by: Heather Massey
Historial Romance / Western / Steampunk
Released: February 2013
Although Violet is happy working alongside her renowned scientist father, she longs for a life of passion and adventure. When the train they're traveling on is ambushed and her father taken captive by a ruthless tyrant known as the Iron Scorpion, Violet knows she must do whatever it takes to save him. Aiding her on her quest is handsome but reluctant Logan, a man with dark secrets and a bloody history of his own with the Iron Scorpion. Along with Arthur, the one of a kind automaton her father's been working on, they set off across the desert to the lair of the beast. And when Violet gets a glimpse of the monsters working in the lair, she begins to understand why Logan didn't want to go in the first place, and why he hates Arthur so much. She also begins to realize that real life is much harsher than the fantastic stories she reads, and she's honestly not sure if any of them are going to make it out alive.
This was a story of danger, intrigue, action, suspense, drama, gunfighting, and dark designs. Violet is bored with her life and wants more, but isn't sure if she's willing to pay the price for that freedom. Logan is hiding a dark past, but in Violet sees his redemption. And Arthur is an awesome robot, able to quickly learn everything he's taught and sees. Logan wasn't consistant. He seemed like a jerk through most of the book, so the ending was a bit of a surprise. Otherwise, the story was great, and I really liked the darkness of the Iron Scorpion's lair. Gave you a real feeling of just how creepy and demented that guy was.
Carla gives this book a