. Oh, the anger!!! Mark accepts Pen and everything about Pen is precious to him. Mark is new to what Pen is and asks for directions, for explanations, for whatever thing may Pen feel uncomfortable. Mark is sweet and the love blooms almost immediately between them yet it doesn’t feel forced or rushed. It all feels right. They have some issues along the way, with the earldom and all but the story is set to have a happy ending so we must enjoy the journey knowing it will end the best way it can.

The infamous Fogman, the killer that’s been murdering people since book 1 is finally revealed and, surprise surprise, I didn’t see it coming. I should’ve seen it but I’ve been distracted by the romance. The romance was really nice, steamy and adorable; it has their flaws but they all know love is not perfect and they have to fight for it to work.. All the characters are trying to be comfortable in their own skin, with their own sexuality, in a world that does not go easy with people like who doesn’t resemble their idea of normality.

This series is really worth your time: mystery, nobility, murders, and romance. There’s a little bit of everything and it won’t disappoint. I’m glad I got to read the ending of this story a few months before its release. I hope once everyone have read it, the love for this series will spread!

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[ARC] An Unnatural Vice by K.J. Charles

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5stars

“The sky’s a funny colour.”
“It’s blue.”
“That’s what I mean. I think I’d forgotten it did that.”

Title: An Unnatural Vice
Author: K.J. Charles
Good things about this book: Victorian England.
Bad things about this book: The mystery isn’t solved and I want to know, I need to know.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a sequel so maybe read the first book first, you’ll like it.
Rate: 5/5

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ARC from Netgalley
I will check the quotes when the book comes out as the author requested

This is the sequel of An Unseen Attraction and its story takes place overlapping a little bit with its prequel and then it goes further ahead. The mystery, violence and murder theme is still very present; we see Clem still trying to save his boarding house while trying to uncover the truth about his late brother’s heir. There are so many things that need to happen for everything to be finally peaceful. I guess we will still have to wait for the third and last book. I can’t wait to get to know more about that certain character. That was what I call an epic entrance!

I love how this author writes. It’s easy, it traps you, and it treats you well. You get cuddled into the narration and enjoy every single page of it. I really love this Victorian England setting even without the magical component of the Magpie series that I loved with all my heart.

Roy had spent his overbearing, self-righteous, privileged life denouncing vice, and Justin was vicious to the core.

Nathaniel Roy is an ex lawyer now a journalist who wants to expose the lies of all the spiritualists in London. He wants to destroy the Seer of London’s reputation and goes, under a false name, to one of his séances. He doesn’t know what he is in for. That was an amazing spiritual session, with lots of double entendre, and with the sitters hanging from Lazarus’ lips, believing every word he says. 

Justin Lazarus was without question a disgraceful fraud, but as his lips moved in silent prayer, Nathaniel could not help the thought that he looked like a glorious fuck. The bad kind, of course; the kind that left a man feeling dirty and ashamed and degraded in his own eyes.

Justin Lazarus is an excellent spiritualist; he certainly is the most expensive and the London’s elites go to him and spend part of their immense patrimony for beautified lies that give them hope. Justin is, against his will, involved in Nathaniel’s search for the lost heir and he may be in more danger that he’s ever been. Justin doesn’t trust easily; he doesn’t seem to trust anyone because he has many secrets and also, I think, because he doesn’t want to get hurt.

Justin and Nathaniel have to work together to help Clem and to help themselves because there is still a murderer at large and it seems he won’t stop at anything to avoid the truth from coming out. Who the hell is this murderer? I want to know. I have an idea but it’s too obvious, it may be wrong. They start on the wrong foot but we see how their relationship evolves and becomes something they can’t deny.

“A rabbit.” Nathaniel made no effort to hide his amusement. “You must be familiar with the breed?”
“Only in pies, and then they’re usually cats.”

They have many funny moments, steamy moments and hard moments. Both of them have something keeping them from letting go and have a nice life. They will have to make a leap of faith and see what is going to happen if they just get what they want.

I’m repeating myself but after those last chapters, I really can’t wait to read the last book of this trilogy. There are characters I want to know more about and I know, loving the author, that I won’t be disappointed.

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