Author: Mary Wine

Review: A Captain and a Corset by Mary Wine

Posted June 2, 2013 by Sherri in Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Science Fiction & Fantasy / 0 Comments

Review: A Captain and a Corset by Mary Wine
A Captain and a Corset by Mary Wine
Series: Steam Guardians #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance, SciFi
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 4, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

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Book Description:

Book Description:
Airship Captain Bion Donkova has devoted his life to enhancing his navigational powers. When he discovers Sophia Stevenson has inadvertently received the gift of every captain's dreams—the rare and powerful root crystal—he is just about ready to throw her overboard.

Sophia's not so enchanted with her newfound powers—especially when she becomes the target of a corrupt airship deadset on using her powers for evil. When Sophia goes missing, Captain Bion drops his grudge and thunders to her rescue. Once the two are free of danger, it doesn't take long before old grudges return, tempers flare, and red-hot passion ignites.

Reviewed by Quiana:
We’re introduced to Sophia Stevenson whose recent accident has left her with a unique ability.  As a result of this ability, a secret order known as the Illuminists become interested in her.  The Illuminists invite Sophia into their world and partner her with airship captain Bion Donkova.  Bion is responsible for Sophia’s navigator training.  From the start there’s an instant physical attraction, but other than their attraction, the two don’t get along.  When Sophia is kidnapped by a member of the Helikeians, Bion does everything in his power to get her back.

There were a couple of things I liked about this book, but I had quite a few issues with it as well.  What I liked about this book, besides the world building, was the way the author explored Sophia’s feelings about the differences that existed between a Victorian society and an Illuminists’ society.  In a nutshell, in Victorian society women were looked upon as inferior to men, but Illuminists looked upon men and women as equals.  Therefore, as a member of the Illuminists, Sophia had the freedom to make choices for herself.  It was rewarding to see Sophia’s progression into a self-reliant woman over the course of the story.

Now, for things I had issues with.  The pacing of the plot was kind of slow in some places so at times I was bored.  As I got deeper into the story, I had the complete opposite experience.  The story became too chaotic, with too many villains and too many twists and turns.  Also, not only were the secondary characters kind of bland, but so were the hero and heroine.  Sophia was okay, but I disliked Bion.  Sure he was protective of Sophia and attracted to her, but he was also often dismissive and rude to her.  I just didn’t like their dynamic and found no interest in their partnership or romantic relationship.

A Captain and a Corset, book two in the Steam Guardians series, was my first foray into the steampunk romance genre.  Author Mary Wine’s exotic world of airships, Dimension Gates, Pure Spirits and Navigators was fascinating.  But the overall plot, characters and romance failed to produce a good story and an entertaining read. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).

Titles in Series (Click Link for UGR’s Reviews):


  • A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious, Bk #1
  • A Captain and a Corset, Bk #2

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