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Her Sky Cowboy (The Glorious Victorious Darcys #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  622 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Amelia Darcy has no interest in marrying well. Her heart belongs to the sky and the dirigibles of brass and steel that swoop over Victorian England. But when her father, an eccentric inventor, dies, the Darcy siblings are left with scrap metal—and not a penny to their names. Their only hope to save the family name and fortune is to embark on a contest to discover an invent ...more
Paperback, Signet Eclipse, 328 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Penguin New American Library
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Steampunk can be a tricky business, and I'll be the first to admit that I'm persnickety about what I like. For the most part, I seem to gravitate to darker versions of the genre, Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas or Lilith Saintcrow’s Bannon & Clare. Gail Carringer’s Parasol Protectorate series is the only one of the lighter, more overtly comical series that I made it through (and that can be contributed to how often I laughed out loud).

HER SKY COWBOY has glimmers of goodness, and I made it about 10
The Book Tart
Nov 07, 2012 The Book Tart rated it it was amazing

I reviewed this on my youtube channel

I'm new to the steampunk genre and this book was easy for me to escape into. I loved the mashup of Victorian England, inventors, dirigibles, gadgets and the unique twist Beth took in her world building. The world was FUN! But I adored the characters. The heroine Amelia is feisty and brave and not willing to let her brothers go off on a treasure hunt and leave her out. She has clues that could lead her to the perfect prize to win Qu
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Feb 12, 2013 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it really liked it
Amelia Darcy wants a life full of adventure and gadgets. She is utterly engrossed by the idea of flying and would rather tinker in her father’s inventing lab than worry about silly things like finding an eligible suitor and settling down. Gadgets and their inventors are the lifeblood of the Darcy family. Amelia sees no reason for her gender to push her destiny in a different direction than that of her two brothers.

Wrongly accused of a murder he has not committed, Tucker Gentry is on the run. At
Jun 18, 2013 Shannon rated it liked it

I was going to rate this 4 stars right up until the final chapters. The plot was interesting and inventive, the characters quite likable, action thrilling, and most importantly the author refrained from giving too much away to early. For me, a good novel provides the unexpected until the final page. Her Sky Cowboy certainly did that, but instead of cheering I was like "NOOOOOOO!" Okay, maybe I wasn't that dramatic.

I believe this is a trilogy. I was expecting Amelia to narrorate each bo
3 stars for the ideas, 1 star for the execution. I wanted so badly to love this book but there were so many things that fell flat or that were outright irritating. Really wasn't worth the time & effort but I might just end up reading the sequels anyway.

10% status update: It's going to be such a relief to read a Steampunk book written by an American that doesn't need to be Brit-picked despite having already been edited. Peace Rebels & a cowboy means the usual language errors won't actual
May 26, 2013 Dayna rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book.

I really, really did. It's got loads of elements I enjoy - a plucky young heroine, grand adventure, romance, a handsome hero, steampunk trimmings...I should have loved this book. The world building was actually something I was really fascinated by.

Except some parts of it really stuck in my craw. Particularly how the titular Sky Cowboy seems to be so inclined to have to restrain himself at the sight of the heroine once they meet. Gee, you're so turned on by thi
Jun 13, 2013 Vilia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
Review from Backchatting Books

The first few pages of this novel drew me in raising my hopes but I found the rest of the book rather uneven. Our heroine Miss Amelia Darcy loses her eccentric inventor father during his attempt to create a rocket ship. Shortly after, she and her two brothers each receive a letter inviting them to partake in a competition to find a lost technological invention for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. In order to save her family from their financially embarrassing situat
Chloe Friend
May 15, 2016 Chloe Friend rated it really liked it
I've been looking for a book that reminds me of the Iron Seas series every since I read the first book a few years ago, finally I've found one that measures up to it... Some what, because really, will any book be as good as the Brook's Iron Seas series?

