It took me forever to get through this book. I don’t know exactly why but I just kept losing interest in it. I had a lot of things on my mind so I’m not sure if it was entirely the book’s fault or not. I do think it dragged a bit at times though. I can’t even put my finger on the exact reason but it became tedious at times. It could be that the tension between the two lead characters went on a little too long. It happened in the last book also and I hope it doesn’t become a pattern for the series.
Holly Evernight comes from a long line of inventors. She is an elemental who can manipulate metal with her mind. She was recently kidnapped right out from under the noses of the SOS (The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals) and forced to create clockwork hearts by an evil demon, Amaros, who thought her inventions could save his life. She was forced to watch as he ripped the heart out of his victims and replaced them with her inventions so that he could test them before using one on himself. She was saved but has not left her home in almost a year. She even works from home now.
William Thorne is a sanguis demon who was one of Amaros’ victims. He survived but is losing his mind while his body is turning to metal. His friend, Jack Talent, had been taking care of him but in a state of mindlessness, he escapes and is bent on revenge against the woman who he blames for ruining his life, Holly Evernight. When he tries to kill her though, he discovers that she has the power to ease his constant pain and ease his mind so he makes a deal with her not to kill her and to also protect her if she helps him.
Meanwhile, there are assassins out to kill Holly and together they need to find out who wants her dead.
There were some background stories going on that were driving me crazy because they were shrouded in vagueness. Adam, the creator of the GIMs (Ghosts in the Machine, people who upon death cried out for revenge or wanted to live so Adam puts a clockwork heart into them in exchange for servitude for a certain amount of time. They can leave their bodies in ghost form) is running around with a woman chained to his arm, Eliza May. She is Holly’s cousin. She is one of his creations but he is acting all crazy and dragging her with him everywhere. He seems to think she can save him somehow like she is his soulmate or something like that but she seems to hate him and refuses to talk to him. Gee, I wonder why? She died and in a panic, she agrees to be a GIM and then he chains her to his arm and treats her like property and then can’t understand why she is upset with him.
Sin or St. John who Holly calls her cousin is looking for Eliza May for some reason. He is lurking around Holly and Will and wants them to help him find her. He knows she is with Adam but needs someone to call Adam so he can try to steal Eliza from him.
Of course, Holly and Will are attracted to each other but seem to hate each other. It goes on and on like that for most of the book. I really like Will’s character but I never did warm up to Holly. She was just too cold and had no sense of humor.
The next book is not out yet so I will have to wait to read it. I’m interested to see what happens with Adam and Sin’s characters.