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If its in the romance section of the shop - thats a clue...,
This review is from: Steamed (Steampunk Romance (Signet)) (Mass Market Paperback)
When Jack Fletcher (rogue adventuring scientist) and his sister Hallie (annoying waste of space character) find themselves aboard an airship held captive at the mercy of what appears to be a Victorian steampunk crew managed by Captain Octavia Pye they know that they aren't where they're meant to be. In fact Jack and Hallie seem to have time slipped into a fairly parallel world in which airships are the best way to travel, the Emperor seems to be at war with everyone and corsets are essential ladies attire (Jack seems excessively interested in corsets). Octavia must decide what to do with her stowaways but that won't be an easy decision due to her building attraction to Jack and Hallie's annoying habit of going missing and being put up for execution.
This is a funny and witty novel which takes steampunk and crosses it with a steamy romance (no pun intended). MacAlister's other series involving dragons and vampires show that she can write ridiculous comedy novels better than most and that is very much what this novel is. The plot starts to make very little sense about half way through as the characters seem to lurch from one implausible siuation to another. If you like your steampunk to be serious and dare I say it intelligent - then this isn't for you. If you like paranormal romance then this could be a step away fromt the genre - still romantic enough to be entertaining (if thats your thing) but a nice avoidance of all things vampy or werewolf-ie.