Prince of Hearts
London: 1896. Airships rule the skies, and automatons run the tracks at Ascot. Since the Great Exhibition of 1851, Her Majesty’s Empire has been powered by the Steam Revolution and Welding science. It is a time of glorious innovation and dangerous civil unrest.
But Miss Aline Finch, prim, plain career girl, has more important ...more
The year is 1896-ish. In this version of England, we have automatons, people who have their bodies modified and are part machine, dirigibles, and other steampunk identifiers. However, to me, this read more like an historical romance (which was a pleasant surprise).
Aline Finch is a virginal thirty year old who is the secretary of The Professor (Sasha). She's feisty, yet prim and proper, a "gently-bred woman." So anyway, this is about their romance. But someone is trying to kill Aline, so there is ...more
He'd killed for her, and he was afraid he'd do so again and again until his father's blood boiled like lava through his veins, and he'd drown in the darkness...
She'd made him love her, and he hated her for it.
I've never ventured into reading steampunk, but this book was good and not so heavy on the "steampunk".
Prince of Hearts, was a cute book, the heroine was quirky, funny and head over heels in love with the hero, even though she was loathe to admit it. Finch, is ...more
I loved this just as much second time around as I did first. These two have some very amusing banter. But by far when Professor Romanov really sees Finch for the first time is my favourite part, the author wrote his shock so well.
Original review -
I ADORED THIS BOOK
This popped up when I was looking at something completely different and after reading the description I decided to give it a go. I'm trying to broaden my reading choices past just fluffy sex books. Now I'm sat ...more
This book was soooo fun! The world-building is cool and the creativity of it came close to what I think of Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas world. The heroine is a little miss prim and proper but with a feisty side and is just all around freakin adorable. I liked the hero as well, although his characterization seemed a little whacky sometimes. (view spoiler)[There’s a part where in his inner monologue, he goes “Ugh!” and I was totally making faces at it. Such a small thing and yet it bothered ...more
This could have been really good. If only the heroine had not been quite so door-mattish. So plain and unattractive (and this was emphasised ad nauseum) So badly dressed (had she no self-respect?) If only the hero had not been quite so damaged. So filled with self-loathing. So oddly dumb. So fantastically beautiful-looking that the contrast with her unattractiveness was too stark.
I did enjoy the story, and the concept was cool. I like the way this author writes and have read her HR ...more
Miss Aline Finch it determined to hand in her two week resignation to her handsome, dashing and thoroughly irritating boss, Professor Romanov. She is to be married to her fiancee and Charlie and move with him so he can continue his archaeology studies in Egypt. However, there is much more to the the Professor than there appears and now that he is faced with the prospect of a life without the very prim and proper Miss Finch he realises he never wants to let her go...especially when a danger ...more
I liked both the great quirky leading lady, and the gorgeous immortal leading man with a tormented past that makes him feel he's a monster. There was good tension ...more
I only heard about Margaret Foxe last December and I confess that her marvellous cover swayed my opinion into buying and reading the book almost immediately. The main hero being a Russian prince was just a big, fat bonus point. *grinning*
The plot is essentially an easy to follow murder mystery slash romance, the world-building is thorough, but what really got ...more
This book starts off with adventure. I really loved Finch. She's a perfect, mousy, mess! She has no sense of fashion, she's sassy, wears her glasses like armor, she's bookish and smart. I just loved the endearing messiness of her.
And Sasha...he's something. Gotta swoon for a ...more
It still has some romance dualism that I don't like aka brutish alpha male and clutzy-always-needing-saving-damsel-in-distress. But! Foxe brought some nuances to our two love-birds and I appreciated it. Sasha and Finch were fun, fun, fun.
I'm pretty impressed when I can get some good sexy times and a ...more
Look, I love romance, but I am also pretty picky about it. A lot of it can't get past my jaded, cynical heart. Or, all too often, it upsets my feminist sensibilities. But this book just hit all the ...more
(Seriously- like twelve out of ten, it’s THAT good!)
I absolutely couldn’t get enough of this book. Anyone who loves a good steampunk romance should not miss out on this. The entire concept was brilliant, with the awesome historical aspects weaved throughout (like Jack the Ripper!) and morphed into a fictional story with incredible machines and cyborg type creatures.
We meet Aline Finch, an overworked personal assistant with a penchant for gambling and a desire for adventure. She ...more
Solid characters, just the right touch of romance, and a smattering of humor; it was damn near flawless conglomeration. I don't think I could have ask for more. 5 stars.
I'm not tempted to read the rest of the series, but others will certainly adore it.
I don't even remember how I stumbled upon this gem, all I remember is reading the opening lines, and suddenly I was reading the last page of the book. Amazing how that happens :P
The characters, Professor Romanov and Aline, were well written. They, quite frankly, made this book for me. Their banter, the slow burn romance, everything. Absolutely everything.
I will say the world building was very limiting. There was so much potential to explore so many of the little details. But, the ...more
This, ladies and gentlemen, was my very first steampunk novel. Though I'm still acclimating to the steampunk genre, this book was fantastic on so many wonderful levels that it could have probably been about shifters (a genre I absolutely loathe) and I still would have given it five stars. Though not perfect, and it did induce a few eye-roll moments, it hit my key factors for a five star rating: excellent characters, excellent romance, ...more
4.5 stars - I REALLY enjoyed this, just a bit light on the world-building for me to give 5 stars, but a definite favourite. Just by chance I saw a review in my recent updates on this book and thought I would ...more
Fortunately, Margaret Foxe knows how to write a scene. Prince of Hearts, book one in the Elders and Welders Chronicles is a Victorian steampunk romance. Sprinkled with a hearty dose of ...more
Author – Margaret Foxe
Star rating -
Plot – very well planned and executed
Characters – very diverse and relatable
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Ease of reading – very ease to read.
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Would I read it again – Yes
**I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW**
This is my first steampunk book, ever! I have to say that it doesn't disappoint.
I was drawn into this book right from the very beginning. It gripped my ...more
Miss Aline Finch it determined to hand in her two week resignation to her handsome, dashing and thoroughly irritating boss, Professor Romanov. She is to be married to her fiancee and Charlie and move with him so he can continue his archaeology studies in Egypt. However, there is much more to the the Professor than there appears and now that he is faced with the prospect of a life without the very prim and proper Miss Finch he realises he never wants to let her go...especially when a danger...more
The story focuses on the relationship between Aline, a secretary and secret "penny dreadful' author, and Sasha, her temprememtal and mysterious boss.
Foxe's novel ...more
Aline Finch is a stuffy, dowdy little woman who works for the narcissistic, demanding Professor of Criminology, Augustus Romanov (aka Sasha). She's worked for him for 5 Loooooong years and is ready to quit with a vengeance. But there's a lot to the Professor that she doesn't know and there are those who would use her connection to him for evil.
The first half had me riveted, but it got ...more
Now, on to the romance tropes, it has a huge host ...more