All readers, no matter how broad-reaching their tastes, have a few things they won't read (we covered those genres in a What's the Exception to Your Reading Rule post earlier). It's the most amazing feeling, therefore, when you read something that you wouldn't normally read—and you love it.
That was the case when I read The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles. It's a mash-up of genres, including Victorian, m/m, and paranormal. My issue with mash-ups is that there are specific rules of worlbuilding within each genre, and trying to maintain both sets of rules just waters both down. There will invariably be one genre's rule that butts up against another, making the author have to choose which rule to enforce. It's as though you wanted to make brownies AND lasagna, and you make them as one, and of course the result is nowhere near as good as the two separate parts.
Thankfully, The Magpie Lord is more like the peanut butter and chocolate example—both wonderful separately, but even better together.
The series opens with Lucien Vaudrey, Earl Crane, having returned to England after twenty years in China. His blackguard brother and father (truly reprehensible men from the sound of it) have died, and he has inherited the title.
[Get drawn into the series...]