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(Sass and Steam #2)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  13 reviews
He'll pay any price to win her. But her artist's heart is not for sale.

Raised in a squalid factory, Evan Tagget has battled his way to the top. Now a multi-millionaire, he runs a global empire of telecommunication devices, mechanical dragons, and clockwork gadgets. Evan can buy anything he wants. Except the love of the brazen artist that barges into his life.

Violet Dayton
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published November 20th 2020 by Catherine Stein, LLC
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PRICELESS by Catherine Stein brings independent and somewhat unusual characters as well as humor to a steampunk environment and tackles some serious issues at the same time. It is the second book in the Sass and Steam series and is largely set in Paris, France. So this is both a steampunk mystery as well as a romance. However, it is much more than what it appears to be on the surface.

Our protagonists, Evan Tagget and Violet Dayton, appear to be very different characters and totally unsuited to
Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖
Feels: 🦋🦋🦋
Romance: 💞💞
Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔
Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡
Sensuality: 🔥🔥🔥
Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑 and a half
Number of Sex Scenes: 🍆🍆🍆

I am reading this out of order. Starting with book 2 didnt not lessen my enjoyment or understand of the story, but characters from book 1 are mentioned and I do think they play a part in developing Evans character.

This story is a steampunk novel that takes place in 1905. If you havent tried steampunk before, consider giving it a try!
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My mixed luck with the Sass and Steam series continues with Priceless. But while Ive come to view book one more fondly as Ive become more accustomed to steampunk world building, especially as the shorts have been good, this one was underwhelming from a character standpoint.

I already knew going in that Evan was different from Steins previous heroes. He had his moments that triggered eyerolls, like a moment
Jo Anne
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Evan Tagget has come a long way from the 5 year old orphan struggling to survive in a factory, but despite his wealth and success he isn't really happy. Violet Dayton has been struggling a long time trying to become a successful artist and maintain her independence. When they are thrown together to try to stop an art thief sparks fly, but a lack of trust prevents them from becoming a couple. Can such opposites manage to fulfill their objectives and find each other? A delightful journey ensues. I ...more
Priceless by Catherine Stein truly is a priceless piece of literature. I was not prepared for the characters and the unique surprises written into this book. You get a dashing "villain" of a man in the form of Even Tagget, and a vivacious "heroine" in the form of Violet Dayton. Violet simply wants to accomplish her dream of opening an art exhibit with her name on it and to be able to live comfortably as a painter. Too bad a corrupt cop is willing to do whatever is necessary to capture an art ...more
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Prologue of Priceless, a novel by Catherine Stein, opens in New York City in 1879. Orphaned and only nine years old, Evan Tagget's life is miserable. He was used to being bullied and beaten. He promised himself he would one day become successful and independent. The story moves ahead to Paris in 1905 and this is where readers meet Violet Dayton. We quickly learn she is in trouble. Her only way out is to cooperate with the police and to find an art thief. Not being able to do this herself, ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Viola is a stunning artist at the turn of the century, making her living doing forgeries of famous art, along with her own creations. Evan is a wealthy businessman/inventor who is captivated by Viola, but doesn't know how to win her heart. She won't be bought! When she is hired to find an art thief, Evan does what he can to help her. What follows is an amazing adventure, complete with a historical dirigible and a down to earth crew that pilots the famous Dauntless. I enjoyed the spirited romance ...more
Kira Assad
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Sass and Steam series is full of romance and suspenseful mystery. This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed it to the point I just couldn't put the book down. I did not read the first book in the series, but I don't think it is necessary other than maybe a few tie-ins to that first book. Priceless focuses on the characters Evan and Violet. Brought together by unforeseen circumstances, they must work together in order to catch a thief. Both of these characters ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evan grew up poor in a factory, but he is smart and turned himself into a multimillionaire. Violet is the struggling artist that forges paintings. She dreams of opening a show in Paris one day. Enter a shady cop who is going to frame Violet if she does not catch the real art thief. She used Evan to get his help and money to find the real theif. I liked the action and the mystery involved here. I liked the dialogue between our main characters. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It really is ...more
Beth Hale
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another must read

Priceless by Catherine Stein is filled with exceptional characters, lush descriptions, passion, and wit.

Stein has proven herself as a must-read author once again, and Ill gladly recommend her to anyone looking for a fantastic book.

I cant wait until her next story is ready to read.
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a thoroughly entertaining story. It grabbed me and would not let go. I really enjoyed the play between our hero and heroine. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book in exchange for a free copy.
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you love art, sassy intelligent talented heroines, arrogant creative genius heroes, some seriously fun gadgetry, and a cant-put-down plot, this is a great choice.

I loved this book. Loved the plot, loved the characters, and really loved the dragons. And now I want an airship too.

Catherine Stein
Nov 20, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
Priceless is here! Thanks to all the early readers and reviewers! I hope everyone gets some fun and enjoyment from my villain-turned-hero, his feisty partner, and their high-flying adventures!
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Award-winning author Catherine Stein believes that everyone deserves love and that Happily Ever After has the power to help, to heal, and to comfort. She writes sassy, sexy romance set during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Her books are full of action, adventure, magic, and fantastic technologies.

Catherine lives in Michigan with her husband and three rambunctious girls. She loves steampunk and

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