Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband's love. A man learns that love isn't always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas. Stories also available for purchase separately (Synopsis from Goodreads)
Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail
This Winter Heart by PG Forte
Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz
Far From Broken by JK Coi
A Clockwork Christmas is the perfect holiday gift for anyone who loves steampunk romances. The anthology contains four tales set in unique locations. I enjoyed each tale in this delightful book. The four stories offer a brief glimpse into the wonderful world that is steampunk. The tales contain steam powered devices, clever inventors, gadgets and elaborate contraptions. The plots range from a thief, who has stolen a prized possession to a spouse kidnapped and forever changed. There is drama, suspense, danger and love. Each tale is about 35,000 words and perfect for a cold winter evening. While each is centered on the Christmas holiday it is not the central theme. This aspect could easily have been edited from the stories and should not deter anyone who dislikes Christmas themes.
My favorite tale is Stacy Gail’s Crime Wave in a Corset. I adore the spunky, intelligent wit of Cornelia. The chemistry between her and Roderick is delightful. The plot was exciting and I would love to read a full length version of this story. I also love Wanted: One Scoundrel. Esme is proud and determined. She has an agenda and will not be deterred. When Jed meets her he doesn't quite know whats hit him.
Each of the tales offers romance, suspense and a wonderful glance of the steampunk genre. I applaud the editor for choosing four distinct writing styles and fictional pieces. I recommend A Clockwork Christmas to anyone who enjoys romance, steampunk and historical romance. This book is scheduled to be released on December 5, 2011.
I want to thank netGalley and Carina Press for providing me with this ARC, in exchange for my unbiased review.
I gave this book 4 coffee cups out of 5.