Synopsis from Goodreads.com
Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .
Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .
Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .
Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.
This was the second book in the Darkest London series and was just as good as the first, if not a bit better. This one revolved around Daisy, sister of Miranda from the first book and Lord Ian Ranulf, who also appeared in the first book. Daisy really didn't like Ranulf at all after he tried to come between her sister and her husband-to-be at the time by making frequent passes at her, so when Daisy finds herself involved in a werewolf attack and Ranulf saves her, he is the last person she wants to be near.
Ranulf is a lycan, a half man, half wolf who has not yet made the full turn into a werewolf. If he ever does there's no return for him! Living in London, exiled from his lycan clan after refusing to take the leadership of it after his father died, Ranulf just wants to live a normal life, but Daisy changes all of that. There is a werewolf attacking and killing humans, all of whom smell like Daisy and Ranulf knows that unless he keeps her safe, she will soon be on the werewolf's killing spree list! One problem with that! Daisy doesn't want Ranulf to keep her safe, but soon enough she starts to care and feel for him, even though at the same time she doesn't really like him.
I loved how the romance built up between these two. There was no denying there was a lot of passion between them and even though Ranulf had tried to build these impregnable walls around himself, Daisy still managed to worm her way into his heart. Loved the ending as well - I did think that maybe Daisy would do what she did in order to be with him. I didn't expect the werewolf to be who it was as well, so a nice twist in there too.
Daisy was a great character. Although set in the Victorian times, she was certainly no push over for Ranulf and gave him as good as she got. He was very funny as well - very sarcastic at times, my kind of humour!
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and would like to thank the author and publisher for the opportunity to read it!