Reading Level: Adult
Length: 127 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 1.6th book in the Blud series
Source: Bought for Kindle
Rating: 5/5 stars
“In a world ruled by blood, live pets are rare and kindness rarer still. London pet shop owner Frannie Pleasance has a mysterious way with animals and keeps her charges (and heart) locked in a veritable Eden. She thinks Casper Sterling is just another stray…until she takes in the troublesome lodger (and unwelcome suitor) and becomes the victim of a series of strange and dangerous occurrences.
When an unexplained fire threatens to destroy Frannie’s carefully guarded world, firefighter Thom Maccallan is there to extinguish the blaze and help gather the lost creatures. The heat between Frannie and Thom begins to burn, but someone’s still after the lady. Could it be Casper himself, or is Frannie’s new lodger just another victim of fate? Will they be able to figure out who’s pursuing Frannie—and stop them—before she loses everything?”
I have loved all of Dawson’s novellas set in the Blud world (I like the novellas even better than the full length novels). This was a wonderfully unique and sweet novella that I absolutely adored. I love animals and loved Frannie’s beautiful shop full of critters.
The romance between Frannie and Thom is sweetly done and was just so perfect. These characters had great chemistry together.
I also enjoyed spending some time in Blud’s version of London. Additionally, we get to see what Casper was up to before the events that took place in Wicked as She Wants (the 2nd Blud novel).
This book would also be great as a stand alone for those who want an intro to the Blud world. The ebook also includes the first part of “Wicked as She Wants”.
Overall a perfectly wonderful little steampunk novella. I adored the characters and continue to love the Blud world and all its fearsome creatures. I would love to read more novellas set in this world. I recommend all the Blud novels and novellas to those who enjoy steampunk romance with a heavy paranormal element.