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Eros Element

(Aether Psychics #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  81 reviews
If love is the ivy, secrets are the poison.

After enduring heartbreak at the hands of a dishonest woman, Edward Bailey lives according to scientific principles of structure and predictability. Just the thought of stepping outside his strict routine raises his anxiety.

Adding to his discomfort is Iris McTavish, who appears at his school’s faculty meeting in place of her world
Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Samhain Publishing
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Frank Tuttle
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes. Steampunk, baby. Set in an 1870 that never was but should have been.

I loved this book (I was lucky, and had access to an ARC). I swear I could hear steam hissing and gears clacking the whole time I read it. The 'aether' of the title was my favorite of Dominic's inventions. She obviously knows her discredited Victorian physics, and she brought them to life brilliantly in a laboratory demonstration early in the book.

PROTIP: Show Frank a copper sphere and then cool it to draw down a vacuum, an
3.5 Stars – 1 Flame

I did it! I made it through my first Steampunk novel!!! I can actually say I’ve read one now, but not entirely sure I’ll read another. Although the style is interesting, I’m not sure if “for me”.

Let me start with a small disclaimer. Since I’ve never read a Steampunk before, I’ll admit that this took me quite some time to get in to. Like, almost half way through it. I think I was thrown off my game a little when the “paranormal” wasn’t futuristic in the sense of the future, bu
Nov 21, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Iris McTavish is a woman in a pickle: she’s intelligent and independent in an era where neither is considered a desirable trait in a woman. She’s also in the embarrassing and stressful position of being nearly destitute after receiving the news that her famous father, archaeologist Professor McTavish, has died abroad and hence no more income will arrive to keep the household running.
So what should a girl do? Well, as no one else knows of the professor’s demise, and there is a well paid job await
Susan Crawford
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read and very much enjoyed this book in my critique group. The author has done her research and, although Steampunk is not my usual cup of tea, I really loved this one!
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
review to come. loved this!
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Skinny

Professor Edward Bailey has dedicated his life to science, and after a heartbreaking ordeal he decides to live by the structure and predictability of science. Everything about his life is strictly routine, right down to the half cubes of sugar he puts in tea. He works alone in the aether department at the university.

Johann Bledsoe is Edward’s closest friend and works at the university with Edward. He is a talented musician and also a notorious skirt-chaser, but is extremely protective
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Basic premise: Iris has to go on a quest with a band of men in order to secure her father’s home after his death left them on the brink of ruin.

This took a bit to get into since it is a steampunk Victorian universe with a bunch of new characters to get to know. I could easily resonate with Iris McTavish and her uncanny ability to touch objects and glean their inner truths.

The story started off with a bang when one of her father’s colleagues tries to force her to marry him in order for h
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Question: What do you get if you combine a 19th century setting, forward thinking scientific ideas, and advanced steam and clockwork technology. Answer: Historical Science Fiction. Some people call it Steampunk, which is just one word and therefore easier to say.

I love reading Steampunk and finding a new talent in this genre is always fun. Cecilia Dominic’s Eros Element, which releases on August 25th, is the first book in her promising Steampunk series Aether Psychics.

Eros Element is about an ec
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Steampunk novel I have read. I didn’t know what to expect but I liked it. All the character seemed to have things they were hiding and I wanted to find out what. There were a few gaps that were hard to fill in. I will try another book by this author.
Oct 19, 2016 added it
Iris McTavish, an archaeological expert, stands in for her father on a scientific expedition to find ways to use aether as a power source. She needs the money the project backer promises to retain her independence from an unwanted and unscrupulous suitor. While on the expedition, she finds herself drawn to Edward Bailey, the aether scientist. But nobody on the expedition is what they seem to be. With enemies determined to disrupt the trip at every turn, can Edward and Iris unlock the potential o ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
The thing that immediately grabs your eye about the Aether Psychics series, is the awesome looking blue covers. If I would have seen this book lying in the bookstore, I definitely would have grabbed a copy. So when I saw the sign up for the Review Tour of the Aether Psychics series I signed up as fast as I could.

‘Eros Element’ was from the very first page a really nice read. I didn’t realize when I read the book description that this book would take place in 1870 , so that was definitely a nice
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Eros Element is a fantastic start to a new series. And while it’s the beginning of something bigger it still has a great conclusion and doesn’t leave us with a cliffhanger.

Eros Element has a different feel to it. First of all the male character, Edward, is very different. He’s a bit OCD and is very much about things being a routine. He doesn’t like surprises at all. But this somewhat forced trip truly pushes him outside his comfort zone and he slowly begins to realize the things that were missin
Terri M.
I am completely fascinated by the world in the Aether Physics universe. It is completely known yet there are elements of the unknown that have drawn me in.

I recently read Noble Secrets (read my review) which was a great introduction to the smart, intelligent characters and Dominic’s writing style. It lead me to binge read the three novels that currently make up the Aether Physics series.

What I love most about Dominic’s style is that all of her characters are smart and intelligent. They are not c
Debbie Herbert
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Iris is a woman ahead of her time and must use all her resources to survive at the unexpected death of her father.

I do hope the author will have a spin off novel with Edward's brother and also his former secretary - the Duke and Duchess.

A fun romp through historical Europe with sparkling dialogue, plenty of action and an likeable cast of characters.

