Finally, we come to Alexander’s story. For those who haven’t read the previous books. Alex is the third Gentlemen Brother. He’s been kidnapped, tortured, and brainwashed with the help of a steampunk collar.
His story is so sad and yet so sweet. I was rooted to my chair for this whole story. I knew this was going to be a tearjerker when he was rescued in the previous book but damn, I am all teary eyed. Reading this book is like an emotion roller coaster. Alex is just trying to find his place in the word, facing demons from his past and One Nut Nigel is helping him. They get close as explosions go off and I can’t help but feel so strongly for them. I love, love the sad twists and the sweet romantic ending. James Cox knows how to write strong yet vulnerable characters finding true love. And you can’t forget the laugh out loud banter! It’s fantastic. And the sex is so freaking hot. I mean, Alex hasn’t ever experienced anything before so each of his experiences are new and really sexy. Nigel has his own issues and I really enjoyed there reveal. I also really like the steampunk elements. They are just small things that makes the world seem so realistic. It is really well done. What a fabulous series. I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next!
If you haven’t read The Gentlemen Brothers yet, I highly recommend the series. As for Broken, Collared and Ready for Revenge? This book is an absolute must read, bring tissues and ice water. You’re going to need them!
Mr. Cox is giving away a copy of the first book in this series (Sex, Gunpowder and Saving The Day).
The TBR Pile is giving away an ebook from our prize list.
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In this brilliant world by James Cox, three brothers are torn apart and they’re trying to find each other while everything around them continues to fall into despair. Children are going missing. Explosions and dirigibles make this romance book so much more.
Love! Yes, it’s love. Logan is officially my favorite character in this series. The first book is about Joshua and this one is about Logan, his brother. There are classic one-liners that I think Cox is known for and the sex, *douses self in ice water*. That should explain that but let me add, virgin, library, during a storm and hot, vulnerable men. *shivers* So, Logan is helping investigate the children being kidnapped because his younger brother is still missing. Meanwhile, him and Joshua (long lost brother) try to reconnect. Also the love interest Lucius, who is the leader in this resistance group, is trying to keep his distance because he’s secretly in love with Logan. Now, Logan is thinking maybe it has something to do with his mechanical arm. The miscommunication is quick and well handled. It feels real and not forced like some situations in books. Anyway, there are huge (seriously huge) revelations in this book that had my mouth dropping open! Gah, this series is fabulous!
If you haven’t read steampunk, read this!
If you like steampunk, this is a must read!
If you just like hot sex…yup, this’ll satisfy you!
If you like creative worlds and different plots, you guessed it, this is a must read!
So, my one question is…when can I read Alex’s story?! This is their younger brother, the one who is kidnapped and I have a feeling it’ll be a heart breaker. Cant. Wait! (Also, sorry about all the explanation points. I was a wee bit excited writing this review, lol.)
GIVEAWAY: Mr. Cox is giving away a copy of his ebook, Chaos Unchained and Handsome Hero Wanted. The TBR Pile is giving away a book from our prize list. To ENTER: Comment below on why you want to read Sex, Emergency Exits and Plan bs!
Clement Dyer is an artist; his canvas and brushes are sheet metal and gears. Like any true artist he's a perfectionist, meticulous to a fault in designing and fashioning his mechanical creatures which are all the rage in the society he lives in. But along with the industrial age comes mass production and economies of scale, and Clement's stubbornly solo act is soon threatened by competitors who can keep up with demand. Among the rival autosmiths is Hugo "Duke" Goodwin, a dashing fellow with whom Clement had a brief one-nighter only to discover Duke's true motives were that of a business merger, effectively making Clement his employee. Embarrassed and insulted, Clement ignores Duke's relentless proposals until a disastrous client mix-up results in an offer he can't refuse.
The artists pursuit of perfection in his craft is an endless struggle in any era. And so it is with Clement Dyer, who sadly, will not be the first nor last craftsman who allows it to become his downfall. I loved the term "autosmith", evoking a connection between antique and modern, the past and the present, and making the job sound utterly natural and acceptably vocational. The same can be said of Dyer's society, in that homosexuality is perfectly understood and accepted without gossip or stigma. The romance between Duke and Clement is a tentative one however, and while there is promise of a steamier relationship, this short story stops "short" of further detail, leaving the sweet conclusion for the reader's imagination to embellish.
I was also drawn by the story's title, putting in mind the Stanley Kubrick film "A Clockwork Orange," another example of craft over conformity and the 'renegade' mindset. The text itself is well written and the dialogue engaging, two of my favorite things to discover in any book, long or short.
Steampunk fans will find The Clockwork Menagerie a fun, fast read that ticks along like 'clockwork' in the time-honored tradition of a happy ending.
