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Winter of the Passion Flower (The de Vargas Family #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Sexy heroine seeks captain for time-traveling submarine.

Indigo de Vargas is determined to exhibit her products at the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace. Her preparations have been thwarted at every turn. Indigo's only hope is the brooding captain who appears on her doorstep in the midst of a fierce snowstorm offering to navigate her submarine to the Amazon so she can coll
Kindle Edition, First, 148 pages
Published March 19th 2012 (first published February 6th 2012)
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Winter of the Passion Flower by Annie SeatonVampire Origins - Project Ichorous by Riley BanksShadow Beneath the Sea by Joanna  LloydBeyond Innocence by Joanna  LloydHoliday Affair by Annie Seaton
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1st out of 495 books — 227 voters
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Alana Woods
Feb 22, 2014 Alana Woods rated it really liked it
This one threw me in the opening chapter. I thought I was reading a Victorian period piece when all of a sudden a submarine put in an appearance. I thought ‘Hello? There were submarines back then?’ Then comes biome domes and time travel and I settled back, knowing I was in for a sprinkling of sci-fi shaken over a romance with thriller background.

It’s the first in the de Vargas family series and follows the path of the elder of two sisters, Indigo, living in Cornwall who is dedicated to advancing
Ann Harrison
Mar 21, 2012 Ann Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steam punk is not a genre that I have read before. I was impressed by the vivid descriptions that Annie used to pull me into this world. The costumes and the machinery were fresh and bright. The jungle felt warm and steamy and who wouldnt want to be there with Captain Doogooder? What I particularly like is that this is the first in a series. When I find an author that I like, I want more books and quickly.
Well done Ms Seaton, I'm waiting for the next one.
Apr 16, 2012 Desere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one heck of a book, it was time travel meets romance meets science meets action !

Indigo de Vargas is determined to exhibit her products at the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace,but she does not count on evil and mean evil of the worst kind,stopping her in her path.She also does not count on coming across the reformed Cornish Pirate that could be her savior.

I love reformed characters and boy oh boy did the author give us one very delicious one . I loved how the author gave really incre
May 30, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miss Indigo de Vargas, a young gentlewoman of aristocratic Spanish lineage, lives on the Cornish coast in the 19th century, as the Crystal Palace exhition approaches. She runs a futuristic holiday resort fuelled by the inventions of her late father, a scientific genius indeed. That her late father was a man of the future is evident given the fact that he reportedly expired on a mission to the twenty first century. However, it is quite clear that the gentleman would have done well to have paid le ...more
Jan 02, 2013 Gabby rated it it was amazing
*WARNING: Spoilers at the bottom- but they shouldn't be at the top half.*

Favourite Character: Indigo de Vargas. (And Zane was just as awesome)

Let me just say that that was a beautiful ending to the story. Unfortunately Goodreads hadn't let me know that this was a series. But fortunately for me I managed to randomly pick up the first book. What a piece of luck! Goodreads also didn't want to let me know that this wasn't a Young Adult book. Just keep that in mind. It wasn't erotica or anything (Fo
Carrie Vaughn
I've not happened upon many steampunk stories in general, let alone steampunk romance, but Annie Seaton does an impressive job with the description of the world she has created.

Indigo DeVargas is an entrepreneur with a special knowledge of the passion flower. Using parts of this plant, she creates not only cosmetics, but medicine with amazing healing properties. Unfortunately for her, experimentation is outlawed and she faces the risk of being arrested and shut down before she can show off her
Jenny Schwartz
A ridiculously improbable fun romp that delightfully skewers the hypocrisies and injustices of today by satirising them in a Victorian setting.

The heroine is an adventuress, a scientist, explorer and social activist. The hero has to be something special to match her – and he is! A reformed – or is he? – Cornish pirate.

