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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Book Review: Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella by Gail Carriger

Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella
by Gail Carriger
June 21, 2016
ebook, 147 pages

ISBN: 978-1944751043
Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a stand-alone romance novella set in her popular steampunk universe full of manners, spies, and dainty sandwiches.

Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black. What society doesn’t know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea’s employer. And Preshea has one final assignment.

It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn’t anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven – massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and… working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart – a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

Buy Poison or Protect today to find out whether it’s heartbreak or haggis at this high tea.

Warning: Contains men pleasing women, and ladies who know what they want and ask for it, sometimes in detail. May also contain plaid, appearances from favorite characters, and the strategic application of leather gloves.

Lady Preshea Villentia is also known as the Mourning Star, due to the deaths of her four husbands and her nasty reputation. For she is an assassin. Her husbands had been marked for death by her employer. And she is summoned to the vampire Lord Akeldama (same vampire in her Parasol Protectorate series.) to his home, charged to protect Duke Snodgrove who had hired her to break up his youngest daughter, Violet from a foolish romance with Jackson, a friend of Scottish Captain Gavin Ruthven. Gavin too had been charged with guarding the duke and at first, he thought it was Preshea who was the assassin, but then he learns she too is there to protect the duke. Besides trying to find the enemy, Preshea and Gavin find themselves becoming interested in each other. In fact, Gavin realizes he is falling in love with her. Now the problem gets more complicated, will he be able to woo her with gentle persistence?

An enjoyable novella, I look forward to more from Gail Carriger. If you enjoy alternate historical fantasy with steampunk and erotic romance added, you will enjoy this story. I knows I did.

I gave Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella 5 sheep.

Pamela Kinney

About the Author:
Gail Carriger writes steampunk comedies of manners mixed with urban fantasy. Her books include theParasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in 18 different languages and has 13 NYT bestsellers via 7 different lists (including #1 in Manga). She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.