“We don’t just wear the skin of animals, Bianca. We possess their spirits, their very souls.”
Bianca’s friend, Adam, has recently been murdered and she’s shocked to find that some people even believe she’s guilty of the crime. When Mac shows up to investigate what happened to his friend and fellow exiled Imnada, he too is suspicious about Bianca. Mac doesn’t interact much with “outsiders” as the Imnada are very insular, but his exile from the clans has him alone in the world. When Bianca and Mac are attacked while investigating Adam’s murder, she’s not sure who she should trust. An abusive marriage has made Bianca reluctant to trust others, especially in a romantic way.
I’m glad I gave this one a shot because I think the story is very interesting and brings some new elements to the typical shapeshifter romance. I liked the writing though it was more flowery than I’m used to. The plot overall was interesting with the backstory between the Fey-Blood and Imnada and how the Imnada have been living in secret. The pace was good up until the the last 25% where it slowed down a bit. There were some scenes out in the country while Bianca and Mac are hiding out with another exiled Imnada. I wasn’t really sure how much time had passed because a lot of things were accomplished “off page” and just mentioned.
I liked both Mac and Bianca as I felt they were both strong characters who each had some rough parts to their past. They both had to learn to trust the other and realize that the walls they each had around themselves were no longer needed when they trusted in each other.
Bianca felt a lot like a modern woman because she’s independent and tough and she’s not really concerned with what people think about her. She was a bit standoffish but her past certainly warrants her lack of trust. Mac was impressive because he takes so much abuse from the bad guys in this one, I was amazed that he could keep on going. They take a little while to get their romance going because they have a lot going on around them and some misconceptions floating between them.
Content Note: references to past abuse
••• Book Details •••
Imnada Brotherhood #1 • Romance, Historical Fantasy • Pocket Star • December 26, 2012
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.