Emmeline O’Shea is determined to save the world—single-handedly, if necessary. A strong voice for societal reform, she is the natural choice to deliver a key speech at the end of the International Shifter Rights Organization’s week-long Summit in Scotland.
But when a death threat arrives at Emme’s home, she is immediately placed into protective custody, watched over by none other than her personal nemesis, Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed. The two have crossed paths many times, with disastrous results, but now they will have to work together in order to reach the Summit before midnight of the last day in order to ensure legislation is passed to protect the Shifter community.
As unseen enemies close in around Emme and Oliver, they struggle to reach Edinburgh by any means necessary, only to find Emme’s vindictive stepsister, Oliver’s vampire brother, and a dangerous political minefield awaiting them in Scotland.
Even more difficult is their own refusal to admit that the fiery animosity that once burned between them might be turning into the heat of romantic passion. Could a straitlaced policeman determined to uphold the law and an outspoken activist willing to break the rules ever find true love? Or will all their dreams shatter like glass when the clock strikes midnight?
I've been reading this series from the beginning and it's been so fun. Steampunk allows for elements that other book genres don't have so it feels unique and different. This series also has some paranormal elements with people known as "shifters". This book and this series always feel like a breath of fresh air and a good change up from the regular genres I read.
Emme is a strong voice for shifter rights and she definitely makes her voice heard which earns her some nasty enemies. Oliver and Emme have known each other for a long time as Oliver almost always puts an end to Emme's protests and gatherings when things turn violent. As a result, Oliver and Emme have a rough start when Oliver is assigned to protect Emme. They both slowly realize they don't know all that much about each other and it was fun to watch them learn more and come to new realizations. These characters are well developed and I loved that both Emme and Oliver were strong, intelligent, passionate and courageous. They were evenly matched in almost every way.
There is a bit of mystery, a bit of adventure and a growing romance. It all worked together so well. I also loved seeing characters from previous books appear in this book. I don't think you have to read this series in order but you will probably be happier if you do. Each book can stand alone though. If you haven't ever read a steampunk book, I would highly recommend you try one. You might be surprised at how much you like them.
Content: mild peril, mild violence, death, kissing
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
I happen to have an extra copy of this book that I want to give away! Yay!! This giveaway is for US residents only as I have to ship the book.