Posts Tagged With: Steampunk

Book Review: Once Upon a Time in the Weird West Anthology

Reviewed by Ami

32964981Title: Once Upon a Time in the Weird West
Authors: Tricia Kristufek, Astrid Amara, Langley Hyde, Ginn Hale, Nicole Kimberling, C.S. Poe, Lex Chase, Venona Keyes, Tali Spencer, Shira Anthony, Kim Fielding, Jana Denardo, Andrew Q. Gordon, Jamie Fessenden
Genre: MM Miscellaneous
Length: 466 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 16, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  This isn’t the same old Wild West. The usual suspects are all present: cowboys, outlaws, and sheriffs. There’s plenty of dust, tumbleweeds, horses, and cattle on the range, but there are also magical gems, automatons, elementals, airships… even dinosaurs and genetically modified insects. Roaming among the buffalo and coyotes, you’ll encounter skinwalkers, mad engineers, mythical beings cloaked in darkness, and lovers who stay true to their oaths… even beyond the grave. On this frontier are those at the mercy of their own elaborate devices as well as men whose control of time and space provides a present-day vision of the West. There might even be a dragon hidden amongst the ghost towns and wagon trains.

If you like your Westerns with a splash of magic, a touch of steampunk, and plenty of passionate romance between men, these genre-bending tales will exceed expectations.

Hold on to your hats, cowboys and cowgirls. The West is about to get weird, and you’re in for a hell of a ride.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Forevermore by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Heather C

Callihan_Forevermore_MMTitle: Forevermore
Author: Kristen Callahan
Series: Darkest London
Hero/Heroine: Sin Evernight/Layla Starling
Genre: MF Historical/Paranormal Romance
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Isolated and alone, Sin Evernight is one of the most powerful supernatural creatures in heaven and on earth. As an angel of vengeance, he hunts down the darkest evil, but when his long-lost friend, Layla Starling, needs him, he vows to become her protector. Even though she will be horrified by the man he has become.

Now a famous singer and the toast of London, Layla believes that Sin is only here to guard her from rabid fans and ardent suitors. However, the truth is far more sinister. Desperate to avoid losing Layla a second time, Sin will face a test of all his powers to defeat an unstoppable foe – and win an eternity with the woman he loves.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audio Review: Keys by Amber Kell

Reviewed by Morgan

61nnPRrGH7L._AA300_Title: Keys
Author: Amber Kell
Narrator: Derrick McClain
Series: City of Keys #1
Heroes: Oss/Thorne
Genre: MM Steampunk
Length: 6 Hours, 48 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 10, 2015
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: My name is Octavius Septimus Stalk, but my friends call me Oss. I live in the City of Keys, a town of gears, keys, locks, and wonder. Our forefathers banished magic long ago, bolted the doors and locked everything up tight to keep people out and the town’s secrets in. Four Lock Lords control what information is left, and everyone else is left struggling to survive.

Despite what Thorne, my naïve lover, thinks, I was an orphan, but not a victim. When I walked the streets at the age of twelve, I learned fast where to steal the best food, how to use my daggers, and where to hide my would-be attackers’ bodies. No one suspected me of such violence. No one knew then or now that I have magic inside me.

Now, power hungry men intend to release the magic for their own benefit—at the expense of the rest of the city. We will stop them, even if Thorne must battle his own kin, even if I must reveal my hidden talents and the role I seem destined to play.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Audio Review, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Jack Wolf by Kay Walker

Reviewed by Nikyta

JackWolfTitle: Jack Wolf
Author: Kay Walker
Series: 2015 Daily Dose – Never Too Late
Heroes: Jack & Henry
Genre: M/M Paranormal/Steampunk
Length: 44 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Henry Dalton is sent across the country by train to the western town of Woolridge in order to investigate the werewolf problem they’re having during the monthly moon cycle. The townsfolk are not forthcoming with information, making it difficult for Henry to solve the case.

Even more distracting is Jack, a handsome older lycanthrope. Known for his rebellious youth, Jack has settled down into life and routine in Woolridge, working as the local blacksmith. He assures Henry he’s no longer trying to stir up trouble, that those days are long gone. Henry must attempt to ignore the spark between them, the indication of their potential to become mates, which is rare because Henry is human. Henry remains professional and focuses on his job, but each meeting with Jack adds to the draw, and Henry isn’t sure how much longer he’ll be able to resist.
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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Heather C

22395684Title: Soulbound
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #6
Hero & Heroine: Adam & Eliza May
Genre: MF Historical Romance, Paranormal
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Once two souls are joined . . . 
When Adam’s soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled-and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone . . .

