Reuben, a brave, suave man more commonly known as the Black Swan and captain of The Falcon, awaits in The Tower to face his death under unclear circumstances-all that is known is that he was dragged away by police after yet another sexual conquest, the woman he bedded laughing at having deceived him. However, he receives a stay of execution when a beautiful and daring woman by the name of the Lady Arianne “Ari” Dalton breaks into the prison to set him free. Her only request is that he escort her to Egypt so that she may start a new life away from London, her arranged marriage, and her controlling father. All too eager to leave London in his past, Reuben agrees.
While the arrangement is simple, completing it is not, as the captain soon finds himself lusting after her with an intensity he is not yet known before. As it gradually dawns on him that his affections may be more than physical, he and Ari find that running away from their problems doesn’t solve them. In fact, the people they’re running from have dire plans in store, and there’s no telling what could happen if Reuben and Ari do not face their demons.
Stuffed to the brim with memorable characters, jovial wit and an old-world flair, The Falcons Chase was engaging and delightful example of two genres being blended seamlessly together.
On one hand, this is a romance, and the attraction between Reuben and Ari is clear from the beginning of the book. However, their relationship is teased out through Ari’s complicated personality, allowing the reader to feel her emotional barriers breaking down as the plot progresses. The details of upper-echelon Victorian courtship were used well and felt very realistic, making Ari’s actions and reactions all the more believable.
On the other, this is a work of the steampunk variety. The use of technology was subtle and tasteful, allowing fans of steam punk to still enjoy this story without confusing those who might not be as familiar with the genre. Airships, mechanical prosthetics, nanobots and other details establish the setting and serve as the basis of the subplot, and are even used to help develop the romance between Reuben and Ari.
This story is packaged with a neat little bow comprised of political intrigue and long-awaited revenge, adding a layer of intensity that made reading this a truly enjoyable experience. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone over the age of eighteen, whether they typically read romance or not. The balance of love, lust and action, as well as the charmingly witty characters, will make this story hard to forget, for which I award this a 5 star review.
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