Review: Noble Metals by LA Witt

Review: Noble Metals by LA WittNoble Metals by L.A. Witt

Genres: Historical Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Riptide on July 14, 2014
Pages: 186
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars  

The Klondike Gold Rush just seems an addictive historical setting for me and I pay attention to little else about the story when I grab up books involving it.  Fortunately, this one also offers a go-to author, a delicate romance, an exciting adventure and a bit of steampunk dynamics to make it a rousing read.

The story opens when scientist and inventor, John Fauth, arrives in Seattle as the jumping off point for his mystery-laden journey into the Yukon after something more than gold.  He meets prostitute, Robert Belton, who wishes to journey into gold country more than anything.  Robert can never go home again after what he has done to survive and save a bit of money for the gamble of a lifetime.

John and Robert spend a night getting intimately acquainted before John agrees to take Robert on as a helper and traveling companion to help steer the mech that will carry their goods up the pass and helping him with the hardships of the journey and doing the digging in gold country.  John tells Robert that what they had together must stay secret and then he pulls away and doesn’t touch Robert like that again.  They become friends through their time together and the long hard miles they journey.

The journey and natural danger are just part of what keeps them alert.  Others are on their trail seeking to steal what John has invented to help him find the noble metal he needs for his invention in progress.  Robert’s past is also something that gives them reason to worry as some recognize him for what he was.  In the end, both must decide what is truly important and what they can live without.

I’ve always enjoyed the ‘journey to discovery’ style romance and character-driven plot lines that include a physical journey as well as a journey of the heart.  The adventure, the steampunk gadgetry and historical backdrop of this story are written well so that the reader gets a true taste of the hardships and what barriers the characters must pit themselves against to gain their goals.  It was balanced well with the character development and romance. This story had a unique way of these guys sharing their thoughts.  Robert narrated first person and John’s narration came in the form of journal entries.

Robert made some big mistakes and he paid for them and now he’s just hoping that his gamble will give him a new start in life.  He also has come to know John and tries to put off thinking of the inevitable separation when they finish what they set out to do.  John will return to Chicago and his academic scientific world that has no room for Robert to be more than a secret.  Robert isn’t the only one who yearns and has no idea how to achieve a contented happiness.  John wants to succeed with his inventions to prove himself, but now he is starting to care about Robert too.

The romance is sweeter more than hot passion.  It develops slowly as these two men become traveling companions and share both the tedious, grueling travel and the danger together.  It forges something strong between them.  Robert worries that John only brought him along to use him, but then he worries that John will never see him as more than a traveling companion.  The slow to build romance takes up the whole book and it really worked best that way.  I loved it and it was all the more triumphant and deeper when they finally did come together.

In the end, I was captivated and wanted more.  I was smiling from ear to ear when I read the epilogue which was a nice touch.  Lovers of m/m historical romance adventure should try this one.

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

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.
  • Hannah B

    I enjoyed your review of Noble Metals, I haven’t read it yet although it is on my kindle waiting for me. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Thanks for reading my review, Hannah. I enjoyed the story and hope you do too.

  • For some reason I can’t get into steampunk when it’s set in the US. I don’t know why, I can’t seem to suspend disbelief when there are cowboys, gold rushers, and the like as characters. Even when I was reading historical romance, westerns were my least favorite.

    • That is funny. I guess technically Steampunk is Victorian England, but I never really thought about it as different b/c its US or some other part of the world in some. I love it of course and I love westerns too so I guess that makes sense. To each their own, right? 😉

  • What a neat setting for a romance. I read one years ago set during a gold rush and it was a very nice read (a christian romance and I don’t read those too often so much more sweet than steamy as well). It sounds like a lovely one and pretty exciting. I’m really liking that it had 1st person from one and journal entries from the other so you get bits from both characters. That’s always a nice touch 🙂

    • The narrative type being different from each other was a refreshing difference. A gold rush story at Christmas sounds neat. I’ve read many Christian romances and liked them so I’d probably get into it.

      • The one I read was Snow Angel by Jamie Carie. I don’t even remember how I ended up with it but it was a nice historical fiction-ish read. Always meant to go back and check her others out.

        That is refreshing. I love when authors try something new and a little risky in the delivery. Nice when it works out too. When I’m ready to bust my m/m cherry I’m going to have so many suggestions from you I’ve book marked to binge on. lol

        • Thanks for sharing the title and author. I’ll check it out.

  • vvb reads

    Sounds like an interesting one. And the location and time period reminds me of a new tv series I started watching called Klondike which I’m liking.