Besotted ( Chaos Factor) by Ella Clouse
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Tamsyn’s attraction to Slade is deep, but is love worth the price of dreams?
A trailblazer, Tamsyn Bradford graduated as Royal Academy’s first female alumni, with the fighting skills and cunning fitting a member of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Selected to teach at an elite school for female spies, Tamsyn attends a friend’s class party only to fall into the lap of temptation that is Prince Slade Faust. Will a drunken night of passion ruin her career forever? Before we can find out, an evil scientist steps in and abducts Tamsyn, sending Slade and Tamsyn’s group of friends on a hunt to save her very life.
Following the short stories Unequited and Requited, Elle Clouse’s Besotted is a fun Steampunk action and romantic adventure novella.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Hearts
Review: The Steampunk genre is one that I have to be in the mood for, and bad steampunk can leave me not in the mood for it for an extremely long time. Thankfully, I was both in the mood to read a steampunk novel and this novel did not leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. For those who might be unaware, Steampunk refers to a genre wherein the story is typically set in 19th century England or in the American Wild West and uses the technology available to the people of that time, but that makes use of technological marvels that we might see today. In this particular novel, the setting is Lunden and the story centers at a reunion party for those who have graduated from the Academy, one of whom is Tamsyn Bradford, one of the few women who have graduated from the Academy and a woman who has become the hero to many other young women in the kingdom. The book was an extremely fast read; just about the time I really got into it, it was done, so I would more label this a novella or a long short story more than a novel. However, the author has done an admirable job of telling a tight story within the confines of the short work. What I did not enjoy was the fact that it definitely seems like this is a continuation of another story and I felt like I was missing some of the important details. Regardless, it pulled me in enough that I have already downloaded another of the short stories in the series and I am very interested to see what happens with these characters, particularly with Slade and Tamsyn. While sex and violence are alluded to, it all happens off-stage, so I would feel comfortable recommending the book to any fan of the steampunk genre who also likes elements of romance.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock