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A Summer of Smoke and Sin

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  25 reviews
To stop a serial killer a detective will need to explore his own vices…

Nathanial Bayard wants nothing more than to find the nobleman creating snuff pornography. If he fails, his career in the recently formed Nobility Task Force will be over and as the youngest son he’ll be forced to obey his father and join the church. But a life of celibacy doesn’t appeal. Nathanial has n
Published February 28th 2020
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Joyfully Jay
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

T.J. Nichols has created a really engaging historical with a whole host of interesting twists. I find that Nichols’ books give such a nice, immersive feeling when I read them, with rich characters and interesting worlds. A Summer of Smoke and Sin is an unusual mix of genres that I think mostly works well. The story is a historical, set in early 1907 London, with a paranormal twist as Jericho is possessed by a demon, Eulalia. Eulalia gives him confidence and the a
Elaine White
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for Divine Magazine


A Summer of Smoke and Sin, by T.J. Nichols
282 Pages
POV: 3rd person, dual POV (one page of 1st person)
Content Warning: mild on page drug use, off-page violence
Themes: steampunk, historical, succubus, club owner, alt history, uniform, politics, nobility, possession, opium/recreational drug use

A Summer of Smoke and Sin is a unique steampunk story about love, justice and self-discovery. It is clever, hot and takes y
Shari Sakurai
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
*I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*

When Detective Nathanial Bayard is sent to investigate a death at the Jericho Rose, he finds himself drawn to the charismatic club owner Jericho Fullbright in a way that he never imagined. Desperately needing a break in a case, Nathaniel enlists Jericho’s help in tracking down the man creating snuff pornography. However, Nathaniel is unaware that Jericho’s ability of drawing the truth from others comes from the demon sharing his bo
First I'm going to say I do hope this book gets a sequel. There's a lot more I'd like to know about these guys and where their life goes next. Nathaniel and Jericho were an interesting couple. They're opposites in a lot of ways, in the way they've chosen/been forced to live their lives. I liked the slight twist on history that MM marriages were accepted in this historical setting. It tweaked things just enough to make the typical British society bits interesting. The paranormal elements in this ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nathanial is a policeman in an elite unit. He deals with the upper crust of society’s law breakers. He hasn’t been real successful. His cases always seem to fall apart. Dealing with a father who hates him and a sister who he avoids messes up his life. Then he meets Jericho.

Jericho owns Jericho Rose, a gentleman’s club that offers various entertainment to gay men. Jericho shares his body with a demon. One who helps Jericho ferret out the truth of people’s true souls. But the demon also requires t
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What I Think: The addictive thing about being a book reviewer is that it lets you meet an array of writers that you might never meet because you’re too busy buying up your favorite writers. So even though this has a touch of steampunk and I can’t yet make-up my mind if its a genre I like, it’s a historical first and you know that’s my other irresistible genre. Add paranormal to that and I was already enslaved.
Almost immediately, I felt sorry for Jericho for he is the true victim here. I understa
I wasn't sure what this book was about when I got the ARC. Honestly, I was originally drawn to it by the cover. I like really colorful covers with great graphic design. For certain, this time I could absolutely judge a book by its cover! I really enjoyed A Summer of Smoke and Sin by T.J. Nichols.

Nathanial Bayard is a detective tasked with chasing down a serial killer. For some reason, all of his cases seem to fall apart before he's able to obtain a conviction and he's beyond frustrated. When it
I would rate this 3.75 stars.

This is an historical urban fantasy romance set in an alternative London in 1907. Three years ago Jericho left the Army in disgrace, was disowned by his family, and has done what he needs to survive his possession by the demon Eulalia. He owns a gentleman's club, the Jericho Rose, and comes under investigation when a young noble named Doxley dies there. Nathaniel is sent to investigate Doxley's death and stumbles onto evidence in a snuff pornography case. His father
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love TJ Nichols books. The paranormal in them is always so fun for me and I love the twists and turns in each of TJ’s books. But this one was harder for me to get into. And while the paranormal was there and there was mystery and intrigue, it was just a slow start for me and it just seemed to drag on to a point. Now don’t misunderstand me, the book is still good. It just wasn’t as big of a thrill as others for me. But don’t let me dissuade you from trying it for yourself and seeing what it’s a ...more
Maryann Kafka
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“A Summer of Smoke and Sin” turned out to be a downright riveting mystery! Seeing words such as: “gentlemen’s club”, “snuff” and “succubus” may have a reader being cautious but this novel took a whole different direction.

TJ Nichols takes us to historic London 1907 and introduces an interesting subject, the “Male Marriage Act” as opposed to the “Female Marriage Act” that failed. It’s a time where cases involving nobleman are only handled by the “Nobility Task Force”. The novel is packed with: c
Anne Barwell
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it won’t be the last. I found this a compelling read and thought the world building was fabulous. I enjoyed the mix of historical with a dash of steampunk/alternate reality and paranormal. I thought the author did a great job in capturing the class hierarchy of the time period, and the social climbing within it.

