Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pistons and Pistols

Title: Pistons and Pistols
Author: Regina Riley
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publisher URL: http://www.lyricalpress.com/
ISBN: 9781616502379
Genre: {M/F} Steampunk; Sequel
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rogue Satyr

It is the late 1860’s and ‘Bloody’ Rose Madigan is the captain of the airship Merry Widow. Rose, her female crew and her airship have been hired by a strange young man to find his missing father. The crew of misfits and castoffs from society has to brave prejudice, intrigue and a relentless villain. To make matters worse, the ship is still running from some prior unpleasantness, is low on money, fuel and morale.

Gabriella Upstairs is an 18 year old socialite running form a marriage her mother had arranged for her. The crew of Merry Widow has taken her under their wing. She is now the ship’s navigator and has fallen in love with their strange, young employer Atom Loquacious. But Gabriella has seen Atom often in the company of the ship’s engineer- Jayne, and suspects Atom has designs on Jayne and not her.
Can these vastly different headstrong and independent women unite to face all the problems besetting Merry Widow and her crew? And can Atom and Gabriella work out their differences as well?

Pistons and Pistols is the sequel to Clockworks and Corsets. While I loved the first book, I absolutely adore Pistons and Pistols. The author has tweaked her world to near perfection and fixed what little problems I had with the first book. All the characters are wonderful and I found it easy to care for and understand them and their motives. The crew of Merry Widow each has a role on the ship, and in the plot. The antagonist is a particularly loathsome person with no redeeming qualities; the kind of villain you love to hate. The plot is a wild ride. The story is a wonderful and an equal mix. It is sad, funny, suspenseful and erotic. The relationship between Gabriella and Atom is full of misunderstandings that are very humorous and I wanted strangle both of them. Much that happened in the first book is resolved in this one. But many old questions, and some new developments, have been left for another book; a book I am waiting for patiently. I can’t think of higher praise than that.

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