5 out of 5 Licks
Raised from childhood as an assassin, Claire finds her world knocked off kilter when Theo Kevonis, a rich, ex-Air Corp nobleman, rescues her from an airship crash. Being a soldier of a hostile nation she cannot reveal her identity. Theo sinks his steely Dom fingers into her heart and soul, showing her the pleasures to be found in surrendering to his touch. Captivated, Claire binds herself in lie after lie rather than risk losing the one man who’s ever loved her.
When her loathsome commander returns from the dead, her deceit is uncovered. Despairing and in anguish, Claire must find a way to win back Theo’s trust and destroy the man who threatens them both.
A steampunk /BDSM read that certainly left me feeling VERY steamy. Claire is a frankenstruct, which means she is a clone that is created from various body parts of other people and deemed not human. Claire was created in a lab for the sole purpose of being an assassin. While heading out on her first mission her airship crashes with only a few survivors, the only thing that she know is her target’s first name is Theo.
Claire and the other survivors are rescued on the estate of Colonel Theo Kevonois, a rich and powerful high ranking official within his country. Once Theo knows that Claire is a frankenstruct, he won’t turn her over to the authorities because it would be an instant death sentence. Theo being a dominant sees through Claire’s tough outer shell and begins giving her lessons to bring out her submissive side.
This was my first steampunk read but I loved it. Cari does a wonderful job creating this world and the characters within not to mention some very HOT BDSM scenes. If you have never read steampunk but love BDSM this book is a great intro. The inventive clothes (no ropes needed) and sex toys will keep you HIGHLY entertained. Looking forward to reading more from Cari Silverwood!