Entire families have gone missing in the East End. When Caleb Byrnes receives an invitation to join the Company of Rogues as an undercover agent pledged to protect the crown, he jumps at the chance to find out who, or what, is behind the disappearances. Hunting criminals is what the darkly driven blue blood does best, and though he prefers to work alone, the opportunity is too good to resist.
The problem? He’s partnered with Ingrid Miller, the fiery and passionate verwulfen woman who won a private bet against him a year ago. Byrnes has a score to settle, but one stolen kiss and suddenly the killer is not the only thing Byrnes is interested in hunting.
Soon they’re chasing whispered rumours of a secret project gone wrong, and a monster that just might be more dangerous than either of them combined. The only way to find out more is to go undercover among the blue blood elite… But when their hunt uncovers a mysterious conspiracy, Byrnes and Ingrid must set aside their age-old rivalry if they have any chance at surviving a treacherous plot.
Mission Improper does focus on Byrnes, the blue blood, and Ingrid, the verwulfen woman, and frankly their chemistry is off the charts. However, there is a score to settle between them which is fun to read about but it's seeing the ensemble cast around them that really tickled my fancy. Add in the dangerous new foes they are facing and as people go missing it's high time for answers. Of course that means chasing down those members of the Echelon who are dissatisfied with recent events which puts the emotionally unavailable Byrnes and the passionate but haunted Ingrid in pretty dire situations. Yes, it's fair to say the streets of London are far from safe!
There is a lot happening here with very nasty bad guys in play. The descriptions and words used just pulled me in. In fact, about half way through this story Ms McMaster touched on a subject that's hard for me to read and her prose was spot on and for me very poignant. Then the story continues at breakneck speed so no time to wallow, just feel! There are some answers given here but the mystery will continue which means more books, yippee! Plus, remember those supporting characters? Well I'm chomping at the bit to find out what they all get up to next.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.