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Steam Me Up, Rawley

(Mint Julep & Monocle Chronicles #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Jack the Ripper might be in town. But is marriage more terrifying?

In an alternate Deep South in 1890, society reporter Adele de la Pointe wants to make her own way in the world, despite her family’s pressure to become a society wife. Hoping to ruin herself as a matrimonial prospect, she seizes the opportunity to cover the recent Jack the Ripper-style murders for the newsp
Published January 14th 2015 by Angela Quarles
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Steam Me Up, Rawley is a fun, exciting, new steampunk series that takes place in a 1890 American alternate history. Although the story is in an alternate fictitious history, women still face the discrimination found until the mid to later 1900's...and Adele de la Pointe is the perfect woman to buck the system. I only wish I could have the strength of character Adele shows throughout the story.

Adele's father, a renowned plastic surgeon makes a “bargain” with a British up in coming plastic surgeon
Heather C
Well this was a FUN book!!

Set in an alternate-history world in southern Alabama, Adele de la Pointe is determined to make her way as a successful career woman, and in turn, ruin all her chances of ever becoming “wife” material. Her latest profession: society reporter. What she really wants is a chance at investigative reporting, but there is “no place” for a woman in that position. The Dr. Phillip Rawley lands at her feet…literally, and changes everything.

I haven’t read many steampunk stories se
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
A steampunk romantic suspense set in America's Deep South sounded all sorts of fun times so I was eager to reach for this book and get started. And what's a steampunk tale without a daring, independent-minded heroine and a smart, handsome hero to ride at her side? Let's just say that I didn't have to find out because this book opening a new thrilling series had those very types. It took me a bit to get into this one, but after a time, I got my feet under me and I was off to enjoy Adele and Rawle ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC for an honest review, and I'm absolutely elated that I got to read it before everyone else! ;-P

I loved Angela's Must Love Breeches (time travel romance) because of her writing style, voice and characterizations--and she didn't disappoint in SMUR. She knows how to write a romance well, and the reader really gets a feel for the "insurmountable" odds the hero/heroine must overcome. Her handling of her characters' growth is especially satisfying, and she was consistent on that mar
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
*This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

This is the first book I have read by new to me author Angela Quarles and it was definitely a fun escape into the Steampunk genre.

The heroine is fun and the integration of actual history mixed up with an original tale was certainly very well done.

A stand alone book those looking for their answers will not have to wait for another installment despite the #1 in the description that these days often means "You will need book
Michele Price
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

This is a new author for me and I truly enjoyed this book :-). Her h was smart and clever, no TSTL moments, and the romance was honest and funny and warm. Rawley was a great H, and week-matched with Adele. I will definitely read more by this author :-).
InD'tale Magazine
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly researched, the reader is likely to feel as though they have been thrown back in time.

Read full review in the 2015 April issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Elizabeth Marie
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Netgalley. Review originally posted on

I honestly did not think I would like this book as much as I did. First, I’ve never really read anything that could be considered steam punk; the only time I ever tried it before I couldn’t get past the first page because I felt like I needed a special dictionary to understand half of what was written. Second, I absolutely hate the title. Steam Me Up, Rawley? Really? Did the hero’s name need to be in the title? I w
Twinsie Talk Angie J
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I rated this a 4.25-4.5 but rounded up.

I received this book from the author for an honest opinion.

OH MAN Can Angela write a great story. I will admit that the story was a bit slow to get going. Mainly its slow because this is a Steampink novel. You gotta be ready to roll with the fun and quirky things like a pet monkey who wears armor?? Steampunk also seems to have wild technology and cool ideas for things. So to read it, ya gotta be able to roll with the creativity of it. Now I say it is slow i
Secretly Reading
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads, steampunk
In a Nutshell: Very good steampunk romance that I enjoyed.

Why I Read: If a synopsis hints at steampunk, chances are I’ll read it.

What I Liked: Adele! It’s rare that the heroine of a romance speaks to me more than the hero but that was the case here. Adele is the character with the personal and relationship growth that I rooted for. She’s feisty and independent but not stupid. This is best shown in her desire to be a newspaper reporter. She reflects why she wants to do it and goes after it whole-
Heather andrews
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There were times I felt sorry for Phillip I mean Adele is a high strong girl, "you've made your feelings perfectly clear, madam." His voice was low, tight. "I will take my leave now. I would not wish to bore you with my presence any longer than necessary." Alright it's not all Adele's fault the boy does need to loosen up a little. He's caring and I really loved that about Phillip and the way he talks about sex with his girl is really gentlemanly, "after you passed out from sensual bliss, I dress ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are so many fun things about this book. Where do I even start? I love that the author set the stage in Mobile, AL. It created a unique and fun twist within the steampunk genre. The heroine and hero were both imperfect (as well as irritatingly stubborn). But I enjoyed seeing their journey through the course of the story and watching their attraction blossom into romance. The nods to Jack the Ripper and Loki made me grin like a fool. I enjoyed the blend of old and new, the reality and the fa ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found this book because I was a huge fan of Angela Quarles' book "Must Love Breeches" and was looking to see when her next book in that series would be coming out. Lo and behold, I found out she had this book and the sequel I was looking for has just come out, as well....BONUS!!

