The Ruin of a Rake

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A 2017 RT Reviewer's Choice Nominee for Best Digital Historical!

One of Goodreads' Best Romances of July

A RT Book Review Top Pick!

“Sebastian proves she is a new force to be reckoned with in historical romances.”—Booklist

Rogue. Libertine. Rake. Lord Courtenay has been called many things and has never much cared. But after the publication of a salacious novel supposedly based on his exploits, he finds himself shunned from society. Unable to see his nephew, he is willing to do anything to improve his reputation, even if that means spending time with the most proper man in London.

Julian Medlock has spent years becoming the epitome of correct behavior. As far as he cares, if Courtenay finds himself in hot water, it’s his own fault for behaving so badly—and being so blasted irresistible. But when Julian’s sister asks him to rehabilitate Courtenay’s image, Julian is forced to spend time with the man he loathes—and lusts after—most.

As Courtenay begins to yearn for a love he fears he doesn’t deserve, Julian starts to understand how desire can drive a man to abandon all sense of propriety. But he has secrets he’s determined to keep, because if the truth came out, it would ruin everyone he loves. Together, they must decide what they’re willing to risk for love.

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Cat Sebastian lives in a swampy part of the South with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Before her kids were born, she practiced law and taught high school and college writing. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s doing crossword puzzles, bird-watching, and wondering where she put her coffee cup.

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Jul 4, 2017
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Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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In the sordid streets of Victorian London, unwanted desire flares between two bitter enemies brought together by a deadly secret.

Crusading journalist Nathaniel Roy is determined to expose spiritualists who exploit the grief of bereaved and vulnerable people. First on his list is the so-called Seer of London, Justin Lazarus. Nathaniel expects him to be a cheap, heartless fraud. He doesn’t expect to meet a man with a sinful smile and the eyes of a fallen angel—or that a shameless swindler will spark his desires for the first time in years.

Justin feels no remorse for the lies he spins during his séances. His gullible clients simply bore him. Hostile, disbelieving, utterly irresistible Nathaniel is a fascinating challenge. And as their battle of wills and wits heats up, Justin finds he can’t stop thinking about the man who’s determined to ruin him.

But Justin and Nathaniel are linked by more than their fast-growing obsession with one another. They are both caught up in an aristocratic family’s secrets, and Justin holds information that could be lethal. As killers, fanatics, and fog close in, Nathaniel is the only man Justin can trust—and, perhaps, the only man he could love.

Don’t miss any of the captivating Sins of the Cities novels:

And look for the Society of Gentlemen series by K. J. Charles:
Praise for An Unnatural Vice

“Explosive.”—Publishers Weekly

“Animosity and attraction surge in equal measures when Nathaniel Roy, investigative journalist, faces off against Justin Lazarus, the Seer of London. Their opposing vocations and radically different backgrounds create a powerful and fascinating conflict. Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, [K. J.] Charles continues to build tension and add menace by deepening the overarching mystery introduced in the first novel. The series is definitely building to a firecracker conclusion.”—RT Book Reviews

“An Unnatural Vice is a well-developed, entertaining romance that left me breathless. . . . Keep these historical romances coming, Charles!”—The Book Corps 

“An Unnatural Vice is a tremendous follow-up to the first book in the Sins of the City trilogy. Fans of the series—and of K. J. Charles—will love the romance between Nathaniel and Justin, and the Taillefer family mystery. . . . An Unnatural Vice is exciting, entertaining, romantic—and wonderful.”—All About Romance

“A real tour de force. The mystery of the missing Taillefer heir is smoothly and skillfully woven through Justin and Nathaniel’s love story and the ending brilliantly sets up the next book. . . . The real heart of the book is the complicated, messy but glorious romance between two bitter enemies. An Unnatural Vice is a must-read and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Romantic Historical Reviews

“An Unnatural Vice is a thrilling, achingly romantic story. Nathaniel and Justin have both undergone serious trauma in their lives, and Charles digs into their respective psychologies with piercing insight. . . . With expertly paced action sequences and the evocative setting of fog-drenched Victorian London, An Unnatural Vice is the rare historical romance that is both transportive and immediate.”—BookPage
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
A slow-burning romance and a chilling mystery bind two singular men in the suspenseful first book of a new Victorian series from K. J. Charles.

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.

Look for the Society of Gentlemen series by K. J. Charles:

Praise for An Unseen Attraction

“A particular pleasure of [K. J.] Charles’s work is spending time with her articulate (and often scathing) protagonists, who skewer their interlocutors and make agonizing admissions with fluency that is a joy to behold. Now, in contrast, comes Clem. . . . Rowley has no problem with words; he simply chooses not to reveal his well-armored heart. What they see in each other is a generosity of spirit revealed in everyday gestures.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The writing is witty and captivating and the worldbuilding is meticulous as [Charles] brings to life a richly diverse London, from dusty taxidermist shops to riotous acrobat shows.”—RT Book Reviews

“K. J. Charles is a superb storyteller and has once again crafted both an intriguing and engrossing story and a tender romance between two well-drawn protagonists whose unique personality traits inform their emotional and sexual relationships. Add to that the way she so thoroughly immerses the reader in the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian London, and the strong cast of secondary characters—some of whom will star in future books—and it’s fair to say that she’s got another winning series on her hands.”—All About Romance

“An Unseen Attraction is a fascinating page-turner . . . and a charmingly tender romance between two ordinary yet extraordinary characters.”—Romantic Historical Reviews

“An intense, suspenseful and thoroughly enjoyable read . . . K. J. Charles’s atmospheric and suspenseful Victorian romance takes us to a seemingly run-of-the-mill area of London where tenants of a rooming house find themselves caught up in a mystery.”—Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews

“Highly enjoyable, thought provoking, attractively produced and a thoroughly satisfying read.”—Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

“So romantic and sexy.”—Joyfully Jay

“[Clem and Rowley are] nuanced and multifaceted. . . . Their chemistry is off the charts.”—Just Love Romance

“Thoroughly entertaining.”—Prism Book Alliance
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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