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Her Sky Cowboy: The Glorious Victorious Darcys
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Her Sky Cowboy: The Glorious Victorious Darcys

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by Beth Ciotta
 

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Amelia Darcy has no interest in marrying well. Her heart belongs to the sky and the dirigibles of brass and steel that swoop over Victorian England. But when her father, an eccentric inventor, dies, the Darcy siblings are left with scrap metal—and not a penny to their names. Their only hope to save the family name and fortune is to embark on a contest to

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Amelia Darcy has no interest in marrying well. Her heart belongs to the sky and the dirigibles of brass and steel that swoop over Victorian England. But when her father, an eccentric inventor, dies, the Darcy siblings are left with scrap metal—and not a penny to their names. Their only hope to save the family name and fortune is to embark on a contest to discover an invention of historical importance in honor of Queen Victoria.

Armed with only her father’s stories of a forgotten da Vinci workshop, a mechanically enhanced falcon, and an Italian cook, Amelia takes flight for Florence, Italy. But her quest is altered when her kitecycle crashes into the air ship of ex–Air Marshal—and scandalous dime novel hero—Tucker Gentry.

Challenged by political unrest, a devious sky pirate, and their own sizzling attraction, Amelia and Tuck are dragged into an international conspiracy that could change the course of history…again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Contemporary romance author Ciotta’s first steampunk series blasts off with this exhilarating riff on bodice-ripping romance, hurling 20th-century technology into an alternate Victorian England. Spunky airship mechanic Amelia Darcy is smitten with an obsession for flight and a longtime yen for Tucker Gentry, the Sky Cowboy, an American penny-dreadful antihero of “notorious and scandalous reputation.” After Amelia’s father blows himself and the family fortune to smithereens while attempting to travel to the moon, Amelia abandons her tizzied mother, leaps upon her homemade kitecycle, and tears off to win a hefty scientific prize. She promptly crashes into an encounter with Tucker. The two pursue an airborne quest for Leonardo da Vinci’s fabled ornithopter while fending off sky pirates employed by dastardly and lascivious Lord Bingham, cavorting through a hectic skytown pubcrawl, and putting lovemaking at the top of Amelia’s “must-do-or-die” list. With Darcy twins Jules and Simon poised for their own adventures, Ciotta (the Cupcake Club books) has the start of a delectable series. Agent: Amy Moore-Benson, AMB Literary Management. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
 “Pure charm.…You’ll be hooked!”
New York Times Bestselling Author Heather Graham

“Wildly inventive…lady inventors, sexy renegade lawmen, airships, acid rock, and flying horses—Her Sky Cowboy has it all!”
—Zoë Archer

“Contemporary romance author Ciotta’s first steampunk series blasts off with this exhilarating riff on bodice-ripping romance, hurling 20th-century technology into an alternate Victorian England…With Darcy twins Jules and Simon poised for their own adventures, Ciotta (the Cupcake Club books) has the start of a delectable series.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Masterfully written, with an intriguing plot and a sassy, strong and intelligent heroine at its center. Add to that a heroic cowboy love interest and a supporting cast of distinctive characters, and this story is one fanciful, flying adventure.” —Romantic Times, Top Pick, 4 ½ stars

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101607015
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Series:
Glorious Victorious Darcys , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
460,434
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
“Pure charm.…You’ll be hooked!”
New York Times Bestselling Author Heather Graham

“Wildly inventive…lady inventors, sexy renegade lawmen, airships, acid rock, and flying horses—Her Sky Cowboy has it all!”
—Zoë Archer

“Contemporary romance author Ciotta’s first steampunk series blasts off with this exhilarating riff on bodice-ripping romance, hurling 20th-century technology into an alternate Victorian England…With Darcy twins Jules and Simon poised for their own adventures, Ciotta (the Cupcake Club books) has the start of a delectable series.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Masterfully written, with an intriguing plot and a sassy, strong and intelligent heroine at its center. Add to that a heroic cowboy love interest and a supporting cast of distinctive characters, and this story is one fanciful, flying adventure.” —Romantic Times, Top Pick, 4 ½ stars

Meet the Author

Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Limiting herself to one subgenre does not. Dubbed “fun and sexy” by Publishers Weekly, Beth has published works of steampunk, contemporary, paranormal, and historical romance. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two zany dogs, and one crazy cat. To support literacy, Beth also works at her local library.

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Her Sky Cowboy: The Glorious Victorious Darcys 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jen Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I’m still relatively new to the steampunk genre. I’ve only read a handful of books with this theme, so I’m in no way an expert. But one thing I’ve noticed is that this genre is so wide open to interpretation. I mean, really anything can happen. In Beth Ciotta’s world, a time traveler from the 1960s goes back to 1850s and ends up sharing technology and changing history. I love this concept and was excited to get to reading. The book starts out with a bang, literally. Amelia Darcy shares a love of technology, especially all things belonging in the sky, with her father an inventor. I absolutely loved Amelia. She’s a little eccentric, but she throws herself in headfirst on an adventure with the hopes of restoring her family name and to experience life. Pretty early into her journey she crashes into Tucker. Tuck is a semi-famous ex-air marshal… and Amelia is in awe. She’s read all about Tuck and once she’s done with her fan-girl moment and drooling over his air ship, she talks him into helping her get to Italy. While I liked Tuck, I don’t feel he was quite as developed as Amelia. I would have liked to have gotten a little more about his background and more of a resolution with is family issue (who knows, this may be addressed in future books in the series). I liked Tuck and Amelia together, but Amelia definitely overshadowed Tuck. There was a varied and colorful cast of supporting characters that offered some comic relief as well as the villain. But for me, the star of the book is the world itself. I’ve said it before and will say it again, I just love all the interesting gadgets that appear in steampunk. In this tale, we have a contraption that allows a horse to fly, a half-mechanical bird, a kitecycle and a multitude of other gadgets that just boggle my mind. I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next installment in this series to see what happens with Amelia’s brother. I recommend this book to lovers of steampunk or someone who would like to try it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Ms. Ciotta's contemporary and paranormal romances, but I kept dragging my heels on this series. I am so glad that I took the time to explore this new (to me) style. The characters are still well-rounded, flawed but likable, and the plot is intriguing (interesting take on politics and race relations that people possibly dealt with in the past, with a twist) and looks like it carries on to the next books, so there is more to look forward to before there is a conclusion and resolution to everyone's problems and questions. While I mentioned some politics, it is an underlying theme, and just enough to make me think, but if you aren't into that, it isn't something that bogs the book down at all. For me, it just added an extra layer to the characters and plot. I think anyone who is already a fan, and people who enjoy alternate reality books will really enjoy this book. 
Stew32s More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed this book, which was my first real venture into the steampunk world! I have been a fan of the author for years and she didn't disappoint me with this very fun story. I enjoyed the inventions, the adventure, the characters and I can't wait for the next book in the series as well as a novella coming out before then!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  The characters were interesting, and the dialog was witty and fun.  The adventure was over way too soon.  I can't wait for the sequel!  
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
11/9/12 Great book.