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Geared for Pleasure (Elemental Steam #1)

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The world of Theorrey runs like a well-oiled machine. The elements are in balance, passion is tamed, and the young queen is the heartbeat of it all. But in these two all-new stories of elemental steam, nothing is ever as it seems.

Earthly Desires

Demeter “Dare” Senedal is the Queen’s Chalice-her protector and closest companion. So when the queen goes missing, Dare rushes to
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Berkley Heat
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oh, bodice-rippers, the things i have read for you.cowboy porn, medieval porn, twincest porn...

but guess what?? against all odds, i liked this one. like, i 3.5 star liked this one. is that weird? am i finally coming over to the darkside of steampunk loooove books? am i going to be one of the ladies elbowing others out of the way to get my hands on the monthly deliveries of harlequin extras? it could happen. i am greasing my elbows.

usually, reading the t
mark monday
Oct 15, 2012 mark monday rated it liked it
Recommended to mark by: RBRS Assignment #5


Committee Members Present: Elizabeth, karen, Ceridwen, Allison, mark
Committee Members Absent: Joel, Jen, Bazi


1. Introductions

2. Review/Approve Draft Agenda for "Geared for Pleasure" - VOTE
The meeting was called to order at Sexy O'Clock by Co-Chairs (CC) Ceridwen and Elizabeth. Council Member (CM) Allison stated that she did not vote for this novel, and sighed. Quorum was established (barely) and the agenda wa
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4.5 Stars and a RECOMMENDED READ

WOW! was my first thought after reading this impressive book by new to me author Rachel Grace (R.G. Alexander). The book is actually divided into two connecting stories, where the first story ends, the second picks up. I’m placing Geared for Pleasure in the fantasy/science fiction category. Some call it Steampunk, but others are not familiar with that term yet. I always love a good fantasy action book and that’s exactly what I
Joyfully Reviewed
“Earthly Desires”

Demeter “Dare” Senedal is the Queen Idony of Theorrey’s Chalice. She has stood at the Queens’ side for many years. It has been Dare’s job to protect the Queen and along the way they became great friends. Suspicious things are happening in Theorrey. First, Dare’s counterpart the Queen’s Sword goes missing and now the Queen herself has been taken. The culprits thought they could replace the Queen with an automation but they cannot fool the Queen’s Chalice. Dare will do whatever it
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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This book is actually 2 stories which I'll review individually, but let me give you some general basic info. I admit that this might be my first steampunk-ish style book and I might've been a bit skeptical of picking it up, however, I love Jules Verne and having read that the author said some of those elements are in this series, as well as the fact that incorporates erotic elements, then I was anxious to see what came out of that!

Geared for Pleasure is
4.5 stars
Trickery, plain and simple. Between the title and the cover I was prepared for a smutty steampunk erotica. What it is really folks, is a steampunk adventure with an ensemble cast worthy of any epic. There is humor, adventure, new species and peoples. There is love, redemption, mystery and promise for more in the series. I really enjoyed this book. Multiple story lines weave in and out of each other and form a lovely braid. I found the complexity stimulating and rarely confusing. As for
Haiku Reviews
Apr 29, 2012 Haiku Reviews rated it it was amazing
Two books intertwined
steampunk with a sexy twist
I'm geared for pleasure

Book one contains steam
A kidnap and adventure
Two will become one

Book two contains heat
A couple with a shared past
Will they over come
May 28, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing
When I decided to read “Geared for Pleasure” by Rachel Grace I thought that I would read another typical steampunk / paranormal romance book. I was so wrong! Firstly, this book is actually two stories into one book. It’s the same story but the first part tells us the story of two of the main characters and the second part the story of the other two. There are not two different stories, just one but the secondary characters from the first story are the main in the second and vice versa. And secon ...more
T.J. Michaels
Rich character, colorful world full of action and sizzling with heat, Rachel Grace is the next Kresley Cole!

This two-story book is a mix of magic, alchemy, clockwork, steampunk and romance that caught me from page one, so I guess I'll start by saying I can't wait for the next book! The world was amazingly detailed without being bombarded by a lot of backstory. The author did an extraordinary job showing the vivid bits and pieces of every character until I felt as if I knew them all intimately, c
Mar 12, 2012 Marisa rated it really liked it
Geared for Pleasure has an interesting delivery, one main story arc divided into two separate but interlocking stories. The story line, characters and world are continuous from one story to the next without pause. However the emphasis on the two different heroes and heroines in each novella shifts without ever losing sight of the main objective – find the Queen. I found it to be like the devices used in the television show Lost where each episode was a continuation of the major story arc but wit ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Allison rated it it was ok
Reading this book must be what having schizophrenia feels like.

