This review is more of a ramble. You have been warned.
The Sins of the Cities trilogy has been one long, three book, mystery! With an extra helping of history and romance. That’s a recipe for Birdie goodness!
The crime that started in An Unseen Attraction was concluded in The Unsuitable Heir, but the mystery isn’t what kept me reading. I wasn’t invested at all. Clearly I wanted to make sure Clem didn’t lose his boarding house, and Lazarus didn’t lose his life, but mostly I just like reading KJ Charles historical love stories. There’s always such authenticity to them. They’re gorgeous.
I think I was especially happy with this trilogy because of how diverse the cast was. I loved that Clem was Indian and autistic. I loved that Mark was missing a hand, and that Pen was gender fluid. It made the story feel even more full than a usual KJ Charles series. Not only was the cast entertaining, they were also compassionate and accepting.
Of the three books in the trilogy, my favorite is still An Unnatural Vice. There was just something special about Jason Lazarus and Nathaniel Roy. I love the initial antagonism that led to romance. I loved their heat. I also enjoyed Pen and Mark. The diversity should be noted, but I also liked that Pen and Mark enjoyed talking with each other just as much as they did getting intimate. There were even moments where they opted to just talk, which was so sweet. I love emotional connections. As much as I adored Nathaniel and Lazarus, what I thought was special about Pen and Mark was their ability to accept each other just the way they are. Mark is a simple man, and he treats Pen exactly as Pen needed to be treated. He even asked first, allowing Pen to guide their relationship. The two of them were definitely the sweetest of the three couples.
If you like accurate historical and romance, K.J. Charles may just be the author for you. I know I’ll be waiting for news of her next series. I’m loving them.
Thank you to Loveswept for providing a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.