Nefertiti's Heart (Artifact Hunters #1)
1861. Cara has a simple mission in London – finalise her father’s estate and sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when a killer stalks the nobility, searching for an ancient Egyptian relic rumoured to hold the key t ...more
Overall, the book is a fun read if you enjoy a romance with a pushy male lead who swoops in and rescues the female lead in her times of duress. If you are more of a "female-kicks-ass" fan, you might not like this tale so much.
What I liked
* The steampunk world - well crafted with many creative mechanical elements subtly included in the regular every-day way of things.
* Well-craf ...more
The sexual content of the book should definitely be mentioned in the description and I really think no book depicting the repeated rape and beating of an underage child should come ...more
This is a fun romp through a Victorian-era London, with the steampunk technological twist. Likeable characters, an intriguing mystery, and a vividly described (and brought to life) world made this a 5 star for me.
Cara Devon's father was NOT a good man. At the age of 14, after some seriously rotten events (that are revealed over the course of the book), Cara bolts and doesn't return until 7 years later after the death of ...more
So I admit I skimmed a bit toward the 2/3 mark. Maybe part of it was because I'd put the book down for a few days in order to read Fairest, but I think it had already lost some of my interest before that point, unfortunately. The romance didn't interest me at all; I'd gone into this book expecting something akin to an Indiana Jones adventure with a bit of steampunk thrown in, and the book seemed unable to decide whether it wanted to be that with a kicka ...more
I liked the realisation of a very different Victorian England & the story itself was a fast paced read. In spite of her horrific past I never became fond of Cara & found some of her actions & motivations bizarre. I did quite like Nate though.
I've ne ...more
it is a well researched and skillfuly written book, though.
This book had a lot of different elements (steam punk, adventure, "archeology," etc.), but overall it was a murder mystery. I found the story very enjoyable, though it did read a bit like a Mary Higgins Clark novel. That is, I knew who the killer was halfway through the story and the loose ends information was given via character explanation at the end of the book.
Viscount Nathaniel Lyons wants Cara’s artifacts. He wasn’t prepared for the spit fire that shot his ...more
Where I get very conflic ...more
The plot was also unrealistic. The heroine was supposed to be this strong woman with an abusive past. But then she becomes weak for the hero. The first time she visits the hero at his home, a near stranger to her, he tells her to take a bath and change her clothes and she does, with no resistance. She tells herself she needs a bath. Well maybe don't take it in a stranger's home.
My realistic expectations that I will like Nefertiti's Heart were, honestly, pretty low. I never heard abou ...more
After reading The Iron Duke, and seeing how much more inclusive a steampunk romance can be, I had to come back here and change my rating from a 4 to a 3.
I vacillated between giving this 2 stars and 4. Obviously, the higher rating won out.
There are things about this book that can absolutely make a reader hate it. Things like a magic penis that (view spoiler)["cures" a woman who was brutally raped and beate ...more
Steampunk is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres. I’d had my eye on this book on Amazon for months (look at that beautiful cover!), so when the author appeared on the Masquerade Crew site, I was like WHAAAA??? Let me get Nefertiti’s Heart! She gave it to me, and I tried to hold off, but like I said, I’ve been eyeballing this book for forever.
The beginning is intriguing and I immediately liked the main character, Cara. From the jump, we learn that she’s ...more
After the death of her father, Cara Devon inherits his collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan is to locate and sell the hidden antiquities, but soon discovers that she is not the only one searching for them. A deranged killer is hunting amongst the daughters of the nobility for an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality and Cara realizes that she must find it before she becomes the next victim.
An entertaining mix of mystery, romance and treasur ...more
I really enjoyed this book! I was a little hesitant to pick it up for reasons I will never understand but I am so glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed this and am really itching to get to the rest of this series!
Things that I really enjoyed:
All of the Egyptian-ness within it! It was great to hear about some of these artifacts and the Egyptian elements were wonderful!
I really loved the mystery that went with this. It wasn't jus ...more
Nefertiti’s Heart is a delicious mix of historical romance, mystery and steampunk with an ever so slight sprinkle of fantasy. I originally snatched this one due to the name and the added steampunk el ...more
Cara was an amazing character, right from the get go I was dying to know what her story was, and with any great book it was giving to me in increments. Keeping me biting at the bit for more and surprising me with different inform ...more
I rated this book at 4 1/2 stars; a really enjoyable, gripping read that I’d happily recommend. The writing is filled with vivid imagery and flows beautifully, I was drawn inside Cara’s head from the word go and couldn’t wait to find out where she was going next. The characters were all highly individual, especia ...more
Since this was the very first steampunk novel I ever read, this whole Victorian/steam-machine/attention to wardrobe detail was new--and very intriguing to me.
To contradict some of the other reviews, I liked how the author mixed up the romance with the mystery. I did predict ahead of time who the villain actually was, but the author deftly kept the characters in confusion until the final scenes.
I'm not a romance reader, and generally skip or skim any sex scenes, so be fairly warned--this is not ...more
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