A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious

A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious

Paperback - 2012
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Beneath the Surface of Victorian Life Lies a Very Different World...

Hated and feared by the upper classes, the Illuminists guard their secrets with their lives. Janette Aston's insatiable quest for answers brings her to their locked golden doors, where she encounters the most formidable man she's ever met.

Darius Lawley's job is to eliminate would-be infiltrators, but even he may be no match for Janette's cunning and charm...

Praise for Highland Heat:

"Dramatic and vivid...Scorching love scenes threaten to set the sheets aflame."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"[The characters] fight just as passionately as they love while intrigue abounds and readers turn the pages faster and faster!"--RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

Published: Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Casablanca, c2012.
ISBN: 9781402264801
1402264801
Branch Call Number: F WIN
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,18 cm.

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LDuke2012 Jan 23, 2013

This book is a steam punk romance. It read very much like a fan fiction that got published only because publishers are trying to “ride the latest craze”. No vampires, luckily, but not really entertaining either.

The world building is adequate at best. I did like the use of crystals, which shows some creativity rather than just plain steam to power machinery.

Of course there are “the goodies” and “the baddies” who have been fighting for power/dominance of the intellectual and tools of the steam punk world for centuries. So simplistic; having only 2 factions in this power struggle. It could have been a cold war story if someone used a search and replace function for “the goodies” (US) vs. “the baddies” (USSR).

The world at large is mundane and oblivious to existence of “the baddies”. These of course in a cold war story would be the terrorists like the Red Brigade.

Spoiler alert:

They get married, but no mention of the wedding is present. They are lovers and then wham, she is referring to him as her husband? Whaaat? Did I miss a chapter?

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