A Very Proper Monster: An Elemental World Novella by Elizabeth Hunter #mf #review @EHunterWrites


Power, passion, and politics collide in an Elemental World that is ruled by the ancients.

In Victorian-era Dublin, 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?

A VERY PROPER MONSTER is an Elemental World historical novella originally published in the Beneath a Waning Moon gothic duology. This special stand-alone edition contains a bonus short story, Night in the Waking City.

Tom and Josie travel to New York City to meet with allies and publishers, but a chance encounter sends Josie into a rage, leaving Tom to look for unexpected allies in the city that never sleeps. Can a young human and an ancient vampire find his ailing mate before Josie does something she’ll regret?

Elemental Mysteries:
A HIDDEN FIRE
THIS SAME EARTH
THE FORCE OF WIND
A FALL OF WATER

Elemental World:
BUILDING FROM ASHES
BLOOD AND SAND
THE SCARLET DEEP
A STONE-KISSED SEA

Elemental World novellas:
Waterlocked
The Bronze Blade
A Very Proper Monster

Elemental Legacy:
SHADOWS & GOLD
IMITATION & ALCHEMY
OMENS & ARTIFACTS

A Very Proper Monster:

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!

Night in the Waking City:

I have to admit, I was really excited about this story because I did love Tom and Josie’s story before I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next.

One thing that I enjoyed about this book is how we learn more about Josie’s “differences” between her and “normal” vampires.  I liked that part because it showed that not all vampires are alike.  Tom’s character shows that as well because he’s very down to earth.

I really liked that we got to see Tenzin and Ben again. I have to admit – there was a part in the story where I wanted to reach through my kindle and smack Ben, but Tom put him in his place very quickly.  Tenzin was just – Tenzin.  I loved that we got to see more of her playful side in this book.  And the friendship that bloomed between her and Josie are what made this book for me.

Overall – I thought that the addition of this story to A Very Proper Monster was a great treat and totally worth the re-purchase on my part!

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