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Review: Beneath a Waning Moon by Elizabeth Hunter and Grace Draven

book cover for Box Set - Beneath a Waning Moon - A Very Proper Monster by Elizabeth Hunter and Gaslight Hades by Grace Draven

Flora Reviews… Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Beneath a Waning Moon by Elizabeth Hunter and Grace Draven. A collection of two stories by these bestselling authors.

…So what’s this book about?

This is a collection of two novellas. A Very Proper Monster by Elizabeth Hunter story #3.5 in her paranormal romance mystery series, Elemental World. While Gaslight Hades by Grace Draven is the first romance story that kicks off her steampunk series, Bonekeeper Chronicles.

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Review: Beneath a Waning Moon by Elizabeth Hunter and Grace DravenMy Rating:
Title: Beneath a Waning Moon by Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven
Series: Elemental World #3.5, Bonekeeper Chronicles #1
Published by Self-Published on 20 October, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance (PNR), Steampunk, Historical
Narrator: Gabrielle Baker
Length: 9 hours 19 minutes
No. of Pages: 248

Two delightfully dark tales of Gothic romance.

In A VERY PROPER MONSTER, Josephine Shaw spends long nights filling the pages of her Gothic stories with the fantastic and the macabre, unaware that the suitor her father has arranged is one of the dark creatures she's always dreamed.

For Tom Dargin, courting an ailing spinster was only one duty in a long life of service to his sire. But after he meets the curious Miss Shaw, will Tom become the seducer or the seduced? Can a love fated to end in tragedy survive a looming grave?

In GASLIGHT HADES, Nathaniel Gordon walks two worlds-that of the living and the dead. Barely human, he's earned the reputation of a Bonekeeper, the scourge of grave robbers. He believes his old life over, until one dreary burial he meets the woman he once loved and almost married.

Lenore Kenward stands at her father's grave, begging the protection of the mysterious guardian, not knowing he is her lost love. Resolved to keep his distance, Nathaniel is forced to abandon his plan and accompany Lenore on a journey into the mouth of Hell where sea meets sky, and the abominations that exist beyond its barrier wait to destroy them.


Source: Bought
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Audible*

…So, what did I think about it?

This is a book of two halves. The first written by one of my favourite authors Elizabeth Hunter and the second by new-to-me-author Grace Draven.

I am already a fan of Ms Hunter. Her writing style, the characters she creates, and the way she unfolds her stories to us. Grace Draven’s also impressed me.

A Very Proper Monster was a wonderful addition to Ms Hunter’s Elemental World. I already knew our romantic couple. However, I loved finding out about how the stoic Tom and ethereal Josephine met and fell in love.

I really liked this book, it only missed out on a 5 stars because I felt a bit bewildered at times during the second book “Gaslight Hades“. Steampunk is not the easiest read for me. I find it hard to get my head around the historical references. Plus, it felt as though I was jumping into a tale that’s halfway through a well established series.

However, please don’t assume that we, the reader, are left completely in the dark. Ms Draven weaved enough explanations into her tale to ensure that we understand who’s who and the basics of what had happened in her world to this point.

Keep reading to find out more about this clever indie authors.

About Elizabeth Hunter

Author - Elizabeth Hunter

ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international bestselling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in Central California, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family.

She has published over thirty works of fiction and sold over a million books worldwide. She is the author of Love Stories on 7th and Main, the Elemental Legacy series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.

About Grace Draven

Author - Grace Draven

Grace Draven is a Louisiana native living in Texas with her husband, kids and a big, doofus dog. She has loved storytelling since forever and is a fan of the fictional bad boy.

She is the winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice for Best Fantasy Romance of 2014 and 2016, and a USA Today Bestselling author.

And because it’s available in audiobook too, here’s a bit about the narrator.

About Gabrielle Baker

Narrator - Gabrielle Baker

Gabrielle Baker is a highly respected and experienced British voice actor with her own studio at her home in Kent, England. A trained actor, she has become a bestselling audiobook narrator for award-winning authors around the world.

Gabrielle has a natural RP British accent and is also experienced with accents such as Dublin, Cork, Scottish, Australian, and most regional British accents. More than anything Gabrielle describes herself as a "storyteller," and her love and passion for audiobooks has seen her rise in the industry over the last few years. She has a strong following of listeners and authors who seek out her work, and she has been described as " . . . an auditory joy!"

She says, "I'm a mum of two, wife and co-worker with a Jackawawa called Tootsie, who is the best studio pal you could wish for. I don't have to separate my work life and my family life, because I'm lucky to have a job I love and have a home studio.  Like all working mums I juggle, keep plates spinning and occasionally manage leisure time. During these moments I practice yoga, mindfulness and enjoy any time I can spend in nature. I have a passion for food, reading, Prince and humour."

Thank you for taking the time to read my review of Beneath a Waning Moon. I hope I’ve tempted you to read it too.

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Elizabeth Hunter is one of my favourite authors. Click HERE to see who else is on my list. 😉

Bye for now,

Flora x

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I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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