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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,541 ratings  ·  471 reviews
When crusading lawyer Vikram Pandey sets out in search of a missing youth, his investigations take him to Holywell Street, London’s most notorious address. He expects to find a disgraceful array of sordid bookshops. He doesn’t expect one of them to be run by the long-lost friend whose disappearance and presumed death he’s been mourning for thirteen years.

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Published July 10th 2018 by KJC Books
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K.J. Charles
Apr 11, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a long novella (40,000 words) set in 1875, around Holywell Street, the centre of the London filth trade, and by filth I do not mean dustheaps and rubbish collection. Holywell Street and its neighbour Wych Street were where the erotica and porn was written and sold, despite the disapproval of the Society for the Suppression of Vice, and indeed the magistrates.

Gil Lawless is a bookseller and occasional writer there, making a living off smut; Vikram Pandey is an upright lawyer who'd never
Shile (Hazard's Version) RL sucks on semi hiatus
Audiobook and Story - 4.5 stars

When it comes to MM Historical, KJC will forever be ahead of the class.


I am not though. 😁😁😎

This short story was perfection. Only 4 hours 32 minutes of perfection.


Where is the rest? Gaaah!!

All in all:

- The writing - Perfection😎

-The characters plus chemistry, Vik and Gil - Double Perfection🤩🥰🥰

-Opposites attracts done right? - Perfection. 😍😍

-Diversity - I love to see it. Both POC MCs. I don't think I have encountered an Indian MC in my MM read quest. 😟 Me love it. 🤩
mina reads™️
Why tf would the author solve the main mystery off page tho....
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
In a nutshell: brilliant writing as per usual for K.J. Charles, a second-chance romance, and a rather interesting mystery culminating in a HFN.

I love diversity in romance novels and was happy to read about two MCs who weren't cookie-cutter white boys.

I wanted more closure, but the story was well rounded for a novella.

My rating: closer to 3.5 stars; not my favorite work of this author's by a long shot, but a fairly satisfying read.
”Gil would be well advised to keep within safe bounds. The last thing he needed was a moralising lawyer in his life, even one with thighs and eyes like those.”

Dialogue like that is what keeps me a slave to KJ Charles. If she writes it, I’ll read it. I’m so happy I still have so many books of hers to discover.

I don’t got a lot in me right now, review wise, after Redirection. I could promise that I’ll come back and write more later but that would probably be a lie.

So I’ll just say that KJ, not
Moony Eliver
4.5 stars. I’ve read an embarrassment of riches lately, an average rating much higher than my norm. But this one had something that the others didn’t, at least not to this degree. It made me outright cackle dozens of times in its short length.

A damn lot of skill and intelligence goes into writing humorously like this. Not like a stand-up comedy type thing, but rather... exposition and inner monologue presented in a way that makes you chuckle. Dialogue that has those everyday witty comebacks that
Skye Kilaen
Second chance romance between two men of color in Victorian London. It did not disappoint though it's somewhat quieter than many of K.J. Charles' novels. I liked that about it.

Vikram Pandey is an uptight lawyer. Gilbert Lawless is bookseller who handles pornography. They were childhood best friends who started falling in love/lust until Gilbert - the biracial Black illegitimate son of a rich man - disappeared without notice from their boarding school. They meet again as Vikram investigates the d
One of the benefits of having a favorite author from whom I can preorder books is that by the time the book comes out, I've forgotten what it's supposed to be about.

So I read this without remembering anything about the blurb -- except, maybe, dirty books? And in that blessed state of ignorance, there was a perfect turn to the story, at about 20%, that literally gave me goosebumps. Familiarity with the blurb would have denied me that awesome moment.

While I don't love all of KJC's books (none of
2.5 stars

Kudos to Lost in a Book and I for actually starting and finishing a BR around the same time for once.

I'm a big fan of KJ Charles. She's my go-to author for MM historical romance. And I'm incredibly happy that she shows an often unseen side of Regency/Victorian Britain - regular non-aristocratic people of colour.

