Scarlet Devices [NOOK Book]



Fresh from university, Eliza Hardison is determined to crusade for workers? rights until her cousin Dexter, the Makesmith Baron, prevails on her to represent Hardison House in the American Dominion Sky and Steam Rally.
The competition is fierce, but only one opponent really matters to Eliza. ...

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Fresh from university, Eliza Hardison is determined to crusade for workers’ rights until her cousin Dexter, the Makesmith Baron, prevails on her to represent Hardison House in the American Dominion Sky and Steam Rally.
The competition is fierce, but only one opponent really matters to Eliza. Dexter’s protégé, Matthew Pence, was always like a big brother to her. But now she’s grown up, and Matthew has made a break from Hardison House with his own business venture—and made his own entry in the rally.
Matthew intends to win while keeping Eliza safe on the perilous route from New York to San Francisco. As the threats escalate through treacherous skies and uncharted American wilds, though, Eliza and Matthew must work together, discovering a bond deeper than either could have imagined…but is winning the rally more important than winning at love?


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 12/16/2013
Second in Dryden’s alternate history Steam & Seduction series (following Gossamer Wing), this delightful romp sees a mechanically-minded young woman participating in a hazardous cross-country race from New York to San Francisco, where she must team up with a childhood friend if she wants to win—or even survive. Eliza Hardison is determined to win the Sky and Steam Rally, even if it means putting up with Matthew Pence’s well-meaning but aggravating attentions. Frequent threats along the way, including sabotage, booby traps, and sky pirates, distract from their mutual attraction. But once they reach the aerial portion of their journey, they discover the true scope of the forces arrayed against them, and learn why so few travelers ever make it past the Sierra Nevada mountains. Possibly a callback to The Great Race, this romantic adventure shines, thanks to memorable characters, nifty steampunk technology, and undeniable chemistry between the leads. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sanford J. Greenberger Associates. (Feb.)
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Praise for the novels of Delphine Dryden
“Steampunk erotica at its best.”—RT Book Reviews
“Something I couldn’t resist. Ms. Dryden delivered one hell of a great story!”—Risqué Reviews
“Smokin’ hot.”—Two Lips Reviews
“Only Delphine Dryden could pull off a beautiful, funny, sexy-as-sin story like this!”—Mari Carr, New York Times bestselling author
“One of the coolest...books I have read.”—The Romance Man
“Supersexy!”—Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author
“The plot is captivating, the intimate moments are scorching!”—Sinfully Delicious Reviews
“Bravo!”—Seriously Reviewed
“I really loved the story.”—Just Erotic Romance Reviews
 “A fun and exciting read that kept me entranced from beginning to end.”—Night Owl Reviews
“Well-written, sexy...and intriguing…Highly recommend.”—Romancing the Book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101613702
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Steam and Seduction, #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 371,334
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Delphine Dryden tried unsuccessfully to get past being an English major by becoming a lawyer, a special education teacher, and an educational diagnostician. She finally gave up the fight several years ago and began writing full-time. When not writing or doing “mommy stuff,” Delphine reads voraciously and noodles around with web design. She counts herself fortunate to have two absurdly precocious children, and two delightful, if occasionally disobedient, mutts. Delphine and her family are all Texas natives, and reside in unapologetic suburban bliss near Houston.
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  • Posted May 3, 2014

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta: *

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
    *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

    This is the second book in the Stream and Seduction series which is set in a steampunk type setting. This book follows on from Gossamer Wing although it's not essential to have read that first as this is easily read as a standalone novel. Set in a world that follows an alternate timeline this book features all the technology that this genre is noted for with the addition of a romance. 

    Eliza Hardison is a young woman who is determined to right what she sees as wrongs. Strongly believing that workers rights are sometimes abused Eliza wants nothing more than to publicise the cause. She's an independent young woman with a flair for the mechanical and is reluctantly persuaded by her cousin the very talented Makeshift Baron to take part in the American Dominion Sky and Steam Rally. As Eliza is an adventurous sort the idea of a race both on land and in the air somewhat appeals to her.

