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on March 15, 2016 :
Somethings I liked a lot about this story, some things I really didn't care for.
+ It's fundamentally about women asserting identity and power in defiance of Victorian strictures. Yay.
+ Not only is there really a plot & some character development, at least some of the sex scenes advance establish character & advance the plot
- At least one character is sadistic in the "Marquis de" mode - sexually aroused by noncon violence up to and including death. The story overall is pretty violent.
- One sexualized scene emphasizes how one of the participants is not enjoying the activities.
- Le Brocq embraces the Victorian-style physiological distortions of sexual response to the point of ridiculousness. There's a long tradition of this, obviously, but it distracted me
On balance, definitely more good than bad, I'll try more from Le Brocq
(reviewed 5 years after purchase)
on June 03, 2013 :
Good story line. The autor really has done a good job of setting the story and developing the charactors. The only critism I have is the technology terminology is wanting. Sometime I think the autor has never written steampunk before, but I guess I'm just nit picking.
Don't let it stop you reading this story. It is otherwise a good read, and unlike some erotica it's not just smut with no story line - Not that there is anything wrong with smut with no story line. But sometimes it's nice to read an erotic story with a plot.
I think now I will have to read the autor's other works.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)