The Engineer (Magic & Steam #1)

Title: The Engineer (Magic & Steam, Book One)
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: Emporium Press
Release Date: May 28, 2020
Genre(s): Steampunk Western Romance
Page Count: 84
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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This short novella serves as a gripping introduction to Special Agent Gillian Hamilton (of the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam) and Gunner the Deadly, notorious outlaw.

Or as Gunner says "Your files call me a vigilante, and if you must put a label to my actions, then yes, that is likely the most accurate. I've sacrificed my safety because I know I can do good. Sometimes bad men die when I do good. I don't regret that. I don't regret feeling alive."

As far as Gillian, "  ... there was no magic between me and Gunner, just flesh and bone and blood and heat and my heart breaking because the taste of human touch was confirmation that I wouldn't survive much longer in my self-induced isolation. I was wasting away inside, and Gunner was an antidote."

Gunner and Gillian are great characters, wonderfully fleshed out in just a few words, and their romance is a slow flame (with just a brief sex scene) but, oh my gawd, that brief glimpse is tantalizing.  Poe gives us a steampunk western town, complete with an epic villain, and it all works together so seamlessly that you can't wait to read the next book in the series.  5 stars.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

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