Published by Hunter/Draven on September 29th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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 sheÔÇÖs 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 worldsÔÇöthat 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 fatherÔÇÖs 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.
“A Very Proper Monster” by Elizabeth Hunter is a novella in the “Elemental World” series and tells the story of Tom Dargin and Josephine Shaw.
We’ve met them both before as a married, happy couple. Now we have the chance to learn how they reached that happiness and I couldn’t be more excited.
Add to that that it’s a Gothic style romance and I’m head over heels.
Josie is the daughter of a wealthy business-man who’s dying and wants to make sure his daughter it taken care off.
Patrick Murphy wants to take over the business and so his right hand man, Tom Dargin offers to marry Josie.
What starts out as a business venture turns quickly into more when Tom and Josie discover they have more in common than they thought – a dry humor, wit, lack of social skills and a passion for the written word.
They complement each other perfectly, but with Josie’s sickness time is not on their side and there are secrets both of them hide that could make or break their relationship. You know, minor things like the husband being a blood-sucking undead.
I love Josie and Tom together. They just fit perfectly in all their imperfection. Together, their quirks and habits were charming, not annoying.
But then again, I don’t find anything about either of them annoying at all.
Tom has a tough, brutish exterior. He’s not a man of many words but is used to letting his fists speak for him. When he does talk, he’s honest and straightforward – brutally so.
But at the same time he’s sweet, caring, passionate and intelligent. He’s loyal and loving – especially toward Josie.
Josie is full of contradictions as well. Frail and sick on the outside, she has a strong, positive personality with an incredible imagination, wit and determination to boot.
And Tom coaxes out her more hopeful and playful side.
The love they share is heart-wrenching and heart-warming at the same time – full of passion as well as tenderness.
Just like anything else by Elizabeth Hunter, this book is pure perfection and allowed me to disappear into a world long gone by.
5+ a-beatiful-Gothic-tale stars.
~Review by Paula