Their hearts will beat together forever
No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn’t stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted-by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam’s kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken . . .
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Bloody Aria by Lorraine Ulrich

Reviewed by Nikyta

BloodyAriaLGTitle: Bloody Aria
Author: Lorraine Ulrich
Series: The Laitha Chronicles #2
Heroes: Antoine & Rivas
Genre: M/M Steampunk
Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 6, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazon
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Blurb: When the aero Antoine Suvalese is traveling on comes under attack by the infamous pirate ship, the Bloody Aria, Antoine is taken hostage by theAria’s dreaded captain, Rivas the Ramshot. Antoine is uncertain if he’s to be ransomed to his father, owner of the powerful Suva Coal Company, or something far more sinister. While awaiting his fate, Antoine is unexpectedly accepted into the crew.

Sailing on the Bloody Aria opens Antoine’s eyes to a wider world and his unexpected attraction to the handsome pirate captain who holds him captive. When he realizes the attraction is reciprocated, Antoine is intrigued. But can he afford to trust Rivas when everyone on the Ariaseems to have their own agenda?

Antoine learns there was more to his kidnapping than money, and that morality isn’t as simple as he grew up believing. As the date of the ransom exchange draws near, so do the forces conspiring against theBloody Aria‘s crew. Antoine will have to determine who he can trust and who will profit from betraying him, or none of them will survive the imminent confrontation.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster

Reviewed by Ami

18667312Title: Of Silk and Steam
Author: Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #5
Hero/Heroine: Leo Barrons/Lady Aramina
Genre: MF Historical Romance
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Enemies. Allies. Lovers.

When her beloved father was assassinated, Lady Aramina swore revenge. The man responsible is well beyond her grasp, but his dangerously seductive heir, Leo Barrons, is fair game. When Mina obtains evidence proving that Leo is illegitimate, she has the means to destroy both the killer and his son, a man who troubles her heart and tempts her body.

A woman of mystery, Mina’s long driven Leo crazy with glimpses of a fiery passion that lurks beneath her icy veneer. He knows she’s hiding something, and he’s determined to unravel her layer by silken layer. He just doesn’t expect the beautiful liar to be the key to overthrowing the corrupt prince consort… or to saving his own carefully walled-off heart.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, M/F, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Steam Me Up, Rawley by Angela Quarels

Reviewed by Heather C

23119200Title: 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
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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?
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Alchemy Ever After by Raine & Siôn O’Tierney

Reviewed by Nikyta

Alchemy Ever After by Raine & Siôn O'Tierney eBookTitle: Alchemy Ever After
Author: Raine & Siôn O’Tierney
Heroes: Idrian & Rowe
Genre: M/M Steampunk/Erotica
Length: 56 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 28, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: The city of New Alexandria is filled with powerful magicians-in-training and mechanical follies, the world’s largest library, and marvels beyond compare. The allure of this modern metropolis draws young people from all over the world, but Idrian has come instead for the opportunity to learn the new art of alchemy.

He’s been taken as an apprentice by Maketh, a scholar experimenting with new ways to combine technology and the ancient mystic arts. Together they’ve animated a living ice sculpture. Idrian cannot wait to unveil the sculpture alongside the other wonders at the annual Spring Festival.

After witnessing his master in a passionate embrace with another student, Idrian’s mind drifts to things beyond alchemy. And when a warm touch accidentally awakens the consciousness within the living sculpture, Idrian learns firsthand about physicality and the magic of passion.
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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Clockwork Bargain by Therese Woodson

Reviewed by Nikyta

23359314Title: Clockwork Bargain
Author: Therese Woodson
Series: Aerial City #2
Heroes: Malachi & Ian
Genre: M/M Steampunk
Length: 64 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 12, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Malachi Covington, sole heir to the Covington Shipping empire and raised sheltered by his uncle, has taken a daring step and departed as a crewman aboard the airship Mockingbird. He’s experiencing new places, new foods, and new cultures, and he’s in love for the first time. Life couldn’t be better.

Of course, his good fortune cannot last. His companion and pilot, Ian Molloy, comes down with Swamp Water Fever, a life-threatening illness. During their desperate attempts to save him, the Mockingbird is set upon by airship pirates. Malachi must take drastic action and strike a bargain with the pirate captain to ensure Ian’s safety.
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