The third book in the Steam and Seduction series, features Barnabas Smith-Grenville as the hero. His brother Phineas was mentioned in the previous books as missing. So when Barnabas is asked to watch over the Frederique Murcheson, a heiress and daughter of a man that is highly involved in the political machinations, he jumps at the chance that will bring him closer to the mystery of what happened to his brother.
Freddie is trying to escape the high society life, because she would rather fix machines. At night she dresses up like a man and goes off to tinker with the local engineers. She is great at what she does and has no problems keeping her identity secret, until Barnabas comes along. Together they witness something that puts them both in serious danger, and the only way to fix it, is for Freddie and Barnabas to work together.
I enjoyed this book, it was a different pace from the others, being that the main focus of the story was the underground world of the opium dens. The main characters were a new mix of less macho heroism and more playing games with one another. This is a fun series and I look forward to the next installment. The world of steam punk is an interesting one, and the author does a great job at mapping out the world for the reader and placing in small details that help put you in that time.
HIDDEN IDENTITIES, SCANDALOUS SECRETS?
Frederique Murcheson’s introduction into society hasn’t gone smoothly?some would even call it a disaster. Only Freddie considers her debut a success. Her scheme to become a makesmith has gone off flawlessly. The only thing that could upset her plans now would be if someone discovered that brilliant tinker Fred Merchant is, in fact, a lady in disguise.
Wooing a spoiled heiress is not exactly Barnabas Smith-Grenville’s idea of high espionage. However, considering his brother disappeared on the job, supposedly into the most iniquitous of opium dens, he cannot expect much better. At least the assignment will afford him time to search for his brother, whom he suspects is in spy-related trouble rather than a drug-addled haze.
But when Freddie proves to be both irresistible and the key to the answers he seeks, Barnabas finds himself not only entwined in a scandalous mystery involving lethal submersibles and deranged dirigibles, but also in a dangerous game of the heart