Thursday, June 5, 2014

Review: Prudence and the Professor (Brides of Jubilee #1) by Sibelle Stone

Title: Prudence and the Professor (Brides of Jubilee #1)
Author: Sibelle Stone
Source: Author Request
Genre: Steampunk Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: January 20, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

Civil War widow Prudence Worthington has vowed to never again be at the mercy of a
man. She’s determined to make her own way in the world after being one of the first women to graduate from a business school in upstate New York. In search of adventure and independence she takes a position as a personal secretary to an eccentric inventor and heads to Montana Territory.

Professor Gerritt Rhinehart must develop his newest invention to meet a critical deadline. Someone is willing to do almost anything to stop him, and the distraction of a raven haired beauty he hired as his secretary makes it impossible to concentrate. But he must stay focused, especially when his invention could change the course of the War-Between-the-States.

Discover a rollicking steampunk romance from an award-winning author. The first book in the Brides of Jubilee series.
I have found that it can be difficult to find a good mix of steampunk and romance.  One of the halves always seems to come up a little short.  Prudence and the Professor had a very nice balance of the two.  The machines and contraption were a little lacking in the  middle, but the Screaming Meemie and the devices at the end made up for it.  

Prudence and Gerrit seem to be made for each other, but neither of them want to admit it.  Their reasons aren't very sound, and it was really the only downside of the book( although the bath house scene near the beginning is pricelss).  I would have liked to see a slightly different conflict between them.  There was plenty of other conflict to go around though.  With espionage and assassination on the agenda, both Prudence and Gerrit are attached for several different reasons.

There is a bit of paranormal twist as well, but since it was a surprise I don't want to say exactly what it was.  It was very nicely done though and leads the way into an interesting set up for book two.  I think it will be another very exciting one.

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