You have no idea how much I loved this story, so I’ll give you the details and then my review. Spoiler alert, is a gazillion stars.
A Bad Breed (Gaslamp Gothic, #3) by Kat Ross is an Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling.
Pricolici. A creature out of folklore. And nightmare. January 1889. When a Romanian village suffers a series of brutal attacks, occult investigator Anne Lawrence is dispatched to the forests of the Old Country to hunt the killer – only to vanish without a trace.
The trail leads her mentor Vivienne Cumberland deep into the Carpathians to a remote monastery. As a blizzard rages outside, trapping them all with the pricolici, Vivienne risks sharing the fate of the woman she came to find. But is the culprit truly a werewolf … or something even more dangerous?
A man bent on revenge. And a love that was never meant to be.
Imprisoned in a decaying castle, Anne finds herself ensnared in a web of dark enchantment, at the mercy of a mysterious captor with a beast inside – and a memory as old as the ancient legends.
As the weeks pass, Anne learns his real identity, and slowly uncovers a complex and deeply passionate man. But is she willing to pay the price for falling under his spell?
Note: This darkly magical reimagining of Beauty and the Beast is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series, but can be read as a standalone with no need to start with Book #1, The Daemoniac.
This is a work of class and beauty, a piece perfectly written and perfectly paced.
Even if you don’t like the story, even if you don’t like the people in the story, you will not have any other choice but love the writing, and bow to it. I did. And also loved all the rest.
Every character in this story feels real and the heroines (to me, there’s more than one in here) manage to be perfect for the time the book is set in, and yet very modern. Not whiners, helpless, or masculine, they are women who are strong within their femininity. So refreshing and right.
Gabriel is one hot mess. Actually, I think is one of the messiest hero/villain I’ve ever met, and that makes him absolutely intriguing. He never walks the straight and narrow, he never is downright bad. He’s, well, more human than the other humans in the story. I don’t think I need to say I loved him and he was my favorite character. He is tragic, and dramatic, and sweet, and confused. Oh, so confused. Falling for someone like Anne, a woman who doesn’t really do confusion, is at the same time his saving grace and his downfall. Again, very human.
If I must find some wrong in this book (a task that makes me work overtime because I loved it so, so much) is the feeling of in-between.
True, you don’t need to read any previous book in the series (I haven’t, even though I’m absolutely planning to). But it’s also true that there’s a lot about Vivienne and Alec (if you want a book where there’s only one “set” of Hero and Heroine, know that this book has more).
It felt like I was catching up with a story that had begun before, and it will only be finished after.
It is part of a series, so it makes a whole lot of sense, but I can’t tell it’s a perfectly cut stand-alone either.
And there’s Anne and Gabriel’s story, that’s not decided by the end of the book. It’s not a problem with me because I’m going to stick with this series no matter what, but it may tick off someone.
Read this book.
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AUTHOR BIO:Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.
Giveaway: Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
- $20 Amazon gift card
- Signed copies of the first 2 books in the Gaslamp Gothic series