Computer technician Jack Fletcher is no hero, despite his unwelcome reputation as one. In fact, he’s just been the victim of bizarre circumstances. Like now. His sister happens to disturb one of his nanoelectromechanical system experiments, and now they aren’t where they’re supposed to be. In fact, they’re not sure where they are when…
…they wake up to see a woman with the reddest hair Jack has ever seen-and a gun. Octavia Pye is an Aerocorps captain with a whole lot of secrets, and she’s not about to see her maiden voyage ruined by stowaways. But the sparks flying between her and Jack just may cause her airship to combust and ignite a passion that will forever change the world as she knows it… (from Goodreads)
I am a long-time fan of Katie MacAlister. I started with her vampire novels, moved to her dragon ones (I love Jim, the demon Newfoundland dog), discovered her historicals, and have now read what I feel is the first of many Steampunk books. I can’t begin to say which are my favorites.
Anyway, Steamed is just as much a book about the Steampunk genre as it is a Steampunk novel. It is definitely written tongue-in-cheek. There are airships, but no electricity. There are handguns, but not bullets. Women captain airships, but still wear bustles. They are allowed to have hems above the ankles though to enable them to climb riggings safely.
And, of course, there is romance. This is Katie MacAlister, after all.