Review: Steamlust Steampunk Erotic Romance Anthology

Saturday, October 15

Title:  Steamlust:  Steampunk Erotic Romance*
Editor:  Kristina Wright
Series: N/A
Genre: Steampunk, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Cleis Press
Format: Paperback
Date/Year:  October 4, 2011
Reviewed by:  Julia

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

Victorian Elegance Meets Steamy Exploration

Steampunk erotic romance is shiny brass and crushed velvet, mechanical inventions and romantic conventions, sexual fantasy and kinky fetish. This unique collection includes tales of adventure and intrigue, enhanced by imaginative gadgets and clever automatons, populated by the passionate, free-spirited rebels and dreamers steampunk is known for. In Nikki Magennis's "Make Your Own Miracles," a lust-filled lady orders a machine to relieve the agony of her longing; while a brilliant inventor and a wanton engineer collaborate with ecstatic results in Saskia Walker's "Hearts of the Daedalus." In Lynn Townsend's "Golden Moment," an invention leads the heroine to exactly the right lover at precisely the right time. And the time bandits of Vida Bailey's "Undergrounded" indulge their desires, just one step ahead of the law. Tantalizing steam engine dreams and clockwork visions await!

My Musings:

Steampunk. I accidentally fell into this genre when I picked up a book with a pretty cover and decided to read it. How fun it was! Cool Victorian mannerism, things, ideals, added in with a twist of taking industrialization to its science fiction- fantasy extreme.

When this book came to me I was just thinking I wanted to read more erotica, and with steampunk being fun and unique, I thought this would be the best thing for it.

Steamlust, as aforementioned, is an anthology. Each story is roughly ten pages long. My normal problem with anthologies is that it is extrememly hard for me to get to know the characters with only thirty or so odd pages to work with. That is not the case with Steamlust. The first story wow’d me (I’d venture to say it was my favorite) and let me know I wasn’t in for the dreary anthologies I've read in the past where I felt like I wasted my time.

Each story has wonderful characters and focuses on a certain type of Steampunk. One story may focus more of the innovations of the genre, where another focuses solely on the machines themselves. Regardless of the focus there was always some fun aspect that took the story from marvelous!

Now, I can’t say all of the stories wow’d me the same as that first one did, but they were all enjoyable and a great way to get in some quick reading after a tough long day at work. I had no need to worry about getting caught up in the book and be roped in for 15 chapters, because each short story was its own book.

This book has something for all romance loving Steampunk fanatics. It is definitely steamy...some stories even had me grabbing for my hand fan!  The moral is, ladies and gents, if you are into Steampunk and don’t mind it with an emphasis on the steam, check Steamlust out.  If you don’t know what steampunk really is and are willing to get thrust into the realm of Victorian fantasy with clocks and goggles, give it a go! I am sure glad I did!


Overall:  4 stars
Sensuality level: 5

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