Published by Cleis Press
Publication date: October 1, 2012
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Victorian Elegance Meets Steamy Exploration
Steampunk erotic romance is shiny brass and crushed velvet, mechanical inventions and romantic conventions, sexual fantasy and kinky fetish. This unique collection includes tales of adventure and intrigue, enhanced by imaginative gadgets and clever automatons, populated by the passionate, free-spirited rebels and dreamers steampunk is known for. In Nikki Magennis's "Make Your Own Miracles," a lust-filled lady orders a machine to relieve the agony of her longing; while a brilliant inventor and a wanton engineer collaborate with ecstatic results in Saskia Walker's "Hearts of the Daedalus." In Lynn Townsend's "Golden Moment," an invention leads the heroine to exactly the right lover at precisely the right time. And the time bandits of Vida Bailey's "Undergrounded" indulge their desires, just one step ahead of the law. Tantalizing steam engine dreams and clockwork visions await!
I've loved the steampunk aesthetic since I first learned what it was, so this collection was a real treat for me. It's not the easiest genre to write effectively in - less effective authors tend to slap some clock gears into a time travel story and call it steam punk.
This is one of the most even anthologies I've read, strong from start to finish, and while everyone was playing in the same basic timeframe, each author was able to put a different spin on the subject matter.
Despite the rigid rules & mores of the time period, the characters presented here all managed to find a way to be true to themselves. The heroines get theirs - the tech (OH! The tech!!!), the love, the orgasm, everything.
Highly recommended, whether you are familiar with the genre or not! -- **** Amazon reader, four star review