Poison or Protect

  • by Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by Suzanne Lavington
  • 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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.
Delicate sensibilities? Contains men pleasing women, and ladies who know what they want and ask for it, sometimes in detail. May also contain plaid, appearances from dandy vampires, and the strategic application of leather gloves.


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Customer Reviews

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Don't judge the rest of her books by this one

I have read all bar one of Gail Carriger's books based in this 'world'. This is my least favourite; I will try in this review to be as objective as possible though. Maybe I am influenced by having enjoyed the last book so much that I was bound to be a bit disappointed with this one.

It is a very well written book with a clear storyline and brief appearances from 2 well-known characters from other books., I would describe it more as a romance book with espionage rather than the other way round. It does deal well with a sensitive issue - a woman being allowed to make her own choices in terms of intimacy and sexual activity after previous lack of choice and unpleasant experiences.

Do take note of the warning in the book synopsis. If you don't want to listen to descriptions of sexual activity then don't buy this book.

If this is your first Gail Carriger book and you think it doesn't have much depth of plot then try another before giving up on her as an author. It's not a bad book, it's just that her books usually have a more substantial storyline.

As for the reader, OK, but not exceptional - a few mis-pronunciations.

Still looking forward to another book from Gail Carriger even though I have been a bit negative about this one.
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- Linda


What did you like best about Poison or Protect? What did you like least?

I liked that it revisited a characters from previous books, but it just felt very flat and contrived.

Any additional comments?

Not up to the author's usual standard

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- Teddy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-05-2017
  • Publisher: GAIL CARRIGER LLC