- File Size: 1200 KB
- Print Length: 211 pages
- Publisher: Loveswept (October 3, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 3, 2017
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MZ7SF83
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An Unsuitable Heir (Sins of the Cities) Kindle Edition
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First - we knew, didn't we, that Mark's book would be great. Second - Pen. Pen is everything I'd hoped for but also so much more. He is that perfect mix of arrogant and terribly fragile; he is fierce and beautiful and terrified. He's a wild and untamed thing. KJ Charles’ eloquent, poignant portrayal of Pen's gender-queer identity hit me like a literal blow to the chest. I know this is something a lot of people are working their way through right now. In my own case, people close to me have children who are struggling for acceptance as they are. Seeing this struggle put into writing - how completely assured Pen was of his identity, how wrong he felt when forced into a societal gender role - really brought it all home. I won’t lie, there were more than a few spots in this book where I had to break out the tissues.
More than any other book in this series, the two leads had to work through some serious hurdles to get to their happy ending. For starters, Pen had some justifiable anger at Mark that they needed to get through. But aside from that - there were more external barriers, such as Pen’s status as a peer, his rather protective sister, and of course the villains out fouling things up for all our characters in this series.
I would gladly stay in the Sins of the Cities world and spend more time with all these characters - there are so many more stories I’d like to hear. I hope KJ Charles indulges us with a novella or two at some point. In the meantime, An Unsuitable Heir was a satisfying conclusion to one of my absolute favorite series.
**I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review of this book.**
Pen's character led to some interesting meditations on identity, both with his having gender dysphoria in a time when it certainly wouldn't have been identified and with his really loving the life he and his twin have prior to the revelation that he is the true Lord Moreton. But I also loved Mark's bone-deep convictions about consent, and the explorations of family and how some kinds of awful cross generations. I also loved Greta, both in general and because her and Pen always have each other's backs, in stark contrast to most of the other Taillefers.
This is a series I look forward to revisiting and enjoying knowing what the eventual resolution will be. I devoured it on the first go and feel that, like Charles's other books, it will reward rereading.
Pen is an unusual character and the book necessarily contains quite a few conversations between Pen and Mark about Pen's gender fluidity, which makes Pen's aversion to an earldom believable. He is thrilled and relieved to find someone who accepts him completely, while Mark finds Pen physically gorgeous. My problem was that the period of time they spend getting to know each other and falling in love is skimmed over, largely occurring off the page, because there's so much suspense plot to fit in. Pen and Mark declare their love quickly (in page time, anyway) are forced apart by circumstances, and then reunited in the face of danger. By the end of the book I could see that Mark and Pen were sexually compatible but I didn't really know why else they loved each other. Their frequent declarations of love failed to convince me.
Having said that, I did enjoy the suspense elements of the story, and the mystery has a satisfying conclusion. Justin Lazarus (my favourite character in the series) makes an appearance and outshines everyone else. One thing I noticed in this book that I was not aware of in the previous instalments was language that often felt too modern for the times. This dragged me out of the story on quite a few occasions.
For anyone new to this series I would recommend just reading Book 2 if the romance is your primary interest, as it is by far the best of the three in that regard. Pen and Mark's relationship is just one element of an entertaining Victorian sensation tale, but it is not particularly moving or memorable in itself.
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