Fabulous inventions populate this steampunk world. Be seduced by the passion flower – visit today!
Jan 27, 2014 Monique rated it really liked it
Review to come

I’m quite new to the steampunk genre, I think I may have read less than five books in my whole life that falls under the steampunk genre, and even then, it wasn’t too steampunk-y because I never really knew what steampunk was until I started reading this book. It was a bad idea, because this novella had me completely hooked to the genre.
While reading this novella, I was utterly awed because the amount of research that must have gone into this work or art bowled me over. I’ve re
Mar 24, 2012 Susanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining novella that meshes time travel, romance and danger with preparations for the Great Exhibition of 1851. I'd like to take Captain Dogooder home with me, tattoo and all. And Indigo is a feisty, independent woman ahead of her time, with a wonderful social conscience that is matched by her heroic captain.
Rosemary K
Jan 28, 2014 Rosemary K rated it it was amazing
This novella is a fast paced wild ride. I enjoy the mixture of steam punk, time travel and the paranormal. Indigo de Vargas is an independent and compelling character. The mysterious Captain Zane Thoreau (Captain Dogooder) is her perfect mate. He is a mystery but underneath he is a strong, honest man. The sexual tension between these two is very satisfying. They work well together. Can they outwit their adversaries? I felt that the settings compliment this story. I love the contrast between the ...more
Demelza Carlton
Jan 25, 2014 Demelza Carlton rated it it was amazing
A sweet steampunk story with plenty of steamy romance - and I'm not just referring to the technology in the book, either. This was a fun, light read with a cohesive plot and consistent characters - always a plus.

I love the concept of the biome holiday resorts Indigo runs - though I shudder to think how energy intensive maintaining them would be.

Indigo was a prickly little character, with a very strange sense of fashion, but she sort of grew on me as the story progressed - or perhaps that was be
Michelle  novelsontherun
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 10th DECEMBER 2012:


My word there is a lot going on in this 70 page novella. I am a great lover of Steampunk and have read quite a few books in this genre. Annie gives us steampunk gadgets a plenty, a time travelling submarine, ray guns, inept henchmen and shapeshifters.

I’ll be honest and say I felt like I came into this story a bit ahead of time. Maybe I time travelled in.

Indigo de Vargas is a character I did not really connect with. She is supposed to
Novels On The Run
Dec 22, 2012 Novels On The Run rated it liked it
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 10th DECEMBER 2012:


My word there is a lot going on in this 70 page novella. I am a great lover of Steampunk and have read quite a few books in this genre. Annie gives us steampunk gadgets a plenty, a time travelling submarine, ray guns, inept henchmen and shapeshifters.

I’ll be honest and say I felt like I came into this story a bit ahead of time. Maybe I time travelled in.

Indigo de Vargas is a character I did not really connect with. She is supposed to
Jun 28, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book as an advance copy from Goodreads First Reads program. The author was also kind enough to personalize the copy of the book, which is always nice. It's a fast read, I read it in one sitting.

The novella revolves around Indigo, who wants to display her wares in the main spot at the Great Exhibition, the bad guy Duke Lorca who wants the spot himself to display his products, and the mysterious Zane, who seems to want to assist Indigo in her efforts, but may have a few secrets of his o
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Steampunk novels are often set in London, but this one is located in Cornwall and provides a welcome change to the genre.

