Santa Fe, The Republic of New Texacali, 1870
Eight years ago, Ophelia Leonides's husband cast her off when he discovered she was not the woman he thought she was. Now destitute after the death of her father, Ophelia is forced to turn to Dario for help raising the child she never told him about.
Dario is furious that Ophelia has returned, and refuses to believe Arthur is his sonafter all, he thought his wife was barren. But to avoid gossip, he agrees to let them spend the holidays at his villa. While he cannot resist the desire he still feels for Ophelia, Dario despises himself for being hopelessly in love with a woman who can never love him back.
But Dario is wrong: Ophelia's emotions are all too human, and she was brokenhearted when he rejected her. Unsure if she can trust the man she desperately loves, she fears for her life, her freedom and her son if anyone else learns of her true nature...
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About the Author
PG Forte inhabits a world that's almost as magical as the ones she creates. It's a world filled with serendipity, coincidence, love at first sight and dreams that very often come true.
You can find PG at her website, pgforte.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was my first "steampunk" read and I must say that I truly enjoyed it! As a huge fan of sci-fi and paranormal as well as romance, this story was right up my alley! The delightful mix of the proper language of the era, the fantastic creations of one brilliant inventor and the altered historical events made for a quick, interesting read that is still full of emotion. Olivia and Dario were deeply, irrevocably in love, that is until Dario discovers Olivia's true nature and rejects her, sending her away from him and their home. Eight years later, alone and destitute, Olivia must return to that home to seek assistance from Dario for herself and their son. A son that Dario never knew existed and in fact had been led to believe could never exist, given the fact that Olivia is not quite human... Exceptionally well-written and edited, it was a breath of fresh air to read a story virtually free of those unfortunate and distracting errors that we all make. I really enjoyed this one. Highly recommended read!
This was my first Steampunk read, and although it's a novella, PG Forte packed the story with a lot of emotion, especially from Dario. I loved the hero of this book from the beginning. PG Forte delved into his internal turmoil realistically, and as the reader I felt his internal conflict, angst and his struggle with loving a woman, who he feels he cannot trust and accept. His wife, Ophelia is not who he thought she was when he married her--through no fault of her own--and it will have the reader wondering as well, if Dario should unleash his passion and give her unconditional love. I also enjoyed the fantasy element, the historical setting and PG Forte's voice. She has a wonderful writing style. The scientific elements in the story didn't take away from the sexual tension or passion between the Dario and Ophelia. These elements added intrigue and suspense, especially during one scene, where the reader isn't quite sure if this will have a happy ever after ending or if this family can actually hold it together. The internal and external conflicts are well drawn out in this story and the characters are unpredictable, and three-dimensional, which is why they worked so well in this story.