by Nathalie Gray

March 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60310-448-7
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After an electrical storm takes hold of the ocean she is sailing on, Laurel Benson-Desmarais is transported into another world – one where the ocean is toxic and sailors fly metal steam powers ships in the sky. Fearing she’s hit her head or worse, lying in a coma, Laurel begins to explore the explosive world around her. Captured for her exotic looks and kept prisoner aboard the Brass Baron, she quickly becomes friends with various crew members, only to be treated like a criminal by the ship's captain, Phineas Hamilton.

Phineas has problems of his own. Transporting an important passenger, the last thing he needs is the exotic looking, argumentative woman in strange clothing aboard his ship. Wary of Laurel, he needs to make sure crew and ship survive the many attempts made to crush them by their enemies. Everyone is depending on him. Yet, he cannot stop thinking about Laurel.

Putting aside their differences and coming together as one might be the only way they can survive...

Full Steam Ahead is one of the best novels I have read this year. I've always been interested in steam punk novels and this makes for a perfect addition to the genre. From the opening pages you are drawn into a world similar to our own, recognizable yet, inherently different. Laurel kicks onto the pages with the full force of trying to save her racing boat in the midst of a storm. From the moment she is transported into a world of petticoats and steam pistols, she is ballsy, bold and kick ass. Her adventures on the Brass Baron are a pure pleasure to read.

Phineas Hamilton is a dashing hero. Part pirate, part brooding Victorian male, his vulnerability shines through. I adored him. As he softens towards Laurel, their relationship heats up the pages and literally had me panting.

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot but it is one explosive scene after another. I really wish I could be transported aboard the Brass Baron!

If you’ve never read a steam punk novel, Full Steam Ahead is a great place to start. Definitely worth the five rose review!

Reviewed in August 2010 by Donna.

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