Lady Can Never Be Too Curious
by: Mary Wine
$6.99 mass market paperback
Historical / Steampunk
Released: August 2012
Janette loves knowledge, but her father has forbidden her anything except what is proper for a lady. So she secretly hides science magazines published by the Illuminists and dreams of having the freedom to learn. Feeling brave one day while trying on a controversial pair of pantaloons, she walks right up to the Illuminists' front door and inside. There, she's awestruck by the magnificance of the place. And when she's caught by the head Guardian, she can't help but notice how dangerously dark and attractive he is, totally improper for a lady such as her. But she's never been much of a lady...
Darius can't believe this slip of a woman would dare walk right through their front doors. When he realizes she's a Pure Spirit, someone able to find and touch their Deep Earth Crystals, the source of their powers, he realizes her life is about to get dangerous. For her kind are rare, and he knows the Illuminists' enemies will do anything to capture her if they find out. Making it his personal mission to keep her safe, he tells himself to keep his distance, even though her fire and spirit call to him on a primal level he'd thought long buried. But while he can keep her safe from his enemies, he's not sure if he can keep safe his heart.
I'm really starting to get into the Steampunk genre, and this book has made me fall in love a little more. I loved the fire in Janette, in being brave enough to step out of the box her father forced her into and grabbing what she wanted with both hands. The chemistry between the two was great, and I loved watching them grow throughout the story. I'm hoping to see this turned into a series, because Mary Wine has a winner here.
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