Gilded Hearts

Gilded Hearts

by Christine d'Abo

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455550500
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: The Shadow Guild Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 914,818
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Multi-published author Christine d'Abo loves exploring the human condition through a romantic lens. She takes her characters on fantastical journeys that change their hearts and expand their minds. A self-professed sci-fi junkie, Christine can often be found chatting about her favorite shows and movies. When she's not writing, she can be found chasing after her children, dogs or husband. Christine is published with Carina Press, Ellora's Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press and Berkley.

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Gilded Hearts 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Gilded Hearts is a fast paced science fiction romance with a “Jack the Ripper” murder mystery theme.  In Gilded Hearts we are thrust back in time to solve the horrific murders of ladies of ill-repute. Christine d'Abo writes a highly imaginative tale of an alternate London, where memory capturing machines, corruption and political mechanization run rampant. Our hero and heroine are two people whose lives where torn apart by society but now are reunite to solve the brutal murders.  The story is dark, vivid and utterly original. Although the book was marketed as Steampunk, I find that is barely the case while the science fiction aspects shine through. The machines are more science/technology than clockwork and gadgetry. If you enjoy a dark, murder mystery with a strong science fiction flare, Gilded Hearts is the book for you. I received this ARC copy of Gilded Hearts from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication January 7, 2014.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
GILDED HEARTS by Christine D' Ado is an exciting Steampunk. #1 in "The Shadow Guild". What an adventure. Set in a Steampunk world, you can not go wrong if you enjoy Steampunk, than "Gilded Hearts" is the story for you to pick up for your reading pleasure. Fast paced and full of adventure and action. Follow, Piper Smith, an Archivist and Sergeant Samuel Hawkins of the King’s Sentry and an ex- member of the Archivist Guild on a journey of danger, a murderer and passion. A new spin on an old tale of Jack the Ripper and what a spin. A sweet romance that is passionate and steamy, with lots of danger and excitement thrown into the mix. Piper and Samuel find themselves entangled not only in their passion for each other for in a race to find a killer and stop him before more lives are lost. Oh and their are secrets and unanswered questions from Samuel's past Piper would like answered. Like why he left the Guild. "Gilded Hearts" will kept you guessing right up to the very end. Well written with engaging characters and an intriguing storyline. A great read for anyone who enjoy steampunk, romance, and Jack the Ripper tale. Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: HOT REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
Usually I don’t read too many paranormal stories because I find that I have a difficult time identifying with the characters. I was really intrigued by this story because of the back story of Jack the Ripper. Even though it’s a horrid historical occurrence the mysterious identity of who he was continues to intrigue. There are many different aspects of this story that are engaging. I was also interested to learn about Piper Smith and Sergeant Samuel Hawkins. The story begins with the murder of a woman of the night. Immediately we are told that it’s Jack the Ripper who is responsible because he leaves a note. This is a dark story and there are some difficult scenes to read. I struggled at first to understand the main characters and there were so many layers behind these characters that they provided as much of a mystery as Jack the Ripper. There are a lot of characters and they all play a very interesting role. I enjoyed that all the characters were relevant to the story and interesting. It became like putting the pieces of a puzzle together. Piper Smith and Sergeant Samuel Hawkins bring many interesting aspects to the story in both the present and in the past. At first we know that Piper and Samuel grew up together but Samuel “abandons” Piper. This is a big issue between them and even though they share a very strong history in the present day they are practically strangers. Piper is trying to prove herself as an archivist. She has a machine that grabs the memories of the murder women. As an archivists the memories become hers. Since they can be a very scary to hold on to all those memories, Piper goes through a memory erasing exercise. Some memories she still wants to keep. Although Piper and Samuel share an intense history there is always friction between them. They are on opposite sides. Samuel, once a part of the Archivists' Guild with Piper, left with no explanation. Samuel is now a Sergeant at the King’s Sentry. This conflict becomes a major part of the story as it unravels. The feelings that Samuel has for Piper are evident but he keeps resisting them and trying to protect her. Samuel is your typical tortured, handsome alpha male. This story is really a mixture of everything: science fiction, murder mystery and romance. It really has a little of everything but it mixes well. Sci-Fi readers will easily love this story since there are so many wonderful scenes (and gadgets) filled with imagination. Overall, I enjoyed the story, even though there were parts that I struggled through. Piper and Samuel made the story a great read for me, I wanted them to come to terms with their past and gain perspective on their future. I also really loved how Piper evolved from a shy and fragile young girl to a strong and in control woman. As Samuel and Piper are forced to work together they have to learn to trust. But the question becomes who they can trust. From the first memory extraction, Piper discovers clues that the murder might be an Archivist. She follows her instinct and keeps the information from her mentor Master Ryerson. Master Ryerson and Samuel definitely don’t like each other, and the reasons become evident. This was a very intense and intriguing read. This was my first read by Christina d’Abo but I look forward to reading more especially the next addition to The Shadow Guild.