Precious Metals by L.A. Witt #AfternoonDelight

Posted May 9, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 16 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Precious Metals by L.A. Witt #AfternoonDelight
Precious Metals

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Series: #2 Metals
Genres: M/M Romance, Steampunk Romance
Published by Riptide
Released on October 27, 2014
Pages: 152
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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I read the first book in this series that combines Steampunk Romance against the Klondike Gold strike and loved it so I was eager to give the second book a go as a result.  This was moderately engaging and offered a good adventure, but lacked some of the umph that grabbed me in the first book.

This is the second book in the series, but it was only loosely tied to the first book as far as plot was concerned.

Canadian Mounted Police Constable Paul Benson is serving at Chilkoot Pass into the Klondike gold fields when a man is brought into camp near death.  Paul helps keep him alive and then hears the story of how Joseph Starling and his brothers were set upon with one brother killed and the other kidnapped all so the thieves could steal their gold and the special digging machine they used to unearth the gold faster.

Joseph’s younger brother was taken and kept alive so that he would run the machine, but Joseph is the only one who knows how.  He is frantic to get back and rescue his brother before the thieves figure out that David can’t run the machine and kill him.

Paul sympathizes with Joseph’s plight, but he can’t bend the rules to allow a man without supplies through the pass not only for his own safety in the cold lands beyond, but the other prospectors would riot.  Joseph is near desperation, but then Paul’s sergeant orders Paul to escort Joseph to Juneau and get him on an airship that will take him to Dawson City where he can find his brother and rescue him.

Along the way, their reluctant alliance becomes something more as they face danger and hardship together.  Paul respects Joseph’s tenacity and Joseph feels safe with the capable Paul at his side.  They form something tentative between them, but don’t think it can last when Joseph goes on to Dawson City and Paul goes back to his duty at Chilkoot Pass.

This one had an exciting premise and I love the historical backdrop of the Klondike Gold Rush blended with some steampunk technology.  It started out well for me with the danger element of Joseph nearly dying, his brother captive to murderers and thieves in the gold fields, and the time element of being back in time to save the brother.  I also liked Paul and Joseph’s early antagonism as Paul was trying to keep Joseph safe and follow the law while Joseph was just desperate to return for his brother.

But then it fizzled out a bit for me.  It was on the under-developed side as to characters and romance- not absent of development, but there was a need for more.   I will even say that for all that Joseph’s heart was in the right place, I felt he got bratty a few times and wouldn’t see reason.

The romance was quick in actual time since they went from strangers to a little over a week later thinking in terms of a future together.  And it felt even quicker because of their antagonism and then also Joseph went from never having been with a woman or man or even thinking about his sexual orientation to suddenly accepting of what he was starting up with Paul.  Paul was gentle and careful with Joseph and I liked how these two were when they were together in those scenes in the cave and on the airship together.

Near the end, it got exciting though the denouement did brush over things.  I was left with a few questions and I only had a hazy idea about their future.  Again, I felt it needed more time instead of just the ‘riding off into the sunset’ thing.

All that said, I was glad to have read it and would recommend it to those who enjoy mild steampunk elements, slightly spicy romance, and a historical adventure bundled into one book.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Steampunk and klondike…interesting

    • That combo was what snagged my attention with the first book. Quite the adventure and a creative blend.

  • There’s not a lot of Western steampunk, color me curious.

    • Curiosity of this combo for steampunk is what snagged my eye to this series, too.

  • My library has most of this author’s books, so I hope to check them out one day.

    • Most of hers I have enjoyed. I think I started with a futuristic PNR duo that hooked me in. Hope you get the chance.

  • This one definitely sounds different. I’m just starting to get into steampunk so this combo is going on my TBR list. Too bad it didn’t offer more of an ending.

    • Yes, the first one in the series really grabbed me. I loved the combo of the Klondike Gold Rush and Steampunk

  • I haven’t read a steampunk romance yet, not sure if it’s my thing but this one sure sounds unique.

    • This was a nice touch of the unique with the setting in the Klondike Gold Rush. I got started with paranormal steampunks like Bec McMasters’ series to ease me in. You might try that, Mary.

  • Ah it’s a shame when the second book isn’t as good as the first one, that always makes me feel a bit disappointed. I have enjoyed the few steampunk books that I have read, although I don’t read a lot fo steampunk, not sure why. The steampunk elements and historical setting sounds interesting. It’s too bad it fizzled for you after the promising premise. Sounds like it develops a bit too quickly, I can buy a quickly developing romance in actual time if it’s well written and shows a lot of character development in that time, but it’s still hard to do that right. Great review!

    • Yes, indeed. The first book seem to take longer with the characters and their romance and tease out the details of their background and the setting even while giving an exciting adventure. This one did that a little, but not as well.

  • Bummer it wasn’t quite as strong as the first but still sounds pretty neat. The gold rush ones are always fascinating to me. I can’t imagine going through that. Whew!

    • Yes, me too. This one felt really rushed with the relationship, but slow with the action and then the end didn’t answer some of the important stuff, but it was not leaving it open for another book. I did like the world the author created though.

  • oh I do like the set up of this story. The Gold Rush is a great setting. But I do hate it when a relationship is rushed and I always like a good solid ending. But this one does sound very intriguing.

    • Yes, me too. I think that’s why I prefer the first story. It has the same elements of the Gold Rush and a good relationship, but it doesn’t rush the end.