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.
Two delightfully dark tales of Gothic romance from Elizabeth Hunter and Grace Draven.
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.
…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 I find it hard to get my head around the historical references.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.
About The Author
ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international best-selling 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.
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. Elizabeth Hunter is one of my favourite authors. Click HERE to see who else is on my list. 😉