(Elemental Steam #1)
by Rachel Grace
Published March 6th, 2012 by Berkley Heat
Paperback 359 pages
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The world of Theorrey runs like a well-oiled machine. The elements are in balance, passion is tamed, and the young queen is the heartbeat of it all. But in these two all-new stories of elemental steam, nothing is ever as it seems.
Demeter “Dare” Senedal is the Queen’s Chalice-her protector and closest companion. So when the queen goes missing, Dare rushes to locate her, even though the search leads her straight into trouble.
A gentleman who trades in secrets and sin, Bodhan revels in carnal delights, but when a naked and bound woman appears on his shore, he finds his hunger to possess at odds with his need to protect. As Bodhan shares his knowledge of pleasure, Dare must decide if she can trust him, both with her mission and her heart.
Seraphina always lands on her feet. After all, she is a Felidae-more feline than human-and an excellent thief. There has never been a job Phina wouldn’t take or a man who could tame her…until she meets Cyrus Arendal.
As the Queen’s Sword, Cyrus should have known better than to fall victim to a beautiful bandit. Now, to find and retrieve the moonfire dagger, he’ll need to convince Phina not to judge a man by his station, but rather by how completely he can satisfy her desires.
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A missing Princess, a sheltered warrior, political intrigue, and since it is a romance a sexy hero. Oh and plenty of action!
Geared for Pleasure is split into two stories though the second follows the first without skipping a beat. An interesting way to introduce more characters and bring the story arc to a close. Well as closed as you are going to get, Grace sets us up for the next book with her last couple of pages. Just a nice little tease to leave you hanging.
Two stories you say? Well if there are two then there has to be a favorite, and how can you not pick Dare and Bodhan’s story. Could it be because you are introduced to them first? Or because you get to see this new, slightly scary, world through Dare’s eyes as she experiences many things for the first time? Or maybe because Bodhan is so irresistible, more to him than meets the eye. Whatever it is they are great together and that chemistry pulls you in.
This is one of those books that can fall into a handful of genres. Science Fiction, easy. Paranormal, yeah that too. Romance, oh it defiantly has two great love stories. And Erotic, you might need to fan yourself. Rachel Grace has blended all of that together and created a book with a storyline strong enough it wouldn’t need any of the erotic stuff to still be considered great. This author has some serious talent.
Rating: 4 Wines