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An Unseen Attraction
     

An Unseen Attraction

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by KJ Charles
 

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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

Overview

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.

Look for the Society of Gentlemen series by K. J. Charles:
A FASHIONABLE INDULGENCE | THE RUIN OF GABRIEL ASHLEIGH | A SEDITIOUS AFFAIR | A GENTLEMAN’S POSITION

Praise for An Unseen Attraction

“A particular pleasure of [K. J.] Charles’s work is spending time with her articulate (and often scathing) protagonists, who skewer their interlocutors and make agonizing admissions with fluency that is a joy to behold. Now, in contrast, comes Clem. . . . Rowley has no problem with words; he simply chooses not to reveal his well-armored heart. What they see in each other is a generosity of spirit revealed in everyday gestures.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The writing is witty and captivating and the worldbuilding is meticulous as [Charles] brings to life a richly diverse London, from dusty taxidermist shops to riotous acrobat shows.”RT Book Reviews

“K. J. Charles is a superb storyteller and has once again crafted both an intriguing and engrossing story and a tender romance between two well-drawn protagonists whose unique personality traits inform their emotional and sexual relationships. Add to that the way she so thoroughly immerses the reader in the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian London, and the strong cast of secondary characters—some of whom will star in future books—and it’s fair to say that she’s got another winning series on her hands.”—All About Romance

An Unseen Attraction is a fascinating page-turner . . . and a charmingly tender romance between two ordinary yet extraordinary characters.”—Romantic Historical Reviews

“An intense, suspenseful and thoroughly enjoyable read . . . K. J. Charles’s atmospheric and suspenseful Victorian romance takes us to a seemingly run-of-the-mill area of London where tenants of a rooming house find themselves caught up in a mystery.”—Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews

“Highly enjoyable, thought provoking, attractively produced and a thoroughly satisfying read.”—Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

“So romantic and sexy.”—Joyfully Jay

“[Clem and Rowley are] nuanced and multifaceted. . . . Their chemistry is off the charts.”—Just Love Romance

“Thoroughly entertaining.”—Prism Book Alliance
 
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 02/20/2017
A particular pleasure of Charles’s work is spending time with her articulate (and often scathing) protagonists, who skewer their interlocutors and make agonizing admissions with fluency that is a joy to behold. Now, in contrast, comes Clem Talleyfer: neuroatypical, mixed race, and dependent on the begrudged help of others to maintain his painstakingly crafted niche as a boardinghouse keeper in 19th-century Clerkenwell, England. For eight months he has wordlessly courted one of his lodgers, Rowley Green, who has a taxidermy shop next door. Rowley has no problem with words; he simply chooses not to reveal his well-armored heart. What they see in each other is a generosity of spirit revealed in everyday gestures—more often than not, considerate silence. But they are not immune to silence’s corrosive effects, and when a fellow lodger is murdered, toxic secrets spill. Charles (A Gentleman’s Position) indulges in a plot that’s unabashed pulp, made poignant by its effects on the two bruised souls at its center. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399593963
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/21/2017
Series:
Sins of the Cities , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
247
Sales rank:
5,372
File size:
873 KB

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Meet the Author

K. J. Charles is a writer and freelance editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, an out-of-control garden, and an increasingly murderous cat.

