Soooooo, I just realized I skipped volume 5 altogether. Which helps make more sense, since in the beginning I was a wee bit confused about what was going on. However, now that I’ve read the ending and know what happens, I’m not going back to read the last volume.
Instead, I’ll just say that the ending was fantastic. It jerked all the right heart strings and was entertaining from beginning to end with epic artwork.
This is a series that I will recommend to everyone.
“Miss Tarabotti was not one of life’s milk-water misses—in
fact, quite the opposite. Many gentlemen had likened his first
meeting with her to downing a very strong cognac when one was
expecting to imbibe fruit juice – that is to say, startling and apt
to leave one with a distinct burning sensation.”
Earlier this month, when I was yearning for a good werewolf story, I
should have picked this up instead of the one I did. But what
matters, is that I finally read this, having owned the ebook for a
number of years.
Alexia Tarabotti is one of those female main characters that I love.
Smart, rebellious, and incorrigible. Considered a spinster at the
rough ol’ age of 26, Alexia is mostly a pain to her family. She’s
apt to embarrass them at dinners, talking to scientists and
aristocrats, about……gulp….intellectual subjects. Not to
mention, she’s half Italian and her tan skin is an offense to their
delicate pale senses. Her nose is just slightly too large and they
will probably never find someone to marry her off to.
Lord Maccon is a werewolf and the head of BUR, essentially the police
of supernatural creatures. Currently humanity knows of the existence
of werewolves, vampires and ghosts. There may be a few others
creeping about that they have no idea exist, like Miss Tarabotti
herself. Lord Maccon is forced to endure several encounters with Miss
Tarabotti after she is attacked by a rogue vampire. More perplexing
still, every new mystery seems to happen in Miss Tarabotti’s
presence. Lone werewolves and vampires are missing, and new ones
appearing with no idea of what they are or the rules they must now
live by. Every time he turns his back, another incident involving
Being the curious sort, Alexia begins gathering information after
each incident and uses her contacts to find out more. If the police
can’t figure this out, why, she will.
Love it or not, Lord Maccon can either work with Miss Tarabotti
or……lock her up? That might be the only way to keep her out of
The woman is frustratingly intriguing.
This was just a wallop of fun. Steampunk, mystery, romance, strong
characters and adventure. I could binge read the whole series in one
“The banker was crucified on the wall of his Wall Street office,
fountain pens rammed through both wrists, an Armani Jesus.”
Well hello there. You have my attention.
When that’s your opening sentence to the story, you just know
you’re embarking on a dark and gritty ride.
Laytham Ballard was born a Wisdom, as his grandma called him. It ran
in the family. She tried her best to instill the whole, “With
great power comes great responsibility,” thing in him, but
sometimes, life throws more at a little boy than he can handle. With
lots of power swirling within him and a broken heart, Laytham lashed
out on a level no normal parent has to deal with. He raised the dead
and caused a slaughter.
That was only the beginning of his moral down slide. He spent his
life hunting other people in the Life and building a legend of
himself as the biggest bad ass in town. It doesn’t matter how dirty
he has to fight to build that image, he’s sold half his soul
Even villains have their own strange loyalties, so when one of his
only friends is dying, he makes a promise to avenge his wife’s
brutal death. The one thing his friend was never able to do while
living. But the target hasn’t been seen in nearly 11 years, and has
some very big friends that Laytham will have to get past first. He’ll
have to use every trick in his book to find him and then, will he
even have the power to take him down?
It really hurts your pride when you doubt just how bad ass you are.
This is a dark urban fantasy with an anti-hero that you can’t trust but you also, can’t wait to see what he does next.