What do you get when you combine Steampunk, Sci-Fi and Suspense? A fun creative work that leaves you chomping at the bit for the next installment.
I loved the feeling of being on one of those wild roller-coaster rides as I journeyed along with poor Edgar Mason as he tries to figure out what in the world is going on, deals with his sudden lust for his new master and then trust that the man isn’t certifiable when he tells Mason that they are playing a deep game against Martians.
Mason was once a soldier in the Royal Artillery serving in Afghanistan and India until the automated soldiers pushed him out of his job. Now he’s a valet for a temp agency looking for permanent placement with a military gentleman. His one night placement with dandified and frivolous Agamemnon Frost looks to be a serious pain, but he needs the employment and it’s just for the night. Um, about that…
Valeting for Frost, turns into something else entirely really quick. Mason observes that his temporary master is not what he pretends to be. There is a high level of intelligence behind that playful facade. Frost is a wicked temptation for Mason and Frost knows it even reciprocates it. But duty calls and both respond. Frost knows the score and Mason is left to trust him- with his life.
As I said, this one opens simply, but goes mysterious pretty fast. I had a vague idea this was to be a steampunk adventure, but then when the aliens were tossed into the mixed I could only laugh and sit back to enjoy where this inventive piece was taking me. The story is told entirely from Mason’s perspective leaving Frost a dark horse who one can never be sure of. The sexual tension crackled between the two, but the mission part of the plot is constantly pulling them apart. This was a shorter piece that left a huge loose end leading to the sequel. I can’t wait to get my hands on that one.
For those who enjoy the unexpected through an unique blend of genres that include Steampunk, Sci-Fi and M/M Romantic Suspense, do give this new series a try.
My thanks to Netgalley for providing the book for review purposes.
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