My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Honestly, this was more 2.5 stars than 3. This series is sliding quickly. The whole story seemed like a bridge to something. It picks up where it left off, with Alexia pregnant and thrown out of her husband’s home because he’s a werewolf and everyone knows that werewolves and vampires are the undead. They can’t father children. All of London society has turned on her for being slutty, and just like at the end of the last book almost no one thinks ‘hey, as a soulless preternatural who turns the supernatural human, might not making love with one turn them human enough to father a kid.’ Professor Lyall is finally beginning to think that way but Lord Maccon, alpha and Alexia’s husband, has been drunk for nearly a month since he threw Alexia out.
She decides to go to Italy especially since the vampires seem out to kill her and her ally, Lord Akeldama is missing in action. In the company of her father’s retainer, Floote and her lesbian steampunk inventor extraordinaire, Alexia goes off to keep safe and to see if she can track down any other record of a child like her ‘infant-inconvenient.’ It’s possible the Knights Templar might know but they’re as likely to kill her as help her. In the meantime, Lyall has to get Maccon sober enough to talk to sense to before his wife is killed.
It’s mostly just a chase story as Alexia is on the run from start to finish. It’s not bad but honestly there are plot holes you could drive a truck through. The whole above thing with the preternatural turning the supernatural human is just one of them. Another major one is that Floote knows that Italy is dangerous for Alexia. He knows what the Templers did to her father, having been among them for years (it was hinted Floote could have been one of them). He doesn’t warn her other than to say it’s not a good idea. How about a ‘hey, THIS is what they did to your dad and your kind in general.’ Also the entire biology is off for the pregnancy unless you want to play the barely human card. She can’t be more than eight weeks pregnant, ten on the outside given the time line in the last two novels. Fetal movements aren’t felt until nearly the fifth month, about eighteen weeks in so she shouldn’t be feeling half of what she does.
But the most annoying thing is the constant comments about Alexia’s weight. If she’s going to be fat, then don’t put a stick figure on the cover. If she has a few extra pounds, quit with the comments. I counted five references to her weight in the first twenty pages and to the end we have this gem. ‘He made the most delicious huffing noises when she cast herself swan-like on top of him. Well, perhaps more like a beached sea-mammal-like than swan-like.’ Seriously, it’s just rather insulting and annoying (and seeing it this context I think I’ll stop calling myself a whale, too. It looks self pitying and offensive.)
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