Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lady Doctor Wyre




Title: Lady Doctor Wyre
Author: Joely Sue Burkhart
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-390-2
Genre: Het, Ménage and More, SciFi, Futuristic, Steampunk
Rating: Recommended Read
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Charlotte is many things. She was once known as the Duchess of Wyre, when she held the Queen’s highest confidence and used her scientific expertise and technological inventions to keep the Queen’s royal heart beating. But afraid her inventions would be used to commit terrible atrocities, Charlotte arranged, with the help of the infamous assassin, Lord Sigmund Regret, to fake her own death and then ran for her life.

She spent the next seven years hiding in the Americus colony, trying to stay under the radar of the Queen’s bounty hunters. Her life is further complicated by her relationship with Lord Regret, who’s kept alive by her nanotechnology and Sheriff Gilead Masters. Both men want her and neither wants to share.

Her life spirals out of control when the Americus planetary colony declares its independence and hunters arrive to take Charlotte back to the Queen. Tired of hiding and living without the luxuries she grew up with, she sends a pointed message to the Queen and court. Leave her alone or suffer the consequences. Now, in addition to trying to outrun the Queen’s anger, she needs to keep her men alive and make sure they don’t kill each other.

Lady Doctor Wyre is the first release in Joely Sue Burkhart’s new series A Jane Austen Space Opera and it’s the first book by this author I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I’m totally impressed with the extensive and complicated world-building in this quasi-steampunk, alternative history, sci-fi/futuristic gem. I know. It’s hard to believe but Ms. Burkhart managed to create a story that easily fits into all of these genres without a problem, because there are elements of all blended seamlessly into the cohesive whole.

I can’t say enough good things about the originality of her characters or the depth of their personalities. There’s nothing bland or predictable about any of them. They’re all interesting and intriguing, making you want to know more about their history and what makes them tick. While there’s a great deal of action and political wrangling going on in this story as Charlotte, Lord Regret and Gilead try to survive, there’s also a good deal of high emotions – desire, passion and blistering hot sex. These two men are as different as different can be, making for some interesting encounters. Lady Doctor Wyre is a good mix of all these components, making for a fast paced and well balanced read.

I don’t know when to expect the next release in this new and intriguing series, but you can bet I’ll be watching for it. Read and enjoy!!

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