A Captain and a Corset by Mary Wine

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A Captain and a Corset by Mary Wine
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (188 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

There’s Trouble in the Skies…

For Sophia Stevenson, there’s no going back to the life she knew. She never asked for the powers that make her a precious commodity to the secret society of Illuminists—and their archenemies.

Captain Bion Donkova would give anything to possess the powers that have fallen in Sophia’s lap. If only the beautiful, infuriating woman could stay out of trouble, he wouldn’t have to keep coming to her rescue…

Bion and Sophia have friction to spare—and nothing fuels a forbidden passion better than danger…

The hero in this dramatic tale is Captain Bion Donkova, the trainer for Sophia Stevenson. Bion feels responsible for the accident that forever changed Sophia’s fate and takes her training very seriously. Of course the attraction to her is off the chart and becoming harder to control. Sophia looks at Bion as more of an annoyance than anything else at the beginning of the novel, while she too battles her attraction to the man.

They find themselves in bad situations repeatedly and have to not only fight their way out but each other as they try to claim dominance. It’s a fun little dance that this couple does while trying to find equal footing in dire circumstances. Bion wants to be the protector, very alpha and Sophia just wants to be his equal, not a damsel in distress. The only thing the couple agrees upon is the spark between them.

Despite this being the second book in the series and not having read the first, I wasn’t too terribly lost when I picked up this book. There were a few things I had to wonder about but eventually was able to catch up.  It might be better to read the first in the series just so that you are on even keel starting the second.

I enjoyed this book for its fun, sexy tale but I didn’t love it as I have other steampunk novels. I think it might have been from the lack of typical steam punk theme. Of course there were the airships and ideal but I wanted more. However Mary Wine did a great job with the subplot and secondary characters that will have me picking up the third book in the series once it’s released and going back to read the previous one.

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