When her beloved father was assassinated, Lady Aramina swore revenge. The man responsible is well beyond her grasp, but his dangerously seductive heir, Leo Barrons, is fair game. When Mina obtains evidence proving that Leo is illegitimate, she has the means to destroy both the killer and his son, a man who troubles her heart and tempts her body.
A woman of mystery, Mina's long driven Leo crazy with glimpses of a fiery passion that lurks beneath her icy veneer. He knows she's hiding something, and he's determined to unravel her layer by silken layer. He just doesn't expect the beautiful liar to be the key to overthrowing the corrupt prince consort… or to saving his own carefully walled-off heart.
Mina blames Leo's father for the slow poisoning and agonising death of her own father and wants revenge but there's something about Leo that both aggravates and challenges her all at the same time. She has a job to do as the Queen's right hand woman but it's starting to look as if she might need Leo as an ally. Can she really trust him? For so long he has been her enemy and yet now the Humanist movement needs to act and do it quickly!
Leo has always felt drawn to Mina, but maintaining his facade amongst the Echelon has enabled him to aid those, who like himself, wish to see the end of the tyrannical and insane Prince Consort. When Mina and Leo witness a murder, it starts a chain of events forcing them together, but Mina cannot betray her Queen. Thrown into a world rife with danger, it seems war is about to be released on the streets of London and slap bang in the middle of its path are this passionate couple.
The words" high octane" and "roller coaster" come to mind when I think what to say about this book as it's very fast paced and truly a thrilling read. Okay, now that's probably enough superlatives but this installment brings previous characters that I've loved back into the fray and is truly a fabulous read. All the intrigue and political machinations that have taken place in previous books, culminate here to bring a heart pounding story chock full of action. Fear not though because if you are a fan of romance, then this couple is simply divine together. Mina is more than a match for any man but I do wish she had opened up to Leo a tad sooner. That being said, Ms McMaster writes a very passionate and steamy romance (still fanning myself here!) with entertaining dialogue that swept me away. This has been a phenomenal series with its unique take on vampires and definitely on my keeper shelf. Take a bow Ms McMaster because you deserve it!
I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review