Two delightfully dark tales of Gothic romance from Elizabeth Hunter and Grace Draven.
In A VERY PROPER MONSTER, Josephine Shaw spends long nights filling the pages of her Gothic stories with the fantastic and the macabre, unaware that the suitor her father has arranged is one of the dark creatures she’s always dreamed. For Tom Dargin, courting an ailing spinster was only one duty in a long life of service to his sire. But after he meets the curious Miss Shaw, will Tom become the seducer or the seduced? Can a love fated to end in tragedy survive a looming grave?
In GASLIGHT HADES, Nathaniel Gordon walks two worlds—that of the living and the dead. Barely human, he’s earned the reputation of a Bonekeeper, the scourge of grave robbers. He believes his old life over, until one dreary burial he meets the woman he once loved and almost married. Lenore Kenward stands at her father’s grave, begging the protection of the mysterious guardian, not knowing he is her lost love. Resolved to keep his distance, Nathaniel is forced to abandon his plan and accompany Lenore on a journey into the mouth of Hell where sea meets sky, and the abominations that exist beyond its barrier wait to destroy them.
Having been a fan of Hunter’s work in the past, I couldn’t resist getting to read the next novella in the vampire series. I do have to say that while the fully length novels are great, Hunter’s novellas are also equally great. It takes extreme skill from an author to be able to write an action packed story into a novella size. And that is something that Hunter has been able to pull off quite well.
I loved the characters and the way I could see and feel how they all interact with each other. No matter how small of a role a character had, they were given a completely different voice than the others. Tom and Josephine’s relationship was one that amused me because of how it was very typical for that time frame, yet at the same time it was great to see how they came to care about each other – and eventually love each other.
Once again Hunter has crafted an amazing story that even if you haven’t read any of the other books in the series in the past, I would say that this will give you a great tease and make you want to read more. I couldn’t get enough of this story and I can’t wait for the next one to be released!