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Gossamer Wing

(Steam and Seduction #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  339 ratings  ·  75 reviews
A Spy. An Airship. And a Broken Heart.

After losing her husband to a rogue French agent, Charlotte Moncrieffe wants to make her mark in international espionage. And what could be better for recovering secret long-lost documents from the Palais Garnier than her stealth dirigible, Gossamer Wing? Her spymaster father has one condition: He won’t send her to Paris without an
Mass Market Paperback, 313 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Berkley Sensation
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MrsJoseph *grouchy*


Welcome back to Clean Up Week at Books, Life & Wine! Today we are getting rid of Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden be honest, I was bored.

So. I have seriously enjoyed a decent handful of Delphine Dryden’s work. In fact, Ms Dryden was my first “real” BDSM focused Romance – When in Rio . Before reading When in Rio, my only exposure to BDSM was “science fantasy” BSDM (i.e. Bound to Trust) and while I enjoyed the silliness of Bound
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
I really enjoyed Gossamer Wing which is steampunk romance. The leading characters in this are really good: Lady Charlotte Moncrief - a widow who is determined to finish her spy husband's final mission - and the inventor "Makesmith Baron" Dexter who is drafted to accompany Charlotte as her new 'husband'.

I really liked the leads, the Charlotte is good as the woman who has lived solely for the chance to avenge her husband (and doesn't plan on surviving the mission) but I really really liked Dexter
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Enjoyable, light, steampunk romance. I enjoyed the characters and the world building, but would have liked a bit more intensity -- either in terms of the action or the romance. It may be because I've enjoyed the author's bdsm stories, but I kind of felt like the characters wanted to be a lot more dynamic(?) than the story structure (or publisher?) allowed.
3.5 stars - My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

As both the daughter and the widow of spies, Charlotte Moncrieffe is determined to use her training, skills, and unique dirigible to become a spy herself. Though her father objects, Charlotte is determined to serve the Crown by recovering documents her late husband hid at the Palais Garnier during the last war with France. There’s just one problem. Her father – in a bid to keep Charlotte from engaging in
Grace Fonseca
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A totally enjoyable Steampunk adventure that had me engrossed from start to finish. I totally loved every moment of this very interesting romance. The other thing is that this is a mystery/spy adventure that takes a lot of interesting turns. Charlotte and Dexter have a relationship that is absolutely fun to read.

The way that this book starts out is interesting because it takes us to the past so that we can understand what is going on between the English and the French. We are in the middle of a
Barbara ★
I really enjoy steampunk novels especially ones involving dirigibles so this seemed right up my alley. Unfortunately I enjoyed this book but didn't love it.

I expected a book set in this time frame to be more circumspect with the sex and language and yet they talked of cocks and dictation and the language wasn't as olde school as it should have been. None of this offended me, it simply pulled me from the scene.

For two brilliant people - heroine is an inventor of steampunk gadgets while hero
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’m always up for a great steampunk romance and this one really hit the spot. Charlotte Moncrief is a young widow whose ambition is to use her small stealth dirigible, the Gossamer Wing, to retrieve long lost documents vital to the nation from Paris, allowing her to finish her late husband’s last mission. Her father won’t allow her to participate in the mission unless she agrees to a sham marriage with Dexter Hardison, the Makesmith Baron, whose skills are needed on the mission. Their honeymoon ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gossamer Wing uses a rather simple theme. A woman is seeking revenge for the death of her husband. What's different about this is the steampunk element and the characters themselves. I'l admit and say I've read steampunk-lite. But I've read enough about dirigibles and metal limbs to get a visual of what this world could look like.

Charlotte Moncrieffe has been trying to be a spy behind her father's back. She knows that he will shut down her attempts to work for the Crown despite working in it
4.5 stars - great!

At the beginning of this book, I found the story to be a bit slow and I was easily distracted from it. At the time I suspected and hoped that this was because I had finished Simon R. Green's Something from the Nightside earlier the same day I started Gossamer Wing. I already knew the two stories were very different: Gossamer Wing is a steampunk romance, while Something from the Nightside is most definitely not. I so loved the latter book that I was having trouble stopping my
Heather C
Think 007 meets romance and steampunk; that is Gossamer Wing. Filled with espionage, fake-married sex and lots of ridiculous endearments, this book was A TON of fun.

Lady Charlotte Moncrieffe is a spy, out to avenge the death of her murdered husband. First, she needs a fake husband who will honeymoon her in France. And who better to play her new husband than the Baron Makesmith Dexter Hardison. Its a perfect cover. Charlotte can spy with her little airship the Gossamer Wing, and Dexter can work
Pretty Sassy Cool
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

First of all, I want to say up front, I loved this book, despite the fact I had no idea what this odd steampunk thing was all about. Some of you might be scratching your heads too, so here is a down-and-dirty version of steampunk. It is a sub-genre of sci-fi that features steam-powered machinery and is mostly set in the Victorian era or the “wild west” (Any of you remember that old show “The Wild, Wild West” or the movie?). Think H.G. Wells or Jules Verne but in reverse. Modern writers
2.25 stars. Rounded down because ... meh.

