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Book Review: The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass & Steele, #1) by C.J. Archer

 

The Watchmaker's Daughter (Glass and Steele Book 1) by [Archer, C.J.]

The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass and Steele Book One)

By C.J. Archer

Blurb: India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who’ll accept her – an enigmatic and mysterious man from America. A man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he’s ill.

Matthew Glass must find a particular watchmaker, but he won’t tell India why any old one won’t do. Nor will he tell her what he does back home, and how he can afford to stay in a house in one of London’s best streets. So when she reads about an American outlaw known as the Dark Rider arriving in England, she suspects Mr. Glass is the fugitive. When danger comes to their door, she’s certain of it. But if she notifies the authorities, she’ll find herself unemployed and homeless again – and she will have betrayed the man who saved her life.

With a cast of quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and a dash of romance, THE WATCHMAKER’S DAUGHTER is the start of a thrilling new historical fantasy series from the author of the bestselling Ministry of Curiosities, Freak House, and Emily Chambers Spirit Medium books.

 

Review: C.J. has a winning series on her hands. This book was on my Kindle Freebies TBR list. I’d never heard of her before, but she has made me a life-long fan with this series. I read the first six books in this series in one week. I’m impatiently waiting for Book Seven (The Cheater’s Game).

India is an independent woman stuck in a time when women were seen more as decoration or baby-makers. She knows her mind, and through personal growth, is able to comfortably speak it. She’s brilliant, kind-hearted, selfless, and willing to give people the benefit of the doubt.

Matt would be a fabulous addition to your book boyfriend list. But only if you go for the non-douchey alpha male type. He wants the women in his life to live their best lives, and is willing to help them achieve those goals without compromising his own morals and values. He upholds a rigorous set of ethics that has seen him through troubling times and false accusations.

Together Matt and India make a balanced pair who are able to shore up weaknesses and increase strengths between them. Neither partner is lesser or diminished, but as a pair they are better together.

C.J.’s host of secondary characters are just as rich in backstory and presentation as her two main characters. She has created a perfect blend of character voices that keep you flipping the page. Wilhelmina “Willie” is a gun-toting female who defies the double standards placed on women. She’s loud- and foul-mouthed, loves poker, and is willing to shoot those who come against her and her family.

Cyclops is a huge brute of a man with a soft heart that is only shown to his family. He enjoys some fisticuffs and puglism–usually in underground fights, and treats women with respect, no matter their age or station.

Duke is the fire to Matt’s ice. The passionate male voice that is usually in direct opposition to Matt’s more intense focus. He is a jokester and a lover, a handyman and a problem-solver. He never fails to steal the scene.

If you’re looking for a fun and unique spin in historical paranormal fiction, then look no farther than C.J. Archer’s bookshelf. She combines humor, factual information, snappy dialogue, believable magic systems with lovable and cherished characters in a flawless story that keeps you engaged and wanting more.

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Top 10 Favorite Authors

I’m a voracious reader. I read between 15-20 books a month. For some books, that means I don’t get past page 25, for others that means I’ve read everything available by that particular author. I would call myself a relatively picky reader, but reading as much as I do means I’ve honed down on what I like pretty quickly.

Below is a list of my favorite authors. In no particular order or genre, here’s my current list of faves and the series that landed them on my list:

J.D. Robb (In Death series)

Jaymin Eve (Walker Saga and Curse of the Gods series)

Sharonlee Holder (Blood of the Custodians)

Andris Bear (Deadly Sins)

Gini Koch (Alien series)

C.J. Archer (Glass & Steele series)

Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux & Covenant series)

Adrienne Woods (Dragonian series)

Amelia Hutchins (Fae Chronicles series)

Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers series)

 

Did I miss your favorite author? Who else is on your favorite author list?

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Book Review: Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) by Patricia Briggs

Cry Wolf - P BriggsCry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) by Patricia Briggs

Blurb: Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country is about to recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

Review: To be perfectly honest, I felt like I was missing something throughout most of the book. I have not kept up with the Mercy Thompson series, and felt that was a bit of a draw back on my understanding of the events leading up to this book.

However, Patricia does a fantastic job of drawing you in with the story–even not knowing all of the backstory. Anna is a character you can empathize with and cheer for throughout the story. Charles is an Alpha male you don’t want to slap silly, and you actually hope he can get his crap together and be what Anna needs without trampling all over her. The chemistry between the two MCs is well-written and increases the story.

Overall, I think Patricia Briggs has another great book to add to her list of achievements. She defines each character’s voice without a lot of hullabaloo and gets down and dirty with their backstories in ways that makes it easy to read and understand motivation and character action. She has no wasted words, no empty descriptions, and no extraneous characters. I like to see a bit more snark and sarcasm in my books, but I have no complaints with the amount that was present in the book.

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