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Publisher's Summary

Lady Amanda is tired of having both her intelligence and her work dismissed.
After blackmailing her way into medical school, she catches the eye of her anatomy professor from the moment she walks into his lecture hall. Is he interested in her? Or only her invention - a clockwork spider that can spin artificial nerves?
Lord Thornton, a prominent neurobiologist, has been betrayed.
Secret government technology has been stolen from his laboratory, and a foreign spy is attempting to perfect it via a grisly procedure...using gypsies as test subjects. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a beautiful - and brilliant - new student, even if her spider could heal a deteriorating personal injury.
Until her device is stolen and used in the latest murder.
Lord Thornton has no option but to bring her into his laboratory as well as the investigation, where they must fight their growing yet forbidden attraction. Bodies accumulate, and fragile bonds are tested as they race across London, trying to catch the spy before it's too late.
©2016 Karen Pinco (P)2017 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By BikeVON on 11-04-17

Steampunk, action & romance = excitement

Action, romance, steampunk, romance, lords/ladies, romance and a university education for a woman in the 1800s.Our main characters are the intelligent and inventor, Amanda Ravensdale and renowned neurophysiologist, Lord Sebastian Talbort (Thornton).

They are making cutting edge equipment for the British government. Amanda is the student, has a prototype, which needs some adjustments. Thornton, her mentor, a British spy in the service of the queen, he has access to a state of the art laboratory, and Amanda’s device would facilitate his invention. A German spy stole a prototype of his invention a year ago.

The romance is between student and mentor. It is entirely against the rules of the university. There is also the push and pull between our lovers, which leads to them questioning the reason for the attraction. Is it love or lust? A romance between two would be a cause of expulsion for Amanda.

Amanda is one of four children of Duke of Avenbury, who commands the British agents for the queen. Amanda'a siblings are Emily, a chemist, and Ned and Olivia, Babbage card programmers. This is similar to computer programmers. The siblings closeness is illustrated in the dedication of the girls to combine their talents to create a method for their brother to walk again.

Because the duke raised his kids in an unconventional manner, without prejudice of other races, he has a dilemma. He must get two of his daughters married before society becomes aware that a third daughter has married beneath her station. He is also scrambling to find the German spy, to retrieve Amanda’s gadget and Emily’ formula.

Amanda has deadline to meet with her father. She made a deal for him to permit her to attend the medical school for a year. After that year, she must find a husband. In the 1800s, it was rare to find a husband who was willing to let his wife pursue a career. That has made it difficult for her to find a suitable husband.

Her brother’s situation is dire. If she does not get her gadget to work, he will pursue other means to walk without braces. The love of his life is being forced into a marriage within the next week. Without his sisters’ aid he will attempt a method which endangers his life or will leave him more crippled.

I give my kudos to Duke Avenbury, his kids are head strong. While juggling a country’s international espionage he is trying to save his family’s position for his girls to make good marriages.

I really enjoyed this story. There was lots of action, romance… Now there are a few Harlequin romance sex scene.

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5 out of 5 stars
By rgh on 10-05-17

Enjoyed this tremendously

Great story. Intelligent, engaging heroine and interesting secondary characters. I particularly liked the excellent world building. The narrator did a fine job. I'm off to buy the second book right now.

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