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A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious (Steam Guardians #1)

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  427 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Beneath the Surface of Victorian Life Lies a Very Different World…

Hated and feared by the upper classes, the Illuminists guard their secrets with their lives. Janette Aston’s insatiable quest for answers brings her to their locked golden doors, where she encounters the most formidable man she’s ever met.

Darius Lawley’s job is to eliminate would–be infiltrators, but even he
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published August 1st 2012)
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Blodeuedd Finland
Lingering between a 2 and a's more 2,5

This was a bit of early steampunk. Dealing with crystals and a secret society that most look down upon. So they are not secret in that sense but they do not let people in.

The heroine Jeanette wants more from life, society is strict. She wants to try and wear pants, study and just be free. The Illuminsts are everything she should not want to be. She was a free spirit and I liked her courage.

Darius is a guardian and looks after his fellow Illuminists. I
Dec 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lady Janette Aston loves science and has a fascination with the Illuminists. It’s forbidden by her father but she refuses to be cowed by him. She sneakily reads their magazine, hiding it in her bedroom. But when she dresses in pants and visits their building, she’s gone a bit too far…

The Illuminists use the power of crystals to make energy that powers lights and doors and heats water. She is totally fascinated by how it works and what
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Janette Aston is fascinated with science. She is always reading up on the latest scienific experiment. The most recent discovery that has Janette's attention is electricity. This is not something that a proper lady should be spending her time on. If Janette was not a woman, she would be an Illuminist. The Illuminists are a secret group of men, who are into science. Janette crashes one of the meetings. It is there that she meets Darius Lawley.

Darius has an agenda. To keep an eye on Janette. Alth
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I have been looking for a good adult steampunk romance ever since I read The Iron Duke earlier this year, and for the most part A Lady can Never Be too Curious fit the bill.

I really liked Janette. She was not meek or silly; she was a fighter and saw no reason why she could not be an intellectually equal to a man. She was not easily frightened and
Aug 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yuck, did-not-finish
So, I'm 53% in, and after much flipping and trying to like it, I can't. This is straight up - a romance novel. With all the insta-love and insta-lust, his and hers POV describing the other's looks and their lust. Bleh! They're a jerk but you just feel "deep in your passage" they're special/kind/etc. He keeps "warning" her about him and she gets all saucy. That wouldn't be so trite if it hadn't happened in nearly all of their encounters. The "steampunk" bits are passe, seems like the author took ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was not steampunk, I feel deceived. It's the kind of romance where the male lead is like, "She could make me a better man but I mustn't" and the virgin female lead orgasms instantly her first time after perfunctory foreplay. The plot was atrocious and the small amounts of sexy times didn't justify how flimsy the rest of the story was.
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This story had potential. It really, really did. But it never quite lived up to its title.

What we have is the rather ordinary story of a Victorian young lady who chafes at the restrictions laid upon her by society’s expectations and her ridiculously authoritarian father. I say ridiculous because he expects her to be the obedient fluffhead that society demands while he never noticed that her mother snuck tutors in behind his back and gave her a real educatio
Chrystina Williams
I really liked this book! It had really likable characters, awesome world building, and the romance between the main characters was hot! Even the supporting characters were interesting and well-developed. I read it straight through and loved every minute of it.

Janette has spent her whole life trying to be the good little girl her father wants her to be, well at least she let's him think she is. She's been secretly reading scientific articles and has been tutored behind his back *gasp*! A love o
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly loved this book and cannot wait for the next installment in the series. A wee bit long on character development but you really do need this in order to get the just about what the series will pertain to. It took me twenty four hours to go from beginning to end as this is a page turner.

Janette Aston has been brought up as a Lady with the prospect of marrying up into the right type of class. Inquisitive beyond the bounds of proprietary, oh heck beyond the bounds of even the most normal
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