Before reading the book description, I assumed this was a vampire book. The male model on the cover is so pale! But after reading the description, I learned, in fact, that this is not a vampire novel. There is a small paranormal element in the book, but no vampires.
All the Wherlock's have some sort of gift, and the heroine, Lady Olympia Wherlocke, has the gift of foresight. Olympia is a woman with purpose. She loves helping her family and others. She is asked by Lady Agatha Mallam to help find her brother, Lord Brant Mallam. Brant and Agatha's mother is pretty awful. I guess I would call her straight up evil. She would sell her 16 year old daughter to a diseased, lecherous old man. Agatha is desperate to find her brother to put a stop to this marriage.
Brant has given up on his mother. After what she did to him in the past, he has decided to stay out of her life as much as possible. But he doesn't predict just how awful his mother is, and ends up giving his legal responsibilities of his sister to their mother. Instead of him making sure she finds a proper husband, he has given his mother those rights. He's not a bad man, just someone who refuses to look too closely at his own mother. He spends his time running his estate, carousing, and staying far away from his mother. But this changes as soon as he finds out from Olympia what his mother has planned. As he works with Olympia to keep his sister safe, they become lovers.
This is the fifth book in the Wherlocke series. I haven't read the previous ones, and I wasn't too lost. I liked the fact that Brandt knew the Wherelock family had gifts, so Olympia's gift was no big deal in their relationship. I do wish her gift had been used more, though. But overall I liked the characters very much. They were very fleshed out. I liked Brandt's growth in this book, and Olympia's steadiness. The mother was maybe a little over the top evil, but I don't think cartoonish.
I think it was a great first Howell book for me. I plan to read more.
ARC provided through NetGalley.