This book is one of my favourite steam punk series I've read thus far and I've read a fair few! This steam punk world is amazing! I feel some I've read in the past can be rather idiotic, this one however explains all the advancement so I was like,
Jan 24, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This inventive alternate history steampunk story was great fun. Set in Victorian England after the arrival of time travelers from the future (the 1960’s), we see the effects such a visit would have on history. After Amelia Darcy’s father is killed while tinkering with one of his inventions, she vows to bring honor and respect to the Darcy name by winning a competition to produce the best item of historical significance. She has an idea of where she can get her hands on such a thing, and sets off ...more
Lindsay Mead
Dec 23, 2013 Lindsay Mead rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Steampunk Romance or Heart of Brass by Kate Cross
I really liked this book. So much fun! It was probably one of the better books, in terms of romance, that I've read. I actually really loved the couple together and found them absolutely adorable. It's a steampunk book, heavy on the steam (While this was a steamy book, I actually mean that in the sense of clockwork and machines lol) which rocked. The characters were great, lovable, and the story was well paced. My only complaint was the occasional chapters from the bad guys point of view. I hate ...more
Oct 29, 2013 Crystal rated it it was amazing
This book is FANTASTIC. It's the closest thing to a feminist, egalitarian romance I've seen in quite some time, and the romance subplot is expertly woven into the main treasure hunt plot. With it all set against the steampunk backdrop of a time-travel-altered Europe, this is a spectacularly fun read.

The book is set in 1887, 31 years after the "Peace Rebels" traveled back in time from 1969. They came back to warn the world of the dangers of technology - they had stories of Hiroshima, and the Holo
Feb 23, 2013 Korey rated it it was amazing
“Her Sky Cowboy” mixes Victorian England with 1960's technology.
Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee is a chance for Amelia Darcy and her twin brothers to save the family’s reputation and wealth. If one the Darcy siblings can discover an invention of historical importance in honor of the Queen’s Jubilee. Amelia embarks on trip to Italy to find a lost da Vinci workshop with her mechanical enhanced falcon and an Italian cook but when her kite cycle crashes into a ship of ex-Air Marshal Tucker Gentry.
Aug 18, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, historical
I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could, really, but this system doesn't allow for that. Anyway, the concept of the world is incredibly strong and intriguing, but that's all I felt was really stand-out (and even portions of the world were underdeveloped). I enjoyed many of the non-sex interactions between Tuck and Amelia, particularly when they dress up in what I imagined were inspired by the Capital residents from The Hunger Games. Other than that, the plot just kind of felt half-done, with a villain ...more
Dann Todd
Jun 12, 2014 Dann Todd rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Did not finish. 2 stars to be charitable. I think I made it to chapter 5.

Steam punk is a difficult genre for me. An author does not necessarily have to explain how all technology works in their fictional world. But some of it should be explained and the explanation needs to make some sense as well as being reasonably consistent. (the same goes for magic, but that doesn't apply here)

In this case the author just assumes the reader will buy in by just talking about technology as if it were window d
Jun 11, 2014 Anne rated it liked it
I really wish I could give this book two ratings. One for the plot idea and the parts I liked, the other for the stuff that made me struggle to keep reading. I enjoy steam-punk books, so this one I was really looking forward to, despite the cheesy title.

The good: the plot is interesting, the descriptions painted the scenery nicely. I could visualize everything quite well. Why the Victorian world had all the cool stuff was actually explained -and explained in a believable and well done manner- w
Romancing the Book
Mar 09, 2014 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Jen
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I’m still relatively new to the steampunk genre. I’ve only read a handful of books with this theme, so I’m in no way an expert. But one thing I’ve noticed is that this genre is so wide open to interpretation. I mean, really anything can happen. In Beth Ciotta’s world, a time traveler from the 1960s goes back to 1850s and ends up sharing technology and changing history. I love this concept and was e
Aug 09, 2014 Marie rated it it was ok
I couldn't finish it. The start was so full of exposition-dump that I assumed it was, like, book 8 of a series, however it is not, it's number one!!

