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    Great romance

    I loved the Sins of the Cities trilogy by K.C. Charles. It took one of my favorite eras, Victorian England, and spun two M/M romances out of it. Now, mention that I said two M/M romances. I say that because Pen is nonbinary/identifies as a woman. So I wouldn’t classify An Unsuitable Heir as an M/M romance. Actually, I don’t know what I would label it. If any of you could please let me know what I could label this book. I will amend the review with the correct terminology. An Unsuitable Heir’s plot was pretty straightforward. Mark is an enquiry agent and is hired by Clem and Nathaniel to find the true heir to Clem’s brother’s earldom. Mark’s detective skills track down Repentance (Pen) and Regret (Greta) Starling. Pen and Greta are trapeze artists and are content to stay that way. That is until Mark forces Pen to do what he never wanted to do…become the earl. There is also danger involved. The killer who has haunted An Unseen Attraction and An Unnatural Vice has made himself known.He has Pen in his crosshairs. An Unnatural Vice was a romance. What Mark and Pen felt for each other came off the pages in waves. Even when Pen was very upset with Mark, you could tell the depth of their feelings. Pen loved Mark for who he was and Mark loved Pen for who he was. It was beautiful to read. The LGBTQIA aspect of the book was very interesting too. Pen is nonbinary and I thought the author did a great job of portraying a nonbinary person in the Victorian Era. I liked Mark. I felt bad that he felt that his disability would even interfere in his and Pen’s relationship. I also felt awful when he dragged Pen to that meeting against his will. He was doing it for Greta and Pen’s own good. Not that Pen understood at first. I felt so bad for Pen. I couldn’t imagine going to sleep and waking up in a body that I didn’t feel at home in. He knew he was a girl but every time he looked in a mirror, he saw a man. It must have been so hard for him. The era he lived in, Victorian, was not known for their understanding of homosexuality. People were arrested and could potentially be thrown in jail if it was found out that they were gay, lesbian or trans. Pen was terrified of being in public because he knew how he dressed and acted would not be accepted. Which is why he didn’t want to be an earl. He didn’t want all that attention on him. When Mark forced his hand at the earldom, it was his worst fears come true. Pen and Mark didn’t have real intercourse until the end of the book. But the sexual interactions that they did have were very hot!! I was pretty surprised at who the killer was. It was the last person I thought it would be (isn’t that always the case….lol). All the other storylines were wrapped up in a very satisfactory way. I am sad that this series has come to an end. I can’t wait to read more books by K.C. Charles. 4 stars My Summary of An Unsuitable Heir: An Unsuitable Heir is a wonderful romance. I loved that the author chose to write about a nonbinary person in Victorian times. This book is definitely worth the read and I would recommend it!! **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
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    A Perfect Ending to a Wonderful Trilogy

    This book was amazing. I loved the first 2 books of the trilogy and this final one lives up to every expectation. KJ Charles is a masterful writer. Her books always leave me searching for a way to do these review things with some sort of coherence and intelligence, but I'm constantly blown away by the characters, the storytelling, the depth, the authenticity and the atmosphere. The main characters... Mark and Pen. Another wonderful couple who take a hold of your heart and refuse to let go. Straightforward Mark, the enquiry agent (P.I.) who one of his friends terms a "plain penny" is the very picture of stalwart dependability. He has the challenge of having only one arm, and I'll be honest, I forgot all about it until the few times it was focused on by Pen. There is one scene, early on in the book, where Pen explores the arm that was so touching and honest to God, so sexy that again, I tip my hat to KJ. I liked Mark a whole lot. I liked his sensibility, I liked his fumbling to get the right words out when he didn't want to hurt anyone, I liked his sense of humour and I loved the way he treated Pen. Pen. Pen is gender fluid and this is not the first time I've come across gender fluid characters, but it's one of the best times. All Pen wants, really, is for people to see him as Pen - and I say him, because he says him - he's not a man, he's not a woman, he's Pen. And I liked him SO much. He's funny, he's sensitive, he's smart, he's not let the shit of his early years make him sad and bitter. And he gave me an insight into understanding gender fluid a little better and that's without KJ having to turn her book into a lecture. And Mark is perfect for him. :) I've seen some say that they felt they needed more about how Pen felt about Mark, but honestly? For me, it was all laid out right there on the page, obvious by their actions and reactions. I didn't need any deep pages long introspection or long drawn-out speeches. The secondary characters are wonderful as well. Phyllis at the Jack and Knave pub, the servants at the estate, the members of the Taillefer family and of course our old friends, Nathanial, Justin and Clem. (Rowley was very busy with his work, I guess.) And Clem. Damn, I love Clem, he's just so calm and soothing, I was glad to see him again. And then there's the mystery that has been woven through the trilogy finally coming to a conclusion. And it WORKED! It worked well! I had no idea who the real culprit was until near the end. That's some masterful plotting! And all the while, the Victorian atmosphere of the setting is accurately and interestingly portrayed. While there wasn't as much of the sexytimes in this book, I felt there was more than enough romance. There was a wealth of feeling and desire in the simplest of touches so I didn't feel short-changed at all. It worked for these characters and it worked for me. Read the trilogy, it's really fabulous!
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    An excellent read

    An excellent end to the series. This brought the trilogy to an exciting head. As this is written to overlap with the other two books in an entwined story covering three (four) couples, there are moments of clarity that you only get when all three books are put together. I was worried about how KJ would bring this to a close and still get these guys a HEA, but I needn't have worried. The outcome was perfect for all concerned. I'm sad that these books have come to an end but I have all 3 audios and I'll be listening to each and every one of these time and time again.
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    Good ending to this dark series

    This is the third installment of the series. I found this one a bit hard to get into to start, but once it got going, I enjoyed it. Mark has been in all the stories, and he is the focus of this one. He has found the heir, Pen, and falls in love. Their relationship is different than most but it brings out the best in both of them. Pen is sweet and wishes to go unnoticed. He tries to keep up a brave face when doing things he would rather not, but his heart is almost always apparent. The series has a lot of darkness to it but is balanced out by the HEAs of these M/M pairs. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
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    A fitting end

    This is a fitting end for an amazing trilogy, tying up loose ends and having reached solutions that benefits not only the protagonists but also to well-deserving secondary ones.
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