Caratacus is exiled from his dimension and left stranded in
19th century Edinburgh until he can come up with
a way to return home. Determined to regain everything he
has lost due to the treachery of those he trusted, the last
thing he expects is to find passion and love with Miriam, a
beautiful siren of the streets. Through his own ingenuity,
he builds an engine using steam technology which triggers a
series of chaotic events that disrupts the flow of time and
history. He is charged with setting everything to rights,
and while it is no small feat, Miri will remain at his side
through every obstacle.
Will their love survive the pitfalls and hazards of
time-travel? Does Caratacus have the means to track down
the main source of the disruption? And will he be able to
return to his own time with his new love, Miri? Before it’s
all over, he and Miri will solve a mystery involving
disappearing prostitutes, meet Robert Louis Stevenson and
struggle to stay alive in a time and place where survival is
dependent on chance and might.
Mix time-travel devices plus 19th century technology, throw
in a strangely named scientist/adventurer who’s a ringer for
David Beckham (with Dr. Who’s personality), add sleazy,
ruthless villains and peculiar odd-balls, then set him up
with a love interest that’s a fusion of fallen
angel/girl-next-door, and you still won’t quite grasp it all
until you actually read Steamy Nights. I got
sucker punched by the Steam Punk muse that seduced Marie
Treanor, and after waking up on Fantasy-Fiction Drive with a
happy smile on my face, all I can say is, “Let’s do it
again!” Caratacus is the kind of hero that can take
advantage of my momentary stupor anytime! He made the
entire narrative hum with thrills, excitement, and heat.
Miri compliments his wild, boyishly chaotic energy, driving
the story with a quixotic insanity that never quits.
Whatever direction this story takes, it works and will never
leave you disappointed even when you feel left behind. I’m
reserving a special slot for Steamy Nights on
my Recommended Read dance card, and so should you.