A few hints caught my eye - time traveling hippies? A locomotive-powered VW Bug? What is NOT to like in that? But I never got to SEE it. Not really. Everything is tell, tell, tell, with no fully-fleshed SCENES. Nothing to see or feel and no reason to like the characters. They're just so flat. UGH. And the tech! What's the point of steampunk if you ha
Jes Jones
Sep 23, 2014 Jes Jones rated it liked it
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Jun 06, 2013 Merideth rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This book really did not do it for me. I can not put my finger on what exactly bothers me about the book. Was it the storyline that was not explained enough or the world wind romance that was just not believable enough or was the writing just not there, I do not know. However I thought the idea of the book was interesting just could not get into it.
Krissy (probably not a cylon...)
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Jan 14, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've read some of Beth's other books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I love the steampunk genre and couldn't wait to give this one a try. I wasn't let down nor disappointed. It brings the fun of history meets new age and thrown in steampunk components, a unintentional love, and a crew full of fun and interesting characters.
Julie Clarahan
Feb 22, 2013 Julie Clarahan rated it it was amazing
I am loving this new steam punk genre of fiction. I love that it blends the Victorian age with technology. This story was so much fun to read. The witty repartee between Tucker and Amelia (aka Sky Cowboy and Flygirl) was as heartwarming as it was funny. I can't wait until the next book comes out.
Barbara ★
This is a seriously cool steampunk adventure!

A very daring woman...
A very dashing man...
a bunch of incredible flying gadgets...
a quest for family salvation (and riches)...
and of course, a bad guy.
What else could you ask for?
Aug 26, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, steampunk
Sadly, this didn't work for. I generally like spare writing and more streamlined plots and this was the opposite. There were too many adjective and too much craziness in the plot. The characters and the world were all too over the top for my taste.
Feb 09, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it
I read this from a comedic point of view and it did not disappoint. If you go in expecting every romance novel character cliche in a steampunk setting then this is the book for you.

I was actually pretty disappointed to find out that this "trilogy" is about each of the Darcy siblings. The entire book I was wondering how they were going to wrap up all the plot points they created only to find that they only wrap up the main story points in the last 40 pages. All the elements that I thought were g
K.M. Herkes
Jan 13, 2014 K.M. Herkes rated it liked it
Food review: cheesy popcorn
(Range extends from brain candy to double-decker cheesecake with whipped cream.)

This book is a solid start to what looks to be an intriguing series. It's a little rough around the edges -- some phrasings and saidisms jarred me out of my reading flow -- but for once the lack of a magical element to explain the steampunk trappings wasn't my main complaint. The science was mostly realistic to the period (with exceptions explained by the book premise) and the explanations
Cindy Holby
May 30, 2013 Cindy Holby rated it it was amazing
Fantastic world building and a great plot. Loved the characters. Can't wait for the next installment.
Nov 18, 2015 Joanita rated it it was amazing

I just love steampunk romance, and this was a wonderful addition to this genre.

”I want you, Amelia. Naked and writhing beneath me. I want to kiss you senseless, make you tremble with desire. But I won’t make a move unless you ask. Way I see it, given the natural pull between us, it’s only a matter of time.”

There were so many things to love about this book. The world, the characters and the romance. I find the worlds created in steampunk books so very fascinating and captivating.

Amelia Darcy

Rea K
Mar 23, 2015 Rea K marked it as started-couldn-t-finish-atm
Shelves: library-e-book
Age of Aquarius. Meets. Victorian Era. Yeah. Sounds pretty interesting. However, I'm not sure that stoned hippies would be capable of time travel.
I was put off almost immediately because Amelia Darcy has this view of utopia. Sorry, I've read a lot of books and watched Doctor Who. Utopia doesn't work.
I soldiered through. I got halfway through before I fell apart. I can't do this.
"I don't want anything to do with a man." *Gets involved with a man.* "Oh, baby, you're the one that I want. Ooo ooo
An Odd1
Dec 12, 2013 An Odd1 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fan, xrate
Passion in Victorian steampunk alternate history. At 18, during the 1867 Diamond Jubilee celebration, the late Lord Ashford received something from distant cousin Briscoe Darcy, who then vanished in his Time Machine. Peace Rebels returned, warned of nuclear holocaust in 1967, caused a Peace War. Their progeny Freaks have kaleidoscopic eyes and untested superpowers.

Amelia Darcy 20, tiny, busty hourglass figure, waist-length blonde curls, despairs when rocket fuel blows up, apparently with her pa
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