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January 4, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Gilded Lily by Delphine Dryden

Series: Steam & Seduction 3
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
Excerpt
Source: Publisher
Genre: Adult Steampunk
HIDDEN IDENTITIES, SCANDALOUS SECRETS…
DEADLY ATTRACTION.

Frederique Murcheson’s introduction into society hasn’t gone smoothly—some would even call it a disaster. Only Freddie considers her debut a success. Her scheme to become a makesmith has gone off flawlessly. The only thing that could upset her plans now would be if someone discovered that brilliant tinker Fred Merchant is, in fact, a lady in disguise.

Wooing a spoiled heiress is not exactly Barnabas Smith-Grenville’s idea of high espionage. However, considering his brother disappeared on the job, supposedly into the most iniquitous of opium dens, he cannot expect much better. At least the assignment will afford him time to search for his brother, whom he suspects is in spy-related trouble rather than a drug-addled haze.

But when Freddie proves to be both irresistible and the key to the answers he seeks, Barnabas finds himself not only entwined in a scandalous mystery involving lethal submersibles and deranged dirigibles, but also in a dangerous game of the heart…


GILDED LILY by Delphine Dryden is officially the first book I read this year (I hope y'all's 2015 is off to a GREAT start!) and obviously I am happy with how things are starting for me in the book reading realm. Incidentally, this is also my favorite Steam and Seduction book so far. After the last one, I decided that book 3 will be the deciding book for me. If I find it "okay" then I'm dropping the series and moving on. Not that the books are bad, I just feel the stories aren't for me. So thank the machine gods that I loved GILDED LILY and I'm looking forward to the next one. Hopefully it'll be about one of the side characters here, it would be a great second chance in love story and I absolutely love those!

But I'm getting ahead of myself. 

Instead of airships GILDED LILY takes us on an undersea adventure involving naval espionage, submarines, a shoal of cuttlefsih/squid, and an opium smuggler. The plot started simple enough, Frederique aka Freddie, wants independence even if it means she becomes a spinster as long as she can tinker with machines without pretending to be a guy or sneaking away from her father's watchful eye. Barnabas Smith-Grenville is on a mission to search for his brother, Phineas, a decorated naval officer who was reportedly dismissed dishonorably because he got addicted to opium. After much searching Barnabas landed on Freddie's father's employ to chaperone the latter. One thing led to another and these two fell in love and lived happily ever after... amongst Freddie's inventions. 

GILDED LILY isn't as mech-ridden as the first two books and it was more espionage/suspense and outright action. Freddie and Barnabas are great as individual characters and as a couple too. Freddie is so daring and such a take-charge kind of chick while Barnabas is more laid-back and is more of an assistant, albeit a clumsy one, than the one leading the pack. The secondary characters are just as great, I wish we had more facetime with Freddie's parents because they're quite entertaining especially her mother. Barnabas' brother, Phineas, and her ex-girlfriend, Sophronia, who is Freddie's BFF, have an interesting backstory too and I'm hoping their story is the next one to be told. I do love reconciliations and such, I find that theme extremely romantic. 

The best part is, GILDED LILY as well as the previous two books can be read as stand-alone. The characters are very, very loosely related and are mentioned here and there in the series but each book has its own plot independent from the rest. So if you're eager to try, I suggest you read the excerpts and see for yourself if it's something you'll like. It's a new year after all and hopefully diversifying your reads is part of your resolution, a little steam and punk never hurt nobody.



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Bloggy Friend Review: Delighted Reader (4 stars)






28 comments:

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    1. You're more of a fantasy person than I am, you'll most likely enjoy it better than I did.

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  2. Oh that's great to know that we can read them separately. I love a good steampunk book! I think I need to try these ones.

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    1. More people should give this genre a try

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  3. I didn't know Dryden wrote steampunk. I've read and enjoy and few of her other books.

    My first book of 2015 was a dnf :-(

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Her characters are similar, she does love her geeks :)

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  4. The Gilded Lily sounds really good, Braine! My very first read of 2015 was a 1-star... but I've already read some others that were amazing, thank goodness :)
    I need to check out this series, your review sure made me want to know more!
    Happy reading :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I hope that 1-star is the only one this month. I dislike getting stuck with books that aren't for me.

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  5. This year, I'm planning to venture into steampunk, UF, and PNR. Your blog is a great place to start for reccs! :)

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  6. You are really making me want to pick up a good steampunk. I haven't read one in forever!

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    1. Oooh then I hope you try at least one good steampunk every month

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  7. I love that you do these posts, I really need to read more steampunk

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    1. It's my arbitrary genre, mix of historical and fantasy

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  8. Sounds like a beta male here. Sometimes I have a hankering to read one of those. I'll keep this in mind :)

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    1. You got that right! I enjoy the occasional beta hero, they are a breath of fresh air.

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  9. I was on the cusp with this third book too and was glad that it carried me to some good adventure. Bring on Phineas' book!!!!

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    1. Eeep! Phineas and Sophronia better give us squeal worthy romance!

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  10. Happy the third book worked for you. Sounds pretty good.

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    1. My patience and perseverance paid off :)

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  11. Nothing wrong with trying a new genre, I'll check these out ;)

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  12. I keep telling myself that I need to read more Steampunk. I dove into Of Silk and Steam (Bec McMaster) this weekend, and am loving it, so now would be the perfect time to add more onto my pile. Thanks for the heads up that these can be read as stand-alones!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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    1. Good to hear Silk & Steam is good, I'm not as hot for that series as I used to.

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  13. Sounds like a great adventure even if only loosely related to others characters

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    1. Dryden always gives great adventures

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  14. I have book one..I need to dig it out for Coyer and read it. My first book ended up being a DNF..not sure if it was me or the book. I may try again later to test that theory.

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    1. I feel you, every time I either DNF or dislike a book I over analyze if it's me or the book. I hope that's the last DNF for this month.

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