In a statement: This book is so confusing. Maybe I'm not bright enough? Whatever... But I was constantly scratching my head going: Wait, who's this? How does that work? Hold on, when did they get to this place? How long have they been here?

As a writing style, action first, explanation later works well, but only after one's overly complicated world has had some cursory explanation -- or at least a defined objective. Example: From the
Apr 16, 2012 Shinyfox rated it it was amazing
I started this book with a set mind that I would give it away to a friend, never to see it again, so that I could make room on my shelves. That is no longer the case, and it has found its own spot on my Keeper Shelf.

This book took me places I didn't expect to be taken, what with the title, cover and placement in the romance section of the bookstore. I was pleasantly surprised and excited as I read. It kept my attention and I thought that the plot was very interesting. Loved both of the stories h
Kimberly Russell
Mar 09, 2013 Kimberly Russell rated it really liked it
Bookclub pick. I really liked it. This genre (Steampunk) is still very new to me. The novel is broken up into two different stories and I was worried at first, but they are actually had the same characters. I thought they flowed well into each other. I will read more from this author.
Kim O
Mar 01, 2012 Kim O rated it really liked it
4.5 for the world building! Really great book! Review will post next week on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Stephanie  G
Apr 02, 2012 Stephanie G rated it really liked it
Earthly Desires

The world of Theorrey is ruled by the much beloved Queen Idony the Every Young. When she goes missing, her closest friend and protector, Dare, sets out to find her. But Dare is unfamiliar with the world outside the castle walls and soon finds herself at the mercy of a wickedly handsome man. Bodhan is captain of the Siren, a underwater vessel that caters to a man's carnal desires. After rescuing Dare from some unsavory people, Bodhan finds himself captivated by the indigo haired be
Alexia Chantel
May 02, 2012 Alexia Chantel rated it really liked it
A missing Princess, a sheltered warrior, political intrigue, and since it is a romance a sexy hero. Oh and plenty of action!

Geared for Pleasure is split into two stories though the second follows the first without skipping a beat. An interesting way to introduce more characters and bring the story arc to a close. Well as closed as you are going to get, Grace sets us up for the next book with her last couple of pages. Just a nice little tease to leave you hanging.

Two stories you say? Well if th
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 09, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A steampunk fantasy world fraught with lots of danger and “steamy” love scenes.

Opening Sentence: Dare lifted a hand to her temple and grimaced at the rough and unpleasantly aromatic material of her woven glove.

The Review:

Geared for Pleasure is like a boat rallying against a storm that cannot be denied. From machines never before dreamed of in their world, to the inevitability of passion; each one is a force unto nature that you can either jo
Feb 17, 2012 Ursula rated it it was amazing
I love this book so frickin much, I can not even tell you!

As I began the first story: Earthly Desires, I was drawn in by the description of Dare's first experience with the masses. I felt like I was standing right next to her, experiencing for the first time the wonder and chaos of Centre City. Sent on a mission by her beloved queen, and disguised as a boy, she is quickly tricked by a nefarious woman and her goons. When she awakens in captivity, she manages to free herself and is once again on
Jessie Potts
May 27, 2012 Jessie Potts rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, steampunk
Rachel Grace (also known as R.G. Alexander) intertwines hot, sizzling romance with Steampunk, a popular sub-genre of science fiction that centers around machinery, gears, clockwork and alternate histories. Steampunk's growing popularity can be seen in current fashion, art, and, of course, the publishing field, where stories often meld machinery, fantasy and Victorian sensibilities to create something completely new. Geared for Pleasure consists of two novellas. Each story arc involves the missin ...more
Jun 12, 2012 E. rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steampunk
4 1/2 stars!

