The year is 1840. On the run after being caught in a scandalous incident, scullery maid Sarah Bailey must find refuge before her vengeful former mistress has her killed. When she stumbles upon a blacksmith’s shop in need of an apprentice in West Boylston, Massachusetts, she applies for the position.
"This is a delightful steampunk story! Fun, sexy, very unique. Massey has done a phenomenal job creating a realistic 19th century setting, and at the same time added in fun, quirky steampunk inventions. There is no idealized sex going on here...she gives the reader real sounds, real smells, at times earthy and primitive and rough around the edges. It's a very funky mix of romance, sex and steampunk elements. I personally love stories that are outside-of-the-box of traditional romance, and this one definitely fits the bill. The bearded Russian blacksmith hero is "vkusna" (delicious)."
- 5 Stars, Penny Watson (via Goodreads)