Steam & Spurs by Johnny Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The year is 1893 and Earth is a place of wondrous steam driven machines during the Victorian age of Imperialism. Spacecraft prowl the stars, colonizing alien worlds while battling the barbaric pirates of Mars. It’s a world where the Confederate States of America won the civil war, and the Republic of Texas finally gained its independence to stand alone as a sovereign country. It’s a time of leather and calico lace, of Techno music and perpetual motion technology, giving birth to twisted sense of far fetched dreams commonly known as Steampunk.
But there’s one man who lives life by his own terms, trapped in the past while thumbing his nose at modern society as he carves a place in history using nothing but a gun and his stubborn courage. He’s a war hero, an Indian fighter, a Texas Ranger and a bounty hunter; and his name is Johnny Stone.
Johnny is an outwardly gruff, old-west personality with a subdued code of rustic honor in an age that continues to pass him by with leaps and bounds. Throughout his life, he’s always had a knack for showing up at the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s a man with a seemingly charmed life and a haunted past, walking on the razors edge of danger and tempting fate more often than not as certain death passes him by again and again.
Rainia Morwin, Captain of the British luxury liner the Dreaming Star, is a Venutian Mistress with years of experience in dominating men. She’s a strong woman, with a mind as sharp as her tongue. But, she’s also a secretive switch, craving the wonderful bliss of a domineering male hand with the unwavering strength and persistence to take what is rightfully theirs from a woman, if they’re able. Her search for a new Master, a loving man that can fulfill the needs she so desperately craves again after so many years of dimming hope, is about to be found in an unlikely source.
This sultry novel is brought to you by the author of The Devil’s Dance. Steam & Spurs has something for everyone; suspense & suspension, sex & fighting, guns & whips.
YES! YES! YES! Another five-star book from Johnny Stone! I've enjoyed everything I've read from this author, but this book was by far the best. It made me laugh, it brought me close to tears, it made me want to fight right along side the hero, and it left me panting for breath right along with the leading lady.
Set in 1893, Johnny is a rough and tumble bounty hunter from Texas, traveling, for the first time, in space, and he's not a bit happy about it. Yes, it seems like an odd time for space travel, but the way he the author spins the tale... it just works! Spacecraft and aliens are among us while colonizing other worlds and fighting the creatures from Mars. It's all the sci-fi erotic romance you can ask for between the pages of one book!
Johnny Stone is everything you imagine a man from Texas in the late 1800's to be. A gruff, single minded, gun slinger, who is, at times, down right ornery! He and "Horse" take off on a bounty hunt that takes him aboard the "The Dreaming Star" a good sized ship that is actually a passenger liner. It's suppose to just be a means to an end, to get to a connection to take him to Uranus, or as Johnny calls it, "Yur'anus", in search of his bounty.
Johnny has a secret from his past, one that is heartbreaking and actually explains who and why he is the man he is today. It will bring tears and make you smile at the strength of this man.
Captain Rainia Morwin is in charge of "The Dreaming Star" and it's not long before she sets her sexual sites on Johnny. Rainia comes from a planet where women rule and men do as their told, but she craves something different. She wants a man to control her. As luck would have it, Johnny might just be that man. Or is he? Can she really give up total control to a man?
Johnny and Rainia are, literally, from two different worlds, can they really make it work? Or will fate step in and decide for them if they should or shouldn't be together.
Don't miss reading this book. This author's imagination will captivate and entertain you. I promise you, from start to finish, it's an excellent read!
Be sure to watch for Johnny Stones forth book, Slave World, due to be released on January 6, 2012 by Pink Flamingo Publications. You can read a synopsis on the authors profile. Slave World
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