A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure
by Laura Strickland
by Laura Strickland
Genre: Steampunk Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Buffalo Police Sergeant Brendan Fagan, investigating a series of grisly murders spurred by clashes between humans and automatons, only wants to save his city. The last thing he needs in his life is a rule-bending, steam-cannon-toting, unpredictable female like Ginny Landry, a woman who could possibly bring down his career and the one woman he quite likely can't resist.
Ginny means to settle the estate of her mother, an infamous madam, quickly and get out of town. She has no intention of becoming involved with any part of her inheritance or falling for Brendan. In fact, she makes it a point never to date handsome men. But when her rash behavior brings them together, the attraction can’t be denied.
And when the city erupts in chaos, forcing her to choose a moral side, can she deny what’s in her heart?
Just when I think Laura Stricklands Steampunk Adventures couldn’t get any better, she releases Last Orders which had me reading straight through until the very end.
This is a fabulous story! I don’t remember ever having so much fun.
And I loved the hero, Brendon, and absolutely adored the heroine, Ginny. She is a firecracker! When she first meets Brendon, she wants nothing to do with him because he’s good-looking and she only has sex with ugly guys. There’s a reason, but I leave it for you to discover.
There is one segment in which I cried: when one of the automatons of high quality and vital to all automatons gets seriously injured. I bawled like a baby.
And I’m sorry to say that many of the sentient automatons die for the right to be sentient and while the door to freedoms and rights has yet to be achieved, there is a door open...perhaps. I’ll have to wait until the next book, to see how that goes. Politics often go askew.
I love the way Strickland details the automatons' feelings: the wants of the automatons to be treated the same as humans, with the right to love and marry and have children (through adoption); the desire not to be owned and treated like slaves, but rather employed and treated with dignity. Strickland has clearly given a great deal of thought, making the scenes most realistic.
I don’t think a book can get much better than this one. It was exceptional!
Born in Buffalo and raised on the Niagara Frontier, Laura Strickland has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. She believes the spunky, tenacious, undefeatable ethnic mix that is Buffalo spells the perfect setting for a little Steampunk, so she created her own Victorian world there. She knows the people of Buffalo are stronger, tougher and smarter than those who haven't survived the muggy summers and blizzard blasts found on the shores of the mighty Niagara. Tough enough to survive a squad of automatons? Well, just maybe.