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Gilded Hearts

(The Shadow Guild #1)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Samuel Hawkins, Sergeant in the King's Sentry, has been called in to investigate a murder case. As he awaits the Archivists to arrive—the team who will use a special device to extract the memories of the dead man to help find clues to his murder—he never expects to come face to face with the woman he'd left behind when he'd fled the Archives five years earlier.

Piper Smith
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Forever Yours
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Aly is so frigging bored
I like the writing style but the world and the characters... I just can't connect.
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Absolutely fabulous! Ms. D'abo is an author I've read over the years and enjoyed her kinky erotic romances. This is a new genre she's writing in. She's done an excellent job with her steampunk world building. This new world of Archivist and memories is mind blowing. From page one, I was hooked and had to read the entire story in one sitting.

Sam Hawkins is a lawman, escaped from the Archivist. He's pulled back to this sinister guild when one of his homicide cases requires an archivist to harvest
I might come back to this at some point, but I'm just not engaged. The world confuses me - the reasoning behind things, along with the actual way the world works - and I just don't really care about the characters yet.

I forced myself to get this far, and I just can't anymore.
Buddy read with Amanda, Ange & Aly

When Samuel escaped the Archives five years ago the only thing he regretted was leaving his best friend Piper behind. He has made a new life for himself though and has worked his way up to Sergeant in the King's Sentry. When his work on a series of grizzly murders brings him back into contact with Piper he realises his friend has grown into a strong and beautiful woman and he is desperate to find a way to make her leave the Archivists Guild to be with him. P
Reviewed for:Where the Night Kind Roam

Gilded Hearts by Christine D’Abo is the first in her new erotic historical steampunk series. I’m a fan of Ms. D’Abo, in particular her Long Shots contemporary series so when I saw this book come up I was quick to grab it. In general, I not a huge fan of steampunk as in I don’t go purposefully looking for but I do enjoy it from time to time and I think this one was a decent effort into the Steampunk genre. The concept of the Archives is interesting and a diff
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack the Ripper, Steampunk, and Romance, Oh My!!
A vicious killer is slashing his way through the soot-slicked streets of New London's Whitechapel district, leaving the broken, bloody bodies of prostitutes in his wake.

King's Sentry Sergeant Samuel Hawkins has, in the course of his police work, had the occasional dealing with an Archivist in the five years since he fled their Guild, but Piper Smith isn't just any Archivist. Her arrival at his crime scene affects him more deeply than he was expecti
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
All I can say about this one is... meh. Sure, there were a few interesting parts. Unfortunately, overall the book just didn't really grab my interest. The main characters were not all that likable, and the plot was actually rather strange. The whole "Jack the Ripper villain" thing is already so over-used, and it just didn't work for me. The ending didn't leave me feeling very satisfied, and parts of it were just plain weird. The whole plot just grew odder as the story progressed. I won't be cont ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
**Originally written for Book Bliss book blog.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review:4.5 stars

General: Steampunk is a genre that can be extremely difficult to write, with all of it’s science and gadgets and rule breaking and bending. Gilded Hearts is an absolutely fantastic addition to the world of Steampunk filled with science, steamy love scenes, a plot twist to die for and characters so charismatic you’ll wish they were real. I’m going to have to
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
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I wasn't sure what to expect going in to Gilded Hearts. I had never read Christine d'Abo before and steam punk romance can be hit or miss for me. This book truly surprised me and I ended up really enjoying it. I thought the characters and the writing were very strong and the story was intricate but not overly complicated. The only thing I thought was a little lacking was the ending. I have seen this classified as erotica, but I would not
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I actually think that this book is being promoted under the wrong category on netgalley. It's labeled as erotica, and even though there are a couple of sex scenes in the book, I think those looking for straight up erotica might be a little disappointed that it is actually MOSTLY a sci-fi/fantasy story. Being familiar with the steampunk world in general is also a plus. A bit of reader patience is needed in the beginning so that you can wrap your head around this world that the author has created. ...more
Gilded Hearts is a fast paced science fiction romance with a “Jack the Ripper” murder mystery theme.

In Gilded Hearts we are thrust back in time to solve the horrific murders of ladies of ill-repute. Christine d'Abo writes a highly imaginative tale of an alternate London, where memory capturing machines, corruption and political mechanization run rampant. Our hero and heroine are two people whose lives where torn apart by society but now are reunite to solve the brutal murders.

The story is dark
Oct 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-review, steampunk
I should man up and learn to DNF review books without so much guilt, peeps. I have no compunction doing it to the books I bought, but ARCs? Oh, man. The guilt eats me up.

Gilded Hearts which I featured on my Dreaming of Books and was very excited about, took me just under a month to read, and that on its own is an indication of what was wrong (takes me a couple of day on average to devour a book).

As a combination of factors it should have worked. There is Jack The Ripper, there are steampunk elem
J.K. Coi
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As Christine's critique partner, yes...I'm not exactly an unbiased party when it comes to a review of this book...but it doesn't change the fact that I loved it. The worldbuilding was fantastic, the characters are riveting, damaged, and sexy, and the suspense is superb!!
May 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Pipper is possibly one of the worst cases of a self-absorbed, yet idolized character I've read in a while. There was a particular event that happened in the book where one of the other main characters is dealing with some heavy issues, but all Pipper can think about is herself and in the end, the other main character ends up apologizing to her. Everyone in the book fawns on her, tells her how special she is, and wants to keep them for themselves for pretty much the duration of the book. She has ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Sam thought he had put his past at the Archives behind him. Then, when Jack the Ripper makes his appearance in New London, he comes directly into contact with his past, in the form of the woman he left behind. Now they must work together to catch a killer in this thrilling addition to the steampunk genre.

