The Clockpunk Trilogy, Book Two
The Blacksmith’s Lover – Red Sage
by Heather Massey
Publication Date: July, 2012
Warning: This erotic steampunk romance is intended for an 18+ audience.
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.
Viktor is a brawny, reclusive blacksmith who creates strange clockwork and steam-powered devices. The gruff man makes it clear that Sarah’s plight is no concern of his, but ghosts from his past dictate otherwise. Viktor agrees to protect the spunky maid, but only until her trail of henchmen runs cold.
Sarah quickly discovers that the fire of this blacksmith’s forge runs volcanic hot. Unable to resist one another, she and Viktor begin a lust-filled affair. But how long will their idyllic arrangement last before Sarah’s former mistress destroys it?
“This book was a totally refreshing, outside-of-the-box take on steampunk romance.”
“With a premise that was believable, and a hero who was simply to DIE for, I really enjoyed this story. Despite its novella length, the romance felt organic rather than rushed, and it was easy to believe that Viktor and Sarah’s relationship was based on true emotion rather than just on lust, even with the large amount heat.
All of that aside, however, this book features a big, hot, lusty (Russian!) blacksmith hero. *smacks lips* And really, isn’t that enough?
A deliciously earthy 4.5/5 Stars.”