Release date: March 29, 2014
Published by: Devil on the Left Books
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Author links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
KEEP CALM AND STEAMPUNK ON
The whole of Victorian London knows there is something not quite right about the Lady Verity Hart. She may be the daughter of an MP and the sister of famed inventor Lord David Hart, but she is a spinster whose own father threatens to send her to the madhouse every fortnight. Because Society is correct-Verity Hart is no lady. If they suspected how quick with a quip she is, let alone the majority of her brother's ingenious machines were her design, the sale of fainting couches would double.
Verity requires one herself when her beloved brother is kidnapped by vampyres in the dead of night. With the aid of an aggravating, rude American bounty hunter with a secret of his own, Verity takes to land, sea, and even air to rescue the only person who could ever love and truly accept her. Or is he?
Part One of Five includes: Chapter One- The Notorious Count Orrlock Has A Ball & Chapter Two- When Worlds Collide
In only 45 pages Harlow delivers a great introduction to a paranormal steampunk adventure that features a gutsy, progressive heroine living in a proper London society.
Despite social pressures that demand a woman should always look pretty, mind her manners, and know that her purpose is to serve her husband, Verity lives her life as a 28 year old spinster who finds these rules to be of little importance. While other ladies delight in fashion and local gossip, Verity is interested in mechanical gears and weapons. She's clever and ambitious and uses her creative mind to develop life-changing inventions. Of course, the credit for her brilliant work goes to someone else because her family would be ruined if the public ever discovered that a woman *gasp* was intelligent enough to do a man's job.
I found it easy to fall in love with Verity's character in just a short amount of time and I have no doubt that she will only get more interesting from here.
We're introduced to several other characters, one being the infamous McQueen that you'll find mentioned in the title. It's too soon to form a solid opinion of the American bounty hunter, but learning more about him is something to look forward to as the story continues.
As the synopsis mentions, Verity's brother is kidnapped by vampyres and this is how the first installment ends. I can't wait to read about what happens next. I'm anticipating Verity kicking some vampyre ass.
If you've been curious about serials but haven't tried one yet, I would suggest following the Hart/McQueen Steampunk Adventures. Harlow is a talented author who doesn't disappoint.