Two Mini-Reviews: M/M Cowboy Steampunk in Two Parts by Rebecca Leigh

Mini-Review
Title: The OutlawThe Outlaw by Rebecca Leigh
Author: Rebecca Leigh
Genre: Steampunk Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy from publisher
Published: August 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
Outlander Kell Laughlin has been charged with murder, and though Damian Junter is assigned to find him in Terra Noir, the bounty hunter has his doubts about his quarry’s guilt. Damian won’t kill an innocent, so he must find Kell and get to know him—and the truth—before dispensing justice. It’s a decision that will lead to passion between them and expose political intrigue in the ruling aristocracy, endangering their lives and changing the world Damian knows forever.

Reviewed By: J9

I am a huge steampunk fan so this MM steampunk synopsis captured my attention and I’m glad I read it.  I loved the setting, which was a blend of the old West and steampunk.  Though a short story, the atmosphere is well written so readers get a sense of this unique world that I really liked.  The plot of Damian hunting Kell is well constructed, fast-paced and part of a cultural war.  My only real complaint is that the leads, Kell and Damian, are hot men but not much else.  Their romance is super erotic but not emotional, perhaps due to the short story format.  I wouldn’t have been happy with either the plot or the romance resolution if I didn’t have book two waiting in the wings.  And speaking of book two…



J9’s Rating:
3 1/2 Frogs

 

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Mini-Review

 
Title: The RevolutionaryThe Revolutionary by Rebecca Leigh
Author: Rebecca Leigh
Genre: Steampunk Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy from publisher
Published: January 2012 by Dreamspinner Press

After months of hiding out in the badlands, ex-Bringer Damian Junter has returned to Terra Noir to plot war with the East. The tide of public opinion is shifting against the corrupt Statesman Paulin, the man who accused Damian’s lover, Kell, of a murder he did not commit. With Kell as their leader, the Outlanders make the only move they can: revolution.

But the West isn't the only side gearing up for war. In the East, Statesman Paulin has been preparing a mechanical army of his own. When Kell sends Damian back home to spy, Damian has to fight against his own insecurities: Kell's ex-lover, Paul, is his right-hand man in this war. Damian trusts Kell with his life—but can he truly trust Kell with his heart?

Reviewed By: J9

I loved the Western steampunk world in novella one of this series and think this setting is the best part of these two novellas.  The plot involving a corrupt government official and his quest to wage war on the West and Damian and Kell has good resolution that was missing from novella one.  I liked that the steampunk war machines play huge roles here and the sci-fi fan in me was totally geeking out about them.  Kell and Damian’s romance continues to be erotic but this novella adds a bit of emotional intimacy, not a ton but enough for me to be satisfied. Readers will have to read this MM steampunk romance back-to-back to get the full enjoyment from both short novellas.



J9’s Rating:
3 1/2 Frogs

 

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About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.

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