She holds the key . . .
One of the mythical race of shape-shifting Imnada and a member of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery suffers under a ruthless curse. As the result of a savage massacre on the eve of Waterloo, he and the men he served with are forced to live the hours of darkness trapped as their animal aspects. Now one of them has been murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada may finally have been discovered. His only link to unearthing the truth—Bianca Parrino, the beautiful actress whom every man desires.
. . . to his forbidden desires
Forging a new life for herself after escaping the clutches of her abusive husband, Bianca is again drawn into violence when a dear friend is brutally murdered and she becomes a suspect. Forced to place her trust and her life in Mac’s hands as they flee a determined killer, Bianca cannot deny she is falling for the mysterious soldier. But will his dark secrets tear them asunder? Or will love be the key to breaking even the cruelest of spells?
In a colorfully imagined version of 1816 Britain, the Imnada race of shape-changers keep their existence secret from humanity and from the Fey-blood, who believe them extinct after a battle centuries before. After exiled Imnada soldier Adam Kinloch is killed. his brother-in-arms Mac Flannery comes to London and meets actress Bianca Parrino, suspected of Adam's murder. Mac soon discovers that Adam's cure for the curse may lie with the herbalist's notebook in Bianca's keeping. Together, they evade the real killer while trying to unravel Adam's research. Newcomer Egan beautifully paces the slow evolution of Bianca and Mac's relationship, from guarded cooperation through competent alliance to trust and affection, and there's a striking beauty in the scenes that depict Mac in panther form. The complex possibilities in the relationships between the races will leave readers eagerly anticipating future volumes.