steampunk

Swashbuckling Romances

Oh, the thrill of the high seas (we’ll ignore the scurvy bit). Ya gotta love a bit of cheesy romance every now and then, there’s no shame in it. Even Marge chills out with a good swashbuckling adventure once and awhile. The romance genre gets looked down at a lot and this subgenre even more so but who cares what people think as long as it’s fun, right?! Here are some of my top picks from the genre.

Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1) Master of Seduction – Kinley MacGregor

♦Enemies to Lovers ♦Pirates ♦Historical

I love that cover so much!!! It’s so cheesy!! (Kinley MacGregor is a pseudonym for Sherrilyn Kenyon so Dark Hunter fans this might be the one for you.) I expected this book to be a bit of a cheese fest with heaving bosoms and the like but it was much sweeter than that. It’s more like a romantic comedy on the high seas (which is a bit cheesy I guess). Jack and Lorelei set a wager that she can make him fall in love with her before he can get her into the sack. You can imagine the little cat and mouse games that follow. It’s a very entertaining and fun read. One thing that annoys me is that Jack actually walks around calling himself The Master of Seduction…..calm down lad! ★★★☆☆

The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1) The Iron Duke – Meljean Brook

♦Steampunk ♦Kick Ass Heroine ♦Suspense

Oh man, I love this book! Since it’s first in a steampunk series there is a good bit of world building but it doesn’t hinder the flow of the story. Mina and Rhys are some of the strongest characters I’ve ever read in a romance. And the story? Such an adventure! And there are zombies but they’re not super gross. Mina is an inspector assigned to a case involving a dead body dropped from the sky onto Rhys’s property. Together they unravel a conspiracy threatening the lives of everyone in England. ★★★★★

The Captain of All Pleasures (Sutherland Brothers, #1) The Captain of All Pleasures – Kresley Cole

♦Enemies to lovers ♦Historical ♦Suspense

This is Cole’s debut novel but it still shows signs of the style she writes with in Immortals After Dark. This book is quite the adventure as well. Derek is taking part in a ship race while holding Nicole prisoner after he believes she attempted to sabotage his ship in the hopes of winning the race herself. Adventure (and lurve) ensue. ★★★★★

 The Price of Pleasure – Kresley Cole

♦Historical ♦Adventure ♦Tortured Hero/Heroine

Sometimes I feel like I might be pushing Kresley Cole on you guys…..but she is awesome so you should really read her books!!! Seriously, my favourite romance author. Anyway, this book is the follow up to The Captain of All Pleasures but you don’t need to read it to enjoy this one. Here we follow Derek’s brother Grant as he seeks out and rescues Victoria whose family was stranded on a desert island years before (I think it was like 7 years). Grant was the stoic responsible brother who finds his restraints tested around Victoria. ★★★★☆

The Iron Duke – Meljean Brooks

13560468Title: The Iron Duke
 
Author: Meljean Brooks
 
Genre: Steampunk / Romance
 
Series: The Iron Seas #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.88/5
 
 
Why I read this: Goodreads Olympic Games
 

Synopsis: After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power – and fear – of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

 
What I thought about the book:
This was brilliant! So much action, adventure, and romance. I loved every character, even the baddies! The world building is effortless and flows naturally with the story. No paragraphs of boring explaining to trudge through.
I’m new to steampunk and thought I’d find it odd but I had no problems. Loved it!
 
Favourite Character: Rhys! Hello new book boyfriend.
 
My Rating:
5 paws
 
Smutometer: 
Smut 4

Here There Be Monsters Review

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Title: Here There Be Monsters

 
Author: Meljean Brook
 
Genre: Steampunk
 
Series: The Iron Seas #0.5
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.20/5
 
Why I read this: It was the Vaginal Fantasy alt book for June.
 
Synopsis: Two years ago, blacksmith Ivy, desperate to flee London, purchased her overseas passage by agreeing to spend the voyage in the bed of the pirate captain, Mad Machen. Saved at the last minute by his rival, Ivy scraped out a new life in Fool’s Cove…until Mad Machen finds her, forces her to accept a job that will create a monster, and reminds her that she still owes him the price of a journey…
 
What I thought about the book: Having never read steampunk before, I didn’t really know what to expect with this. But I gotta say I freakin’ loved it!!! I loved the partly mechanical creatures, the airships, the history, the pirates, and all of the characters. It’s rare for me to say, that someone in a book didn’t annoy me but I loved them all.
The series has been added to my TBR and I can’t wait to start.
This is a prequel novella to The Iron Seas series, I don’t know if the characters feature in the main books or if it has an effect on the storyline.
 
Favourite Character: Yaseem, she seems to be caring but with an underlying menace.
 
My Rating:
4 paws
 
Smutometer: 
Smut 3