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Courting Trouble (The Bustlepunk Chronicles) by [Schwartz, Jenny]
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Length: 106 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Swan River Colony, Australia, 1895

All suffragette Esme Smith wants is respect. Her beau, American inventor Jed Reeve, may be more enlightened than most men, but lately his need to protect her is at odds with her need for independence. Esme begins to wonder if a modern woman can share her life with a man without losing some of herself.

With his courtship of Esme stalled, the last thing Jed needs is the pressure of saving the Prince of Wales. But when blueprints for a sonic destroyer fall into his hands, he uncovers an anarchist plot that could have deadly consequences.

While investigating the threats, Jed is determined to keep Esme out of harm's way, despite her protests. But when the terrorists capture Jed and demand a priceless emerald in exchange for his life, it's Esme who must draw on all her strength to save the day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 411 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (1 October 2012)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Enterprises
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O53T88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #903,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great follow-up (hope it's not the last) 27 October 2012
By Stuntgnome - Published on
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I was so happy to be back in the Swan River colonies with Esme and Jed and 'Courting Trouble' dropped me right back into Esme's latest scandal. Poor patient Jed does his best to protect her but she has such a talent for the inappropriate and she's so very resistent to his help and so the two find themselves up to their necks in the trouble in the title once again.

I love that we get to spend more time in BombayTown this time and that, once again, the steampunk aspects are seamlessly woven and not overpowering.

Schwartz manages to squeeze both a solid story and a romance arc into the novella and stretches the latter out just perfectly so that the romance moves as fast (or as slow) as would have been appropriate in the era.

Hoping that there'll be a third in the series. After all, when Esme is involved it's a long way down the asile.
4.0 out of 5 stars Courting Trouble (The Bustlepunk Chronicles) ~ Jenny Schwartz 8 November 2012
By Larry the Librarian - Published on
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Very enjoyable steam punk novel set in the bustling colony of Perth at the turn of the century. A feisty heroine and and American adventurer battle an unscrupulous villain in Little Bombay. Lots of scope for more adventures from these enjoyable characters.
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but it felt unneeded. 15 May 2015
By Rhianna Walker - Published on
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If you like your steampunk heroes to be very Alpha you're sure to adore Jed. In contrast Esme is a stubborn suffragette who refuses to be protected. I enjoyed them when I read Wanted: One Scoundrel but the charm of their differences just doesn't hold up beyond that first story. There comes a point when it's just not enjoyable to read two bullheaded people butting up against one another's ideas and unfortunately the mystery element of the story was too predictable. As much as I enjoy Schwartz's writing in general I couldn't help but feel like this story was a bit superfluous.

Not a bad novellette, but not very special either. If you read it back-to-back with Wanted: One Scoundrel I think you'll enjoy it much more.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful romance 9 December 2012
By AvidReader - Published on
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'Courting Trouble' is a delightful romance with wonderful characters and plenty of action set in Swan River Colony, Australia, in 1895. Next time you're thinking of watching a movie, pick this up instead. It'll take a similar amount of time and it's great entertainment. Unlike many romances, the story doesn't revolve completely around the issue of two people getting together. This one has a plot which makes it suitable for a much wider readership. The romance is not cloying, and is chastely in tune with the era.

I met these characters in 'Wanted, One Scoundrel' and was delighted to have them back again. Esme is a wonderful combination of sweet and tough, and Jed has all the qualities us woman love in a hero--handsome, strong, intelligent, protective, has a good sense of humour and, most important of all, is passionately in love with the heroine.

Once again, Jenny Schwartz shows that she can tell a good story, one with all the elements to keep you engaged. This is a book that I couldn't fault. It even raises a question. Does committing to love means a loss of independence? And if so, for someone fiercely committed to independence is it worth the pay off? I think Esme got it right in the end.

I recommend it to historical fiction readers who like a touch of romance.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bustlepunk Chronicles book 2 9 November 2012
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) - Published on
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I really enjoyed Wanted: One Scoundrel when I read it last year but I remember thinking that I would have liked to have seen more of the romance between Esme and Jed. At the time I didn't realise it was the first story in a series so it was a lovely surprise when I spotted that Courting Trouble had been published and I couldn't wait to read it.

The story picks up not long after the first one ended, Jed knows how he feels about Esme and is trying to court her but is struggling to find the best way to woo her. He admires the fact that she is an independent woman but all his instincts tell him to protect her and keep her safe from harm and the way he goes about it often end up getting him in hot water as far as Esme is concerned. Esme has strong feelings for Jed but she is worried that falling in love with him and getting married would mean giving up on her dreams of fighting for equality. Her work as a suffragette is very important to her and she doesn't want to have to chose between love and her independence. It doesn't help that Jed can be an overprotective caveman at times but even when he is irritating her she knows it is only because he cares.

Esme isn't a traditional woman and Jed soon comes to realise that a traditional courtship isn't the way to win her heart. If he wants to convince Esme that he is the man for her then he is going to need to come up with a way of proving that he trusts her and that he loves her just the way she is. When the pair uncover a plot to take the life of the Prince of Wales they must work together if they're going to save the day but just who is the damsel in distress and which one will come riding to the rescue?

This was another great instalment to the series and I really hope that this isn't the last we've seen of Esme and Jed. I love the Australian setting for these stories and think that there is plenty of scope for Jenny Schwartz to come up with more adventures with these characters. I'd consider the Bustlepunk Chronicles to be steampunk light - there are hints of steampunk in the technology used but these elements don't overwhelm the story and I think the series will appeal to fans of historical romance too. In fact, if you're new to the steampunk genre but a historical fiction fan then this might be a good place to start.

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