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Wild Cards and Iron Horses

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Their love rides on a spring and a prayer...

During the recent Civil War, a soldier risked his life to save Jonathan Handleston—and lost. With the help of an advanced metal brace on his crippled hand, Jon now travels from one poker tournament to the next, determined to earn enough money to repay the man’s debt.

Prosperity Ridge is supposed to be the last stop on his quest, b
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published June 7th 2018 (first published July 15th 2010)
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Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, sff-romance
I had a great time reading this book. The world really came alive for me, and I found myself completely enjoying the western setting. The descriptions of the mechanical horses, the city smog…all painted vivid images in my mind. I'm pretty new to the steampunk romance genre, but it felt very unique.

What really brought this story to life, besides the setting, was the characters. I think the best stories are those that get you emotionally involved with the characters and this one did just that. Jon
Sep 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Jonathan Handleston enters the town of Prosperity Ridge, he didn’t expect it to be such a bustling and smog ridden place. But Prosperity Ridge offers more surprises when Jon meets the only person for miles, mechanic Samantha Weatherly who could fix his arm brace device in time for a poker tournament. Due to an old war injury, Jon lost the use of his arm and to able to play without losing his advantage in poker. He needs the use of a brace to help hold his cards for a major poker game which ...more
Nerine Dorman
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, Sheryl delivers a story that kept me turning the pages right to the end. This is possibly her best story yet offering some lovely characterisation and a novel approach to frontier living. There's a little bit of everything here: love, odd inventions, mischievous street urchins and dashing gamblers... Oh, and a tea-drinking excursion with a difference. ...more
Jeannie Mancini
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Jon Handleston steps off the train in Prosperity Ridge, little does he realize that he will find much more than what he came there for. A reputable gambling man with a debt of honor to pay, Jon has come to the American Wild West for one of the biggest poker playing championships of the year. In addition to the quest of claiming a pot of money if he wins, he has an immediate need for a mechanic who can repair small gear and clockwork mechanisms. During his long journey westward, his mechanic ...more
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Too much focus on world-building and not enough on actually telling a story slowed this down for me to the point where I was bored throughout the entire first half. Characterizations are solid enough - though I found Jon a tad dry and insipid - but the draggy pace bogged me down too much.
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I normally do not read this genre of fantasy-romance novels, but I received this as a part of the Goodreads giveaway. I found it to be a truly enjoyable read with believable characters. Thanks Ms. Nantus!!
Suzanne Johnson
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great "weird west" steampunk romance--review to come at Preternatura:
A mild but enjoyable fantasy romance with elements of steampunk set in the old west with a very appealing hero.
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Sheryl Nantus is an award-winning romance writer published by Entangled, St. Martin's, and Harlequin's Carina Press.

When she's not writing about hunky heroes, she is sipping tea, playing board games and writing haiku.

A total fangirl at heart, she met her husband through an online fanfiction community and currently lives in Pennsylvania.


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