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Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on October 1, 2013
The dark streets of London’s East End are Lady Mercury’s playground and Sir Jasper Lynch, a rogue blueblood and the Nighthawk himself has set his sights on bringing her in. Rosalind knows she’s playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the most cunning adversary she has ever faced, but pitting herself against Lynch brings her to life in ways she had long forgotten. Gone is the cold-hearted assassin and planner and in her place is a hot-blooded female who enjoys working her wiles on the intense, dark hunter. Much rides on her ability to fool the man most likely to know or find out the fate of her missing brother and finding her brother is her most important goal even if it means cozying up to a hated blue-blood.
Jasper Lynch has been given an ultimatum. Produce Mercury before the Council or suffer the same fate she is destined for. Only, when he does come face to face with her, he is seduced by her wiles and she gives him the slip. Then he is thoroughly knocked off kilter by his new enigmatic secretary Rosa Marberry who challenges him at every opportunity and hides a few secrets of her own. In the midst of hunting Mercury, the humanist movement leader, and investigating the crazed mass killings of prominent blue bloods, he fights the attraction and blood lust he feels toward both his secretary and the mysterious insurrection leader.
Rosalind’s ploy ensnares more than Lynch when he captures her heart as well. Daily she sees the evidence that refutes all she knows about Blue Bloods. They are not all the same. She also discovers that her former allies are up to something with a powerful new weapon they plan to unleash against the blue bloods. Time is not on her side as events unfold even as she is pushed to reveal who and what she is to Lynch. Honesty at this point will be the biggest betrayal of all and lose her everything she has come to want.
As this series progresses, it just gets better and better as far as I’m concerned. The blend of steampunk, paranormal, suspense and romance is so well crafted into a riveting story. Each of the stories in the series has had a slightly different feel to them because of the players involved. Each new set of main characters become my new favorites. Some series just really need to finish up and be over already, but not this one. I am so enthralled that as far as I’m concerned every last secondary character from Barrons to Ingrid need their story. This one stepped away from the group of characters who have grown familiar to dart away from the crew living in the rookeries. While I did miss their presence in the story, I found this one strong enough to stand on its own too.
I have followed with interest the progress of Jasper Lynch through each book of the series just waiting and hoping for him to step into the limelight and finally he did. Even with the briefest of glimpses of him before, I liked him. That feeling only increased in this story. His situation of being a blue blood, yet almost a non-entity to the Echelon got my sympathy, but his being a Nighthawk with scary skills matched with a sense of justice made him a favorite. I was crossing my fingers that he would get a worthy love interest and in Rosa, he did.
Rosa’s history and doings are as impressive as Lynch’s. She begins with a sense of guilt that is so heavy over her part in her husband’s death that she continues his dream movement even when it is not her own. Her guilt only compounds when she feels her inattentiveness in watching over her younger brother resulted in his disappearance and possible death. She will do anything to make up for this and that includes placing herself in the heart of the Nighthawks and seducing The Nighthawk himself even though she has sworn to take down and take out all the bluebloods. I loved watching her grow and change as Jasper Lynch’s charisma worked on her even more than she smoothed out his rough edges. In the end, I was near tears for what these two had and were being forced to give up.
Normally, I am all about the tying up the loose strings and getting on with it, but I was relieved in the end to see that there is room for more story in this series. Those who enjoy slow intense build up in their romance, fascinating gadgetry, twisty plots and a dash of dark vampire to their story should give this series a try.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Net Galley for letting me read the book in exchange for an honest review.