Title: Clockwork Heart (Clockwork Love bk #1)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher/GR Link: Samhain, GR
Genre: MM Steampunk
Vice: OFY, Steampunk, War, Scars
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Lock this book up: 4 keys…This book is hot!
Cover Impressions: I love it!
Best Line: “You cannot erase the darkness. But you can bring as many candles with you as you like.”
Synopsis: As the French army leader’s bastard son, Cornelius Stevens enjoys a great deal of latitude. But when he saves an enemy soldier using clockwork parts, he’s well aware he risks hanging for treason. That doesn’t worry him half as much, however, as the realization he’s falling for his patient.
Johann Berger never expected to survive his regiment’s suicide attack on Calais, much less wake up with mechanical parts. To avoid discovery, he’s forced to hide in plain sight as Cornelius’s lover—a role Johann finds himself taking to surprisingly well.
When a threat is made on Cornelius’s life, Johann learns the secret of the device implanted in his chest—a mythical weapon both warring countries would kill to obtain. Caught up in a political frenzy, in league with pirates, dodging rogue spies, mobsters and princesses with deadly parasols, Cornelius and Johann have no time to contemplate how they ended up in this mess. All they know is, the only way out is together—or not at all.
Impressions: I love Ms. Cullinan, but I wasn’t sure about trying out a new Steampunk novel. I shouldn’t have even hesitated! I have LOVED her Special Delivery series, and A Private Gentleman is an all time favorite. This book also just swept me away.
The setting was amazing in this novel. I didn’t follow a lot of the alternate history in the introduction, because I am not a huge history buff, but Cullinan did such a great job explaining the setting and world building that I felt like I was right there with this amazing cast of characters.
Cornelius is the type of character that you will fall in love with immediately, and Johann is the one who will capture your heart. I loved both of these men, and the political intrigue was fast paced and engaging.
I loved the various characters in this novel, and I am so eager to hear some of their stories.
Lastly, this book was SEXY and sooo hot! The romance was amazing, and I will add this to the list of amazing books from this incredible author!