Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
Summary: A rising star on the Covent Garden stage, Bianca Parrino believes she has everything she wants. Independence. Wealth. And a life finally free of her violent, abusive husband. But when her close friend, Adam, is murdered, and Bianca is suspected in his death, she is unwittingly drawn into the search for his killer, and soon must question everything she believes—about her friend, about herself, and about a world she never knew existed.
A member of the mysterious race of shape-shifting Imnada and part of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery gathered intelligence during the Napoleonic wars. As a result of a savage massacre, Mac and the men he served with are cursed. Now one of them has been found murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada has been discovered at last. His only link to unearthing the truth is the beautiful actress who turns up unexpectedly at Adam’s funeral.
Before long, Mac has more to contend with than Bianca’s overt mistrust, his ill-fated attraction to the haughty and beautiful actress, and his ongoing search for an end to the curse. Because Adam’s killer is back, and Mac is next on his list.
Review: A sweet romance with two damaged characters that aren't too damaged to love with some paranormal elements thrown in.
I am not sure if I would have liked this better without the paranormal elements. This book was a pretty standard romance (besides the paranormal elements) and I think it could have worked just as the two characters getting together because of Bianca's friend's murder and them trying to find the killer and falling in love. The paranormal elements played a big part in this book, but still felt unnecessary somehow. It was almost like an afterthought that the author added in. The mythology that was created was pretty interesting although confusing at times.
I really liked the romance between Mac and Bianca. They were both damaged characters trying to get on with their lives as best as they could. Bianca was a great example of an abused woman who was doing the best she could to get on with her life and kept the trauma deeply hidden. I liked that she was still a strong person even while dealing with a severe trauma. Their romance was a bit too lust based at first for me, but they did come to care for each other and Mac was great with dealing with Bianca's trauma. I believe Mac will help her through her trauma.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy historical paranormal romance.