Unfortunately, 'Unfit to Print' didn't quite live up to my expectations.

I loved Gil. He's unapologetic and brash. But Vik got on my nerves pretty quickly. He's judgmental and ju
4.5 stars

K.J. Charles hits the mark again, with great characters, an original subject, humor, and a cat named Satan. My only complaint is the length, I could’ve kept reading about Gil and Vikram a lot longer.
I absolutely adored this story, and reminded of how much I enjoy KJ Charles' writing.

Two private school mates from minority backgrounds reconnect after 13 years apart. They were best friends back then, and strangers but still familiar to each other when they unexpectedly meet again. The two work together to find a missing adolescent, and the friendship springs back to life and the buried attraction isn't far behind. It's not all roses, they both have some issues between them to work through as
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
”You’ve really got a problem with the pictures?”
“Of course I do,” Vikram snapped. “They’re illegal, immoral, and obscene.”
“Right, but what’s bad about them?”

This novella is, to borrow a phrase from the vernacular, supes adorbs. Vikram is a repressed, do-gooding solicitor; Gil is a seller and author of dirty books who’s never met a diem he didn’t carpe. They haven’t seen each other for years, until (very movie trailer voice) one day... the last person Gil expects to see walking into his shop..
“You haven’t changed at all,” Vikram said. “Have you? You can still wrap me round your little finger.”

I enjoyed this very much. It took me a moment to get into the story, or mostly the mystery part, but when I did, it was great. It's a lovely second chance romance, with excellent writing, two very different men, and a lot of pining. I would have liked to see more of them together, but I still liked this a lot. Vikram is a very stick in the mud kind of guy, and Gil is more carefree and used
 Preeti~on semi hiatus~
Read- Dec 2021
Reread- Aug 2022
No, I am sure I have re-read it before, more than once but this time I dare to update. I know I feel pathetic because I love re-reading everything by K J Charles (Except one book). But, this one still remains my fav novella from her. Every time I read it, I feel I need more of Gill, Vic and Satan the cat.😊😊
This is a delectable second-chance romance between the two POC who were former school
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this! It's a pity it was so short, I would have loved to spent some more time with Vik and Gil. I think there were some aspect that could have been explored that would add a few wonderful pages taking into consideration how talented this author is. This is one of the rare occasions I didn't mind the mystery was accesory, and knowing me, that's saying a lot.
Thank you Ele for pointing me in this direccion in my hard time, for discovering K.J. Charles to me and for the awesome BR!

I only hav
Laura (thebookcorps)
Thank you very much to KJ Charles for providing a copy of her novel in exchange for an honest review.

I didn’t realise how much I needed a romance novella about Victorian pornography until I was reading one.

Unfit to Print, KJ Charles’ newest novella, features a crusading Indian lawyer, fighting for the rights of Indian people who were taken advantage of by the British; and a nonchalant pornographic bookseller, who, after being abandoned by his family in his teens, doesn’t allow himself to get clo
h o l l i s
There were so many classic KJC elements in UNFIT TO PRINT and it reminded me of a few other her other novellas (the Rag and Bone books specifically, minus the paranormal aspects of course) but also.. better. The humour was definitely on point for this one and the diversity and representation is top notch, as we've come to expect from this fabulous author. But it was also just fun. I've not read many HR novels as of late and this was not only a delight in the sense that I, as a reader, could dive ...more
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

K.J. Charles always finds fresh, new angles to pursue in her stories and peoples them with characters in unusual walks of life - and her new novella, Unfit to Print, is no exception.  Set in late Victorian London, one of the protagonists is a purveyor of naughty books and has a shop in Holywell Street, which was, at that time, the centre of London’s porn trade; while the other is a somewhat uptight lawyer who views the whole business w
Claudie ☾
K. J. Charles’ books never disappoint, it’s like she uses some magic formula… 🪄✨ Whatever it is, it works every time — what’s more, out of the 10+ books I’ve read by her so far (I know she’s got like 50+ more published, but I like to save the works of my sure-bet fave authors for reading slumps and such, or occasional binges 🙈), every single one has been wonderfully original.

