Review: Clockwork Heart by Heidi Cullinan

 Series: Clockwork Love (book 1)

Genre: LGBT (m/m, m/m/m, f/f), Romance, Steampunk, Historical

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Cover: I really like it.

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: drugs

Description: Love, adventure and a steaming good time.

As the French army leader’s bastard son, Cornelius Stevens enjoys a great deal of latitude. But when he saves an enemy soldier using clockwork parts, he’s well aware he risks hanging for treason. That doesn’t worry him half as much, however, as the realization he’s falling for his patient.

Johann Berger never expected to survive his regiment’s suicide attack on Calais, much less wake up with mechanical parts. To avoid discovery, he’s forced to hide in plain sight as Cornelius’s lover—a role Johann finds himself taking to surprisingly well.

When a threat is made on Cornelius’s life, Johann learns the secret of the device implanted in his chest—a mythical weapon both warring countries would kill to obtain. Caught up in a political frenzy, in league with pirates, dodging rogue spies, mobsters and princesses with deadly parasols, Cornelius and Johann have no time to contemplate how they ended up in this mess. All they know is, the only way out is together—or not at all.

Warning: Contains tinkers, excessive clockwork appendages, and a cloud-sweeping tour of Europe. A little absinthe, a little theft, a little exhibitionism. Men who love men, women who love women, and some who aren’t particular.

Review: I haven’t really read much Steampunk before, so I can’t tell you much about this aspect, but two things. I really liked how it was handled, although sometimes it was a little too easy to invent things. There are worse things, though.

I can say more about the characters. They are adorable, especially Johann. The way he and Conny handle their language problems is very realistic and fun to read. I definitely want to know more about their relationship. I want to know more about all of the side characters, too. They seem very interesting.

The story is rather complex, so of course not everything is solved in this book – since it’s book one of an installment it’s totally okay. There is no mean cliffhanger, too. Really well done this.

So, when do I get to read the next book?!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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