Steampunk Romance, Western
Mass Market Paperback $3.99 (100 pages, AVON)
Night of fire, night of passion
US Army Upland Ranger Tom Knox always knew going home wouldn’t be easy. Three years ago, he skipped town, leaving behind the only woman who ever mattered; now that he’s seen the front lines of war, he’s ready to do what he must to win her back.
Rosa Campos is long past wasting tears on Tom Knox, and now that she’s sheriff of Thornville, she has more than enough to do. Especially when a five-story rock-eating mining machine barrels toward the town she’s sworn to protect.
Tom’s the last person Rosa expects to see riding to her aid on his ether-borne mechanical horse. She may not be ready to forgive, but Rosa can’t deny that having him at her side brings back blissful memories . . . even as it reignites a flame more dangerous than the enemy threatening to destroy them both.
Author Site: nicorosso.com
All hat, no cattle... but not bad either! (3 stars)
Three years have passed since Tom Knox rode out of Thornville on a stolen horse, leaving Rosa behind. Now an Upland Ranger with the US Army he's gotten his honor back and he's ready to do everything in his power to win her back. But before he can properly woo Rosa, the pair will face off with an enemy who won't take no for an answer... a mining machine threatening to devour everything in its path including Thornville. The road back to passion will be paved with danger and the slivers of past hurts but if Tom and Rosa can save the town, surely they can find a way to forgive and rekindle the love they once shared.
While stripped down to it's formulaic elements NIGHT OF FIRE is a romance, I admit some hesitation recommending it to romance readers. When the hero and heroine are introduced they have lots of flaming physical chemistry but I found their personalities weren't fleshed out enough I felt like I knew them enough to root for a resolution to their past. Here in Montana we have a saying 'all hat, no cattle' which really fits the story overall. Rosso is a great writer, his action scenes are absolutely killer! I just found the romance lacked any of the substantial chemistry I expected due to lack of character development. Too much telling and not enough showing why they loved one another before that lead to a rekindled relationship.
Keeping in mind the romance was weak I have to flip this review and say that if you're looking for a really cool steampunk action adventure it rocked my socks. Rosa isn't a shrinking violet and the pair compliment one another well as partners in a mission to save Thornville. I'd actually very much recommend NIGHT OF FIRE to the male audience who enjoy an action-packed steampunk with a sprinkle of the other kind of steam without a bunch of gushy lovey-dovey stuff. I think it's got great cross-over appeal for romance fans looking to try steampunk and steampunk fans who dabble in romances.
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Notes: ARC received via publisher.
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