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A Clockwork Christmas: Wanted: One Scoundrel\This Winter Heart\Far From Broken\Crime Wave in a Corset (The Bustlepunk Chronicles) by [Schwartz, Jenny, Forte, PG, Coi, J.K., Gail, Stacy]
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We Wish You a Steampunk Christmas

Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband's love. A man learns that love isn't always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.

Anthology includes:

Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail
This Winter Heart by PG Forte
Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz
Far From Broken by JK Coi

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1259 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (15 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Enterprises
  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of steam in these steampunk holiday stories. 26 December 2011
By Tiffany A. Harkleroad - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
A repentant thief who fall in love with her victim. A man in love with a very different
kind of woman. An Australian suffragette in need of a man, merely for political purposes allegedly. A woman who suffers from a tragic event. These are the themes of the short stories in this book, each set in an alternate reality with heavy steampunk overtones.

I have very mixed feelings on this book. Some of the stories were great, and some were quite weak. Some of the stories lived up to the Clockwork Christmas title, and some did not. As a collection of short stories dealing with the futuristic steampunk genre, I think the book certainly delivers. Each story has steampunk elements, some are subtle and some are bold, but each delivers. Where the book falls flat, in my opinion, is as a collection of holiday inspired or themed stories. I thought the first story in the book did the best job of blending the holiday and steampunk elements, but it went downhill from there.

As with all short stories, there was little time in the tales for detailed character development. Two of the stories did a great job developing both character and plot, but again the others fell flat. I greatly disliked the story set in a revisionist South, where the South won the Civil War; I felt that point added nothing to the story, and it just bothered me.

The book was also a lot more sexual than I anticipated; while this was intended to be steampunk romance, the additional holiday aspect somehow made me think the romance would be sweet. But there was quite a large dose of steam in these steampunk stories, and I am not sure the blend of clockworks, mechanical steam based inventions, Christmas, and sex was quite up my ally. However, I think fans of steampunk and romances, and especially steampunk romances, will probably greatly enjoy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the first two novelettes 2 January 2012
By Sandra Richardson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I decided to try and read a few Christmas titles, so an anthology seemed a really good idea, and as I haven't read much Steampunk decided on this anthology.
I particularly enjoyed the Crime Wave In A Corset by Stacey Gail, In this novelette Roderick coddington has found out the identity of the person who stole a priceless Fabergé egg from his then dying sister. The thief is identitfied as Cornelia Peabody. Roderick believes that Cornelia is a heartless criminal......will his opinion change of her? Will Cornelia repeat her history to return the Fabergé Egg back to Roderick to try and please him and repent her awful deed and again steal the Fabergé egg from a youngster who is dying?
I really enjoyed this part of the Anthology, it was fast paced, kept you interested all the way through to the ending. Worth buying separately or within this anthology.
Next in the anthology was This Winter Heart by PG Forte. This novelette is again really good and keeps you reading and interested to the very end. the whole will they won't they reconcile, the question of is Ophelia capable of real feelings and emotions? Is Arthur really the son of her and her husband Dario? This one has you holding your breath and crossing your fingers, it also has your heart aching for Ophelia.....Is it a happy ending? Definitely buy this one too!
The third novelette in this anthology is Wanted: One Scounderel by Jenny Schwartz. This short novel is about a suffragette called Emily, who is in need of a man to front her organisation, sort of to act as the male face, and get her into the places females are still not allowed into. Sorry to say this one just didn't grab me and hold me as the first two did, it was okay, but I just didn't seem to "click" with it. I suppose you can't love every book you read then it would be really boring. don't let me put you off giving this one a go.
Finally the last novelette in the anthology is Far From Broken by JK Coi is about a deeply in love couples world being shattered when the woman (Callie) is kidnapped and tortured by the people her husband (Jasper) has been hunting. To be totally honest I tried a couple of times to get into this one and never seemed to get hooked into it...could have been because Of it being christmas and me being busy doing all those jobs you have to do at Christmas etc but ashamed to say i gave up in the end and decided to start reading another book. I will however keep this on my kindle and go back to it for another try in the future.
So on the whole I think this Christmas anthology is definitely worth buying even if you are relatively new to Steampunk as I am, you will find something you like within it's pages. I have certainly added another two author names to my list of authors I like to read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy ticking! Four stories with mechanical gear work and Christmas cheer. 25 February 2012
By MSEreads - Published on
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All four stories are fun and different, engaging reads. Sometimes it is hard to get a full story in the shorter works of an anthology. These stories are all nice lengths that allow completion for each tale and a good feel for the voice of the authors. I would enjoy more stories by any of these authors.

Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail
Setting: Turn of the Century, Boston
Cornelia is a sleek, sexy thief preparing to celebrate Christmas. She didn't decide on that career at school but rather as the result of childhood training and limited options. She is a survivor from a life as a street pick pocket. She has a kind heart and tries not to hurt people who can't afford to lose things but she still is a first class thief who steals from the rich.

Roderick is a Professor of Engineering at Cambridge University. He has made a point to capture Cornelia to make her return a Faberge egg she stole from his family. He shackles Cornelia with a timepiece that will explode in seven days, midnight Christmas eve, if she doesn't steal back the egg and return it in time.

Roderick works with Cornelia as she locates the egg and formulates a plan for the heist. His contempt for her profession begins to turn to respect for her intelligence, survival instincts and ingenuity - not to mention being drawn to her sexually. He helps her build the airship they will use for the dangerous plan. A twist of irony reveals that the egg is now in the possession of a sick child. When it comes time to steal the egg will Cornelia be able to pull it off or will she sacrifice her life?

This story has good intrigue, vibrant characters and some light "naughty" fun. Rating 4.0

This Winter Heart by PG Forte

Setting: 1870, Santa Fe.
Ophelia Winter is the daughter of a brilliant inventor. Dario was interested in her father's work and willing to invest in his projects. When Dario met Ophelia it was love at first sight. They were soon married but shortly after the wedding Dario leaned the devastating truth about Ophelia. He demanded that she get out of his life since she had lied to him and she would never be able to provide the family he desired.

Eight years later Ophelia dares to return with a her son, Arthur, in tow. Ophelia's father has died and her step-siblings refuse to honor her share of the inheritance. To protect Arthur and give him the things in life he deserves she determines to introduce Dario and convince him to provide for his own son. Ophelia is disappointed to return to the estate and find the magnificent mechanical garden that had been built for her totally abandoned and in disrepair.

Dario hasn't celebrated Christmas, or much of live at all since he cast Ophelia out. He has had a lot of devastating deaths in his family. Dario is still drawn to the beauty of Ophelia but doesn't believe that Arthur is his son and doesn't believe that Ophelia can give either of them true love. Will it cost the life of one of them for Dario to recognize the strength of her love? Once he realizes Ophelia's true feelings what steps can he take to convince her that he will never doubt her again?

I really liked the strong emotional tugs and revelations in this story. Ophelia is a surprise but her emotions are clearly genuine. This is a nice "reunion" love story. Rating: 4.25

Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz

Setting: 1895 Swan River Colony, Australia
Suffragette Esme doesn't want a man for a husband. What she needs is a scoundrel who can pose as a gentleman to be accepted in society and to go into the men's clubs where she cannot enter. He must be willing to argue her views in her stead.

Esme's Uncle introduces her to Jed as just the man, a card shark, fresh from America. Jed immediately notes Esme's remarkable beauty. Before long he is appreciating her independence, fairness, kindness, determination and other admirable qualities. He enjoys having her show him the community and explaining the Christmas holidays that occur even though it is summer in Australia.

Esme is being pursued by an arrogant, social snob, Bambury, who thinks he could tame her to be a quiet and acceptable wife. Jed isn't about to let Bambury succeed in his advances even before he determines that he might have to convince Esme that he would be the right man for her after all. Jed is a hero on more than one occasion and is able to use some abandoned inventions to save the day.

I thoroughly enjoyed the history of Australia and political arguments woven into this story. The story flows easily. I loved the characters and the sweet romance. The underlying humor is a hoot! Rating: 4.5

Far From Broken by JK Coi

Setting: Manchester, England
Jasper is a spymaster but he had hidden that part of his life from is wife, Callie, a beautiful ballerina. Callie is captured by Jasper's enemies and brutally beaten. She has survived with the help of government doctors who have patched her together with mechanical limbs and implants. She is not sure she is glad to be alive in this condition.

Jasper has been away for four months tracking down the monsters who attacked his wife. But Callie thinks his absence was a rejection of her broken body. The government has invested a lot in her recovery and they have plans to use her as a new weapon.

