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Romancing the Inventor

(Supernatural Society #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  3,396 ratings  ·  513 reviews
Vampires are keeping an inventor in their potting shed. Imogene wants to seduce her.

Imogene Hale is a lowly parlourmaid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local vampire hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor imprisoned there.

Genevieve Lefoux is heartsick, lonely, and French.

With culture, class, and the lady h
ebook, 149 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Gail Carriger LLC
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As a huge fan of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate universe I was incredibly excited when I realised that she was finally giving my favourite female inventor, Genevieve Lefoux, a happily ever after. I loved Genevieve as a child in the Finishing School books and as a young woman in the Parasol Protectorate and now we finally get to see what happens to her after that series ended. Don't worry if you're not familiar with the series though, this story really does work well as a standalone so it w ...more
Maria V. Snyder
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I listened to this one as I listen to all of Gail's books. She has wonderful narrators. This was a short novella in her Parasol Protectorate universe - a nice slice of life with familiar characters. If you're like me, and love anything Gail writes, then you won't be disappointed. ...more
Lex Kent
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read a few of Carriger's Protectorate series, and really enjoyed them. But with my love of reading lesbian fiction, I have not been reading as many mainstream books. When I heard Carriger was writing a lesbian fiction book, I could not have been more excited. And to learn it was going to be a paranormal romance, taking place in the Parasol Universe, I just had to get this book. I'm happy to say, this lived up to my expectations.

While this is a novella, it is only a few pages short of bein
I haven't read a book by Gail Carriger before so I have no previous knowledge of any of the characters or the world. Despite that, this read was quite fun. It felt like a standalone and I didn't feel I was missing out on information from other books.

In addition to the Victorian steampunk vibe there's a dose of paranormal with a cast of vampires and werewolves. The tone is pretty light, minus the harassment our protagonist receives, and we get a somewhat superficial slow burn f/f romance.

All in
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
fuck straight authors referring to same gender attraction as "perversions", and fuck this particular book for that, creating a society where you can have werewolves and vampires but no homophobia is a bridge too far, the abuse, & the attempted rape

oh and especially fuck the fact that none of these existed in the m/m novella

Rep: lesbian mc & li

CWs: sexual harassment, physical abuse, attempted rape, lesbophobia
Lexxi Kitty
A story about a really young woman of only 29 who is in the working/servant/poor class in England way back in the 1800s.

Really young? 29? Well, the love interest, Genevieve Lefoux, of this woman, Imogene Hale, did keep repeating words that correspond to 'too young' or the like. To the point that I was beginning to feel icky and believe that I was somehow reading a pedophile book or something. TOO YOUNG TOO YOUNG!.

Remember how I noted that the woman was 29? And it's the 1800s (well, some where i
Lovely. It’s such a great feeling to be reminded that you love something. I miss this world and all these quirky characters.

Here are some of my thoughts:
• I’m so happy Genevieve gets her happily ever after with someone. And that someone is really sweet and hardworking. Imogene is very humble and bashes on herself at times (understandable though considering how that’s how society raised her to be), but she fortunately gets increasingly more confident as the book goes on.
• It is great that Genevi
Skye Kilaen
The lighthearted slow burn paranormal Victorian steampunk lesbian romance I never knew I needed, but I totally did. This is a spinoff of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate multi-series universe, but I hadn't read any of the Parasolverse before I read this and I had no trouble with it whatsoever.

Imogen Hale goes into service with a vampire hive because she can't figure out how else to avoid expectations to marry a man, and also because she suspects there's "perverted" sex going on in the hive a
It was wonderful to revisit Gail Carriger’s Romancing the Inventor again and to do it in audiobook form this time. I spend my entire Sunday listening to Emma Newman’s fantastic narration and was delighted to be back in Carriger’s wonderfully crafted universe of vampires and where wolves.

Madame Lefoux really needed her own novella and Carriger did her justice in her first lesbian romance. Prior to reading this book when it was published back in 2016, I read the complete Parasol Protectorate serie
Ashley Marie
Sweet novella about Genevieve Lefoux and her new lover Imogene Hale. I loved getting to see Alexia and Conall (even in small roles), and Imogene's general confusion over their family workings kept me giggling. I wonder if she'll show up in the Custard Protocol books? One can hope :) I love this world.

And thanks to Muffin for the ebook loan!
Aug 12, 2016 marked it as get-on-my-shelf-already
Shelves: diversity
"CROSS-DRESSING INVENTOR"?! OMGGGG, I've wanted to read more about her so bad all this time SFDSLJGFLDGHDLJ ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Gail Carriger has published several novellas featuring side characters from her Parasolverse - gotta love a happy ending outside the vampire hive, especially a F/F tale!

Since this is most likely an eBook you'll buy online, you should know the last 16% is a preview of another book (this just meant it ended before I was ready!)

The author has written about how all her books fit together, but you can enter almost at any point.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars
This one was such a let down. And that hurts to say because I really really wanted to love this. I mean come on lesbian steam punk--with cross dressing! Who could say no to that?!?? Plus I really liked Imogene. She was a good character who deserved more. I couldn't get over how Imogene kept getting led on by Genevieve only to be told that they couldn't be together because she wasn't capable of loving her enough. It was bullshit and not cool to repeatedly initiate intimate contact and th
This is an achy novella about a maid who is too pretty and her crush on a French female inventor.

It is moving exploration expectations and class burdens taking place in an historical steampunk world with vampires and werewolves.