I received a review copy of this novel from the author.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I received this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
It's really nice. I loved the steampunk elements. At the start it's a bit slow paced but then it's ok. The romance isn't so overwhelming and it didn't really clicked for me, but this notwithstanding I liked this book.
My vote: 3.5 stars
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cecelia Dominic's 'Eros Element' is a fun steampunk romp. The first in her Aether Psychics series, readers are plunged into a world of eccentric personalities and dangerous perils in search of the fabled Eros element. Dominic creates a fully fleshed out world peopled with dynamic characters. This is a very enjoyable read.
I received a copy of the book for review.
There is something very wrong with this book.
I adore steampunk and this has the list of items [gaslight, Victorian, top hats, dirigibles, clockwork etc…] but it’s as if she literally just added them in with no reasons.
The heroine Iris, has touch memory magic and is an archaeologist like her father. She assumes he had the same skill but they never talked about it [really? Why not?]
There is a mysterious gold box inside a rock that she found in his study after it called to her. [how? Her skill is t
Hannah G
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
This book started out so, so promising. The first third absolutely sucked me in, the premise was good, the characters were excellent, and I was looking forward to the concept of aether being explored further. I wanted to see this mismatched band of characters go on an adventure and keep secrets and have delicious tension.

Alas, as soon as the story moves from London to Paris, the entire plot entirely loses steam and characters are shunted blindly from one contrived plot point to another with almo
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun! Getting to know both the lead and secondary characters was a pure delight! Don't miss this treat--grab a bowl of popcorn or your snack of choice and dig in!

I found our heroine, budding archaeologist Iris McTavish, to be a refreshing change in that she was a lovely balance of clever, brave, resourceful, thoughtful, and kind. She was determined to find her own way in a time when women's choices were normally quite constrained, yet she remained quite feminine and likeable
Lyn Mckenzie
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book

The first thing I have to say about this book is that it is nothing like I expected, it was even better than I hoped it would be, I am now dying to read the next book after reading this, I am definitely hooked on this author's work after reading this!

I adored reading about Iris’ character! I deeply felt for her character and because of the world she has to live in and what a woman is expected to be and how to act, she battles against st
Mandy Parmenter
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

Edward Bailey was heartbroken after a scheming woman called Ivy broke his heart. He how lives a very regimented life of scientific principles with structure and predictability. Iris McTavish's father is a world-renowned Archaeologist and she has been assisting him for years when he dies - she needs to find a way to gain some kind of income so when an invitation to a University meeting is delivered for him Iris attends as his assistant while he is indisp
Suzanne Hare
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Iris McTavish’s father just passed away, leaving her household in chaos and her dreams of following her father’s footsteps in archeology dashed. To prove her worth and save her house she embarks on a dangerous adventure. Edward Bailey is desperate, although heartbroken, he must find a way to turn aether into a power source or his department and professorship will be ruined. He needs help and Iris is it. Together they must solve the problem while dealing with many dangerous situations and people. ...more
Neil Mutch
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first venture into Steampunk and found the book thoroughly enjoyable. I did like the way the book introduced aspects of fictional world throughout the story and it was relatively easy to come to understand a world so very different from the one I know.

I enjoyed the manner in which the main characters were developed and although all flawed in some way they all, with one exception, were likeable. It was great to see a strong female lead though the requirements for ladies to chaperoned
Jamie Jack
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-2019, fantasy
Oh, my gosh! What a fun book. This was my first foray into steampunk, though I had heard of the subgenre before. This particular author is able to convey her characters’ thoughts and words well, sometimes with gravity (when needed) and deliciously dry humor (most of the time). The characters are well drawn with very clear goals and motivations. There's no gore or violence, and the plot did have some unexpected twists and turns. I think I especially appreciated the interactions between the charac ...more
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mobi-files
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I have to say I enjoyed this book but had a bit of a hard time getting through the first half. I enjoyed the fact that this book had more of a streampunk feel than the first did. I think my problem with the first half was the fact that everything seemed to be happening so slowly. The progression of Edward and Iris relationship, their journey, even the drama seemed to have happened at a snails pace. BUT, the secrets and dealings had
Miranda Marchese
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'll readily admit that Steampunk isn't my genre, but still, this was hard for me to get through. The characters (especially Edward) were good and well-developed, but the plot was just very hard to follow for me. It was paced really awkwardly, and you didn't really have a true sense of what their goal was until they got to Italy, which was 3/4 of the way through the book. The adversaries in the book were either typical, nonredeemable villains (Jeremy Scott) or amorphous, shadowy entities that we ...more
Danielle Carpenter
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sad to say, I couldn't put the book down. I don't think I've enjoyed the steampunk era as much as I have with the 2 books I have read in this series. I love Iris. I still question Edward (introduced in book 1). Jeremy Scott is the perfect villian, handsome, intelligent and totally self absorbed. In this book, psychic and science are mixed together, and evil people run amok. I laughed and I was intrigued by Iris. She was a breath of intelligence and innocence mixed together. I'm still pretty sure ...more
Danielle Carpenter
Sad to say, I couldn't put the book down. I don't think I've enjoyed the steampunk era as much as I have with the 2 books I have read in this series. I love Iris. I still question Edward (introduced in book 1). Jeremy Scott is the perfect villian, handsome, intelligent and totally self absorbed. In this book, psychic and science are mixed together, and evil people run amok. I laughed and I was intrigued by Iris. She was a breath of intelligence and innocence mixed together. I'm still pretty sure ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I quite liked this book. It was well written with good character development, lots of mystery and danger, and romance thrown in. The two main characters were quirky and flawed, but very likable, and I was happy for them to fall in love.

Interestingly, though, I have no desire to pick up the next one. I wasn't really interested in learning more about the other characters and their budding romances, and the whole hunt for a way to stabilise Aether isn't a storyline that inspires me to pick up the
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Cecilia Dominic became a clinical psychologist because she's fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn't stop making stuff up. By day, she helps people cure their insomnia. By night, she writes fiction that keeps her readers turning pages past bedtime. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, but she prefers to be called versatile, not conflicted. Cecilia ...more

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