Genres: Historical, Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Published by Devil on the Left Books on May 20, 2014
Reviewed by: Kate
Kissing, references to sex
KEEP CALM AND STEAMPUNK ON
The whole of Victorian London knows there is something not quite right about the Lady Verity Hart. She may be the daughter of an MP and the sister of famed inventor Lord David Hart, but she is a spinster whose own father threatens to send her to the madhouse every fortnight. Because Society is correct-Verity Hart is no lady. If they suspected how quick with a quip she is, let alone the majority of her brother's ingenious machines were her design, the sale of fainting couches would double.
Verity requires one herself when her beloved brother is kidnapped by vampyres in the dead of night. With the aid of an aggravating, rude American bounty hunter with a secret of his own, Verity takes to land, sea, and even air to rescue the only person who could ever love and truly accept her. Or is he?
Full of action, a captivating couple, and some very mean vampyres, VERITY HART VS THE VAMPYRES was everything I wished for and more. Harlow completely brought her A-game for this one, and it shows in how much fun to read this book is. When I finished it, I had a moment of "is it possible for a book to be too good?"
We review a lot of books on this blog with female main characters, usually with some sort of supernatural power or feature. Verity, by these standards, is pretty normal, which sometimes means boring. Except she isn't, and that is what makes her so awesome. She's brilliant, fierce, loyal, sarcastic, but also a bit melancholy, too stubborn for her own good, and scared of heights. She's logical and analytical, and will likely be able to wipe the table with you in a poker game. In other words, I kind of want to be Verity Hart. Sometimes, when I felt like she was almost too perfect a heroine, she would do something risky or stupid, but always completely within what I expected of her character. She felt like a real person, which made her enjoyable to read.
And Jamie McQueen, oh dear. Even if I wasn't such a fan of Verity, I'd want to be her just so spend some time with him. With his hot and cold attitude, his too-informal way of addressing Verity, his American vulgarity, and his hot-as-hell kisses, he was the perfect counterpart to the high society Lady Verity. Since we weren't in his head like we were in Verity's, we were left as confused as she sometimes was at his actions, and watching his transformation, both in how he perceived Verity, and how she perceived him, was thrilling. He's quick enough to hold his own against Verity and though he gets to know her weaknesses, he never holds them against her, and eventually comes around to some of her ways of thinking.
Besides the relationship between the two main characters that you just can't help rooting for, which would be enough for a book on its own, VERITY HART VS THE VAMPYRES features a trip across England, Wales and Ireland, some seriously scary vampyres (even the good guys were a little creepy and terrifying) and crazy steampunk inventions. Plus, we've got a crotchety old lady who helps save the day and the dear brother who, though absent most of the book, wins the reader's hearts through the stories Verity tells of him. This book flew by, entrancing me into staying up too late and reading every free minute. And although it was released as a serial, the last section has now been published, so you if that's not your style, you don't even have to wait between the sections.
If you're looking for a fun, romantic, action-packed steampunk adventure, look no further than VERITY HART VS THE VAMPYRES. Since you can try it out in sections, you've got barely anything to lose. And though it's a complete story, no cliffhangers, I really hope that we get another opportunity to spend some time with Verity and Jamie - he did mention he was going to continue doing some sporadic work as a bounty hunter....