I was insatiable in reading Nefertiti's Heart! This was only my second steampunk book and this book is downright amazing. The descriptions in the story make you feel like you are Cara and that your life is literally turned upside down. While I was reading, I was tossed into her world of danger, lies, secrets, and treachery. Sometimes I was angry for Cara, sometimes I was angry with Cara, sometimes I loved with Cara, sometimes I cried with Cara, sometimes I cried for Cara, and I felt like I ran the gamut of every emotion. But mostly I felt like I was Cara. Something that is a really, really rare find for me. Hats off to A.W. Exley!
After her dad dies Cara Devon returns to London to settle her father’s will and to try to find his hidden, secret treasures. She despises her father. All she wants to do is get his "mess" taken care of and the first thing to do is to find his treasures, find someone to sell them for her and then rent out his house so that she can get back to the life she already loves.
Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is a naughty aristocrat. Actually he is a criminal that sees Cara as a naive, yet beautiful and intriguing lady. But more than anything what he wants is to find the book that has the clues to where to find Cara’s treasures. Instead of finding the clues to her book, he seems to be finding the clues to her heart, until a killer, a mad man who has murdered before, sets his sights on Cara.
Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.
London, 1861. Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father - sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight inch long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality.
Her Majesty's Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between the gruesome deaths and Cara. So does she, somewhere in London her father hid Nefertiti's Heart, a fist sized diamond with strange mechanical workings. Adding further complication to her life, notorious crime lord, Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on Cara and the priceless artifact. If only she could figure out his motive.
Self-preservation fuels Cara's search for the gem. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she makes a fatal mistake.