It started out interestingly, but then it went limp pretty quickly. The idea was that the hero and heroine were exceptional people: brilliant, courageous, attractive, charismatic, etc. The villain was also meant to be extraordinary. Unfortunately, as written, none of the characters actually achieved even the level of being 'remarkable'. I actually hovered over my "hero is whoa" shelf for this book, but didn't select it because, although we are TOLD how
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I really enjoyed this book, a steampunk romance. The characters were great, the plot was interesting and steampunk is not overwhelming. I really liked Charlotte and Dexter, they were pretty well shaped characters and I liked their interactions. The romance in this book was believable too, it wasn't just a guy and a girl that meet and 5 minutes later have hot sex. This had more feeling to it, they were attracted to each other but also fell in love. I liked the building up of the love story, The ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
It took me almost a month to finish this book and I can't say I loved it. It reminded me a lot of the classics like Balzac and Alphonse Daudet with the writing - very long, very political and stuffy. Very English in the Victorian age.
To be honest, I doubt I'll be reading anymore books from this series - even if the plot was good, the writing was too tiresome and I struggled to finish it.
Still, it's an unusual style and I appreciate the work the author did.
Ruthie Knox
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this in manuscript, and all I can say is DEXTER.
Beautiful romance, hot sex, great worldbuilding details, and an overall fun rompy steampunk vibe all make this one a pleasure to read.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hard to get into, but a good story!
Ugh, so little sex and so boring when it finally happened.
Review originally posted on The Book Pushers here:

Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Publish Date: Out now
How I got this book: ARC from the publisher via Netgalley

A spy. An airship. And a broken heart.

After losing her husband to a rogue French agent, Charlotte Moncrieffe wants to make her mark in international espionage. And what could be better for recovering secret long-lost documents from the Palais Garnier than her stealth dirigible, Gossamer Wing? Her
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
This started out strong (fake marrieds! espionage! steampunk!) and then became a slog, so I just decided to call it. I did enjoy the author's Theory of Attraction novella, so maybe it's the longer format?
Syntha Green
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed most of it. It has potential.
Steampunk romance, a rather curious mix but a fun read. If it doesn't cost 3 times as much as it should I may get the next book in the series.
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
Decent steampunk romance. Very cute and fun.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Gossamer Wing is a mixture of “pretend marriage” with “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” in a steamy (and somewhat angsty) steampunk world.

The alternate history is quite fun, the romance is suitably hard won and the steampunk adds just the right amount of engineered insanity to go along with the derring-do.

We have the engineer and the lady spy, entering into a pretend marriage for the good of jolly old England. Except that the marriage is real, and there will be a real
Paranormal Romance
Losing a husband to the world of espionage and secrets made the heroine yearn to do her part for her country and finish the mission her husband started before his murder. Small, petite and unassuming, she's the only one capable of piloting a one of a kind aircraft which is silent and nearly invisible in flight. To travel low key into France however, she's going to need more than her skills as a spy and her aircraft- she's going to need a husband. Cue the hero. He's a great bear of a man but he's ...more
Elisabeth Lane
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Steampunk romance is tricky. I generally want to like it more than I actually do. From a genre romance perspective, it seems like it would be a powerful combination to add a fantasy or science fiction element to alternative history: all the atmosphere of a historical with none of the rigidly defined social conventions or ultra-precise historical reckonings (in theory, though this book, Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden, adhered to some typically Victorian social conventions and it worked very ...more
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC through Goodreads First Reads.

Gossamer Wing was an enjoyable book, full of espionage, wit, and romance. (Note: romance in this case means explicit sex scenes, so if that's not your style you may want to skip.) The main characters are fairly fleshed-out; the world-building is intriguing; the dialogue and descriptive passages are both engaging.

Charlotte, the heroine, is the most interesting of the characters. Her husband, a spy for England in France, was killed
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Associate Reviewer - Marta C:
*eARC received from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This is the first book in Ms. Dryden's new Steampunk series entitled STEAM AND SEDUCTION. It's a book that captures the spirit of Steampunk whilst also giving the reader a sexy romance.

This captivating adventure tells the story of Charlotte Moncrieffe, a widow who seeks to continue her husband's work as a spy. Espionage is in her blood; her own father
Today's post is on Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden. It is the first in her Steam and Seduction series. It is 300 pages long and is published by Berkley Sensation. The cover has the two main characters on it and it so funny. It is the most cheesy steampunk cover ever but do not judge this book by its cover. There is foul language, sex, and some violence in this novel. The story is told third person close moving from one character to another. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- A
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: english
I've never read a romance novel before in my life, but I picked this one up because it promised me a "stealth dirigible". I wasn't disappointed. It's a very sweet story, with lots of adventure and politics, and the style is really enjoyable. A few highlights:

- Both main characters are equally strong-willed and adventurous. No damsels in distress, just two cool, devoted spies on a secret mission.
- The two like each other from the start, and they're a perfect match. They're also both total dorks
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars!

I have found that I love reading steam punk; I love the that it takes place in a historical setting yet the gadgets that are used are interesting and futuristic, I like that the view of women is more modern and the characters are usually interesting with a bit of geekiness about them.

Lady Moncrieff, Charlotte seems like an unassuming widow, but she is so much more. She has been working for the Agency and is excited to take the next step, actually spying and gathering information from
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