Now available again! The award-winning steampunk romance rides again!
Winner of Second Prize in the 2011 PRISM Fantasy category!
Their love rides on a spring and a prayer…
During the recent Civil War, a soldier risked his life to save Jonathan Handleston—and lost. With the help of an advanced metal brace on his crippled hand, Jon now travels from one poker tournament to the next, determined to earn enough money to repay the man's debt.
Prosperity Ridge is supposed to be the last stop on his quest, but his brace is broken and he needs an engineer to repair the delicate mechanisms. The only one available is Samantha Weatherly, a beautiful anomaly in a world ruled by men.
Sam is no fool. Jon is no different from any other gambler—except for his amazing prosthetic. Despite a demanding project to win a critical contract to develop an iron horse, she succumbs to the lure of working on the delicate mechanisms. And working with the handsome Englishman.
Like a spring being coiled, Samantha and Jon are inexorably drawn together. Sam begins to realize honor wears many faces, and she becomes the light at the end of Jon's journey to redemption. The only monkey wrench is Victor, a rival gambler who will stop at nothing to make sure Jon misses the tournament. Even destroy Jon's and Sam's lives.
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About the Author
Sheryl Nantus was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in Toronto, Canada. A rabid reader almost from birth, she attended Sheridan College in Oakville, graduating in 1984 with a diploma in Media Arts Writing. She met Martin Nantus through the online fanfiction community in 1993 and moved to the United States in 2000 in order to marry. A firm believer in the healing properties of peppermint and chai, she continues to write short stories, poetry and novels while searching for the perfect cuppa. "Wild Cards and Iron Horses" is her fourth published title.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
No summary. Just a review. *World-building: A+* I could have sworn my Nook's screen was dingy and dirty while reading of Jon's arrival in town. That was a first for me. I was able to easily picture nearly every location in this book without feeling like I was getting too much detail. For me, it was at the Goldilocks 'just right' level. *Characters: A* While the author doesn't bog us down with character background info, we're able to understand the characters through their actions. That's always my preferred way of learning about characters as opposed to reading a paragraph about this particular person's past or personality. It felt very organic, learning about who these people were. *Drama: B+* I'm a fan of fictional violence, so the climax of this story fell just a LITTLE short for me. Mainly, I felt the final confrontation between Jon and Victor should have been more... something. Bigger, longer, more grunting and fists thrown? I dunno, but it just happened a little too quickly for me. I find nothing wrong with the storyline itself, I just wanted more of a fight. *Romance: A* This is not a steamy romance novel and your little cousin could easily read this without blushing or asking you what that four-letter word is. But the fact that this romance doesn't revolve around 'a willful woman that refuses to accept her attraction' makes this a freaking awesome book! There is none of that 'oh, he's so dreamy but I've been hurt before and now I'm too independent/cold/shut-off to need a man' self-defense drama that seems to be the basis for every romance novel published lately. And it's not a story that pushes a couple together so quickly you have to wonder what they were thinking. It feels normal and that's quite refreshing. My only complaint about this book is that I was never really able to picture Jon's arm brace. Maybe if all the descriptions of it in the entire book were put together in one paragraph, I could understand. But the picture on the cover of the novel and the descriptions in the book left me confused as to how it looked and worked. I definitely recommend this book - I thoroughly enjoyed it and readily admit to being surprised by that.