Reviewed by Melissa Brus
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
This amazing second book of the Magic and Steam series opens up with our intrepid hero, Gillian Hamilton, in a new city. Gillian is now in New York City, facing new enemies and figuring out his relationship with Constantine Gunner. The narrative is full of so many delicious details that work to create a phenomenal steampunk atmosphere for the reader. It is so immersive you really feel like you are in the alternate universe and getting ready to celebrate the New Year….in 1881.
Then you add in fully developed characters that have you invested in them from the very first interaction. The action in this book is addictive. Poe throws in so many creative bad guys, that you never see the crazy twists until you are sitting there dumbfounded by what you just read! Somehow in the middle of an amazing action-filled mystery, there is also an incredibly sweet and sexy romance going on. The moments between Gillian and Constantine are so poignant. They are learning each other in the present and also slowly revealing painful layers of their pasts. Constantine Gunner’s ability to read Gillian gives him the ability to open up and share some truly traumatic moments in his past. One of these revelations happens at the very end of the book, an amazing curveball which made me yell out loud.
Overall this is an amazing read. I totally recommend this book for steampunk fans, romance fans, mystery fans….basically read this book if you like to read