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Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella

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A sexy assassin, a Scotsman, and two lobsters attend a Victorian house party.

New York Times best selling author Gail Carriger brings you a charming stand alone love story set in her wildly popular Parasolverse.


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.

From the bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series. May contain plaid, appearances from favorite characters, and the strategic application of leather gloves.

Delicate Sensibilities?

Contains men pleasing women, and ladies who know what they want and ask for it, sometimes in detail.

Customer Reviews


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.

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!

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: 183 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, 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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