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In war-torn Europe of 1872, Karol and Hart devoted themselves to protecting England and the peace England maintained. Hart was a spy and bodyguard for Karol, a brilliant but hotheaded scientist. Their partnership was almost unstoppable... until Hart could no longer bear to see Karol in danger-or with other men-and seeing Hart repeatedly put his life on the line came to ter ...more
ebook, 102 pages
Published September 8th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
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Plainbrownwrapper
This is an odd but very interesting steampunk romance. It's a sort of vignette looking into the lives of these two characters -- it drops you into the middle of their lives and only lets you see one short day of it.
Deja Dei
I was a little apprehensive about reading this book because I really don't know anything about steampunk. I was worried it might be overly technical and bogged down with a lot of mechanical descriptions, but it really wasn't. The story is character driven and the action is never confusing. I took a chance on this book because some friends described it as being very different and unique, two qualities I am always seeking in my fiction. I'm so glad I decided to give this book a chance, because it ...more
Stacey
Let me say first that as a new fan to both steampunk and m/m, I was intrigued the moment I saw the description for this novella. If I enjoy both separately, why not together, right? In the case of Let There Be Light there is no separating the two genres, the story just is. Comfortably, achingly, beautifully is. This is storytelling at its best - when you stop looking for a familiar plot formula and instead breathe with the characters, happy to live in the moment with them.

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L-D
This short story had a lot of potential but ended way too abruptly. I think the length of the story made it difficult to follow the development of the characters. We know they have a past and we learn about it in snatches and scraps, but I didn't really get the entire reason why they were apart or why Karol was such a slut. I think that part of the story bothered me a bit. I liked the storyline a lot and I liked the internal monologues about their past missions and how well they worked together ...more
Joyfully Jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars


If you are a true steampunk fan, this will most likely go into the category of Steampunk Light. The book is shorter and while it does offer a blended feel at times, the story focuses more on the relationship between Hart and Karol. It was only by reading the published synopsis that I was aware that the story was taking place in 1872, and the time frame was not the focus. What is the focus is the oh-so complicated relationship between Karol and Hart.

We are dropped
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Sammy Goode
The ONLY reason this got 4 stars is because it is in desperate need of a sequel AND a prequel--I want to know more about these boys, the time period and their relationship! This book sizzles with tension both sexual and relational--it is a really fast read and a good one! Please, please, R. Cooper--more??
Mandi
3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Really, really wanted a little more at the end. What happens next!?!?

The sexual tension between the characters was great and liked the steampunk setting.
Achim
I just knew that guided by R.Cooper I can enjoy steam-punk which usually isn't my cup of tea. Okay, here steam-punk is only some kind of background setting where 2 guys are circling each other like tigers waiting for the other to finally give in but it makes the whole setting interesting, gives it a certain alluring color. Nevertheless it's not about the technical gimmicks of that genre but about the relation between Karol and Hart where both know that they need and want each other but assume th ...more
Eon Beaumont
I really wanted to love this book. When I started reading it, I found the characters to be just the type I like. Troubled bad-ass Soldier/spy: Hart. Super-intelligent, slightly off balance, aloof scientist: Karol. And they once worked together as a team to thwart plots against Britain. And it's STEAMPUNK!

So here they are reunited after three years and there may be a plot to kill Karol because of his latest invention. Excitement right? Sadly no. The characters spend the entire book reminiscing or
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piranha
fabulous short story. oh yes, it'd be lovely if we had a prequel and a sequel, or if this were a full novel, because the glimpse we get into the 24 hours of these characters' lives is fascinating, and i for one want to know more about them, about what happened before, and where they will go from here.

but as an example of a thoughtful, interesting, character-driven, tightly-plotted short story, this rocks, even if i never find out more about the characters. that's why i am giving it 5 stars, even
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Snowtulip
3.5

This author is really a hit or miss for me, I'm happy to say that I enjoyed this one. I love the friends/lover, as well as hate/love couples, so these MCs worked for me. It had sooooo much great sexual tension (I was so happy). It is sometimes difficult to tell which MC is talking, and this is a consistent issues I have with this author. The ending left me banging my head, so I hope there is a sequel planned. Such a good read, great sense of mood, and amazing chemistry between the MCs.
Paul
Wonderful short story exploring 24 hours in the lives of two characters. The description and handling of the complex emotions between two against the is superb. With the wonderful backdrop of the world hinted at by the characters past, the only thing lacking is another 24 hours of the story, it ends on such a cliffhanger!
Meggie
Really interesting and thoughtful story. The story in bigger picture has soul and depthness, I liked that a lot. How both main character didn't or couldn't show their feelings for one another true the years was so amazingly written, WOW! Amazing story, great work, too!!
Jilrene ♥
Before I started this short story, I didn't think I'd like steampunk. I am so very glad I took a chance and read it anyway. I enjoyed reading this so much I'm going to try other steampunk stories. ;)
J.P. Bowie
Different take on Victorian England with strong characters and original plot. I liked it!
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