Author: Seleste deLaney
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: Received for review from NetGalley
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My Romancing Thoughts:
A thrilling and adventurous read!
Ever is a warrior whose duties are to protect the Queen and her country. When her territory is attacked and her queen is killed, Ever is left for dead while attempting to escape onto enemy territory. Rescued by Captain Pierce of the Dark Hawk, a shipping vessel, Ever sees an opportunity to get to the next in line for the throne and restore the monarchy. Men are only good for a quick fling in Ever's eyes, but spending time with the charming Captain has her questioning her opinion of the opposite sex. Her job is to protect the throne at all costs and she is determined to sacrifice her own happiness to see her duties fulfilled, even if it kills her.
This books kicks off with action and immerses the reader into a steampunk world of civil war and robotic creatures. Ever is a stand up heroine. She's smart, independent and feisty. In a world where most women are prim and proper, Ever is a kick ass warrior that can hold her own. Captain Spencer Pierce is a noble hero who is ever the gentleman and not your usual alpha male. He's confident and isn't threatened by a strong woman which makes him even more desirable. The romance between Ever and Spencer is played out well, slowly developing from a physical attraction to a more meaningful relationship. The sexual tension between the two main characters throughout the story is entertaining and genuine. I love how both characters put their feelings aside for the greater good, it shows just how selfless they are and makes their story that more romantic.
This is a not your run of the mill love story. Where most books in this genre take place in England, the author creates a whole new perspective by choosing America as her setting. Her characters are well developed and not the usual delicate heroine and alpha hero. Full of adventure, unexpected revelations and an original romance, Badlands is a great addition to the steampunk genre and will leave you wanting more!
A big thank you to NetGalley and Carina Press for allowing me to read and review this magnificent book!