"An Unsuitable Heir" is the third book in the Sins of the Cities series and it was another good installment. The last book left off after us meeting Pen and his sister who have been in hiding for some time. This book wraps up the overall mystery aspect of the plot arc and it also gives up an unique romance.
Pen is what we would call gender fluid in today's times. He's biologically male but feels that he flows between both male and female in his personality. The author did a lovely job painting him in a complex and thorough manner. She made his character come alive. Pen was sexy and confident and I loved all of his page time.
I wasn't sure about Mark as we started this book. I hadn't got a good feel for him in the prior books. He really came alive here though. He was loyal and honest and a perfect match for Pen.
The two of them were perfect for each other and ever scene they were together showed their chemistry and how they enhanced each other's lives. That to me is exactly what I'm looking for in a romance story.
This was a really lovely ending to one of my favorite series of this year. If you're a fan of this series I think you will really enjoy this. If you have not read the previous books I recommend you do that first. This does not work well as a stand alone.
A private detective finds passion, danger, and the love of a lifetime when he hunts down a lost earl in Victorian London.
On the trail of an aristocrat’s secret son, enquiry agent Mark Braglewicz finds his quarry in a music hall, performing as a trapeze artist with his twin sister. Graceful, beautiful, elusive, and strong, Pen Starling is like nobody Mark’s ever met—and everything he’s ever wanted. But the long-haired acrobat has an earldom and a fortune to claim.
Pen doesn’t want to live as any sort of man, least of all a nobleman. The thought of being wealthy, titled, and always in the public eye is horrifying. He likes his life now—his days on the trapeze, his nights with Mark. And he won’t be pushed into taking a title that would destroy his soul.
But there’s a killer stalking London’s foggy streets, and more lives than just Pen’s are at risk. Mark decides he must force the reluctant heir from music hall to manor house, to save Pen’s neck. Betrayed by the one man he thought he could trust, Pen never wants to see his lover again. But when the killer comes after him, Pen must find a way to forgive—or he might not live long enough for Mark to make amends.