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Badlands [Kindle Edition]

Seleste deLaney
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After a brutal Civil War, America is a land divided. As commander of her nation's border guards, Ever is a warrior sworn to protect her country and her queen. When an airship attacks and kills the monarch, Ever must infiltrate enemy territory to bring home the heir to the throne, and the dirigible Dark Hawk is her fastest way to the Union.

Captain Spencer Pierce just wants to pay off the debt he owes on the Dark Hawk and make a life for himself trading across the border. When the queen's assassination puts the shipping routes at risk, he finds himself Ever's reluctant ally.

As they fly into danger, Ever and Spencer must battle not only the enemy but also their growing attraction. She refuses to place her heart before duty, and he has always put the needs of his ship and crew above his own desires. Once the princess is rescued, perhaps they can find love in the Badlands—if death doesn't find them first...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 260 KB
  • Publisher: Carina Press (28 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K1F7UI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #497,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk-y goodness 9 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever gets interrupted pre dinner party by a siren going off at the fortress. The prisoners have escaped and are fighting their way free. When she and her guards get there, she hears of the queen's assassination and realises she must find the princess heir to the throne. She ends up aboard the Dark Hawk and finds herself strangely attracted to the captain but she must fight her attraction and get on with her mission. But can she stop herself if he's also attracted to her?

I loved this story so much. Loved Ever and especially loved the world Seleste has built for the characters. It's just my type of place (without the war and fighting), the steampunk/clockwork style that she's going for just reminded me of Return to Oz. I like the steampunk look so I had no problem with the imagery. Hmmm, I wonder if I could have found a new Hallowe'en costume?

I may be wrong here, but knowing the author likes a certain space-cowboy Captain, I felt there was a bit of Firefly/Serenity influence going on as well. Whether there was or not, does not change my opinion of the book, it was fun to read and I didn't want it to end. In fact, I'm still disappointed that it was over so soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read 4 Jun 2012
By Steve M
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a huge fan of Steampunk, but I find that a lot of the books can be hit and miss. Badlands is definitely in the 'hit' category.

Seleste DeLaney has created an interesting world, with characters that you will grow attached too. The action is fast paced and exciting, and the romance is believable and well written. I'd actually like to see a full length novel as a sequel, as I think there's a lot more to be told about the Badlands and it's inhabitants.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Badlands by Seleste deLaney 2 Mar 2011
By A. Schreiner - Published on
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Ever is a warrior and has been patrolling the borders of the Badlands for the past seven years. The Badlands is a separate country, near Texas. It is her job to take the men the United States sends to prison, and keep them secure in the prisons of the Badlands. She is not afraid to kill men - anything to keep her Queen and the Badlands safe. But someone is out to overthrow the monarchy, and soon her Queen is dead. Badly injured, Ever needs to get to Philadelphia to retrieve the princess to restore order, for without a ruler, chaos ensues.

Making a run in his dirigible to the Badlands, Captain Spencer Pierce needs the money he will make off of unloading cargo in this dangerous land. His ship, the Dark Hawk is not really his yet - still owned by Congressman Mason. While making this run, he sees a very badly injured woman, and picks her up to save her. In doing this, he is unable to unload his cargo as the atmosphere is rife with violence. But if he helps Ever recover the princess, he will be compensated, able to secure the Dark Hawk as his. As they go forth in this dangerous mission, they both reluctantly build an attraction.

Badlands starts right in the middle of action. Boom! You are immersed in this steampunk world. For this reason, it took me a little while to grasp the world and exactly who and what Ever is fighting for - but Seleste deLaney soon lays out this world - and it is a really fun one. The Badlands lie south of the United States - ruled by a Monarchy. Ever is one of many female warriors who take the worst of the worst prisoners the US has to offer. However, most of the book takes place aboard the Dark Hawk ship and I kind of wish Badlands had been explored more.

Ever is a fabulous heroine. So fierce, stubborn and smart. No time for frills or feminine behavior - she has an in your face attitude that I loved. She loves the Badlands, and her former Queen and will risk anything to deliver the princess back to her land. Although she is grateful for the help from the Dark Hawk crew, they give her more than she bargained for.

The romance is not rushed and is flows really well. I love how Ever and Spencer each care about their own separate missions yet it is fun to watch the romance slowly become foremost on their minds. For a shorter book, the romance is very believable.

I think there is so much to explore in the actual Badlands I hope there is another book that dives into the world. But for now, I definitely recommend this one.

