A Lila Review: Clockwork Heart (Clockwork Love #1) by Heidi Cullinan

Rate: 3.75 out of 5 stars
Clockwork HeartThe story starts in 1910, France. Giving us an idea a Cornelius’s lifestyle and troubles with his father. His first meeting with Johann takes place within the first pages of the story, and we can see through his dedication to his work, how important his clockwork was to Conny and how much Johann would mean to him in the end.
We spend the majority of the time getting to know Conny and Johann– liking them, and falling in love. By the time trouble knocks at their door, their relationship is one based on need and the beginnings of trust. We get introduced to the crew of The Brass Farthing and we start the journey to liberate France from Cornelius’s father.
Lust, love, intrigue, torture, and inventions filled the rest of the story, together with an interesting plot and many important friendships. The story has enough of a resolution to work as a stand-alone, but the seeds for future books were well-planted too.
Clockwork Heart is my first MM Steampunk. I have read several books by this author, and as always, she delivered an interesting story. The world build was carefully crafted, with enough historical events to give it credibility and a sense of place. The alternated events meshed perfectly, creating a unique canvas for a well-developed story.
Each character had a purpose, even when mentioned quickly. The cast is vast, but not enough to overwhelm the reader. The descriptions included all senses and created a unique representation of the author’s vision for a different European Nation.
I had to use a French to English translator for certain parts, but nothing to take me out of the story for too long. And the passages were worth reading. The last part of the book was not as detail as the beginning; feeling rush and unimportant. At least, it worked as a whole since the start was brilliant.
My main problem with this story was the sex. The relationship between the MCs developed slow, but it was significant for both of them. Since they first met, the attraction was present, even when they weren’t able to communicate freely. I understood Conny’s needs, but I was as upset as Johann about his requests. I think the author worked the first hurdle well, and everything moved forward smoothly. Unfortunately, Conny gets his wish, but I think it happened too soon and with a third that was irrelevant at that particular moment. Perhaps, it would make more sense in the next installment, but it did not work, for me, in this book.
Overall, a good story with a missed opportunity for a lovely romance.
The cover, by Kanaxa, works great with the story itself. But, Conny’s depiction seems to modern for the era.
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Book Details:
ebook, 248 pages
Published: February 2, 2016, by Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1619227231 (ISBN13: 9781619227231)
Edition Language: English

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