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Review: Courting Trouble by Jenny Schwartz

Courting Trouble (The Bustlepunk Chronicles #2) by Jenny Schwartz
Steampunk, Romance
Ebook (106 pages, CARINA PRESS)
Swan River Colony, Australia, 1895
All suffragette Esme Smith wants is respect. Her beau, American inventor Jed Reeve, may be more enlightened than most men, but lately his need to protect her is at odds with her need for independence. Esme begins to wonder if a modern woman can share her life with a man without losing some of herself.
With his courtship of Esme stalled, the last thing Jed needs is the pressure of saving the Prince of Wales. But when blueprints for a sonic destroyer fall into his hands, he uncovers an anarchist plot that could have deadly consequences.
While investigating the threats, Jed is determined to keep Esme out of harm's way, despite her protests. But when the terrorists capture Jed and demand a priceless emerald in exchange for his life, it's Esme who must draw on all her strength to save the day.

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Okay but it felt unneeded. (3 stars)

If you like your steampunk heroes to be very Alpha you're sure to adore Jed. In contrast Esme is a stubborn suffragette who refuses to be protected. I enjoyed them when I read Wanted: One Scoundrel but the charm of their differences just doesn't hold up beyond that first story. There comes a point when it's just not enjoyable to read two bullheaded people butting up against one another's ideas and unfortunately the mystery element of the story was too predictable. As much as I enjoy Schwartz's writing in general I couldn't help but feel like this story was a bit superfluous.

Not a bad novellette, but not very special either. If you read it back-to-back with Wanted: One Scoundrel I think you'll enjoy it much more.

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Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

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1 comment:

RO said...

Totally agree. I do love the conversation that can happen with 2 strong characters, but I'm not sure I want the rapport to beat me over the head. (lol) I actually enjoyed this cover, as well. Loved your review and hope you weekend is awesome! Hugs...


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