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An Unseen Attraction 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Crystal61 6 months ago
Clem is a simple man with a complex history. Roxley also had a rough beginning and learned that a solitary existence was best for him. Clem runs the lodging at his brother's request, following his rules. Roxley is one of the few lodgers. They are an unlikely couple. Clem, handsome, tall, yet simple. Roxley is shorter, private, with an unusual occupation. There is an attraction between the two, but they are hesitant to act on it. Bad things begin to happen, murder, arson, brutal attacks, that show them the strength of their feelings for each other. As the suspense builds, I found it harder to put down the book, and I did enjoy the twists and turns of the story. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
Mari-BayouBookJunkie 8 months ago
5 Stars!!! An Unseen Attraction is book one in K.J. Charles' new series, Sins of the Cities, and while I had great expectations after Society of Gentlemen, Ms. Charles managed to meet them with this very original story. Clem Talleyfer is a lodge-keeper in London. He likes to have a quiet life and work taking care of his lodgers and is quite happy with it all, especially the nights he spends talking with his friend Rowley Green, who is a preserver who has been living at Talleyfer's for a few months. He only wishes Mr. Green were interested in more than just his friendship. When someone breaks into the lodge trying to find something and then into Rowley's store, and then one of the lodgers appears dead at the doorstep, Rowley and Clem start getting closer as they get caught up in the mystery of who's trying to harm them and what is it that they are really after, all while trying to reconcile their feelings for each other. I've said it before and I'll probably say it again, but one of my favorite parts of reading a historical romance is the writer's ability to transport me back in time and make me feel as if I were there along with the characters. In this case, Ms. Charles transported me to a different side of London, more middle class and showing a very extensive and interesting research in Taxidermy, which was so different from other books I've read. I loved Clem and Rowley, who were far from perfect and each had their issues to go through. It was lovely seeing their relationship move from tentative friendship into more. It was even better to see them mess up and try to make things better once they realized their mistakes, to see them work together to resolve the mystery they found themselves in the middle of along with their friends. Regarding the mystery, I can safely say I saw some part of it coming, but I really liked the progression and intrigue and how it all played out. Never mind that I can't wait to read Nathaniel's story next, as it sounds really interesting. Well-written, engaging, hot and with characters you'll want more of, An Unseen Attraction is definitely a must-read for fans of mystery and historical romance! *** Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.***
jeanniezelos 8 months ago
An Unseen Attraction,  KJ Charles Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  romance,LGBTQIA. I love KJ Charles writing style, very apt for the era she brings to her stories. It feels very much as if one is there in the time period, from the descriptions of characters, what they wear, their occupations, what they do and how they meet, the actual buildings, the London smog. Even the actual wording used is full of things I have to look up, occupations now unknown or rare but common then, words I’ve never heard of but which seem so apt to the time and are so enriching to the story. (Gamahuching from one of the first novels of hers I read – what a fabulous word). I hate the trend for dumbed down books, where words all seem to be three syllables or less! We think of UK history as being mainly white people, and yet when people were so often seen as property they were brought back from other countries as such, and its not uncommon to see people of every race and colour in the cities in UK. KJ often weaves them into her stories. I loved Clem, half Indian, with a very real backstory, one that happened so very often. He’s an amazing man, and I could see just how his slow and careful nature led to bullying as a child. He needed time to assess, to think, to speak and society both them and now doesn’t like that. People ( me) get bullied of they don’t grasp instantly what’s to be said or done. I don’t have so much difficulty now, but as a child I was very silent, always worried about saying the wrong thing, needed to mull over conversations, think carefully before answering or I’d get flustered just as Clem does. I feel for him. I sympathised with  Rowley too ( sounds like slowly – I loved that quip!) When he’s talking about his glasses, he describes how someone discovered he needed them, and says how it never occurred to him that he wasn’t seeing what others could. I was ten when a teacher noticed I was very short sighted, until then everyone just thought I wasn’t very bright, was clumsy and slow...so I understood perfectly how Rowley felt without his specs. Mine are a lifeline to the real world. Rowley has had a difficult upbringing too, not uncommon for them time but wich of course affects his personality. He's so understnading opf Clem, so in tune with what he needs, they make a breat pair. You just want them to be happy, to be left alone. There's as usual lots of sex, but not the eternal but dull stuff so often found, where it feels like pages and pages of the same thing. Clem and Rowely have a varied and intersting way of love making, and again that fits, when sex was something not mentioned in polite society, sex between same sex people forbidden. Even something simple like a quick touch on the hand, a passing clasp of the shoulder could mean so much. Sometimes I think we miss just how sensual a touch or glance can be, how it can have so much meaning between two people. When things have to be worked at, when they had to find ways round society's constraints then a simple look could carry a world of meaning. Once more we’ve some wonderful characters, a careful, slow burn romance, one that simmers, builds very gently, with each wondering about the other. Given the penalties for homosexuality at the time they had to be extraordinarily careful.  I loved the taxidermy descriptions, though they were really interesting I did have to skip the more queasy parts....wimp I know! You won’t find edge of seat drama here, no histrionics,