For a reason I can't explain, I decided to read this one first. And, I loved it. I'm from Mobile, so I love her descriptions of the people, the use of street names, and just how she captures the flair of the city in gen
Alice Keyes
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angela Quarrels is becoming my favorite romance writer. Must Love Breaches and Steam Me Up, Rawley (I was given an ARC for an honest review) have heroines that are believable and men that are drool worthy. The Steampunk genre added to story of Steam Me Up, Rawley. Steampunk novels tend to have some type of mystery to solve and Angela has done a great job incorporating this aspect of Steampunk into her novel along with submersibles, mechanical appendages, and hot air balloons. She includes a sout ...more
Laura Voss
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story started off slow but I think that is the case with most steampunk novels. It takes some adjusting getting into the language and style of the story. I don't usually like period novels but I like steam punk stories. I find them funny the characters are always sassy. This story was suspenseful, funny, and romantic. I loved all of the creativity in the story that comes with the stemppunk story-line in ways creating new technology. I really liked the characters and their relationship to ea ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: x2015
3 stars = I liked it. This didn't immediately grab me - I am not fond of Ripperesque murder mysteries. Also, it took me a bit to warm up to the would-be reporter heroine with her pet monkey and fall for the leading man as well - though as the story goes on he's a large part of why I ended up liking this. What actually won me over was after fighting the leading ladies perception of him as daring and heroic, I liked that he ended up wanting to be the man she thought him to be. There are a few nice ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantastic! Mystery, Danger, and Romance

Real characters that grow to understand themselves and learn to love. The steampunk ideas were new and worked well with the society the author invented. It paced well and the steam--oh my! Plus, no magic/paranormal elements in this world so no deux es machina.

Sometimes the dialogue seemed modern but since this is a fictitious history I won't get picky. Personally, I don't appreciate Biblical profanity or premarital sex so it lost a star.

Would I recommend th
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
It took me a little while to warm up to this book. I was confused in the beginning because even though the author was descriptive I couldn't imagine some of the steam punk things that she was talking about. The H&h had slow building relationship. He didn't understand why she wanted adventure and she couldn't stand to be married and hemmed in. The story was cute and quirky and the plot was fast enough to keep my interest. ...more
Mel E
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
steampunk steam and sass!

This book initially took me a bit to warm to but I am so glad I stuck with it! The main characters are so easy to fall in love with including Loki and other supporting characters. The mystery is interesting and seeing the growth of the main characters in discovering themselves and their love for one another is interesting and you are cheering the "dashing" deeds and triumphs. Don't hesitate to buy and enjoy!
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance readers
A really fun story to read. The heroine is spunky, hilarious, sometimes naïve but really courageous and someone I rooted for from the beginning. The hero has a big heart and a lot to learn. There's a silly monkey, really inventive steam-punk-y gadgetry, hot romance and a murderous villain. A feel good romantic story with very creative world-building.
Jennae Vale
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first steam punk romance read

Under ordinary circumstances I might have passed this book by, but I could not pass up a chance to read another book by Angela Quarles and I'm glad I didn't. This was a great read. I loved the characters, especially Loki, the setting and the story.
R.A. Winter
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review from Bookvetter.
A steampunk romance at it best. Set in an alternative past in Mobile, Alabama, this story ask the question what if Lincoln hadn't been assassinated and the South progressed? A love story with a murderer after our heroine drove this reader to the end. Very well written, a love story to treasure.
Angela Quarles
Aug 28, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

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Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Cecilia Rodriguez
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quarles dives right into the trope of Steampunk, but her interpitation is light and funny.
Set in an alternate version of 1890's Mobile, the plot barrows from Vern and adds Jack the Ripper, while maintaining focus on Rawley and Adele.
Pure enjoyment and fun.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review coming soon!!
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.0 stars

An excellent romance, steam punk style!
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a fresh breath in the genre

Nice to have a new setting in the steampunk genre,and also not to have the same Southern cliches as most books set in the South.
Bethany Rawley
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This story was an interesting development. I initially picked it up because I love steampunk stories, Jack the Ripper mysteries, and the title character has the same name as my dad and brother (though his first name is spelled differently). However, I realized about half-way through this book that the focus of this story is on the romance between the main two characters, and not the steampunk setting nor the plot intrigue. The passion between these characters is what drives the story and not the ...more
Carrie Dalby
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Not my typical read, but loved the play on Mobile's history with the steam punk elements. It worked seamlessly. Yes, there are a few steamy scenes (easily skipped over if needed) but they work with the character development. Fun, suspenseful read with the right amount of details for the world building.
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