Narrated by the wonderful Emma Newman, this is Gail Carriger's first steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who's too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?
Imogene Hale is a lowly parlor maid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor the vampires are keeping in the potting shed. Genevieve Lefoux is heartsick, lonely, and French. With culture, class, and the lady herself set against the match, can Imogene and her duster overcome all odds and win Genevieve's heart, or will the vampires suck both of them dry?
This is a stand-alone LBGTQ sweet romance set in Gail Carriger's Parasolverse, full of class prejudice, elusive equations, and paranormal creatures taking tea.
Delicate sensibilities? This story contains women pleasing women and ladies who know what they want and pursue it, sometimes in exquisite detail.
Supernatural Society novellas can be consumed in any order. Look for surprise appearances from popular characters and the occasional strategic application of cognac.
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I love the way this author does romance. Intriguing characters, quirky and vivid turns of phrase (I particularly enjoyed "gertuding"), humor, and just enough detail in danger or dishabille to titillate and make the heart pound.
I am most pleased that my favorite hat making inventor finally has someone to love her properly. If you're already a fan of the other books in this universe then you will probably enjoy this bit of dandelion fluff quite as much as the rest. You'll definitely feel more warmly disposed toward a certain wicker chicken.
Warning: do not read if a couple ladies getting naked and lovingly frisky with each other makes you uncomfortable. Gail Carriger has many other books of a more heteronormative and less descriptive bent, if that's your fancy.
I really enjoyed this book. Its about one of my favorite characters in the Parasol universe, and I loved to meet her again.
This is a romance book, and I loved the story and the drama. It is also really really funny, as is all Gail Carrigers book.
Emma Newman did a wonderful job, and she is always a pleasure to listen too. Loved the French accent!!
I've been an avid fan of all things Parasol since I was given the first Parasol Protectorate novel years ago. I'm overjoyed to see LGBT themes in her novels, and now, with this story a fantastic f/f story.
When listening to an audio book, the narrator is so important. I've heard books that were good, but the narrator was not and it ruined the experience.
This narrator was prefect! Her voice was soothing and silken. I could listen to her read almost anything.
I love this book and the characters. It was far too short. I do recommend having read the Parasol Protectorate series at least up until Heartless before tackling this
I knew I loved the story already, this being my second time going through it. But the reader's performance made the story coming alive in entirely different way! Both my interpretation reading it and her vocal presence reciting it created two wonderfully unique experiences, each great in its own way. The romance was sweet, Imogene really shined through Emma this time around just as strongly, and Genevieve's charms showed through just as well. Another job well done!
I have either listened to or read all of Gail Carriger's novels. I have fallen in love with the universe she has created but generally find her plots to be very thin. This one is not so thin. While the plotline is much more simple than the other ones she strives to weave, this one rings more true to life.
The latter is certainly not as interesting as the former...
I thuroughly enjoy this universe. I find it particularly interesting that it might just have taken female-led, supernatural hives and packs to make it possible for women to be daring, ingenious, and educated. Though this is an age-appropriate exception, I adore the entertaining steam-punk books written by Ms. Carriger, appropriate for intelligent people awf Qualahtay, 12 and up.
Funny thing happened on the way to the opera.... Well, OK, I wasn't on my way anywhere. But it absolutely relates, since I quoted this FANTASTIC author, Gail Carriger!
I was actually sitting at a table in a football-field-sized ballroom participating in an "icebreaker" moment with five gay men. First, I *loathe* "icebreakers" -- INFJ, babay! Second, I was the only woman at the table, even though there were plenty of other lesbians included in the 2400 attendees of this LGBT-specific conference.
If I'm not mistaken, all of these beautiful men were 1st-timers to the conference. They asked, and I told them of my experience at the previous two conferences. We were, of course, picketed at the first two. Though, hats off to the amazing people of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania at large! This January, 2017, conference, we were not accosted at any point in time!
ANYWHO, I was explaining, per these gentlemen's questions, that, for the past three years of attendance, at least for the females, with one exception (medication was in order), the conference was a safe space of diversity, and not, to my experience a hook-up fest, that we were, "across the LGBTQIAP spectrum, people awf Qualahtay!" We all laughed as I raved on and on about Ms. Carrigers writing style and books. A great time was had by all as I described Bumpersnoot!
Imogen is a very likeable point of view character and it's really lovely to read about Madame Le Fou after the end of the Parasol Protectorate.
Reading the series beforehand isn't necessary but I do recommend it.
Emma Newman's narration is perfect, with great characterisation of all the main characters. A great choice!
I couldn't have enjoyed this more. Having become quite enamoured of Genevieve during the parasol series, I fell head over heels for Imogen & their story.
As a gay woman myself, I have seldom read about someone coming to terms with their sexuality in a more convincing and sympathetic way. Bravo Miss Carriger.
Alexia is always a delight & doesn't fail to push, or perhaps undo, any of the relevant buttons.
A little disconcerting to hear a different voice with different pronunciations, but wonderfully narrated.
You have excelled yourselves ladies. Touché
"Not what I expected from Gail Carriger"
The book can easily be summarized in one sentence, too easily! There is no wit or humor. The main character is incredibly boring and rather silly. I'm not very fond of her inner dialogue nor how it was interpreted by the narrator. I never laughed nor smiled when I listened to this book. I'm terrified this book was a writing exercise in preparation for writing the third book in the custard protocol which will be from Primrose's perspective. Terrified! Because this book was awful but I adore the parasol protectorate and the custard protectorate!
I enjoyed this book so much. It was great to have Genevieve Lefoux's storyline expanded, to see her find love and for other main characters to make an appearance. Good to have some quality lesbian romance too - with very tastefully written intimate scenes which are not gratuitous or excessive. I have listened to all the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series plus 3 out of 4 of the Finishing School series, and this is definitely up there with the best. My only gripe with audible is that the readers for the various series pronounce characters' names differently - this should be checked before a new recording is made and the author consulted on correct pronunciation.
"Definitely a gentle romance"
If you like Gail Carrigers other books of the same universe then it's good filler with a sideways glance or perhaps a good nod to some familiar characters , though for me some thing was lacking...on reflection it was the action/adventure I've come to expect of the parasol protectorate and the finishing school books.
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