Sixty-four years ago, the Blast changed everything. The modern, interconnected world died and two disparate societies took its place. The pioneers founded their own world in the frontier of the Fringe. The rest crowded themselves into dome cities and cut themselves off from the world. Fringer or Domer. One or the other. Never both. Until now.
Nick Massey is an inventor and mechanic, a Domer struggling to break out of his poverty-stricken existence and escape his tragic past. He’s brilliant. He’s talented. He just lost his job. With nothing keeping him in the city, he leaves his meager life behind and strikes out for the wild unknowns of the Fringe. He’s hoping to find happiness and purpose. Instead, he finds Zander.
Zander Pennington is a Fringer, born and bred, a lifelong resident of the town of Firebend. He’s tough and resourceful and absolutely intolerant of unknowns. As a partner in the region’s most lucrative mineral mining operation, he doesn’t have time to deal with anything but business. Business is what he knows. Business is his comfort zone. Nick is not business.
Despite their inherent differences, Nick and Zander must learn to trust each other and work as a team to thwart the danger that threatens them and all of Firebend. It’s the danger they can’t fight, though, that could break both of their hearts and destroy their lives.
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About the Author
Leah Ross is a freelance writer and graphic designer with a penchant for loud electronic dance music and sappy love stories. She has been writing and creating art for most of her life, with works published by the International Library of Poetry and NewType USA. After receiving her BS in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she settled in the Denver metro area and thoroughly enjoys the quirks of high-altitude living with her family. Having met her husband online and being happily married to him since 2001, Leah believes that love is unconventional and the rules are always up for negotiation.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really did enjoy this story. It was very creative and fun to read. I normally do not read a lot of steampunk romances, but I highly enjoyed this aspect of the story. There were points where my head was going to explode with the technical workings of Nick's mind (I totally see how Zander can get a headache from it) but the author did a good job limiting the amount of times Nick completely geeks out. The whole Domer versus Fringer was not a big part of the story. From the synopsis, I expected this to be a huge issue, but it really wasn't. I also expected Nick to be the only person to accomplish the task of going from a Domer to a Fringer, but that isn't the case as well. The love story had an insta-love feel to me. I'll be honest, I am not a fan of insta-love so this was a turn off. I did enjoy seeing Nick and Zander together, but I couldn't feel their connection. It wasn't bad enough that I hated their relationship, but I wasn't invested in it either. Readers are left with a HFN feeling. Yes Nick and Zander get their HEA, but the whole issue our MCs were facing was still ongoing and the reader doesn't get any closer as to the reasons why Nick was wanted. Great move by the author in my opinion because even though I wasn't invested in Nick and Zander, I was invested in Wyvern's past and Wraith's plans.