Indigo de Vargas is an unusual woman in the Victorian era. She not only rules her own household but also runs her own business, inherited from her father. When Captain Doogooder, also known as Zane Thoreau, arrives on her doorstep she is at first suspicious, but enlists him in her efforts to collect the necessary in
Eileen Dandashi
Jan 16, 2014 Eileen Dandashi rated it liked it
This is the first steampunk story I’ve read. It was pleasurable reading. I had to actually look up what the word meant. Annie Seaton has added some sizzling scenes between the protagonists Captain Dogooder and Indigo de Vargas y Irausquinno when neither apparently can keep their hands off of each other. However, both Indigo, a very opinionated women, and Captain Dogooder, Zane Thoreau, have secrets that neither want to expose. The plot thickens as Indigo sees that Zane has the exact tattoo she h ...more
Mary Grace
Jul 07, 2012 Mary Grace rated it really liked it
I have a love and hate relationship with Steampunk novels – I have only read and enjoyed a few and I am glad I read Winter of the Passion Flower because it was a very enjoyable read. Granted that it is short, Winter of the Passion Flower will give you the right dose of steampunk, romance, action and a few steamy moments at the right moment. I won’t tell you anymore what the story is about since the blurb basically sums it up. Seaton gave us a delicious read with this one. What I also love is tha ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Janece rated it it was amazing
An entertaining, fun read. It is a mix of science fiction/fantasy, steampunk and action with an intelligent, feisty heroine on a quest and a hero pitted against the bad guy Count Lorca.
I really got into this and couldn't put it down.
Very different from Annie's Affair series and a great break from the norm.
Highly recommended.
Feb 23, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it
A very interesting, different story than what I usually read. It took me awhile to get into the storyline but once I got in, it made sense. Indigo along with her crew and servants are continuing their experiments and production of passionflower products. A wrench thrown into their plans by the name of Duke Leopold Lorca, has been a thorn in her side from the start. When Captain Dogooder (Zane) arrives looking for a job, things start to fall back into place. I look forward to the next book in the ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Kari rated it liked it
Shelves: ipad, 2012
I am new to the Steampunk genre. Winter of the Passion Flower sounded really interesting, so I figured I'd give it a try. I will admit, I had a bit of a hard time orienting myself to the story. I kind of felt like I was walking into the middle of a movie. I would have liked a little more background in the beginning. Having said that, I did find the story entertaining. I liked the characters and scifi aspect of the book. I think fans of this genre will love this story.
Jun 12, 2012 Susanne rated it it was amazing
A fun read from a great new author. Love the dual time settings, handled with flair and an eye to getting the hero and heroine into a range of interesting situations, and state of undress (who wears much in the Amazon?) The heroine challenges the social order and Victorian ideas of what is suitable for a woman to do/wear/say, while the hero is a great foil for her sassy attitude. Can I take him home, please?
Sarah Saunders
Dec 28, 2013 Sarah Saunders rated it it was amazing
Steam punk romance may just be my new favourite and Annie Seaton is definitely one of my favourite romance authors. Ms Seaton is truly a master of her craft, transporting the reader into her world with ease. I loved everything about this story and can not wait to read the next in the series.
Aug 25, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
I wasn't sure what to expect from this but I loved this world. The descriptions alone made me feel I was there. I loved the story of the flower and Indigo's idea to do right in the world.
My only disapointment was that it was too short, what happens next?? Look forward to the next book in the series.
Jodi Woody
Jan 03, 2015 Jodi Woody rated it liked it
I was given this book by the author for an honest review. I realy liked the theme of this story, just a little to "sexy" for me. Those of you who like the whole steamy love story, with strong male and female characters will love it. A short read. I anticipate it getting 4 and 5 stars from the right audience.
Gillan Stone
Jun 22, 2012 Gillan Stone rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steam-punk
A beautifully well written novel, I loved the time travelling steam sub genius. I now cant wait for further adventures, so here's me hoping Annie Seaton is a really fast writer.

Jan 31, 2014 Riley rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
3.5 Stars. Winter of the Passion Flower was a quick enjoyable read. But to be honest, I wanted more! I would recommend this to someone looking for a taste of steampunk.
Jul 15, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Received my copy of "Winter of The Passion Flower" this morning, I almost hugged the postman !

Thankyou to Annie Seaton, the book sounds amazing and I cannot wait to read it !
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Annie Seaton lives near the beach on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. She is fulfilling her lifelong dream of writing and has been delighted to discover that readers love reading her stories as much as she loves writing them. Her career and studies spanned the education sector for most of her working life until she took up a full-time writing career. She is now published internationally in ...more
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