Back of the Book Blurb:
Colonel Carey (from The Key and Girl Gone Nova) takes a test "flight" through the Garradian time-space portal, but an unexpected impact lands him somewhere and some when. As he attempts to get to Area 51, he crosses paths with Miss Olivia Carstairs, who could be Mary Poppins' twin sister. Or maybe her cousin. Olivia's got a transmogrification machine powered by steam and something more, and a mouth he'd like to kiss like it was his job. Can he get them both to safety before the buzzard eats them or she shoots him with her derringer?
The genre for this Novella read: Science Fiction/Steampunk/ Paranormal. Quite a lot to fit into one book. I was also a little wary about the blurb because it made it seem as though this Colonel Carey character was from a series of books and I don’t like picking up a book in the middle of a series. Still I gave it a go.
The beginning read like the beginning of any novel so it seemed that perhaps I wouldn’t have to worry about it being part of a series. However I noticed right away that the genre's were misleading. The two settings in the novella are in a dessert or on another planet (which could have been anywhere really) and the only Steampunk item was the machine the brought the female main character to her current location. I wouldn't classify it as either Steampunk or Paranormal. There is some scientific techno-talk to explain the time travel bit that I guess one could classify as Science Fiction, but the genre for this should really be Romance.
Romance isn’t something I normally read and when I do I’m picky. I like my romances to have an interesting plot; something that moves the book forward in a way that makes me care more about what happens next then if the guy gets the girl (or vice versa). This book didn’t quite do it for me.
The author can write well and her descriptions of the emotions the main characters were experiencing - the lust and tension – were so well done you could almost feel it yourself. But I felt the plot and the sense of a story wasn’t as good as it could have been – particularly the lack of resolution. About ¾ of the way through the novella, a bad guy is revealed… and then nothing. They talk about him, how they will need to keep an eye out for him, but there is no resolution. There are a multitude of subplots that are brought up that bring a real interest to the story, but are never tied up at the end and sometimes are only mentioned once. In fact, the only thing that gets resolved is that the guy gets the girl at the end, which is pretty standard for most romance stories.
If this is meant to be part of an ongoing series in which things will eventually be explained in another book, then it really should be marketed like that so that people like me aren’t expecting a full story when they pick this novella up.
The author can write, she’s got talent that’s for sure, but if this is a stand alone book I can only give it 2 out of 5 stars.