Author Gail Carriger
Print Length 196 pages
Published May 13, 2018
The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they’re her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge.
But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.
Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there’s something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.
Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series comes a stand alone romance set in the same universe. Look out for appearances from favorite characters and the serious consequences of unwarranted geology.
A Note On Chronology
The Claw & Courtship novellas can be read in any order. This book can be enjoyed without having read any of Gail’s other works. Set in the spring of 1895 this story occurs after events chronicled in Romancing the Werewolf.
Supernaturals have been known to polite society for a while now. However, it is not becoming of a lady in America to have relationships with one. So when Faith is caught in a compromising situation what is her family to do but send her to relatives in England. Where they are much more accepting. What a welcome relief her English family is- kind, warm, and friendly. So different from her immediate family, that Faith knows that the other shoe must drop soon. Major Channing is the third in command of his pack and a werewolf. He happens to head the BUR, The Bureau of Unnatural Registry. His task at hand is to be on the outlook for special bullets that could kill werewolves and vampires. He meets Faith when she gets off the boat, and has to look through all of the passengers stuff. From there they meet time and time again, each meeting stranger than the last.
I am so grateful that this is a love story that takes time. Major Channing had been a background character is several of the Parasol Protectorate books and for him to have a fast and furious love story would not be aligned with what we have come to know of him.
Faith is a practical gal, who knows her worth and knows that her parents do not understand it all. She is more than dancing and dresses. Her family treatment of her is disgusting. She needs someone like Channing to balance out the horrors what she has endured. Channing for the most part had no clue what to do with her or his attraction to her. Channing for the most part is still his amazingly grumpy standoffish self. That is until Faith comes around, and turns his world upside down. She has no problem making sure that Channing knows what she is thinking at all times and to be honest that is exactly what Channing needs.
I enjoyed this book, although I did wish it was longer. Channing and Faith are an adorable couple to watch manage the realm of romance, science and pack life.
My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “It’s why they don’t let me out much. I’m badly mannered and indifferent to society’s mores.”
Teddy- Faith’s cousin
Biffy- Alpha of the London Wolf Pack
Lyall- Beta to the London Wolf Pack