Thursday, December 19

Audiobook Review - An Unseen Attraction by KJ Charles

An Unseen Attraction (Sins of the Cities, #1)
Author: K.J. Charles
Narrator:  Matthew Lloyd Davies
Title: An Unseen Attraction
(Sins of the Cities #1)
Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery, LGBT
Pages: Audiobook
Published:  February 21st 2017 
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)

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.

I was drawn in by the cover and the summary. Plus it fits in two of my challenges. 

The story follows Clem and Rowley. Clem is a lodging-house keeper and Rowley is lodging at Clem's place. The two quiet men slowly become friends and then more. Everything seems to be perfect until a murdered corpse of another lodger is dumped on the doorstep and now they are caught up in a mystery. Will their new love be able to survive?

I was hooked from the beginning. I liked Clem and I liked Rowley. I just want them to be happy and in love. ALL THE FEELS. Buuuuut....things got a little dicey for me as the story went along. 

There is a mystery/murder mystery element mixed in which I knew in advance and I usually eat that up! seemed to not fit in with the story. It took away from Clem and Rowley. Maybe it was because I didn't give a lick about the person murdered? He was terrible. Ugh. And Clem's brother was terrible as well. 

I did have to set this to the side for a hot minute before finishing up the story. I even did skim a bit there near the end. I just didn't care about the mystery aspect which is odd for me. I normally adore the mix, but for some reason, it did not really work for me. Maybe if the mystery was more cozy of a mystery? I am not sure. But I felt it took away from us seeing Clem and Rowley find the love they deserve. 

The narrator did okay. He fit well. 

Overall, I am a little bummed by this. It started soooooo strong but got a little dicey at the end there. The mystery element didn't seem to fit for me. I'll give this 2 stars. 

2019 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge
21 out of 16/25

LGBT :) 


Blodeuedd said...

Well, this turned out to be very disappointing

Carole Rae said...

I know...I am bummed

Sophia Rose said...

Hmm, I've had those where the mystery and romance seemed at odds and it was so distracting. Bummer. I love that this is a historical m/m with a mystery element, though. :)

Carole Rae said...

It is rare but it does happen. And I agree! Loved the m/m but I wish it didn't have the mystery.