Rating: B
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Want more, please! 7 April 2011
By J. Hilton - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
"Steamy" in every sense of the word, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. While I love the steampunk style in fashion and mods, I haven't been much of a fan of the fiction. Too much of it seems to me like weak, boring plots and characters I couldn't care less about, even if they are riding trains and wearing goggles. Not so with Badlands. Interesting characters, strong heroine, action, adventure, airship battles, passion, and awesome bits of imaginative steampunkery which merged perfectly with the story, without feeling as if they were wedged in as a marketing ploy. I only wish there was more of it to read! Warning: If you don't like stories where characters actually have feelings, doubts, choices, and (gasp!) SEX, then stay out of the Badlands!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining read 6 Sep 2011
By Marcela - The Bookaholic Cat - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever, Commander of the Queen's Border Guards of the Badlands finds herself in the middle of battle after a surprise attack in their lands. Soon after, she learns that Queen Lavinia has been assassinated. As her duty she needs to bring back as soon as possible the heir to the throne, Princess Laurette who is in Philadelphia. Before the Badlands get affected with more chaos after the dead of their leader the new ruler must be instated.
Ever is gravely injured in battle, but this doesn't stop her. From the top of a hill she is able to signal an airship, the Dark Hawk, and is brought on board.
Captain Spencer Pierce is in route to the Badlands to make delivery of goods. He needs the money of this delivery to pay off the debt he has with Congressman Mason for the Dark Hawk to be his. After picking up Ever, he learns that the Badlands are under attack and it will be impossible for him to land and finish this run.
Ever asked for his assistance in exchange for the money he needs to pay off the Dark Hawk's debt. He is intrigue by Ever and maybe a little bit attracted to her too. So he decides to help her and set course toward Philadelphia.
During their trip they will fight more than their attraction; they will fight forces that want them to fail in their mission.

Ever is a very likable character, she is strong and focus, completely loyal to the Queen and the Badlands. She is an Amazon style warrior in all the sense of the word.
Spencer is not your typical hero; he's a mild mannered man, with a nondescript body but at the same time he has "something" that makes him a very attractive man. The development of their attraction is well pace and realistic.
The supporting characters are a nice complement to the story; they provide us with more than one "what" moment.

My final thought: This short novel was a very entertaining read. I like the steampunk factor. Setting the story in the dirigible Dark Hawk make it different and interesting.
I love the idea of the Badlands' matriarchy, with its "Amazon" style warriors; I think this was a fresh difference from other books.
I would love for Mrs. DeLaney to have a next installment (full novel length) based more in the Badlands and its female power government.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs more story 14 May 2011
By Jennifer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I have never read a book quite like this one. It has everything: warrior women, sex, politics, a chivalrous leading man, and - most importantly - love. It reminded me of the old western movies and The Book of Eli all rolled into one steam-punky, action-filled novella. I did think Ever was a bit of a forced character and I didn't always understand her actions, but I still liked her. Her character development seemed a little hurried, but perhaps that's because this is a novella, so there isn't room for any kind of lengthy development. The clockworks intrigued me; I wish we could see more of them.
I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys science-fiction with a bit a romance thrown in for good measure. It was a great read!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great! 3 April 2011
By Pamela (@SpazP) - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally posted at Wicked Lil Pixie Reviews.
So, yeah, Seleste deLaney might be our fellow review bitch, but I've been wanting to read Badlands forever! So, I did, I loved it and I wrote a review. Like to hear it? Here it go!

Steampunk for me is one of those genres, very much like Science Fiction, that I can take or leave. I usually end up reading the genre only if a specific book or series has been recommended to me a billion times that I make an exception. And only if there is some Romance up in there. I have little to no experience with the genre, so I didn't know what to really expect when I picked up Badlands. Sooo, I might have had to look up a few words in the dictionary like dirigible and tintype /coughcough/ but the setting wasn't intimidating for me at all. I felt immediately scooped up and placed in to the Badlands along with our heroine Ever.

Badlands starts out action-packed right from the get-go and flowed really fast and smoothly with no data dumping. Longer than a novella, but shorter than a novel, the length was perfect for the story told. And the heroine is sheer solid kickass. Ever is a gritty, bold, (kinda scary) firecracker not afraid to throw down in a bar fight completely outnumbered by men, or take down an enemy dirigible with limited ammo. She has devoted her life to the Queen of Badlands and, in turn, her country. She is not a big talker, she prefers action. Her life gets totally tossed upside down when she meets Captain Spencer Pierce as he pulls her aboard the Dark Hawk... and then laughs in his face! My kinda girl.

Spencer Pierce is our noble hero, honorable, strong, calm, intelligent, but not at all alpha. I'm not sure he would necessarily appeal to me in another story, but he was perfect for Ever. Ever was so overtly dominating that she needed someone to balance and compliment her force. They are immediately drawn to one another, like magnets. Respectfully, he stood back and watched her do her own thing, only supporting her when she absolutely needed it. He admired her, and cherished her from the start, letting her come to him so as not to spook her like a wild animal. The tension between the two built very nicely and felt authentic.

Ms deLaney took some risks with Ever and Badlands, and it paid off. Badlands is a very different kind of love story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I cannot wait to read more stories from in or around the land called Badlands.
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