    The Makeshift Baron asks his protege Matthew Pence to watch out for Eliza whilst they both tackle the journey. Matthew has known Eliza for several years but the child he remembers is no more. In her place is a young woman who both challenges and yet fascinates him at the same time. Both Eliza and Matthew take the race incredibly seriously as winning would be both a great coup and wonderful achievement for the victor. The perilous journey will pit them against each other but will also throw them both together.
    Things are not as straightforward as they should be though as sabotage is suspected right from the off. The arduous journey is made more dangerous as incidents begin to escalate and unfortunately it's soon clear that someone is out to subvert the rally. 
    Matthew's fascination for Eliza deepens as they face explosive trials together and it's clear that the forward thinking Eliza is not immune to him. Eliza is attracted to Matthew but has a world of her own to conquer that might not include a man! What started out as a race to win quickly becomes a race just to survive. 

    This was undoubtedly fun to read and kept reminding me of those old films that showed silly races with flying machines! It was quite easy to picture the events as they unfold and was very easy to follow. It's a different style to the first book though - Gossamer Wing, as there is a lot less espionage present here. What the author has delivered is a tale of action, adventure with more than a dash of romance. Writing that takes the reader on a great adventure against an odious villain who deserves to be taken down.

    Overall this book was full of intrigue and deception not to mention likeable lead characters. So rare to read about characters that truly work together without one trying to dominate the other. This was a delightful foray into the steampunk genre and I would happily read more from Ms. Dryden.

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  • Posted February 26, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Delphine Dryden's latest book in the Steam and Seduction series

    Delphine Dryden's latest book in the Steam and Seduction series is all about the steam. Scarlet Devices is a Steampunk romance, with steam powered flying machines, steam powered cars and some steamy love scenes. Dryden sets her story during the Victorian era, in an alternative world where the United States is called The Dominion. The world Dryden has created is just similar enough to our own to ground readers and draw them into the adventure of the Sky and Steam Rally, a transcontinental race which leave Eliza and Matthew with plenty of questions and some serious steamy tension!

    What I liked:

    I have been reading steampunk since it's inception and I have always really liked it. Some authors do it justice and make it interesting and a cross between historical fiction and science fiction and others just sort of try, but don't quite succeed. Delphine Dryden succeeds... and how! Scarlet Devices is the second book in her Steam and Seduction series. I liked just about everything about this book. From the beautiful cover to the preview of the next book in the series, Gilded Lily. Dryden has created a world that is not unlike our own but there are some major differences.

    The world building for this series is quite elaborate and my take a little bit of concentration to figure out, but once you understand the logistics of steampunk it all falls into place. I loved the fact that Dryden chose a sky race as the setting for this novel. The American Dominion Sky and Steam Rally features companies who are attempting to be the winner in a transcontinental race from New York to San Francisco. But there are also some other underlying issues at hand.

    This is the backdrop for a very interesting love story. Eliza is just finishing college and she is dead set on making a change in the world. I liked her tenacity and her attitude. When her cousin suggests she might see a bit of the world if she enters the Sky and Steam rally it seems like just the opportunity to make a change in her life. Unfortunately, Dexter asks his friend Matthew to watch over her during the race. Matthew thinks it very inappropriate for her to race at all and it's on from there. Eliza and Matthew have a history and these two make quite a pair and once they get over their issues with each other, sparks of a different kind start to fly.

    I thought Dryden did an amazing job with character development in this book. Eliza starts out as bright eyed innocent, but soon learns that the world she lives in isn't quite at simple as it seems. Matthew starts out with some very clear ideas on what he believes a woman's role is, but in the end he realizes Eliza's worth and becomes her biggest supporter. I thought the author was able to make the changes in the characters realistic and believable. It was a wonderful part of  the book.

    What I didn't like:

    Matthew's disapproving nature in the beginning of the book was a little hard to digest. I am glad that the author chose to make him see the light toward the second two thirds of the book. He was a bit too abrasive for me in the start and I wondered if she would be able to redeem him... I shouldn't have worried.

    Bottom Line:

    This is a great steampunk romance and demonstrated to me why I like this sub-genre so much. Dryden uses the steampunk elements with a deft hand and allows the romance to take center stage. I loved the Sky race theme and I felt like this book ratcheted up the tension for the series as a whole. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    The second book in the series proved to be just as entertaining

    The second book in the series proved to be just as entertaining as the first one. Enjoy!

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