I love the premises of this book. What would have happened if the English had won the war? Where would America be today if that had happened? It’s fascinating to think of all the possibilities and if we would be who we are today if there were no United States of America. Would we even exist? So of course when I got the chance to read the first book in this serial I jumped at the chance.
First off I mentioned it is a serial. So I had to ask how many books will this end up being….more than a half dozen. So be prepared to be sucked in for several books. That also means this book IS left with a bit of a cliff hanger. You WILL want to continue reading after the first book. It is that GOOD. I can’t wait until the next book is available because I HAVE to find out what happened with Victoria and Bill.
So a little bit about the book. Here is the blurb:
In a world where the old remains and is integrated with the new, Victoria struggles escape from those who wish her ill, or worse, dead.
What if the American Revolution never happened? Follow the timeline to the year 2011 where Duchess Victoria is waiting for her birthday to inherit the rest of her titles as well as her fortune. Then her father would lose his control over her and cease sending any more men to try to dupe her into marriage. If she married before she turned twenty-five, Victoria would lose most of her inheritance.
Enter a dashing undercover agent sent by the King of Americas to spy on Victoria’s father. When she meets Bill, Victoria is tempted by him more than any other man. As they travel cross-country via private traincoach, it becomes apparent things aren’t what they seem in ways Victoria doesn’t want to acknowledge.
Victoria and Bill must work together to find the culprit responsible for sabotage and murder, but this is only the beginning. Can they keep their wits before one of them is killed? Join them in the first of many adventures in the steampunk serial, The Shot: Traincoach of Death 1.
The idea of her being married off started a slow burn in him. They’d reached the upper levels by now, and he looked around for prying eyes. No one paid them any more attention than the next person.
Bill pushed her up against the glass dome. With the sunset falling behind her, her hair looked like flaming fire, reflecting how he’d started to feel about her. He’d already admired her on paper. Since meeting her in person, he felt like he rode the express train to ever after and didn’t know how to get off—or if he even wanted to.
He put a hand behind her neck and drew her in. Surprise flashed across her features as he dropped his lips to hers and then the fire from the sky spread through him. Their tongues dueled and his free hand brought her body close to his, seeking her fire. In response, she wrapped her arms around his neck and met him thrust for thrust, causing him to see and feel each second, each movement in slow motion.
Now he knew. Time slowed so that each whisper of their lips lasted as a hurricane, each heartbeat a lifetime of promise. Then time returned to its normal flow, and his body responded to the soul’s fullness. His ears buzzed with lust, and he wanted to lift her skirts right there and then and complete the act of becoming one. However, it occurred to him she didn’t know the truth about who he was, and it killed his libido faster than a cold shower.
He kissed his way up her cheek, placing a final kiss on her forehead. She relaxed her head against his chest, and he held her close as the sun set.
Something wasn’t right on the Louisiana Rail and Engine Company. The King showed his great knowledge and wisdom once again when he sent Bill to the Hastings’ holdings, and he hoped to live up to the king’s expectations.
I have only read one other steampunk before reading this book and it didn’t leave a huge impression on me. This one did. I adore the world building and the idea of train travel. I’d love to visit this world and explore it in depth. If you want to preorder it follow this link here. It is released on May 16.