Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .
Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .
Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .
Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.
After all out loving the first book in this series I had high hopes for the sequel. I wanted something that had the mix of steampunk, magic, paranormal creatures, and a great romance plot.
My biggest complaint about this book was the beginning of the novel. The first 100 pages of this book are very boring and it feels like there is zero connection with any of the characters. It feels as if everything is there on the page to set up what will be happening later on but in the beginning nothing of interest is really happening. I really had trouble liking Daisy and Ian in the beginning. Plus I felt the speech patterns were confusing and overdone in the beginning.
Once you get past the first 100 pages this novel starts to blossom in the way that the first one did. I really started to enjoy Daisy and Ian both separately and as a couple once they started to connect more and get over their pompous attitudes. I enjoyed the banter between the two and the way that Ian really wanted to be with Daisy despite his trouble loving mortal women. I enjoyed the heartache that Ian went through earlier on in his life and how that shaped him and his idea of love over time. I enjoyed watching his heart melt for Daisy and the easy bond they formed through the rest of the novel.
Aside from the characters I also really enjoyed what the storyline allowed the readers to see. I enjoyed the addition of men who could shapeshift as well as all of the magic that Daisy seemed to have that was rather unexplained in the first novel. I enjoyed learning what kinds of creatures and beings could exist in this magical historical world. I have to say the world is one of the things I do love about this series because it easily blends the past with a storyline that people come to expect when they pick up modern paranormal tales.
Overall, I still really enjoyed a lot of elements of this book. My biggest issue was the beginning of the book and how slow it was and how flat it felt at first. If you can stick with the beginning to get to the end then you are in for a treat.