BOOK REVIEW: A Bad Breed (Gaslamp Gothic #3) by Kat Ross

Publication Date: May 31, 2019
Publisher: Acorn
Format: ebook
Pages:  296 Pages
Genre:  Mystery
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A creature out of folklore. And nightmare.

January 1889.When a Romanian village suffers a series of brutal attacks, occult investigator Anne Lawrence is dispatched to the forests of the Old Country to hunt the killer – only to vanish without a trace.

The trail leads her mentor Vivienne Cumberland deep into the Carpathians to a remote monastery. As a blizzard rages outside, trapping them all with the pricolici, Vivienne risks sharing the fate of the woman she came to find. But is the culprit truly a werewolf … or something even more dangerous?

A man bent on revenge. And a love that was never meant to be.

Imprisoned in a decaying castle, Anne finds herself ensnared in a web of dark enchantment, at the mercy of a mysterious captor with a beast inside – and a memory as old as the ancient legends.

As the weeks pass, Anne learns his real identity, and slowly uncovers a complex and deeply passionate man. But is she willing to pay the price for falling under his spell?

Note: This darkly magical reimagining of Beauty and the Beast is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series, but can be read as a standalone with no need to start with Book #1, The Daemoniac.


This is the first book I have read in this series and I loved it.  Ann Lawrence sets off in search of a werewolf but when she doesn't return her mentor Vivienne and her husband of convenience set off to the far reaches of Romania to find her. 

They encounter fearful townspeople and a monastery filled with things that aren't always what they seem.  No one knows where Anne may be or if she is even alive. 

Anne is being held captive by Gabriel who comes to see her every day to cook her meals and make sure she is okay.  Little by little Anne starts to get to know Gabriel and soon she isn't sure she really wants to leave. 

This is a complex story filled with mystery, and mythology.  There is so much to this world and its fascinating.  While the book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger it didn't leave me feeling upset or angry.  Much was tied up, I just wanted a different ending and was happy I had the next book in the series.

Really good read if you like moody period pieces filled with myths, legends and magic.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Book Sirens

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