History is repeating itself.
For ambitious engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria’s competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride—and redemption. After all, it was Simon’s failed monorail project that left his family destitute, and winning the tournament would surely restore the Darcys’ reputation.
Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the infamous time-travel device that forever changed the world by transporting scientists, engineers, and artists from the twentieth century. The Mod technology was banned and supposedly destroyed, but Simon is sure he can re-create it.
His daring plan draws the attention of Willie G., the Clockwork Canary, London’s sensationalist reporter. Simon soon discovers that Willie is a male guise for Wilhemina Goodenough, the love of his youth, who left him jilted and bitter. He questions her motives even as he falls prey to her unique charm. As the attraction between the two reignites, Simon realizes that this vixen from his past has secrets that could be the key to his future…as long as he can put their history behind him.
Review: I was excited to get my hands on this book after reading Her Sky Cowboy. I wanted to know what was going to happen next with the Darcy family and to revisit this interesting world Ms Ciotta has created. And I wasn’t disappointed by the result.
I thoroughly enjoyed the character or Willie G / Wilhemina. Willie is the offspring of a Vic and Mod (Mod’s are from the future) and so she is a Freak who has some special powers. Freaks are outcasts and so she lives as a young male Vic, trying to just blend in and support her father. Ms Ciotta did a great job of showing how hard life is for Willie, while still allowing her to be strong and independent even as she “comes out” and falls in love.
Simon is the kind of guy I’d like to meet. I loved that once he was able to get over a misunderstanding from their past and the shock of Willie’s heritage that he was willing to break the rules to be with her. He’s loyal and is willing to do just about anything for his family and friends.
My favorite part of steampunk stories is the creativity that comes from all those modern gadgets and ideas that appear in history. I love the idea of skytowns as described by Ms Ciotta (you’ll have to read the book to hear more) and could picture myself visiting the sites.
This is the second book in this trilogy and while I think it can stand on it’s own, it makes so much more sense when the series is read in order. This is especially apparent when characters from Her Sky Cowboy make an appearance. I enjoyed the trip I was taken on with this tale and am anxiously awaiting the last book in the series!
Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed “fun and sexy” by Publisher’s Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction. “I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than writing stories where everyone (except the villain, of course) gets a happy ending!”
Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A retired professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at www.bethciotta.com