I was excited to get this book on 26 April, a whole 3 months before the official publication date, but it wasn't what I'd expected from this author, who is normally a dead cert.
This tale takes place around 4 weeks after The Unbearable Likeness of Dragons, and it does give Baltic and Ysolde a firm HEA, and it does sort out a lot of the aggro that they've had to deal with...but did it really need to be written? I'm not convinced that it did.
Ysolde kept having her visions of the past, and everyone around her kept getting drawn into them. The irritating Cyrene made another appearance, fighting with her `mate/non-mate' Kostya, but neither character really added anything to the tale. May and Gabriel appeared too, but also didn't play a very large part. Aishling and Drake appeared, but only because Ysolde hatched a convoluted plan for him to steal something or other (can't remember what) that Baltic needed/wanted, without the latter knowing about it, and therefore, with his honour remaining intact. Jim provided a bit of humour, but nothing outstanding like in other tales that he's appeared in, but he did help with a certain 'Eureka' moment.
Every love scene between Baltic and Ysolde got interrupted either by a vision or by people turning up, and reference kept being made to her supposed kink and need for voyeurism, which by this third book, was wearing a little thin. Some humour was provided when Ysolde visited a supernatural sex shop in London's Soho, and found Constantine in shade (ghost) form, trying things out, and when the First Dragon (her FIL and Baltic's dad) appeared, but again, the humour and the situation felt forced.
I found myself confused with all that was going on, with people being abducted, with people running away from things, blowing up things, setting fire to things, chasing alleged things of value...yawn. Actually, yawn kind of covers the tale.
Yes, things did get resolved, and the various dragon septs ended up at peace with each other, there were sacrifices and face-saving and the lovers once parted ended up forever reunited and can now have a true HEA, but I kind of think that a lot of this novel could have been condensed into book 2. Still, it hasn't put me off her, as her Dark Ones remain one of the funniest and best series out there.