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A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones

by Claire Robyns

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Stalked by a lady in an ostritch feather hat, a prim & proper society miss and a somewhat rough & ready airship pirate of Scotts descent find themselves thrown together in a world both are finding somewhat more deadly and disturbing than either had experienced separately.

The steampunk elements are fair, but the romance is distractingly stilted. ( )
  SunnySD | Oct 1, 2013 |
I liked this book and, while it took me a few chapters to "get into" the story, once I did, I didn't want to put it down. The female lead transforms from a very tight-laced, prim and proper young Victorian woman into one more open to taking a chance and and very determined in her dedication to a goal. Her vivacious best friend, Evie, is along for the ride while rebelling the constraints placed on her by society, as well as her protective, controlling (and slightly mysterious) husband. An avid participant in extreme sports and "social intercourse" (flirty conversation), Evie asserts her independent nature, but not always to her benefit. There is the beginning of a triangle, with both women unintentionally attracting the attention of the mysterious and handsome "Lord Dashing," a man that has been on his own since he was a teenager. The three main characters, each with their own supporting/helper character, learn that timing is critical, especially when evading a demon, and the ability to perform an occasional "do-over" comes in very handy. When the Lord finds what he wasn't looking for (in more ways than one), he sacrifices feelings he barely admits to himself for the safety of others, but is he really running from himself more than anything else? Will he reunite with the woman he cares for? I look forward to learning the answer in the second book of the series. ( )
  Kodibear | Sep 29, 2013 |
Hmmm, well, this was another book that I started and stopped again and again. Based around two characters that are really unlikeable, Lily d'Bulier and Greyston Adair, already the book has a strike against it. As both characters move through the story, not once is the reader in support of their endeavors, rather the minor characters are more likeable. Eh, it's not a poorly written sci fi, futuristic book; just unlikeable. ( )
  kristincedar | Aug 31, 2013 |
From mechanical puppies to paddling in the aether, from mad scientists to amazing inventions, A MATTER OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND CELLUDRONES is set in a remarkably Victorian England where spunky women are constrained by circumstances and robotic celludrones and the world is changing as fast as the newly invented dirigibles can carry their passengers.

The story zips along at a fast pace, twisting and turning as the lively characters struggle with demons, both internal and external.

Lady Lily d'Bulier and Greyston Adair, both products of a scientific experiment by the rich, brilliant and powerful McAllister clan, are brought together in a fight for survival against the demonic Lady Ostrich. Lily's best friend Evelyn, wildly independent and fiesty with it, joins them on their journey of discovery as an act of outright defiance against her autocratic husband, Devon, Duke of Harchings.

Not only do Lily and Greyston discover dark secrets that threaten their lives and the very world they live in, they also need to discover the hidden aspects of themselves. When her search for a husband turns into a search for demons, prim and proper Lily must learn to overcome her social training and her fears, while the dashing Lord Greyston Adair must learn that loving people doesn't always mean their death and that he's not responsible for every bad thing that happens.

There's sufficient world-building to create a vivid and vibrant setting, and the action is fast and furious, but it's the relationship between the complex characters which drives this well-written story. While Evelyn and Devon's heated romance adds an interesting layer, the mysterious connection between Grey and Lily builds into something more.

In addition to high-quality formatting and presentation, the writing is superb – a well-balanced mix of light-hearted banter, emotional intensity and imaginative adventure. However, I prefer less ambivalence in the romantic intentions of a hero. I also prefer stories that end within one book, as I find it frustrating having to wait to find out what happens next.

Although this novel is a stand-alone story, there's scope for a whole series of exciting adventures to come for Lily and Greyston. Is the Duke of Harchings all that he seems? Just who is Kelan McAllister? How will the war between demons and humans end? And where will Lily and Greyston's relationship go in the future? I, for one, can't wait to find out. ( )
  JudyCroome | Sep 27, 2012 |
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A Victorian Steampunk/Paranormal adventure with strong elements of romance...Lady Lily d'Bulier is prim, proper, and prefers to think of herself as pragmatic rather than timid. And avoiding life-threatening situations at all costs is just plain practical. But everything changes when Lord Adair tracks her down in London; searching for answers he seems to think she has.Greyston Adair is a blackguard and a smuggler, although British Customs will have to catch him red-handed to prove the latter. Fortunately, the dirigibles they float around in have never been able to get near his air dust.Hell is rising, One Demon at a Time...With Lady Ostrich hunting them, and the mystery of how their lives tie back to Cragloden Castle and the powerful McAllister clan, Lily has no option but to throw propriety to the wind and run off with Greyston to Scotland, away from the immediate danger and toward possible answers.… (more)

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