The set up with Jericho and the succubus was interesting, and almost a symbiotic relationship with each side gaining something althoug
3.5 stars- Incredibly unique

Though this author writes tropes I normally wouldn’t read, time and time again I’ve found myself drawn to her shorts. I so enjoy the characters and worlds she builds and keep meaning to pick up one of her full length novels. I finally did so with A Summer of Smoke and Sin. A historical fantasy that blends current social conventions with the past, the characters and world the author created immediately captured my attention.

Both Jericho and Nathaniel were well flushed
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading the blurb for this book really got me curious and excited to read it. The amazing thing was that I've kept the excitement from the beginning to the end. The author wrote it so brilliantly that with every page I turned, I would only get even more intrigued, doubting and guessing.

Jericho has done bad, awful things in his life, but is he a bad person? Nathaniel had dreams and high morals, but can he be corrupted by sin? Will they bring to justice the murder of those innocent girls? More im
Cathy Brockman
I absolutely loved this book. A Summer of Smoke and Sin was unique. A kind of cross between historical, paranormal, with a light touch of steampunk. I don’t read a lot of steampunk, but I believed the mechanical cameras, mechanical bikes and the mechanical birds gave it a hint of steampunk. I did love the birds.
This is an amazing mystery though we find out the killer it still holds your interest. (I sat up and read it all in one night, it was that god and I had to find out what was going on) The
Maria Vickers
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Intrigue, mystery, fantasy...prepare for that and so much more when you read A Summer of Smoke and Sin by TJ Nichols. If you like an intricate plot with a great cast of characters with urban fantasy thrown in, this is the book for you. The story is imaginative and original, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. There were a few times I was left scratching my head or had to go back to read something to make it clear as mud. LOL. A good mystery will leave you guessing until the end and might confou ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I read this book, I think maybe I had it confused with another one, but I’m so so glad I read it. Everything about this book grabbed and held my interest. Set in a delightful alternate history, A Summer of Smoke and Sin features expertly crafted characters and backdrops that appear vivid in the mind. I fell in love with Jericho within moments and he never once disappointed. Once of the most interesting books I’ve ever read, if you like men, mysterious creat ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review.  Jericho fights a battle on a daily basis, even if you can't see it. A succubus had taken possession of his life fighting to control more than he is willing to allow. Waking up to dead bodies from her night of sinful desires. Upside was having a demon had its perks only Having to deal with an investigation because of the dead was another matter.
Nathaniel was called in to help with a nobleman's death at Jericho Rose's gent
Don Bradshaw
I'm not normally a fan of historical but there was enough steampunk thrown into this story to give it a good feel. The social commentary was refreshing as it was not just about love without barriers. Both main characters and Margaret were immensely likable and interesting to read. The two fathers, if you can call them that, got their just desserts. I am going to believe that Eulalia remained where she was last seen, bravo. Highly recommended. ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, historical, sf
Some of the world building in this just did not make a lot of sense to me, but more unforgivably, I thought the MC was ethically-challenged and it was never fixed: (view spoiler), and the book never thinks there's a real problem with that? ...more
Joscelyn Smith
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed everything about this book. Jericho and Nathanial were great characters, they were both complex and engaging and I was immediately drawn into their story. I loved the paranormal, steampunkish, alternate historical aspects of the storyline. All in all an enjoyable paranormal mystery that had me reading it all in one go.

*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*
May 20, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
Nemohla jsem se začíst. Postavy ploché a nesympatické. Hlavní postava, která má v sobě inkuba má vysloveně sobecké důvody pro to, aby ho v sobě držela. Možná se to časem změní. Možná. jenže čtu a čtu a čtu... a je to pořád o ničem.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alternate Victorian era murder mysteries with gay investigators and a bit of the mystical thrown in are an addiction I will never relinquish. Such fun, though the author could do with a better editor (I volunteer) this was well paced and good fun to read.
Angela Goodrich
I really enjoyed this book. My only complaint is that I thought it was the first in a new series, but apparently it's not and that makes me a bit sad as I'd love to read more of Nathaniel & Jericho's adventures. ...more
DNF: Might come back to this one, but couldn't get into the Victorian setting where same-sex attraction is outlawed. ...more
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TJ Nichols is the author of the Studies in Demonology and Familiar Mates series. They write mostly gay fantasy and paranormal romance, but sometimes gay action/horror as Toby J. Nichols.

After traveling all over the world and Australia, TJ now lives in Perth, Western Australia.

You can find TJ on
twitter @TobyJNichols

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