Book Review: An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the City #2) by K. J. Charles

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First review of 2018 and I have to say, I really enjoyed this second installation of the Sins of the Cities series!

In the same story from the first in the series, this installation follows Nathanial Roy, friend of the protagonist of the first int he series, as he seeks to write an expose about spiritualists in London and instead finds himself once again entangled in the drama of the Missing Earl from an entirely different angle.

I have to say, I really liked the way that this second book had far more detail in the plot. There was more story going on than in the first, and though I liked the first, this was definitely a step up. The author took the intriguing story and made it something the reader can really delve into and get lost in. I was so caught up in ‘what happens next?!?!’ that I didn’t even realize how close to the end I was until I got there.

Oh yeah, and the romance in this one was equally as endearing and steamy as the first.

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Book Review: An Unseen Attraction (Sins of the Cities #1) by K.J. Charles

An Unseen Attraction (Sins of the Cities, #1)An Unseen Attraction by K.J. Charles

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve had this one on my list for a while, and I decided to take a break in my reading of another fairly long historical queer fiction series to try this one, and I was not disappointed!

Following the story of Clem, the bastard son of an Earl, and Rowley, a taxidermist who lodges at the house Clem runs, An Unseen Attraction is a story of mystery, murder, and romance set in the dingy, foggy city of London. When one of Clem’s lodgers is murdered and Rowley’s shop is broken into, the question of what the killer is after turns right back around on Clem in the most unexpected way.

To start with, Clem is a very interesting character. Written in a way that makes it clear he is what we today would call autistic in a time where nobody knew that was a thing, he’s easily one of the most intricately detailed characters I’ve read in a book in quite a while. I really, really like him. I also really enjoy his romance with Rowley. Rowley is such a strange person in his combination of traits and interests, but he weirdly fits perfectly with Clem. Their romance is quite enjoyable to read. The story is very interesting as well, though it has a little less substance than I think it leads the reader to expect. I’m a big fan of mystery and historical fiction so this is generally just my kind of book.

Don’t let the 3* rating throw you off. I’m just really harsh on rating books. A 5* rating from me is really hard to come by (… even though I’ve had like 5 this year, okay, it was just a REALLY GOOD YEAR!!!) and I’ve already got the second one, so it’s definitely good enough for me to read on.

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Book Review: Hoarfrost (Whyborne & Griffin #6) by Jordan L. Hawk

Hoarfrost (Whyborne & Griffin, #6)Hoarfrost by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a lot late to write this review, but here we go. The sixth installment of this wonderful series was, without a doubt, a very welcome addition!

In this adventure, we follow Whyborne and Griffin as they travel to the remote mining settlement of Hoarfrost to look into a discovery made by Griffin’s long-lost-but-recently-found brother in the deepest tundra of the north. What they find there is far beyond some archeological dig site, but something far bigger and far more sinister at work.

To start with, while this one wasn’t quite as engrossing as some of the others have been, this one had so much emotion! I have to be honest, the main reason I love this book is that we get such a different dynamic to work with here. They’ve been married for a while now and you really see that ‘married couple’ relationship dynamic shining through. I love the consistency this series has given to them as people and their progression as a couple has really, really worked. I also really loved Christine in this one, as I always do. I think the one negative I could have is how absolutely clueless Griffin’s brother is, but honestly, I guess if you WANT so hard to believe something, then you could actually be that clueless. It’s a small gripe, and definitely not enough to get me to knock off a star. This series is still the best series I’ve read in a very long time.

I didn’t rush straight on to the next book, choosing to read something else in the interim, but I have already bought the next one in the series, so I will be sure to read it in the new year!

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Book Review: Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin #5) by Jordan L Hawke

Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin #5)Bloodline by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What the last book lacked in personal feelings this one had in excess!

Bloodline has us joining Whyborne and Griffin on the eve of a horrible event that shakes the Whyborne family to the core. Little did I know that, as the book progressed, the horrific toll this entire ordeal would take on the Whyborne family as well.

This book had everything that I’ve come to love about these books, relationships of all sorts, mysterious plot twists you don’t see coming, ‘how will they survive this?!’ action sequences, and this one has those things all in a far larger scale than the previous ones have. I love how this brought back some of the threads that had been introduced all the way back as far as the beginning of the series and finally it all made sense. I confess, I realized what was coming when the poem was revealed, but it still was a shocker to actually see it all unfold. I genuinely didn’t expect the sweet ending of this one, but there were moments I nearly cried I was so sure all was lost, so that was a very nice touch.

Once again, this series is like someone took my wants and put them on pages for me. I cannot express enough how much I love this book, which was easily the best of the entire series so far.

Eagerly heading onto the next one RIGHT NOW!

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Book Review: Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk

Stormhaven (Whyborne & Griffin)Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Still As Wonderful As The Last

Every book further I read in that series I expect has to fall in quality, because I rarely give 5* reviews, but I really think the author just shares my tastes in literature.

In this installment’s adventure, Whyborne’s co-worker is accused of murdering his uncle in a fit of madness and is condemned to Stormhaven asylum. When Griffin takes the case, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is what it seems.

I really felt for poor Griffin in this one. We got more of an insight into his past, his family, and the horrors of his time committed to an asylum, and all of it was so, utterly heartbreaking. This book leaves you so happy for him that he found Whyborne to care for him when he needs someone to make him feel whole.

Also, no spoilers, but that climax was incredibly dramatic and not at all what I expected (in the best way of course!)

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NaNoWriMo Day 30: Look What I Did!!!

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I ended NaNo with another win… this time with the end of a sex scene. Lol. Talk about going out with a ‘bang’!

In all seriousness, this was my first year doing NaNoWriMo with a full time job, and it wasn’t as hard as I feared it would be, but I have had to neglect a lot of other hobbies to make it work. I really struggled for most of the middle, as you see from my progress chart. I have no idea how people with families AND jobs do this shit every year. I see it all the time, people talking about their kids and their job while NaNo-ing and I’m just like, “HOW?!?!”

Unlike last year’s NaNo story, that I hated and still loathe to this day, this one I plan to finish, like my first year. I’m really into this story and 50k is really only MAYBE half of this story. It’s science fiction so all the world building takes up time and space (lol). I’ll keep you guys updated to the progress of Into the Beyond as I continue it in the future.

Thank you guys so much for keeping up with my progress this year, and I wish you all luck in finishing up your NaNoWriMo tonight (if you haven’t already) as well!

NaNoWriMo Day 29: I Really Wanted To Finish Early

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The goal was to catch up and finish tonight, and if not before midnight, then write on until I had to go to sleep and finish or at least get it down to a few hundred words.

As you can see, I didn’t finish tonight. That still leaves writing after midnight and finishing that last 2,000 words easily, right?

Yeah, well, I’m so sleepy tonight – the ONLY TIME EVER – that my eyelids have been drooping as I write this.

Since the clock struck midnight, I’ve gotten it down to 1,659 words left. I can knock those out easily tomorrow, but tonight, I have to throw in the towel.

Even if you’re further away than me, DON’T GIVE UP HOPE! If people can win NaNo in the first week, you can write that last 20k in the last 24 hours with no problem whatsoever!!!