Oohh.....I really liked this enemies to lovers story. The story starts with Nathaniel investigating Justin's psychic business. Nathaniel's convinced Justin and all others like him are just out to scam people and he despises how they use people's vulnerabilities against them. Unfortunately for Nathaniel he has a pretty serious vulnerability himself. He desperately misses his deceased partner and there is a part of him that wants Justin to be legitimate.
Justin is not legitimate. Justin is a cold-hearted scammer through and through. I was a bit taken aback by him at first and for the first few chapters I was wondering how the author was going to redeem him. He was not a super likable character. (spoiler alert.....she totally does)
But this is where the author weaves her magic. She knocks the hurt/comfort trope out of the ballpark time and time again in her books and this is a great example. The two men are thrown together due to fallout from the mystery in book one. A series of events finds them stuck with each other and they slowly begin to tolerate one another. They are extremely sexually attracted to each other but neither really likes the other one. As they get to know each other though that beings to change and they begin to fall for each other. It's a rough road though. Justin has been through a lot of bad things and his lifestyle choices are complicated. Nathaniel knows what it's like to be in a good relationship and he wants that again but he's just not sure he can overlook Justin's career.
This was one of my favorite books by this author. It was fast paced and entertaining and oh so filled with feelz. I loved these two together, whether they were fighting, having hate sex, trying to solve the mystery or whispering words of love to each other. It was all good. Really good.
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.