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

A Bad Breed
Kat Ross
(Gaslamp Gothic, #3)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: May 31st, 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling


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.

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I was really looking forward to this baby as I felt that it has been a while since the last book in this series which is The Thirteenth Gate.  To be fair to Kat, she was busy releasing the remaining books for the Fourth Talisman Series and we all know that I would never be complaining about that!

I do recommend reading the Fourth Talisman Series and of course the series that started it all The Fourth Element Series. You are not required to do so to enjoy the Gaslamp Gothic series, but between us, it helps and takes it to the next level.

Though bear in mind, that you do not need to start (though I do personally recommend it) with book 1 of this series The Daemoniac and of course The Thirteenth Gate.  The series name has changed from Dominion Mysteries to Gaslamp Gothic, I do need to make the changes on the previous posts, I am mentioning it now just in case the post is up before I had the chance to make the change for those 2 previous reviews.

In this one, we focus more on Vivienne and Alec. If you have read the first 2 books then I am sad to tell you that Harry is not playing a role here, though she was mentioned. Are we going to see Harry back anytime soon? I really do love her a lot and I would be sad to leave her behind.

But other than Vivienne and Alec, the other pairing is of Anne and Gabriel. I will be honest, I did not like Gabriel at first, however, oddly enough I started to like him. That reminded me of my sheer dislike of Jamie Lannister in the first couple of books and how I ended up really rooting for him as he grew. I am not going to go into too many details, but I found him to be fascinating and I cannot wait to see him what he does next.

A Bad Breed was not particularly action-packed which we all know is my favorite, but it was wonderfully well written and then I just loved where the story was going.  It always brings a smile to my face to spend time with beloved characters and I can assure you that I was so happy nose deep into these pages.

However, there was one particular moment when my heart pretty much stopped, when there was mention of only 2 known bonded pairs known to currently exist.  So, Kat where are Darius and Nazafareen? I realise that here we are over 2000 years after the last events of The Fourth Talisman, but …  but… how is it possible that their whereabouts are unknown!???


I am in dire need of some reassurance here!

But this heart-stopping moment aside, A Bad Breed was beautifully written and just plain outstanding.  The follow-up book called The Necromancer’s Bride is coming near (in Sept I think!) and I am so looking forward to it.

If you have read any of Kat’s books before, then you are certainly not going to be disappointed here and you are going to love every page of A Bad Breed, however if this is your first time discovering Kat, then I would recommend you go from that first book that I mentioned earlier and go from there. Trust me you are going to love it!

To no surprise to anyone I am going to VERY HIGHLY recommend A Bad Breed to you all, and I do wish you LOVE it as much as I did.  Luckily the next one is around the corner and I just need to count the days!

oh and before I forget, I am loving this cover!!!


Author Bio:

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.

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