Had there been more, I think this one could have been much better. Right up front, let me say that I'm quite pleased with this collection. A few felt too short, like a chapter cut from a longer book. It does present a buffet of different flavors of steampunk, at the very least, and a buffet of different sorts of romance. I found myself cheering internally as some of the characters found their ways to each other. In For The Love Of Byron by Mickey Zucker, a man and a woman, both come to love a big black dog in a time when only mechanical pets are legal. All the stories have a sweet romance heat level, no sex.
Adventure abounds in these stories of love, loss, and danger- and there is plenty of steam! I like at least 50% of the stories to be interesting, and there was really only one. Buckell, a women defies convention and the law by following her heart and running away with a travelling man. So while looking through the bookstore I came across this collection, which is a bunch of steampunk stories all with a romantic twist. I read the first two shorts and was left bored with them they lacked romance and excitement. Dashed Hopes by Donald Bingle is a heartfelt tale of two people, who, though miles apart, find love through operating the pressure-sensitive steam fixed communicator. This was my favorite story of the entire book, and I look forward to sampling other works by this author.
Plus some of these stories weren't romances at all. Review as originally published by metallife. Those are just a few of the stories of romance in Hot And Steamy a fun, adventurous read. Just so you know: The story has a happy end. I have 36 published novels and am currently writing in the mystery genre. I suppose it makes sense given that these are all short stories, but part of me got tired of having these couples instantly fall in love and decide to marry.
But that might just be my preference when it comes to short story collections like these, that I want to know where I am. Editors Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg have assembled a satisfying tome worthy of any enthusiast of steampunk or romance. In the first they make several references to a past encounter that the reader has no clue what occurred, the stories are to short to enjoy the characters or even learn enough about them to enjoy it. The stories in this all-original anthology explore alternate timelines and have been set all over the world, running the gamut from science fiction to mystery to horror to a melding of all three genres. Overall these are neither steampunk nor romances.
The stories have varying settings and plots. Stackpole is an adventure-filled story that was fun to read. I'm interested in the imaginative devices and worlds. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. My personal opinion, on this book is not pretty. Plus some of these stories weren't romances at all. Steampunk can be defined as a subgenre of science fiction that is typically set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian setting, where steam power is prevalent.
Synopsis From the co-editor of Steampunk'd comes an all-new collection of adventure and romance amid Victorian steampunk settings. Maybe someday when I forget to bring a book to work I'll yank it off the shelf again and read it while I eat my lunch. This anthology starts slow but ends well. Vaughan reminds me of The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger, but without the humor. The ones in the middle of the two were, well, middling. Includes tales by Jody Lynn Nye, Stephen D.
May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. From a Franco-British race for Kentucky coal to one woman's determination to let no man come between her and her inventions. In others the romance felt dropped in at the end just to get in this collection. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I'll tell you, I'm not a romance reader, but steampunk is so interesting that this one sucked me in. A few felt too short, like a chapter cut from a longer book. Believe it or not, this was an instance where the authors, one in particular, swayed me enough to make the purchase.
I normally refuse to give up on a book bu This book is several short stories that are unrelated put into one book. I'm three stories in and thankfully the romance aspect is played down so far, only necessary for drawing the characters together; the plots too are fairly simple and straightforward. I was hoping to love it as I have a large interest in the Steampunk world as well as romance. Combine short stories with steampunk and you have two of my favorite pastimes. I've picked up many of the Greenberg collections over the years and I'm almost always quite pleased with them--a solid collection of ten or more stories this book has 16 stories by writers famous and new focused on a particular topic.