Jasper still loves his wife and doesn't want her to be a tool of the war office. How can he convince her of his continuing love and help her overcome her physiological trauma that has kept her house bound? He had failed to protect her once. Can he accept her new strengths and protect her when they come under attack together?

I liked how this story pulled me into the horror and fear of Callie's situation right from the beginning descriptions. Although I didn't agree with Callie's depression you can feel her pain. I liked Jasper's warm love and how he was determined to help Callie move beyond the tragedy and rebuild their life together.

This is an entertaining story with fast action and a renewed love that brings the strong characters together as a team. Rating: 4.25.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Steamy, definitely steamy.... 29 February 2012
By Word Nerd - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I was SO excited when I received this anthology for review. Christmas! And Steampunk! Could it get any better?

Actually, yes, it could. What I failed to process at first glance is that this is a romance anthology. Undaunted, I forged ahead, thinking that surely the combination of Christmas and steampunk could overcome any downside created by the romance story.

I think you can see where this is going. These stories are "romance" first and foremost. Pert bums and throbbing members for everyone!

I must give credit where it is due- the stories are well told, they are just so far out of my comfort zone I could not enjoy them. I was really hoping for more nerdy Steampunk details and less burning of flesh and rending of garments.

I am also very conflicted about the second story, This Winter Heart. Overall, it was my favorite, but I found the main premise to be very disturbing. I can't really provide details without spoiling it for future readers, but it definitely had some ghoulish elements...which is probably why it ended up as my favorite, but it still leaves me conflicted.

My verdict: Read it with caution! If you enjoy the romance genre, particularly historical romance, this anthology is a good bet for a Christmas read. The stories are well told and engaging. If you are not a romance reader and are looking for nerdy Steampunk Christmas tales, you probably ought to keep looking.
4.0 out of 5 stars Gear up (once again) for Christmas 8 December 2013
By melindeeloo - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a rerelease of anthology published in 2011...

I am thoroughly intrigued by Steampunk Romance so I just had to give Clockwork Christmas a gander - four steampunk romance shorts how could I resist - but since it's not really steampunk if you just toss in an airship, I've pointed out the steampunk elements that had a hand in shaping the story. All scored on the steampunk but the Christmas part was really thin and not at all central to any of the stories.

Crime Wave in a Corset - Stacy Gail - A thief is outsmarted by one of her former targets, and now is the not so proud owner of a piece of jewelry that is the equivalent of a ticking timebomb - and if she is unable meet his demand to retrieve his possession in time it's not going to be a very Merry Christmas for our leading lady. - Nifty steampunk inventions: check. (steam of the 'human variety' too) I enjoyed the story, the heroine has enough of a backstory to flesh her out and to make her a sympathetic character and I liked the enemies to lovers theme, the transition is quick since it's a short story, but still it worked for me.

This Winter Heart - P G Forte - A woman with nowhere to turn seeks help from her estranged husband, but will they be able to get past the hurt and betrayal caused by a lie of omission - The big secret which caused the estrangement is the major steampunk element in this one which is set in the old West. I enjoyed this short by PG Forte, who has the honor of being one of the "Nine Naughty Novelists" who authored The Zillionaire Cowboy Vampire's Secret Werewolf Babies (which I thought was a silly hoot btw, but you have to be in the mood....) The hero starts out as a real jerk though, but has a true change of heart and does some major groveling - though the heroine is delirious at the time - before the HEA .

Wanted: One Scoundrel - Jenny Schwartz - A woman seeks a scoundrel to put forth her agenda in the one political arena denied her, men's social clubs, and gets so much more than she'd planned in her intelligent and charming 'advocate' - Old Australia is the setting for this one, there are steampunk elements here and there and one helps to save the day. It took me awhile to warm up to this story since I wasn't really that intrigued by the politicking, but I really liked both of the characters and there is some action along the way so I ended up liking the story, which offers just the promise of a romance.

Far from Broken - KJ Coi - Desperate to save his wife, a man is willing to pay any price, and so she lives but it remains to see whether he can repair her shattered trust and win back her love. - The wife's salvation definitely falls into the steampunk arena. The conflict for the story is well done, and it made me wish for a longer story, because the pair have a lot to work through and I would have like to see the wife become whole enough to dance again.

Review is from original pub date 12/5/2011 Complimentary copy for review provided by Carina Press via Netgalley

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