The future of Albion lies in the hands of
a secretive werewolf pack and a young witch whose special
talents could prove a great boon in their quest to safeguard a
magically-generated fuel source. Rumors cling to Lord Derek
Valmont like a fog, but he's a secretive man for good reason.
He's not only a werewolf, but an operative for the Office of
Serena has untapped mystical potential, a
legacy from her late grandmother. A chance encounter with a
wolf proves to be more than she's initially expecting—and
she's drawn into a world of intrigue, espionage and secrets
that her genteel birth could never prepare her for. Yet the
temptation of Valmont is a lure she cannot resist.
I enjoyed the alternate historical setting that Ms. Violet
has created, it's rich with potential and while familiar, it
also evokes a delightful steampunk atmosphere. Control
holds the appeal of a liberated young woman teasing
danger and in search of adventure, a life beyond what her
aristocratic heritage would otherwise hold. I'm not entirely
amenable with the manner in which the hero conducts himself
and attempts to assert his dominance over the heroine, though
this element of the story is not likely to discomfit those who
like their encounters particularly spicy and intense.