Clockworks and Corsets by Regina Riley
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Agapanthus
Clockwork, steam and secrets power a passionate adventure in the skies.
Everybody's looking for something.
Captain Rose Madigan of the airship The Merry Widow is looking for a paying job for her all-female crew. Gabriella Upstairs, her newest recruit, is looking for a reason to be glad she's on board. And Madam Ruby of the Red House Bordello is looking for the secret laboratory of a missing mad scientist--and is willing to hire the airship. When they find the lab and its single occupant, Atom Loquacious, danger and passion start steaming up.
Everybody's got a secret.
Captain Rose is secretly too ethical to complete this job. Gabriella's secretly attracted to Atom. Madam Ruby's secretly hungry for power. And the secret Atom is hiding might just threaten the lives of everyone on board.
An all woman crew on an airship, that in itself is an oddity, then you toss in their current job and things get really interesting.
Being a longtime fan of the Steam Punk Genre I jumped at the opportunity to immerse myself again in this realm of the fantastic.
Regina Riley has taken all of the mystery and majesty of the genre and molded it into a fantastic tale. Filled with strong women, who any girl could look up to, handsome savages, who any woman would dream about, and a mysterious plot to take over the world, this story is a truly delightful read.
Of the characters in this tale I think the sweet Gabriella is my favorite. She combines a great mix of innocence and tenacity that makes her truly endearing. I enjoyed seeing her progress through the story.
This book was filled with some intriguing quotes: “Most problems can be solved by going boom. As well as most people.” This simple statement, while not exactly PC rings so true to me. But then again I freely admit that I am strange. Still, this book and it's interesting cast of characters will appeal to many.
Clockworks and Corsets is a great read. The story flows well and though not directly integral to the main story the erotic scenes are steamy and surprisingly well-worded. I love the fact that Ms Riley uses shipping and nautical terms in her erotic scenes. That may sound odd but I assure you that after you read Clockworks and Corsets you will never look at the terms “Vessel” and “Down below” the same way.
I now have yet another series that I must wait impatiently for the next volume. And waiting I will be.