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Steamed: A Steampunk Romance

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Steamed is an entertaining wacky steampunk romantic fantasy

Computer research technician Jack Fletcher is experimenting with a nanoelectromechanical system in his lab. His sister Hallie, who sold him at a charity auction, accidentally moves the switches while spilling liquid helium on the connections, causing an explosion that ...
Computer research technician Jack Fletcher is experimenting with a nanoelectromechanical system in his lab. His sister Hallie, who sold him at a charity auction, accidentally moves the switches while spilling liquid helium on the connections, causing an explosion that burns the circuits and more. The boom also sends the siblings to another world; that of his favorite story Airship Pirates; a Victorian realm using steam power as the primary source of energy. .

Aerocorps Captain Octavia Pye is on her maiden voyage on HIMA (His Imperial Majesty's Airship) Tesla. However, she is shock to find two stowaways on her ship. Jack and Hallie tell her their story, but she thinks they are either insane or spies for the Black Hand Rebels or one of the European enemies as the Empire is on the brink of revolt. She also thinks the hunk is cute while he knows she is the woman he always wanted.

Steamed is an entertaining wacky steampunk romantic fantasy filled with humor as the computer guru with fantasies of being Indiana Jones lands in the adventure of a lifetime with the woman of his dreams. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Hallie sends them into this other realm and never slows down as Jack thrives to become a one-eyed patched first mate to the captain who has a few secrets of her own.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on January 7, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not as good as her other books.

Katie MacAlister is one of my favorites. I have read and loved most of her books but I have to say I liked this one the least. Premise is good, got to love some steampunk. She does a wonderful job creating the world and the writing is well done. But I have to say I ki...
Katie MacAlister is one of my favorites. I have read and loved most of her books but I have to say I liked this one the least. Premise is good, got to love some steampunk. She does a wonderful job creating the world and the writing is well done. But I have to say I kind of thought the hero was an ass. The heroine was better, but I still couldn't seem to care. The side characters were pretty amusing, loved them though. A decent read to pass the time, but I would recommend her Dragon or Dark One series over this one by far.

posted by 1491037 on February 3, 2011

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    So disappointing!

    I don't know if what I didn't like is a staple of the Romance genre or what but I didn't even finish this book. The hero was cheesy, one dimensional and just plain annoying. The heroine was a bit more interesting but stiffly written; it seems that an attempt was made to make her a strong woman but it just came out awkward.
    I wish I hadn't wasted my money

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Three hours of my life I can't get back.

    I've read and enjoyed Katie Macalister before, and I was looking forward to a novel in the steampunk setting... but this book is a pile of crap. The male character is an unbelievable jerk, the female lead is described as strong and willful over and over, but persistently behaves like a swishy, ditzy pushover. Telling us she is strong and intelligent is one thing, actually WRITING her like she's any of those things is another. The book fumbles along as though MacAlister is mocking both steampunk and romance genres. There is no romantic chemistry, you keep wondering why the female lead doesn't just shoot the male lead and be done with him. Then she tossed in what I now recognize as one of her favorite foils- a really worthless "sister-to-the-lead" character who faints, screams, and is generally excruciatingly annoying and useless in every situation. I couldn't tell you how it ends, really, I lost interest about halfway and skipped around hoping to find something worth reading, but even the smutty bits are pretty weak. In my opinion they wasted a pretty cover on this garbage.

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