Book Review,  Historical Fiction,  Romance,  Steampunk,  Young Adult

Poison or Protect

Poison or Protect (Delightfully Deadly, #1)Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“After four marriages, and four deaths, she had everything in life a woman might desire: titled position, swollen coffers, the freedom to travel, and a world that accepted her because it was afraid of her.”

Poison or Protect is set a decade after the Finishing School series which first introduced Preshea to readers. A mean bully in her school days, she has grown up to become Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star. Sure, she’s a deadly, accomplished assassin, but there’s much more to learn about what makes Preshea tick. Or should I say, what winds her up? Could that huge wall of Scotsman named Captain Gavin Ruthven be the one who holds that particular key?

If you have delicate sensibilities about bedroom antics, or swoon easily in the face of high romance, you’ll want to take a deep breath and perhaps a nip of scotch, before the nip of the Scot.

Besides romantic pursuits, lovely wordplay, attractive characters and sumptuous settings, there’s a situation involving a piccolo, a dirigible and a lobster, because of course there is. This is Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse. If her style is new to you, you’re in for a sweet, sassy, smart, and silly ride.

Speaking of rides… oh, would you look at the time. I’ve said enough.

A caution for reference to relationship abuse should be noted, though it is handled deftly.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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