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Friday, February 18, 2011

Lady Doctor Wyre by Joely Sue Burkhart



Lady Doctor Wyre by Joely Sue Burkhart
A Jane Austen Space Opera
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (86 Pages)
Other: M/F, Ménage, M/F/M, BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

A dangerous technology could conquer the universe. Love could set it free.

A Jane Austen Space Opera, Book 1

Charlotte, Duchess of Wyre, once held the Queen’s highest confidence—and the technological secret that keeps the royal heart beating. Fearful of what atrocities that Britannia might commit with her research, Charlotte turned to the galaxy’s most infamous assassin, Lord Sigmund Regret, to stage her own death.

Even without the simplest of luxuries, seven years hiding in the Americus colony is preferable to one day in the Tower of Londinium. Until a bounty hunter’s bullet forces her to revive her research. Now the same nanobots that keep the Queen alive also run rampant in Lord Regret’s body. Making his yearly Solstice visits increasingly…intimate…and complicating her courtship with the safe and honorable Sheriff Gilead Masters.

When the Americus colony declares independence, and her humble sheriff makes a shocking confession, Charlotte has had enough. Weary of running, tired of living without tea and silks, she fires a warning shot across Britannia’s bow: cease hunting Lady Wyre, or lose the technological power the crown holds so dear.

Her next task isn’t so simple. Somehow she must keep the two men she loves alive—and prevent them from killing each other.

Joely Sue Burkhart has written a delicious story, one filled with romance, political intrigue and danger.

The Duchess of Wyre holds the secret to the continued life of the Queen of Britannia. When Charlotte begins to fear what atrocities the Queen and her government could perpetrate with Charlotte’s impressive inventions, she decides she must fabricate her death and disappear.

Charlotte enlists the aid of the notorious assassin Lord Sigmund Regret to ‘kill’ her, and for seven years she has been hiding on the colony world of Americus. Charlotte holds more than the Queen’s secret, she also is the only one keeping Lord Regret alive with her wonderful inventions. But all good things come to an end, and Charlotte soon realizes that her ruse has been discovered.

The president of Americus seeks her help in free Americus, and sending a message to the Queen. It seems that Charlotte’s suitor, Sheriff Gil Masters, is an undercover marshal working to gain her trust. What is unexpected is that he has lost his heart in the process. Charlotte will agree, but only on her terms. And she will not give up either of the men she loves. Can Charlotte provide the technology needed to keep the Queen at bay? Can Lord Regret and Sheriff Masters keep their beloved Lady Doctor Wyre safe from the Queens wrath? Can these three sail away to new worlds, finding new adventures along the way?

The world of Lady Doctor Wyre is a mix of history, space travel and modern technology, and in spite of the incongruities, it is a marvelous new world. I loved discovering the similarities between our world and the space colonies of Ms. Burkhart. I love the characters in this, from the strong title character, to the two totally opposite leading men, and the wonderful supporting cast that make this adventure possible.

Charlotte is that contradiction in terms-a totally feminine woman, who follows her own mind and uses her talent for invention to better her world. She sees what could be done with her marvelous inventions, and so flees to keep the technology safe from those who would abuse it. She is independent, but is not afraid to show her softer side with her men.

Lord Regret knows that Charlotte hold his life, his very heart, in her hands, both figuratively and in fact. He loves her, but cannot offer her more than a life on the run. I like his passion, and that he isn’t ashamed of his weakness for submission. In fact, it is this weakness that makes him all the more likable, when it is revealed why he chose regret as his name.

Sheriff Gil Masters is much different from Lord Regret. He is a revolutionary, wanting Charlotte’s help in the fight for liberty and independence. He also loves her, and offers marriage as his way of keeping her safe. I like that he is willing to do what needs to be done to ensure her safety, even joining Lord Regret to help rescue Charlotte and save her life.

I like Ms. Burkhart’s description of this as a Jane Austen Space Opera. I enjoyed the interplay between the three main characters, and the passion that they shared. There are several surprise twists in the story, and I love the ending, which hints that there will be more from this adventurous trio, as well as more in this brave new world.

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