Millicent Pantere, a citizen of the dark and notorious London Underground, isn't used to the glittery magic and bright lights of above ground. And she certainly isn't used to the intrigues of a society filled with magic. That's the reason Millicent finds herself on the arm of the Duke of Ghoulston…to find out what's causing the unusual behavior of certain ladies of society. Ghoulston is convinced the effect is due to one of Merlin's relics, magical devices created by the master himself. But Millicent, part panther and part human, is immune to magic and should be able to pass herself off as a lady long enough to find the relic.
Then she's given a special bracelet to wear with the instructions to return it the next day. Millicent tries to leave the soiree but discovers she's being pursued by the Baronets whose duty it is to capture all of Merlin's Relics. She escapes to safety but doesn't expect the bracelet to work - to bring the world's greatest lover to her bed until the sun rises. She's immune to that sort of thing after all. Imagine her surprise when Sir Gareth, a medieval knight appears.
Long, long ago, Sir Gareth made the mistake of loving the wrong woman and as punishment was imprisoned inside the bracelet. What he finds is a beautiful woman who refuses to sleep with him. He's never been rejected and Millicent becomes, not a conquest, but a friend. He's been trying to determine how to end his curse hundreds of years. Is Millicent the answer? She can't remove the bracelet so there's something there, something in the magic that recognizes Millicent but what?
Friend or lover, Millicent is the answer to his curse. But convincing her will be the hardest quest he's ever taken. And without her, his curse will be worse than it ever was.
I LOVE this series and LOVE the concept behind it. It's completely fresh and original in a way I haven't seen in a long while. The characters are intriguing and enthralling. The plot is fresh and exciting. Love scenes? Oh yes, hot and steamy and they add so much to the characterization and plot.. Definitely worth a second or third read!