Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Steam Me Up, Rawley
Author: Angela Quarles
Series: The Mint Julep & Monocle Chronicles #1
Hero/Heroine: Phillip Rawley/Adele de la Pointe
Genre: MF Historical Romance; Steampunk
Length: 333 pages
Release Date: January 14, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Jack the Ripper might be in town. But is marriage more terrifying?
In an alternate Deep South in 1890, society reporter Adele de la Pointe wants to make her own way in the world, despite her family’s pressure to become a society wife. Hoping to ruin herself as a matrimonial prospect, she seizes the opportunity to cover the recent Jack the Ripper-style murders for the newspaper, but her father’s dashing new intern suggests a more terrifying headline—marriage.
Dr. Phillip Rawley’s most daring exploit has been arriving at his new home in America in a hot air balloon. A tolerable sacrifice, if it means he can secure the hand of his new employer’s daughter in a marriage of convenience. But Adele works, she’s spirited, and she has an armored pet monkey running her errands. Not only does she not match his notions of a proper lady, she stirs up feelings he’d rather keep in tight control.
With Adele hunting down a headline and Dr. Rawley trying to protect and pursue her, a serial killer is spreading panic throughout Mobile, Alabama. Can Adele and Rawley find the murderer, face their fears, and discover true love?
Well this was a FUN book!!
Set in an alternate-history world in southern Alabama, Adele de la Pointe is determined to make her way as a successful career woman, and in turn, ruin all her chances of ever becoming “wife” material. Her latest profession: society reporter. What she really wants is a chance at investigative reporting, but there is “no place” for a woman in that position. The Dr. Phillip Rawley lands at her feet…literally, and changes everything.
I haven’t read many steampunk stories set in America, but the author put a nice spin on southern history and the mystery of Jack the Ripper with the perfect amount of humor and romance to keep me interested. It was refreshing and different.
The Mystery: Honestly, the “bad guy” didn’t stay a mystery for long, but his purpose did! Plus, it was fun there for a little while when Adele was suspecting Rawley. There’s plenty of danger to make up for it though.
The Romance: There was some good sexual tension happening between Adele and Rawley. I loved the “opposites attract” theme they had going, even though Rawley really was a dashing hero hiding as a plain and boring doctor. Adele truly had him pegged from the beginning.
The Characters: This definitely had an interesting variety of characters, and Loki the monkey was one of my favorites. I could totally picture him shaking his fist at everyone who upset Adele.
What’s Next? My fingers are crossed for Rex and Charlotte!!
Angela Quarles is a new-to-me author and I am definitely looking forward to more books in this series.
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*