Five years ago Asher Quigley broke his engagement to Minerva Lambkin, believing she was an accomplice in a scheme to steal his prototype for a wondrous device. Minerva swore she was innocent, though the thief - and Asher's mentor - was her own father.
Now sheer desperation has driven Minerva to Asher's door. Her father has been kidnapped by investors furious that he's never been able to make the machine work. Only Asher, now a rich and famous inventor in his own right, can replicate the device. He's also become a hard, distant stranger, far different from the young idealist she once loved.
Despite their troubled past, Asher agrees to help Minerva. He still harbors his suspicions about her, but their reunion stirs emotions and desires they both thought were buried forever. Can they rebuild their fragile relationship in time to save her father and their future together?
©2012 Coleen Kwan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, mysteries, and poetry- just a few of my favorite genres.
I loved the story, however the characters needed more development and the love triangle was not very believable. Despite the story having some steampunk elements, I would not classify this as true steampunk. Also the whole empowered feminist subplot came out of nowhere and really had no place in the story.
It did not have enough steampunk elements, inventions, character development, and the love triangle needed little more prominence. And as for the empowered feminist subplot, although interesting, had no place in the story and despite Minerva's attempts to be stalwart in the face of adversity, she really is weak and unbelievable as a 'strong female' character. Even though the author did an exceptional job in drawing out the sexual tension, it was never consummated. If she went on to do a sequel detailing their relationship and more of their adventures I think it would be fine. However, this was more of a one shot short story versus a full-length novel that could become a series, I was disappointed.
It might make a good mini series but due to the lack of character development, chemistry and weak subplots it would not be able to stand as a film or a tv series.
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