Published: November 29th 2021
Publisher: Indie published
Length: 191 Pages
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Victoria, brilliant inventor and daughter of an American self-made millionaire enters into an arranged marriage with István Farkas, crown prince of Taliskia, an obscure kingdom deep in the Carpathians. He marries her for her dowry. She marries him for a rare metal mine located in his country.
But a mysterious bomb explodes during the ceremony. Victoria’s father is killed. She is severely injured, while her fiancé escapes unharmed and returns to his country.
While recovering from her wounds, Victoria vows to find her father’s killer. All clues point to Taliskia and Istvàn himself is the prime suspect. Under a false identity, Victoria travels to Taliskia to investigate. There, she discovers a nest of intrigues and an old legend. The locals still believe a giant wolf haunts the palace grounds…
I really enjoyed this read. There is a hint of supernatural mixed with Industrial Historical Romance. I wouldn’t class it as steampunk. It’s one downside was the ending. Everything became rushed. I felt like there were pages missing from the end because the story abruptly stopped. I felt the author did the characters a disservice by not fully completing their love story.
Victoria was resilient, intelligent and caring and I admire her independence in a time when it would be frowned upon.
A massive issue is the typos and grammatical errors. I don’t normally give such a high rating to a book with that many flaws but I really enjoyed it. I hope there is a second book that gives the story the conclusion it deserves.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.