Let me first confess that I'm a total newbie to steampunk. I probably wouldn't have picked up HER SKY COWBOY if Beth Ciotta didn't happen to be one of my favorite authors. I figured that even if I didn't like the genre, Beth's trademark quirky characters and unique sense of humor will make up for it.
It turned out, the alternate Victorian England was so much fun, especially all the inventions and adventures that filled the pages of the book. Even secondary characters are interesting and full-dimensional. But what again made Beth's book a five-star for me was her main characters. Amelia Darcy is headstrong, sassy, and way ahead of her time. An inventor, adventurer, and a pilot in her own right, she makes a good match for her aeronautical hero. Tucker Gentry, aka Sky Cowboy, is an outlaw with morals and noble goals. Probably in another book this oxymoron would be a stretch for me, but Ms. Ciotta pulls it off nicely.
Not willing to conform and marry for covenience, Amelia embarks on an international quest to find a hidden treasure of historical significance. She needs it to win a contest to honor Queen Victoria and to save her family from financial trouble. In the process, she will risk not only her life but her heart as well.
I believe The Glorious Victorious Darcys are going to be great series, and I can't wait to get my hands on the stories of Amelia's twin brothers, Simon and Jules. Let the adventure go on!