Hey everybody! It’s been a while since my last post, but no worries I’m still here. I finally passed my Perspectives on History exam and the end of my thesis is finally showing, only one more chapter and a conclusion and I’m done :). Meanwhile, I’ve landed my first publishing contract for 8 short historical fiction stories and I’m waiting on news about another writing project! But best of all, it’s almost christmas. I just love everything about this holiday. I don’t know about you all, but I like reading christmas stories around this time of year. One of my all time favorites is the steampunk short Crimewave in a Corset by Stacy Gail. Let me first tell you what this story is about and then I will convince you to put this one on your to buy and to read list 😉
Roderick Coddington is on a mission to make Cornelia Peabody pay. After identifying her as the thief who stole a priceless Fabergé egg from his dying sister, he finds her and shackles a deadly timepiece to her arm. If she doesn’t return the egg by Christmas morning, she will die.
Normally seven days is more than enough time for Cornelia to carry out the perfect crime, but Roderick’s intrusion into her life is beyond distracting. He challenges her mind, and ignites her body with desire she’s never felt before. But worst of all, he threatens the independence she values above all else…
As Roderick spends time with Cornelia, he realizes there’s a lonely soul hidden beneath her beautiful but criminal veneer. Falling for a thief wasn’t part of Roderick’s plan, but plans can change and he has no intention of letting another priceless treasure get away from him.
So, if the description and cover didn’t persuade you yet to put this on your list let me try to convince you ;).
Cornelia was raised by a mother whose only care was how much profit she could make by stealing. When Cornelia didn’t come home with enough goods her mother would beat her. Needless to say Cornelia grew up thinking that stealing was the only way to make a living and people cannot be trusted. Her only rule is never to steal from the poor or sick, and only to rob powerful institutions. She lives a solitary life and enjoys using her wit to outsmart people. One day when she comes home she discovers that somebody has broken in. Convinced that the thief has left the building without discovering her secret hideout she makes her way upstairs only to be attacked by the man who broke in.
Roderick is a professor at the local university and has made it his life’s mission to make the thief of his beloved Beth’s Fabergé egg pay. The only thing that made his sick sister happy was that egg and when it was stolen she took a turn for the worse and died. When he finds out Cornelia stole the precious trinket he concocts a plan to get it back. He breaks in and sets a trap to ensnare a thief. Then he will shackle Cornelia with his killing timepiece and make her steal the egg back. But when his plan succeeds and he spends time with her he discovers that beneath the fineer of a ruthless thief lies the heart of a scarred and lonely woman who cares a great deal about other people. She’s just afraid to show her gentle and caring nature for nobody ever loved her.
I absolutely love the romance between these two characters. At first Roderick hates Cornelia for what she did, but slowly he starts to fall for her smarts and kind nature. Making him wonder if he should proceed with his plan. Especially when Cornelia tells him where the Fabergé egg ended up. Cornelia is afraid of Roderick at first, but soon discovers that although he says he hates her he doesn’t seem to want to hurt her like her mother did. And he does strange things to her heart. However, she is convinced that a man like him can never love a woman like her and when the mission to steal the egg back proves not only dangerous, but just as heartbreaking as when she stole from Beth she doesn’t know if she can go through with it. Will Roderick unshackle her or will his hate make him kill her for not getting the egg back? The feelings between these two characters are so sweet, yet at the same time explosive (prepare for some steamy scenes ;)). You can’t help but root for these two and hope they will eventually end up together.
Another great thing about this story is the attention to historical and scientific detail making it utterly believable. From flying machines to traps. From killing timepieces to precious Fabergé eggs. Every detail has been carefully written.
If you like sweet and steamy romance, suspense, an overload of emotions and a story full of scientific and historical details this is the one for you. Prepare for a christmas adventure you didn’t see coming!