“Geared For Pleasure” by Rachel Grace (R.G. Alexander) is a delightful set of linked novellas. “Earthly Desires” introduces Dare (Demeter) who is the Queen’s Chalice known as the Senedal. She is a key member of the elite shield guard of the queen despite her shorter than normal stature and lack of personal ties to anyone other than her queen and her counterpart, Cyrus, the Queen’s Sword known as the Arendal. An assignment from her monarch causes her to embark on a fantastical adventu
This is my very first foray into a story with a steampunk theme and I have to admit being a little bit lost in some ways. In Geared For Pleasure we enter into the alternate world of Theorrey where old and new are combined in a very intriguing way. Told in two separate but related stories, we meet Queen Idony’s two shield guards, Dare and Cyrus who are the Queen’s Chalice and Sword; basically her protectors, confidants, companions; her right hands, so to speak. We follow them as they venture out ...more
The Smutty Kitty
May 02, 2012 The Smutty Kitty rated it it was amazing
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So I am not huge into the steampunk world. It’s not that I don’t like it I just haven’t really read any of it yet. Lol I really didn’t have any ideas what this book was about when I started reading it. I’ve been doing this a lot lately and I like it. Since I have no idea of the plot it makes the story more exciting for me. Ms. Grace’s delve into the world of “clockworky steampunkitude” as she calls it was lots of fun. I really enjoyed the world building around Theorr
Debbie Talbot
May 02, 2012 Debbie Talbot rated it really liked it
The world of Theorrey runs like a well-oiled machine. The elements are in balance, passion is tamed, and the young queen is the heartbeat of it all. But in these two all-new stories of elemental steam, nothing is ever as it seems.
My Review. (by Debbie Talbot Guest Reviewer for Literal Addiction)
When I received the book Geared for Pleasure by Rachel Grace to review for Literal Addiction I was cautiously excited. I had tried to read another “steampunk” book before and had problems with th
Aug 17, 2012 Copperpotts rated it it was amazing
So, I don't usually write a review, but I just had to for this book. I like Gail Carriger and I like Meljean Brook, but I love Rachel Grace.

Her world building is so intricate and detailed, the steampunk machines are unexpected and have that flavor of the fantastic that you get with H.G. Wells. Tiny spoiler-stealth airship. Just sayin'. I kept being amazed at the creativity of this world.

Then there's this whole segregated society and political structure, and a serious undergound element that you
May 07, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
Review originally posted here:

I can’t count the number of times I picked up and put this book down since I got it. I was intrigued by the steampunk world, but could never really seem to find a time when I was in the mood to read it. I would get through the first couple pages and lose interest. I have to say, I wish I would have forced myself to read it sooner!!

This book actually has two stories: the first is about the Queen’s companion Dare. Dare is on a
May 09, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
Ignore the title and subtitle of this book. It gives the impression of Steampunk erotica. Instead, this is a high fantasy adventure romance ....with a fair amount of graphic sex. It's well-written and plotted, the characters are interesting and complex, and the story moves quickly and logically. My only complaint is that it left me wanting more - I can't wait for the next installment!

May 28, 2012 Dona rated it really liked it
All I can say is, "When will the next book be published?" I can't wait. :)
Lady Lioness
3.5 stars for me.

I kept seeing this book whenever I walked into a store so I finally ILL'd it through work. I thought the writing was fairly strong-ish, but the flow and plot of the book was very convoluted. I'm not sure why Grace made the decision to divide the book into two separate stories instead of combining them into one story, with A & B plot arcs, or separating them completely.

It would have been more interesting for me to see the entirety of Dare's journey, i.e. interacting with the
Aug 29, 2012 Mariachiara rated it liked it
Titolo: Geared for pleasure

Autore: Rachel Grace

Inedito in italiano

Primo di una serie

Questo libro è stato una piacevole sorpresa, un misto di fantasy e steampunk romance, davvero fuori dal comune.

Ma partiamo per gradi con l’introdurvi l’ambientazione di questo romanzo, un mondo direi piuttosto fantasy poco simile al nostro. Il regno dove si svolge l’avventura è governato da una regina immortale, che ricorda le mitiche regine elfiche, diafana, sembra una ragazzina ma governa da secoli e secli nell
Jun 10, 2012 Ellie rated it liked it
Geared for Pleasure by Rachel Grace
Grade: C+

“I believe I hit him with a gold dart.....but in the heat of the moment you can never be sure.”

Usually I start off my reviews with a couple of paragraphs summarizing up the book to give a little overview of what I’m reviewing but with Geared for Pleasure I find I can’t do that. I will start by saying I love steampunk and always jump at the chance to review a book with any steampunk qualities which is why when I read that this book is part of a series c
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