jeudi 2 mai 2013

Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts by Heather Massey

Hello to all!

                 I will try to make post several requested reviews this month because i don't like to make them wait but i also want to take the time necessary to read and write them properly... at first i thought about trying to match them with challenge topics so it could give them more promotion eventually, but it would be too long for some so i will share them with you as i feel like it no matters the challenge or month topic.

Today i want to start with a steampunk romance because it has been long since i enjoyed one and Heather Massey is really an excellent author so i was really happy when she offered me the opportunity to review her book... A western steampunk romance and i can tell you i liked Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts so without waiting here comes my review


Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication: 2013
ISBN:  1616504455
Genre: steampunk romance
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 16+
Source: ecopy in exchange for an honest review

Description from goodreads :

The West just got a whole lot wilder.

A woman on a mission... Scientific achievement isn't enough for Violet Whitcomb. Life working alongside her renowned scientist father is filled with intellectual challenges, but what she truly craves is love and adventure. She’s resigned to a fate of academic pursuits…until a fateful trip across the American frontier changes everything. A rogue inventor known as the Iron Scorpion kidnaps Violet's father and she alone is left to plan his rescue.

A man with a secret... Logan McCoy knows firsthand going up against the Iron Scorpion is suicide, but he can't let Violet waltz into the villain's lair alone. She may be a stranger, but she's also the most compelling woman he's ever known.

A perilous quest... Their attraction is undeniable, but their alliance turns contentious when Violet insists on including a third partner on their mission: her father's latest invention and the world's most advanced automaton, Arthur. The reason for Logan's resistance isn't clear until Violet comes face-to-face with the Iron Scorpion's diabolical devices, and by then, it's far too late.

CONTENT WARNING: An irresistibly dangerous alpha hero, a heroine whose most prized accessory is her steam gun, an automaton gunslinger...and a villain whose lust for power drives him to evils beyond the scope of humanity

My opinion:
          I can’t imagine than one year ago i was afraid, hesitant to read steampunk….it’s an intricate genre  yes but until now  i ‘ve only had good surprises and I’m really glad i came to try it become i love it more after each book.

This one is a western steampunk romance and Heather Massey took me in a wonderful ride. Once started i couldn’t stop, i had to know if i was right . Violet is a lovely heroine … she spent the majority of her life helping her father who is a famous inventor. She is highly educated which isn’t necessarily common for a woman but she is aspiring for more. She is dreaming of adventures and romance, being more than twenty she thinks it’s already too late. She is getting some escape from a romance published in a weekly newspaper and as soon as she starts reading she get immersed in the story.

So it’s not really a surprise when she projects her dreams on Logan when she needs helps to save her father. For her no doubts, he is a secret agent, deep undercover … he is her hero. In that way she is really naive and doesn’t get any of the telltale signs, the slips no she has decided he is her hero and now he must help her to save her Father, no question asked. However she is also really determined, and capable.

When Logan saw Violet, he just wanted to make her smile nearly forgetting why he was on the train at the first place…after the attack he knows he must leave but he didn’t expect Violet to latch on him urging him to save  her father, questioning his honor and asking about his family….he can’t refuse this woman so determined and against his better judgement he accept to take her to the Iron Scorpion’s camp… the road isn’t easy and he doesn’t like Arthur, the automaton who learn too quickly but seems to have taken a linking to him. Each time he is surprised by how Violet acts and slowly he starts to want more, to want to risks everything to have her and more.

To be honest, the romance isn’t immediate, Violet is immediately attracted to Logan  yes but she is still in her novel’s universe… gradually it becomes more, same for Logan. I really appreciate that because it make them more accessible, and violet was moving  not always understanding  Logan’s allusions .There is a lit of action, strange metallic construction and it was quite fast… perhaps a little too much. I do regret that we still don’t know exactly what the iron scorpion has done and why…i would have loved for example to see Violet working to solve the situation but i’m still hoping it will be in a sequel^^.
Arthur is also really interesting… i’m a little curious about what made him evolve, improve so quickly and how far he can go… he does give a touch of humor in the story too.

I really recommend this story if you want a short steampunk romance with a lot of action, it’s really good and should make you smile easily. I do want more.

Score:  4,5/5

Disclaimer/Source: a copy in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
 For more info on Heather Massey and her books you can check her Website  HERE
 Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts is available on amazon or on other retailers

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