Opening Sentence: The cold bite of the late fall air against Samuel Hawkins’ cheek had long caused it to go numb.

The Review:

Steampunk has a
Oct 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Just rather boring, and then I hit the sentences uttered by the hero, Sam,

' "If it meant that you were pulled from society, that another man wouldn't be able to touch you, then I will be forever grateful. Because you see," he cupped her cheek, "even though we've never so much as kissed, you belong to me." '

Ugh. Just no.
Gilded Hearts by Christine D’Abo
(Book #1: The Shadow Guild Series)
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 5/5 stars

Prior to Christine D’Abo’s Gilded Hearts, my experience with the steam punk genre was hit or miss at best. To say my experience is moving in a far better direction doesn’t really even come close. Gilded Hearts has converted me completely and I am now 100% a steam punk fan :)

Gilded Hearts is a totally weird mix of all kinds of things near and dear to my heart so here’s the skinny on why this book r
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
*ARC received for an honest review.
review originally published http://ramblingsfromthischick.blogspo...
Usually I don’t read too many paranormal stories because I find that I have a difficult time identifying with the characters. I was really intrigued by this story because of the back story of Jack the Ripper. Even though it’s a horrid historical occurrence the mysterious identity of who he was continues to intrigue. There are many different aspects of this stor
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Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it

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Gilded Hearts is a romantic historical urban fiction with a touch of steampunk thrown into the mix. The story is a fast-paced thriller, with mystery and a bit of horror against a backdrop of gritty industralized alternative universe London.

Plot: Five years previous, Samuel had fled the Archivists - a group dedicated to preserving the memories of London's elite or murdered. The mysterious group takes children off the stre
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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Ah a Steampunk story involving Jack the Ripper, what more could I ask for? I love the mix especially as I was able to discover it in some other novels. But here in addition to that, we have a very intriguing world shared between archivists and the police under the orders of the king.

While Samuel ran for his life years ago from the Archives, he has now become sergeant on behalf of the king, a work that pleases him immensely. However, he is happy for this chan
Marta Cox
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Set in a very dark steam punk setting this is a book by an author that I've seen but never read before. For some reason I thought Ms D'Abo only wrote erotica but this book shows that she has numerous strings to her bow. An intriguing book in The Shadow Guild series and one that will be of interest to those who look for something out of the ordinary to read.
It's a very interesting idea to be able to access memories in those recently dead and the true horror of it all is revealed here. The though
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gilded Hearts is a fascinating Steampunk paranormal romance filled with an amazing, interesting world, a mystery to solve and romance. This is the first in the series, a world were Archivists take and store memories of the dead to help solve crimes, this one caught me from the beginning and kept me engrossed until the end.

Samuel Hawkins fled the Archivist facility five years ago and has built a successful life working for the King’s Sentry. He is a sergeant in the Sentry and is now investigating
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotic, steampunk
I liked this book from the first few pages. Christine D’Abo has created a dark world set in steampunk New London. Add in a new twist on Jack the Ripper and we have a winning start to a new series.

Sergeant Samuel Hawkins is on the trail of a murderer, and the Archivist called out to extract the victim’s memories is Piper Smith, a childhood friend. Sam and Piper were both taken from their families at a young age to live and train in the Archives. Sam and Piper struck up a friendship there, but thi
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Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
GILDED HEARTS by Christine D' Ado is an exciting Steampunk. #1 in "The Shadow Guild". What an adventure. Set in a Steampunk world, you can not go wrong if you enjoy Steampunk, than "Gilded Hearts" is the story for you to pick up for your reading pleasure. Fast paced and full of adventure and action. Follow, Piper Smith, an Archivist and Sergeant Samuel Hawkins of the King’s Sentry and an ex- member of the Archivist Guild on a journey of danger, a murderer and passion. A new spin on an old tale o ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
The first thing I will say about my 3 star rating of this book is that I am typically not a fan of steampunk. The only reason I read this book is because I am a huge fan of Christine d’Abo. However, due to the genre, this was not one of my favorite books. While I really enjoyed the characters, the romance and the mystery, I got lost in the Guild universe. And while I really enjoyed a lot of the secondary characters (loved David), I did get lost at times trying to keep track of everyone. I had a ...more
Can't finish this one... Not because it is that bad a book. I just knew from the very first pages that it wasn't my style. And after a few chapters struggling to connect to both the characters and the story itself, I just knew that I would never be able to enjoy it. So instead of struggling through yet another book, I decided to put it aside.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
It was good. Steampunk romance with a historical figure fit into the storyline. The worldbuilding was interesting, I definitely enjoyed the machine and archivist angle but something was a little off for me, hence the three stars. Looking forward to seeing where she takes the series. Fun, escapist reading.
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
I was intrigued at first, but the story seemed to really drag midway through and I found myself skipping ahead until something caught my eye and I'd stop to read the next chapter or two before skipping ahead again. The ending was almost too pat and predictable, and I was disappointed.
It took a couple of tries to get into this one, but overall I quite enjoyed it. Not an easy read, but still engaging.
Mollie ~Ravenclaw Romance Reader~
Dec 24, 2013 marked it as nothing-will-make-me-finish-this
Shelves: pnr, urban-fantasy
It's not for me. Couldn't get into it.
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A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over forty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.

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