It is a cruel place and part of the pleasure of this little sexy book is the heroines finding a way with very little room to maneuver to get a happily ever after.

I might have enjoyed this book even more if I was a devoted reader of the series but it was a lovely read on
Adorable, romantic, very funny, sometimes genuinely scary (the vampires present a real menace!), and heartfelt. I've really enjoyed all of the Gail Carriger novels that I've read, but I am LOVING her new novellas - so utterly delicious! If you like romantic fantasy for adults, this is highly recommended. (And it's such a rare treat to get f/f romantic fantasy!) ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Attraction, inventing, duty, danger, intrigue.

I think this is my favourite novella set in the Parasol Protectorate world. I love the glimpses of well loved side characters, and I love that Genevieve LeFoux is such a main character. I really enjoy the power dynamics and how Genevieve is always hesitant about abusing them, it made a great contrast to the vampires.

I loved Imogene as a narrator. I loved seeing her journey from self-contained and hesitant to self-confident and pursuing what
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Oh this was lovely. I always love it when my favorite authors add diversity into their worlds. This was super short, only 150 pages, but it's cute, romantic, and I liked it. ...more
5+ stars. This was amazing, swoony, cute, fantastic, lovely, sweet, kyaaa, squeal, and so much more!

So, now that I posted almost all my favourite scenes (I had a few more, but they were either NSFW or they might go to a spoiler area) on Twitter, I am ready to try my hand at writing a review for this adorable, fun, sweet, oh wait, you already know I love this book to bits. :P Sorry if the review is a bit chaotic. :)

The main character is Imogene, a country lass who is apparently very pretty (which
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words:

I loved this!

It's set a little while after the Parasol Protectorate series ends, and I loved catching up with some of my favourite characters.

I loved the introduction of Imogene.
The Lit Bitch
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this short story much more than I anticipated. I wasn’t sure what to expect having never read any LBGTQ but I found that that had on bearing on a sweet, romantic story. For me, love is love not matter who it’s between so having the main love interests be two females wasn’t distracting for me in the least.

Madam Lefoux, as always, was a well constructed character with genuine feelings evident on each page. She was charming in her ‘rough around the edges, unconventional’ way and I loved h
I was saving this one and now I am partly sad that i've fnished it and partly overjoyed that I finally did. Genevieve Lefoux has always been one of my favorite characters and I was so happy to finally see her getting a chance of finding love. The novella is delightful and a true romance (thank you for giving us that, Gail!). When I bought "Romancing the Inventor" when it came out last November, I did not know any of Gail Carriger's other work. To do this novella justice I decided to go ahead and ...more
4.5 stars
I was absolutely delighted when I found this book. I'm so happy Madam Lefoux is getting her happy ending (as well as several other characters in other books.)

Imogene is a new character to the Parasolverse and I found her as a POV character very intriguing since she is VERY different from Alexia, Sophronia and Prudence.
Born on the countryside and very well aware of her sapphic inclinations (and polite society's stance on such things), Imogene decides to work for the nearby vampire hive,

My first Carriger book and I have to say I enjoyed it.
In the beginning, I was not so sure, and felt as though I’d missed something, maybe from previous books? This uncertainty soon vanished as the story got into its stride and then, well, the pages just sped by.
It is a light read, but it reads well. The humour is plentiful and the characters varied. I liked the characters, all of them. Even the horrid and nasty ones. I will definitely read more of hers. I just wish this one had been longer.
Sweet f/f love story set in Steampunk Victorian England in a world where Werewolves are gentlemen and Vampires pretend to be. Genevieve is a brilliant scientist and inventor who is indentured to the Vampire Hive; Imogene has a sharp mind and a beautiful face and works as a parlormaid. One is experienced and has been badly hurt by love before and refuses to go down that road again. Another is inexperienced but very much wants to be loved. It was a sweet story with just enough spice. It’s a stand ...more
Great narration of a fun book. So glad i got the audible add-on when i saw it.
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 11/3/16:

I’m really enjoying these spinoff novellas set in Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate world featuring some of our favorite side characters and their HEA's.

First off – let me say that you do not have to have read any of Carriger’s prior series to enjoy this novella. While it has great cameos if you have, it stands alone. But if you do enjoy Victorian, paranormal, steampunk and romance give her other books a t
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anna by: Annise
A friend saw the cover of ‘Romancing the Inventor’ and asked me, “Are you reading a bodice ripper?” Yes, indeed I am. I find that during the stressful period of a house-move, what you need is a frivolous supernatural romance novel or several. Having already read Gail Carriger’s 'Parasol Protectorate' series, I knew I could rely on her for light, amusing nonsense. Even better, ‘Romancing the Inventor’ and its companion Romancing the Werewolf both centre on gay couples, while the 'Parasol Protecto ...more
I realize I am rather greedy when it comes to my favorite literary characters. I take to skimming until we reach the scenes where I get to finally see their names, or even a hint or mention of them. Which led to a wonderful surprise in Robin Hobb's Liveship Traders trilogy, and, in this novella. And I'm greedy in that, having just finished it, I'd like more. Perhaps an entire trilogy, please? And I just might have to reread everything just for a full Madame Lefoux chronology.

I did like the char
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fiction, fantasy, lgbt
A quick sweet read from the parasolverse.
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“Dear Genevieve,” she would say, “I love that you are full of finer feelings and insist upon protecting me from myself, but if you do not rodger me this instant, I may perish away for the lack.“
Although, did two ladies together call it rodgering? Or was there a proper, more feminine word? Gertruding, perhaps?”
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