Stolen Bloodline by L.G. Rollins is set in London, possibly in the late 1800s or early 1900s. There wasn’t a specific year listed anywhere but I didn’t get the feeling that it was set in modern times. There aren’t telephones, televisions or computers.
If I had to guess, the book takes place during the Edwardian era (1901-1919). No one talks about the King or Queen of England but they do talk about the Emperor of China. The last two Emperors of China reigned from 1875 until 1912.
Jasper Wimple is an artist and extremely charming. For the short time, I thought that Jasper was a vampire. He’s a charming artist with amazing hair but also doesn’t really have any relationships with anyone. Apparently, he’s not a vampire but it doesn’t make him less interesting.
He’s been entrusted with the safety of Ju and Mrs. Zhi by the ghost of Mr. Zhi. The ambassador of China killed Mr. Zhi many years ago. At first the ambassador just wants to end the lives of Ju and Mrs. Zhi but he believes that Jasper can help him obtain a secret formula, which could make him extremely powerful. The ambassador threatens to harm Jasper’s family if he doesn’t photograph the secret formula.
Jasper has fallen in love with Ju. It’s a no brainer. She’s beautiful, kind and a talented dancer. However, she has put him in the friend zone because he flirts with everyone.
So what is Jasper going to do? How can he protect his family and the Zhis? How can he get out of the friend zone?
If you are interested in books set in Edwardian times with a hint of Steampunk and supernatural beings, then this might be a good fit. If you don’t like Steampunk, ghosts or romance, then this might not be the right book for you.