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For Queen and Country (Shimmy and Steam #1)

2.83 of 5 stars 2.83  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The Gyspy.

An airship in Queen Victoria's service, traveling around Europe with five bellydancer/spies onboard. Lady C, Lilly, Gertie, Penny, and Sera. This is the first of five books, that centers on Lady C. They Gypsy's leader with a secret no one must ever know about. It is because of this secret that she has keep the love of Lord Colin at arms's length. But when he joi
Kindle Edition, 47 pages
Published October 7th 2011
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Not good.

The voice is consistent at least and it might appeal to readers who are looking for wish fulfillment fantasy, who have little love of good steampunk, good erotica, good writing, common sense or history. However, it tried to be a little of each and failed at all of them IMO.

Still for someone who enjoys a light read of wish fulfillment fantasy, with no real substance and no need for a believable storyline it might be an enjoyable diversion.

If you can believe that a ballet dancer can tak
Nov 08, 2012 Morv rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Chickflick readers, beach books
Shelves: chickflick, steampunk
I was expecting something more from this book, although I am not completely sure what. The book just left me wondering 'What?' more than anything else.
Although I found some of the character's rather interesting, 3 of the dancing girls interested me and the newest member was rather mysterious and yet, nothing is known about them.
The plot was basically really bland and it seemed rather rushed at the end of it which really took away from what the author had attempted to build it up.

It was rather b
Need a super quick, super light read spiced with some erotic scenes in a steampunk setting? For Queen and Country by Michelle Kopra is very short, but the premise of dancing girls who are undercover spies is a great idea. I can appreciate the potential and hope Ms. Kopra takes her tales t the next level of detail.

I enjoyed what there was, but can really see that with some fleshing out, the opportunity for an awesome read is right there, so near! Ms. Kopra has a great idea that will grab the inte
The premise behind this story was good. However it needs a better copy editor and a little bit more fleshing out. It just felt really rushed.
Needs better editing, I'd volunteer! Great ideas, needs a bit of help though.
c2011: FWFTB: Air-ship, dancers, spies, danger, Victoria. Seriously? This is not a book nor a novella. If anything, it could only be called a sampler. The writing is not terrible but a little more care with vocab and grammar would have made a positive difference. The plot, well....probably more for tweenies/young teenagers but some sex scenes thrown in have removed it from this market totally. One of the irritants was using an idiomatic phrase phonetically eg describing another character it was ...more
Amber Zade
This novella was fast paced, fun, and interesting.
If I could have given this a zero, I would have.
Sherri Dub
I enjoyed the story, the descriptive steaminess and the couple that kept me turning the pages.
However, I would've given it 5 stars, if the author had expanded the story into another 200 pages or so.
There was so much left unsaid, even for a novella.
I wanted to learn more about the dancing girls, individually and their pasts.
This book was delicious and fun.
I read it straight through in one sitting.
Miss Thing
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A rather enjoyable little book. It starts out a little jumbled but once it gets going the story is very good.
Alison S
Fun and "steamy" little spy and Steampunk story, a bit of intrigue and tension in more than just one area.
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