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Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella

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Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a stand-alone romance novella set in her popular steampunk universe full of manners, spies, and dainty sandwiches.

Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black. What society doesn’t know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea’s employer. And Preshea has one final assignment.

It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn’t anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven – massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and… working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart – a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

Buy Poison or Protect today to find out whether it’s heartbreak or haggis at this high tea.

Warning: Contains men pleasing women, and ladies who know what they want and ask for it, sometimes in detail. May also contain plaid, appearances from favorite characters, and the strategic application of leather gloves.

Customer Reviews

Tip-top romp

Following the villainess we love to hate--or at least critique--from the Finishing School series (not required reading to enjoy the this latest) Carriger takes us on an exciting jaunt through the English countryside. Vampires, werewolves, subterfuge, attractive Scotsmen, and tiny tea sandwiches, what more could one want? "Delightfully Deadly" way to spend an afternoon, can't wait for more of these little gems!


This was a great read, the pace was easy and I didn't stop until the end. Multiple occasions I laughed and smiled. What are you doing here reading this? Go read Poison or Protect.

Um Gail? When's the next one come out?

This one doesn't require previous knowledge of the Parasolverse, so it's a good entry point.
Presha was never a favorite character of mine, but this story brought her into a much more sympathetic light.
It is a romance, the sex scenes are neither too long not too brief, imho, and balance well with the rest of the story.

Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella
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  • $3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Published: Jun 21, 2016
  • Publisher: GAIL CARRIGER LLC
  • Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
  • Print Length: 182 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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