Full steam ahead! Mary Wine's first venture into the ever-popular steampunk genre is an absolute success! Fans looking for that gutsy historical with extraordinary twists will love A LADY CAN NEVER BE TOO CURIOUS.
Lady Janette Aston has been told all her life what she can and can't do. Frustrated by all the pleasures of the world she has been denied, Janette's curiosity always has her grasping for whatever knowledge she can find. One day she stumbles upon a secret society, the Illuminists, where it is discovered she is a Pure Spirit and more valuable than she could ever imagine. Darius Lawley, an Illuminist Guardian, does his best to warn her away from his dangerous world, but fate has other plans. When Janette's father sends her to an asylum to rid her of these Illuminist ideals, Darius is there to rescue her from the hands of the enemy. Now he has to do everything to protect her, but after a few stolen kisses, his heart may need the most protection.
Mary Wine, known best for her historicals featuring handsome highlanders, creates a rebellious new world that will draw you in with its magnificent splendor. A delicious couple centers this novel and takes you on an all too intriguing journey. This steampunk novel has plenty of merit, but it's the steam between the characters that will drive readers wild. Janette is a force of nature, but so is Darius. Together they form a couple that can take your breath away. They both have a strong independent spirit that makes them both courageous and unbeatable. The love scenes between the two were very spicy and emotionally charged. There is also a short segment about Janette's education into the world of physical intimacy that I thought was absolutely adorable.
A LADY CAN NEVER BE TOO CURIOUS is a well-developed story. The steampunk genre gives way for many story details to be complete chaotic and virtually unapologetic, yet Ms Wine throws it all in there and makes it seem perfectly plausible. The warring classes of society, the Illuminists as the `outcasts,' the new inventions...everything, as if it came right out of a history novel. It just demonstrates how easily Mary Wine can make the true fantasy of the novel come alive. The excitement enthralls you until you can't imagine the journey coming to an end.
Janette, tired of others always controlling her life is looking to experience the world. To say she a spirited young woman would be an understatement. An intelligent mind and an overwhelming well of knowledge were her weapons. I adored the fact that even if she didn't know the answer she always had a quick retort to explain. She was never lacking 'ammunition' in any battle she fought. For a lady of this time period, I found that it was a trait very easy to admire. Early on, you saw she was a proper young lady always playing it safe, but soon you realized she was a fiery young lady looking for adventure. The Illuminists were accustomed to their new technology, so it is through Janettte's eye that you get to experience the wonder of this new world.
Darius! Oh Darius, how I love thee. Not one for flowery sentiments, he was aggressive and stoic, always keeping the ever so intelligent Miss Aston on her toes. He rarely lets the carefree side of himself show, even around Janette. He bases his life on duty and his duty falls to being Guardian of the Illuminists. You see early on how important his position is, and as the story progresses, Janette's importance in his life begins to grow. It's subtle, but that is when the story really begins to shine. Like I said before, he is not overly romantic, but his gestures suggest so much. They say more than his words ever could. But when he did use words, he certainly used the right ones.
He was on his way out of the door when she sputtered a retort.
"You certainly do enjoy telling me what to do."
His gaze slipped over her, and his lips curved roguishly, "That is not the thing I enjoy doing most with you."
Mary Wine has taken a risk with her first steampunk novel and it has certainly paid off...in more ways than one. Fans will be glad to know she has an imagination that stretches far beyond a sexy highlander and knows how to use it! A LADY CAN NEVER BE TOO CURIOUS is a dramatic and thrilling ride with a romance that is just as fantastically unique as the story. Strong characters with a dynamic connection really bring this story together. This novel is the start of a great series and I am anxiously awaiting the next installment!
Lisa Jo @ The Romance Reviews