Asher's Invention [NOOK Book]

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Five years ago, Asher Quigley broke his engagement to Minerva Lambkin, believing she was an accomplice in a scheme to steal his prototype for a wondrous device. Minerva swore she was innocent, though the thief—and Asher's mentor—was her own father.

Now, sheer desperation has driven Minerva to Asher's door. Her father has been kidnapped by investors furious that he's never been able to make the machine work. Only Asher, now a rich and famous inventor in his own right, can ...

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Overview


Five years ago, Asher Quigley broke his engagement to Minerva Lambkin, believing she was an accomplice in a scheme to steal his prototype for a wondrous device. Minerva swore she was innocent, though the thief—and Asher's mentor—was her own father.

Now, sheer desperation has driven Minerva to Asher's door. Her father has been kidnapped by investors furious that he's never been able to make the machine work. Only Asher, now a rich and famous inventor in his own right, can replicate the device. He's also become a hard, distant stranger far different from the young idealist she once loved.

Despite their troubled past, Asher agrees to help Minerva. He still harbors his suspicions about her, but their reunion stirs emotions and desires they both thought were buried forever. Can they rebuild their fragile relationship in time to save her father and their future together?

29,000 words

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426893988
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 915,014
  • File size: 340 KB

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England, 1870s

Never in her worst imaginings had she thought it would come to this. Minerva tilted back the drooping feather of her hat and wiped a raindrop from her nose. All day the rain had been unrelenting. The draughty third-class train carriage had rattled and jolted all the way down from Manchester. She couldn't afford a hansom cab from the station, so she had walked, and now she shivered on the porch of a fashionable Kensington villa, waiting for her door knock to be answered. Mizzle and murkiness surrounded her. A chill had settled deep in her bones. A chill that had started days ago. Raising her gloved hand to knock once more, she started back as the door silently swung open. A tall, cadaverous manservant peered out at her.

Minerva drew herself upright, conscious of her unprepossessing appearance. "Is Mr. Quigley at home?"

The servant assessed her in a blink of an eye, pausing only a fraction before granting her entry. "Who shall I say is calling?" he asked as he led her into the front parlor.

"Tell him it's Miss Lambkin. Miss Minerva Lambkin." She had debated the wisdom of giving her real name—more than likely Asher would refuse to see her at all—but she would not resort to pretense. Either he would see her or he would not. If he did not...

The man retreated and left her alone in the warm parlor. With a sigh, she set down her carpetbag, took off her sodden cloak and drew closer to the crackling fire. As she peeled off her damp gloves and rubbed her hands, she surveyed the graciously furnished room, her curiosity mingling with a feeling of suspense. She noted the walls hung with striped silk, the black walnut settees richly upholstered in rose damask, the fireplace carved from the finest Italian marble. Asher Quigley was no stranger to wealth these days.

The door swung open, accompanied by a whirring noise. Minerva straightened in surprise as a large mechanical dog entered the room. Its multi-jointed body was made of polished brass joined together by hundreds of minute rivets. It had ruby eyes, copper claws and a small, articulated tail. She'd seen automaton animals before, but never one so detailed. The dog lifted its head and approached her, then stopped. Its red eyes glowed as it crouched and bared steel fangs at her.

More intrigued than afraid, Minerva inched closer. A menacing growl rumbled out of the dog's mouth.

"Cerberus! Sit." A man she recognized all too clearly strode into the room.

Her nerves seized. She lurched upright, knocking her hat askew. Hotly aware of her bedraggled state, she pushed the damp feathers away from her face. This was not how she wished to meet Asher Quigley again. In fact, she'd wished never to meet him again. Only desperation had driven her to his doorstep.

He seemed equally displeased at making her reacquaintance. He stopped and held himself some distance away, his expression stiff and unwelcoming, as if she were a proselytizer about to press a pamphlet on him.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    This is only the second Steampunk story that I have read and it

    This is only the second Steampunk story that I have read and it was quite enjoyable.Asher seems to be a very bitter man but an exceptional inventor. Minerva Lambkin is a brave, strong and intelligent woman who was engaged to Asher some years ago, but they had a falling out due to her father Silas. When Silas is kidnapped Minerva goes to Asher for his help and during the quest for her father their romance may be rekindled.
    Thank you Carina Press and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    WhisperWillow

    WhisperWillow pads in and sits watching all the cats enteract with one other, she smiles and lays down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Lilywolf to Ashclan! New Pact Clan Location!

    Hello Ashclan! Well I've finally done it! After several attempts I have found a new home for the pact clans at "pocket rough guide" all results. It is almost completely set up. I just need to post the map. But in the meantime you can explore on your own. Please take your cat to The Gathering Clearing for the Gathering today and Sparklestar, you'll need to post your gathering announcement at The Great Oak and your clan's location at The Pact Clan Locations (as soon as all clans have done this I'll go advertising). I hope to post the weekly and weather report today as well. Please at least skim through everything since there's some new rules. For example, you are allowed to rp your cat at your camp and at the gathering at the same time. This is explained more at The Gathering Clearing. Anyways please go check it out. I must have spent 10 hours on it. Hope you love it! Only post where you're allowed to! Thanks! ~ Lilywolf &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Grey eyes

    Looks down from a tree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Gopherpaw to icedancer

    Yes you can you came back!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Skywish

    A light silver shecat with white paws pads in quietly "May I join Ashclan?" She asks politely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Fang

    ((Yes it is Ice. So sorry but plz))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Flamepelt and Hawktalon

    They watch the clan their gazes filled with sadness

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Littlenose

    Dipped his bead in thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    SilverShadow

    Can i get an apprentice please

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Weatherpaw

    The reason was my mom found out i rp and got mad so i thought i wouldnt be allowed back but she gave me my nook back and set me some rules so now i can. Im sorry i said i would have to go. I made a mistake. Will you let me back? I really am sosososososo sorry. I understand if you wont let me rejoin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    ShadowFeather

    "May l join."

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    Posted August 30, 2014

    Claw

    .....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Birchheart

    Sighed in relife. 'My kits are due any day noe. Thankyou for letting me stay'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    A dark object

    The dark object comes tumbling down into your clan....

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    Posted August 27, 2014

    Darkkit

    The shy tom slowly paded in

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    Posted August 27, 2014

    D<_>&upsilon<_>skkit

    The she kit padded in. "Willowdusk?" She called.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    From cookiecrunch

    Do u know where any orca clans are at orany other animal clans besides cat. Not that i hate cats im in too many cat clans ri rp cookicrunch the female orca dragonheart ambushkit and flashwing which are cats

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    Posted September 4, 2014

    Flameheart

    Watches camp

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    Gopherpaw

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