Bedevilment, trickery and wills collide, and I didn’t want this journey to end.
K.J. Charles whips up a story in An Unnatural Vice of a moral-driven journalist and the man he seeks to uncover as a fraud, spiritualist Justin Lazarus. I was enchanted, seduced and hurdled into a world of magic and logic all rolled in to one. Prepare to be dazzled.
This is what he lived for, the challenge, the battle.
I was in love with Justin from the beginning. He’s so cynical and grumpy, and he calls it like it is. He’s also so very, very clever—his brain is always working and maneuvering. I just knew there was a story buried beneath his layers, and these kinds of heroes always pull at my heartstrings. There’s no time for apologies or recriminations because life made him this way, and it’s all he knows.
That’s, of course, when in walks Mr. Nathaniel Roy with his self-righteousness and his patent disbelief to rattle Justin’s cage. It just won’t do!
He had once had faith, and had lost it. He carried a void with him every day, inside and out.
Nathaniel is a logical and practical journalist who seeks to uncover those who claim to speak to the dead. But he finds a worthy opponent in Justin. Oh, how Justin’s world of magic just flabbergasts and bedevils Nathaniel! I laughed like crazy even as I was like, How does Justin do it?!? I felt Nathaniel’s pain, I really did. Not all of Justin’s secrets are revealed by the way, and I love the mystery surrounding the sleight of hand tricks. Then there’s the challenge of Justin himself whose wicked grin calls to Nathaniel. Make no mistake, Nathaniel’s got his own pain to deal with and boy, was their page time fraught with tension.
He had never in his life been with anyone whose will was as strong as his own. This didn’t feel like a flirtation; it felt like stags circling, antlers ready to clash.
This book made my little enemies-to-lovers heart sing! And that’s the kicker in this story. That they both become so entangled in the mystery of the plot due to unforeseen circumstances, and it’s a whirlwind of trust, wariness and chemistry. There’s always two conversations going on—what’s said and what’s left unsaid. It made this a read I couldn’t put down.
If you’re looking for a story that’s equal parts plot and romance, brokenness and healing, look no further than An Unnatural Vice. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll groan in frustration. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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*This review was cross posted on the Alpha Book Club blog and the review can be found here.*