The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance (Blud #1.6)
by Delilah S. Dawson
What is it about:
A lady with a penchant for pets meets a sexy fireman in this magical and saucy steampunk eNovella from the author of Wicked as They Come.
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?
What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
This is a delightful read.
I was a bit worried when the story started with Frannie meeting Casper, but luckily soon Thom enters the stage and things started to heat up. Frannie and Thom really fit as a couple and it was lovely to read how Thom tried to win Frannie's heart.
Although there's the threat of someone being after Frannie and this does lead to some suspenseful moments, this was a light story, leaning more to sweet romance than to mystery and suspense.
For those unfamiliar with Dawson's world, this book might be a bit confusing at times when it comes to the setting, but I enjoyed reading more about Sang. And Frannie's shop was just so cool. I really wished I could visit it.
I do confess this story made me all the more eager to read Dawson's next book: Wicked As She Wants, which is about Casper. I still have my doubts about Casper, but Dawson really managed to make me curious about what will happen next for him.
Anyone who loved Wicked As They Come will enjoy this novella I think and I pre-ordered Wicked As She Wants because I can't get enough of Dawson's dark, Victorian fairytale world.
Why should you read it:
It's a sweet and enjoyable Steampunk romance
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