Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Mountain Shadow
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Why I Picked This Up: Because it said, “Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast” so of course I had to pick this up!
Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast.
When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border. Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable, and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?
AAAH! I’m so mad! I wrote an entire huge review and then somehow got deleted…GAH!!! Okay so let’s try this again shall we….?
I really liked this book, enough so that I would totally buy a hardcopy of it to own. This book really does have everything that makes me like a book, mystery, romance, good characters, great world building and just the right touch of paranormal. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who likes a good mystery and romance with a touch of paranormal. However, I’m not going to lie I did feel a little cheated…
This is a steampunk book. I like steampunk because it gives women that extra “umph” you know? It’s the feminism coming out of me, but you can have that regency/victorian feel without the oppression of women of that era.
I really liked Lucy as a character, she is kind, beautiful, smart with just enough back bone that she is relatable and completely likable.
Lord Miles is what I felt almost cheated on. He didn’t have that beasty quality I was expecting in his character. Granted he was cold and a bit of a snob and I totally get why but he just lacked a bit of extra beast or brute in his overall character. However I will say that I was satisfied with what beasty quality the author did give him. BUT I did greatly appreciate that he was a GOOD man, he wasn’t mean but he kept people at a distance which is understandable.
Another part of the story that add to my cheated feeling is the romance. I felt like Lord Miles melted too quickly. There is this beautiful woman that enters his life and BOOM, heart already starts to melt, sure physical attraction and all I get that but I guess I was hoping for a slower pace I guess. I will say that my heart strings were still played upon and I still found myself clutching my chest and sighing at certain parts.
Overall: I really did like the book, enough that I will buy it to add to my library and I am very interested to see more from this author.
Sexual Content: mild