An Unseen Attraction

An Unseen Attraction

by KJ Charles

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An Unseen Attraction by KJ Charles

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.

Don’t miss any of the captivating Sins of the Cities novels:

AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION | AN UNNATURAL VICE | AN UNSUITABLE HEIR

And look for the enticing Society of Gentlemen series by KJ Charles:
THE RUIN OF GABRIEL ASHLEIGH | A FASHIONABLE INDULGENCE | 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)

“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

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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: 127,989
File size: 873 KB

About 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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
dalexb 5 months ago
Very well written. Good intrigue, keeps you on the edge of your seat. Some of the sex is a bit gratuitous....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so awesome to read an historical romance novel with a gay, autistic, Indian man as the main character! KJ Charles always does such an awesome job of writing inclusively, featuring various genders, sexualities, aneurotypicals, and disabilities. Also she has a knack for turning your expectations on their heads and going against stereotypes. The plot itself took a backseat to the characters, and it wrapped up literally in the epilogue, but that's how I tend to like it. I like character focused romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great start to a new series. The romance is a slower burn than some of her other novels, but well worth it. The characters are so well written and the plot is very compelling. Loved it!
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
4 Stars for this historical M/M romance set in Victorian-era London. This is the first book in a series that promises mystery and romance. Clem Tallyfer, bastard son of his Grace, the (late) Earl of Moreton, manages a lodging house, as part of his consideration from his half-brother, Edmund Talliefer, the current earl. He is half-Indian, and attractive, but fussy and prone to fits of nerves when his schedule is off or he's in the company of too many people at once. He's a master at propriety, which is why he's unable to make any overtures to his lodger, Rowley Green, despite some long acquaintance. Rowley is a quiet, genial man who really finds Clem attractive. He's sure Clem thinks little of him, for as many nights as they 've shared tea and Clem never made any overtures. It takes months, but Rowley begins to see that Clem is merely incapable of considering that another might fancy him, and once their desires are made plain, these men find ways to make a surreptitious liaison happen. Clem's life is complicated nearly daily by one lodger, the constantly inebriated Lugtrout, a former minister, and a person Edmund insists Clem manage. It's all Clem can do to maintain his composure around the blowhard, but it soon won't be his problem--when Lugtrout is gruesomely murdered. This kicks off the mystery portion of the book, and it is a slower evolving story than I expected. That said, there's a LOT happening, in terms of the murder and mayhem, and I didn't feel it was developed enough--mainly leaving the mystery to be solved in the books going forward. I wasn't prepared for that, which left me feeling a little frustrated, but I did like the Rowley and Clem bits, because I thought they were a sweet pair. The next book is set to feature two other characters finding love, and finding the murderer(s), perhaps, but Rowley and Clem find their happiness in this first story of the series. I read a review copy provided by NetGalley.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars--AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION is the first installment in KJ Charles’s adult, SINS OF THE CITY Victorian, M/M, historical romance, murder-mystery series. This is lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer, and stuffer (taxidermist) Rowley Green’s story line. NOTE: AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION contains scenes of M/M sexual situations and may not be suitable for all readers. Told from dual third person perspectives (Clem and Rowley) AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION follows two paths and focuses on the forbidden relationship between two men: lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer, and taxidermist Rowley Green. The year is 1873, and Clem Talleyfer manages, on behalf of his brother, a lodging house for single men. Enter Rowley Green, the local taxidermist, and the man who has caught the eye of the lodging-house manager. When one of the tenants disappears and is found dead several days later, Clem and Rowley face the wrath of not only the local law enforcement but Clem’s brother as well. What ensues is the investigation into the who, what and why, and the building but forbidden love between two men caught in a game of secrets and lies. AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION is a slow building story line; a murder /mystery plot where our leading couple find themselves targeted for reasons unknown. As the investigation grows, so too does the realization that the person(s) responsible is all too familiar to the lodging house manager. The relationship between Clem and Rowley is one of immediate attraction but the fear of the unknown and public scrutiny have kept their relationship at a slow burn for several months. When Rowley invites Clem for an evening out, Clem soon realizes that his attraction to the local taxidermist is one of mutual want and need. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION is, first and foremost, a story of murder, mystery and suspense. Clem and Rowley’s backstories are heartbreaking; family history is something no one wants to share. The slow reveal of clues is well paced; the identity of the person ultimately responsible was (for me) easily deduced early on. The language and text is simple; the tone of the story is not conducive to the era or the time-I was expecting a tighter interpretation of the language e.g. euphemisms, slang, sentence structure, and because of this, the story line reads more modern than historic. The premise is entertaining; the characters are colorful and energetic; the romance is sweet and seductive.
Crystal61 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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,