Blameless by Gail Carriger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Book #3 in the series is 3.5 stars. The Parasol Protectorate Series has become one of my guilty reading pleasures. Another reviewer called it "brain candy" and that's one way to look at it. I don't read much paranormal or steampunk, so the premise of a preternatural woman who can take away the supernatural powers of werewolves and vampires by touching them is already pretty just-for-fun to me. Put her in Victorian England and make her deal with social niceties and corsets and bustles (and a hulking Scottish lord of a werewolf for a husband!) and you've got a good romp on your hands.
The supporting characters were given more attention in this installment and I really liked that. The location settings in France and Italy were a nice change after two books set in the UK. Alexia found a new food to love: pesto (garlic for vampires, basil for werewolves--who knew?). And then when the Knights Templars come into the picture, it's just about perfect. That and the ongoing rivalry between the werewolves and vampires, sort a paranormal Hatfield-McCoy type feud played out across the last three thousand years of history, make for an engaging, light adventure.
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