Sheer Madness by Laura Strickland

Sheer Madness by Laura Strickland
A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Sci Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (297 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

All her life, Topaz Hathor has denied her ability to see the spirits of the dead. She despises her father’an infamous spiritualist’for exploiting his wealthy patrons and the souls that flock to him. But when the spirit of an attractive man appears in her bedroom claiming he’s been drawn to Topaz rather than her father, she sits up and takes notice.

Though not dead, Romney Marsh has been banished from his body while confined to an asylum and can’t remember much besides his name. Yet he can feel Topaz’s spirit calling to his, and he’s not leaving until she agrees to help him. Through an increasingly violent spiral of danger and their discovery of unspeakable undertakings, they bond ever more closely. But can Topaz be in love with a man she’s never touched, or would that be sheer madness?

Topaz is an unusual young lady. Her brother has taught her ways to defend herself that no normal lady of her social standing would usually learn. Add to this the fact her father attracts spirits of the dead to their mansion and uses them to increase his fortune, and it is no wonder Topaz feels she has to look after herself. Topaz has also inherited her father’s spiritual ability, but refuses to use it – until one particular spirit asks for her help. As romance blossoms between Topaz and the spirit, she is drawn into a world of horror and violence.

Steam robots, spirits of the afterlife and something going on in the cellar which appears at best to be outside the law, and at worst is a repulsive and horrific act.

Steampunk with a difference. Not the normal back in time and change everything to steam, this book has a uniqueness which caught my interest and kept me reading until the end. Spiritualism combined with steampunk and a little bit of science fiction makes for a brilliant story and when an unusual romance is included it is difficult to put the book down. Highly recommended.

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