Author: Conner Wright
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal, Steampunk
Length: Novella (78pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 25, 2011)
Heat Level: Cool
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 1/2Hearts
Blurb: All Tobias wanted to do was stop a robbery. On the way to Doctor Svoboda’s Clinic For Nervous Health, Tobias J. Poole finds himself confronting the famous airship robber Caledfryn H. Hawthorne. Tobias’s act of bravery doesn’t turn out quite as planned, and he finds himself caught in the famous villain’s clutches.
It’s not so bad, really; especially once Tobias meets young tradesman Philippe Carreleur. But Tobias was on that airship for a reason, and his past catches up with him at the most inopportune time. Will Tobias’s new friends be able to make sure his adventure ends happily, or is he destined to be treated for Nervous Health forever?
Review: I thought this was a cute little romance that needed a bit more filling out. Tobias is being shipped off by his family to a clinic that will cure his ‘problem’ when the airship he is travelling on is held up by an airship robber. Caled kidnaps the impertinent young man who tries to stop his robbery and gives him a choice…he will pay for him to continue on his journey or he can start a new life for himself in Luxembourg. Philippe works up the courage to ask the young man from the baker’s out and is overjoyed when he says yes.
This story makes you laugh at times; especially the dialogue between Caled and Tobias. The romance between Tobias and Philippe is sweet and gentle, with them taking it slowly. In the time that they can snatch together and Tobias seemed to grow a backbone when he is re-kidnapped by thugs hired by his mother to take him to the clinic and Philippe makes a dashing rescuer.
Now Caled I felt sorry for as he really does seem to need a companion and I am going to keep my fingers crossed that he gets a story all for himself.
This is a highly entertaining story which I recommend as it made me smile a lot.