Somehow, I went into it thinking this was Theo Swann’s magnum opus that had been commissioned in Wanted, an Author and as
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I come to K.J. Charles sideways; I read her review of a book I liked last year, The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics, and her critiques were very focused on the aspects of the time period that the author didn't quite get right. It made me curious about her work. I also knew she mostly writes M/M romance, which I haven't read a lot of, so I've had her on my list to try. I found the audiobook for this book in Hoopla and listened to it off and on.

Look, historical anything just isn't really my s
Roxana Chirilă
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unfortunately, Victorian pornography wasn't covered in our university's curriculum, something which I consider to be a bit of a letdown. On the other hand, it didn't cover pulps, Sherlock Holmes, or Mayhew's "London Labour and the London Poor", either, so I consider my education to be comprehensively disappointing, especially since I'm a geek and I want to know *everything*, please.

I guess that's part of the reason I'm so excited whenever I read something K.J. Charles wrote - I click with some b
When Lawyer Vikram Pandey went to Holywell Street -- known as the centre for the sale of pornography in Victorian London -- in attempt to find information about a missing Indian teenager, he never thought that he would reconnect with his childhood best friend, Gilbert Lawless, who now an owner of book store with obscene publications. Vikram always presumed that Gil passed away, after he was suddenly gone from their school...

Gilbert Lawless had lived a hard life after his father died. Cast away f
Suanne Laqueur
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-five-stars, mm
Well, shit, I wanted that to be longer.
A fun short-ish romance/mystery about two school friends finding each other again after several years. K.J. Charles' writing is, as always, excellent and engaging, and the narration was okay (though it didn't really grab me). ...more
Kaje Harper
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, historical, mystery
This book gives us a different slice of historical context -Gil is getting by as a smut-purveyor in the porn industry of 1875 London (books and photos, although only books have been his wares), and Vik is a crusading lawyer who fights for underdogs, particularly Indian servants who have been done wrong. That Vik is a POC character in a very color-conscious society also adds a lot of interest, although racism is a side note not the main focus. As always with this author, there is deep authenticit ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely! What a joy to read diversity in a book! Both MCs were POC, one of Indian descent, the other of African.

I enjoyed this second-chance-ish book quite a bit. Not much happened in terms of plot, however. This was mostly an exercise in discussion and internal monologues--thank goodness for the exceptional high quality of writing from KJC.

It was rather angsty and I wish there had been more action, but it was fun learning about pornography in historical England!

The audiobook narration was exce
Ariana  (mostly offline)
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Excellent novella written brilliantly.
Vikram and Gil are total opposites, and yet like two magnets that can’t help attracting each other.
The mystery involved in the plot is fun, but secondary to the relationship development. And yes to that!
Great read!
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Thank you to my Secret Santa**

Second chance story. Loved the MCs. A bit short. I’d have liked more heart-to-heart talks between them.
** 3.5 stars **

This is a very amusing historical novel full of naughty humor and second chances. I would call it PG-15 range. It's funny and filled with historical references, plenty sarcasm and a little bit of virginity. I loved Gil Lawless. He is unrepentant and enjoys his life to the fullest. He is vivacious and smart, a survivor. Vikram Pandey is very hard to warm up to. I actually actively disliked him almost up to 60% of the book. His sanctimonious attitude grated on my nerves. It felt lik
Review written 27 January, 2019

4 Stars - My kind of yummy candy ... in an excellent audiobook edition


I listened to the 4.32 hours audiobook narrated by Vikas Adam and truly enjoyed it. Short, sensual, hot, sweet with a delicious good second chance topic. Loved the lovebirds character. Like the feel here. Liked the narrator. — Yay!!

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