James. Cox. Wrote. Steampunk. Let that sit with you for a minute. I am so damn excited! His plots are different and his characters are sexy male specimens that should be cloned. Anyway…
Joshua lives on a dirigible with his two younger brothers and his father. One night, they’re attacked. His father is killed, his brothers taken and he is pushed off the dirigible. He is saved by Lord Peasley who raises him with his own son Valence. Cue the impending sexiness. But it’s more than sex (even though that is spectacular!) This book has a mystery, fabulous world building, steampunk that doesn’t feel forced. I Love it. As if you can’t tell. There’s action, cool clothes (we have to bring Victorian clothing back!) and so much sexy that you’re guaranteed to blush. And the best part…there are two more books! I have to read about his brothers. Why were they taken? Where? By who? This story is Joshua’s and how he finds one of his brothers, but I’m not saying which. That ending is intense!
If you like gay romance read this book, if you like gay romance steampunk put this book at the top of your to be read list!
Giveaway: Mr. Cox is giving away a book from his back list. The TBR Pile is giving away a book from our prize list. To ENTER: Tell us why you love Steampunk!
This series must be read in order or you'll be completely confused. This is the last book in the Infernal Devices Series. Steampunk, demons, love triangles and more come to a conclusion here.
Clockwork Princess is another epic tale in this complex, intense world of Tessa Gray and the Shadowhunters. The steampunk is fascinating, taking place in the 1800's with killer automatons and sexy warriors who fight demons. There is a shocking twists that has me tearing up, amazing battles and some sweet romance. What a crazy, fantastic read! My only reason for not giving this a huge, shiny, five star review is that it was jumpy. The author kept switching point of views so quickly. The epilogue, well, I'm on the fence about that twist. Still, this book is a must read!
Now, I have to wait for the continuation of this series in The Last Hours. *Checks calender* Damn it, Ms. Clare, write faster! Thank you for such a unique series!
This series must be read in order or you'll be lost. Tess, James and Will continue their fight in this demon fighting, steampunk world.
And I thought the first book was epic! Tess is falling for both Will and James. However, Will is being a jerk but it's actually for a good reason. One man admits he loves her hours after the other proposes and she says yes! I'm not telling you who, either. All this while trying to find the evil, intelligent Mortmain and deal with her brother. This book has twist after twist. I read it so fast simply because I couldn't put it down. And that ending! I'm so glad I already bought the next book in The Infernal Devices series.
This is a must read!
Tessa Gray is in England after her brother finds a job there and their aunt dies. She never expects to be taken by warlocks, tortured to show she's not human and then rescued by handsome warriors Will and James. They are part of a hidden world with demons, vampires and other nasty creatures. She thrust into the chaos and all she wants is to find her missing brother.
This. Book. Is. Epic! Freaking epic! I love how complex the world is and how the author weaved in fabulous characters. Tessa is shy and rather weak at first but she grows immensely. Will and James are used to this deadly world but both are taken by her. The action is intense and the banter between characters amusing. Everyone has their own issues and I look forward to unraveling each characters book by book. The world is brilliant. I love it so much I went out and bought the next two books!
Read Clockwork Angel! (I haven't seen the movie or TV series so this is just for the book)
Finley Jayne isn’t like other girls. She’s stronger, faster and it’s all thanks to this darkness inside her. When she’s hired to help Phoebe and her mother, things take a strange turn of events.
Steampunk! I love this story. It is short so I read it quickly. It’s an excellent glimpse into The steampunk Chronicles. Finley is an awesome, kick butt and not feel bad about it, girl. The steampunk/Victorian setting is really well done. I’m anxious to read the full-length book The Girl in the Steel Corset. I want to know why Finley had these, almost two personalities.
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is absolutely a must read!
Alex goes to sea in the effort to save his family from ruin as the only male heir with a title. While at sea, they're attacked by pirates. He manages to bargain a small part of the shipment and himself in exchange for letting his crew go free as well as the remainder of cargo. Initially he is treated with disdain due to his title but the Captain of the ship, a liberated slave, sees in him as more. They must overcome their own demons as well as the battles surrounding them in order to find love and freedom from unjust societal constraints.
I honestly was not sure what to expect as I don’t typically read steampunk and have only read a few M/M titles. I absolutely love this book! The world building and the plot are first class, the characters are easy to love and the humor is weaved into the story so well it made me laugh out loud frequently. An A+ effort in Ms. Gala’s first steampunk attempt and I will absolutely read her stories in the future. The sexual tension is thick and the actual love scenes are well worth the wait. Five stars for this awesome combination of plot, characters, world building, and hot M/M romance!
Orphaned and raised on the mean streets, Octavious Septimus Stalk, otherwise know as Oss, learned the hard way how to survive. Doing what ever it takes, including hiding his magical talent because magic isn’t allowed anymore. Thorne is his lover, from a wealthy family; he’s never struggled or had reason to question the different rules in place for the likes him and others like Oss. So what happens when some of those in power want more and decide to unleash the suppressed magic? Where will Thorne stand, with his kind or with his lover?
I have always loved Amber Kell’s story telling. This is her first full length novel. It was everything I hoped it would be. Her characters are well written, completely three dimensional, and more complex than in her shorter stories. Oss isn't always a likable character, even as you understood that he just does what he does to survive. You also feel for Thorne having his world turned upside down and having to choose Oss or his family. This story also sets up a wonderfully detailed world, that I hope shows up in several more stories.
Keys is a fantastic read from Amber Kell, one of my favorites from her.