Vickie's husband, George, insists she undertakes self defence lessons before starting her private eye business. George worries about her safety but doesn't want to stop her from developing her newly found skill of solving mysteries.The training sessions are difficult and Vickie is exhausted. Now that her and George have rekindled their love, Vickie is determined to find thVickie's husband, George, insists she undertakes self defence lessons before starting her private eye business. George worries about her safety but doesn't want to stop her from developing her newly found skill of solving mysteries.The training sessions are difficult and Vickie is exhausted. Now that her and George have rekindled their love, Vickie is determined to find the time to keep the sparks flying between them as much as possible.When her trainer is injured, Vickie discovers he isn't entirely human, and has mechanical parts. But George doesn't believe her. Vickie insists something untoward happening and she must investigate. Can she solve another mystery while maintaining the renewed spice between her and George?...
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Heart of Gold Reviews
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I love all things steampunk but this just wasn't enough for me. The premise is great: a budding private eye suspects there is something amiss with her trainer and begins an investigation. Unfortunately it was page after page of Vickie going on and on about there being something off about Julio the trainer. Also there's a repetitive statement about Vickie feeling “oddly refreshed”. The second time I saw it I remembered it from a few chapters back because it was an awkward statement. Given the shortness of the book, I would suggest the author use some different descriptors. George is talked about a lot throughout the story but every time we meet him the impression I'm left with is he's only around long enough to have sex or say he hates her training and then he disappears. I would like to see more character development. He's obviously important to Vickie and I'd like to believe it's for more than sex. So finally we get to the part where Vickie confronts Mr. Quin. And we find out he's a crazy scientist experimenting on humans and Vickie and Ruby were to be the next part of his experiments. We're given clever little hints along the way that maybe Mr. Quin is not above board, which keeps the reader going to solve the mystery with Vickie. This is something I always enjoy in whatever book I've been reading. My problem with this final confrontation is that Vickie immediately disables herself with a well placed kick to the automaton guard that further hurts her foot (the same foot she hurt kicking Julio). Not long after she saves the day:“Adrenaline surged through her body and the pain subsides. She kicked him in the groin and he crumbled forward moaning in pain. Something seemed to take over her, and she executed some well aimed kicks to his body and face, bringing him to the ground.” (91%)Sure adrenaline can do some crazy things to us but for her to perform several serious kicks to another human with your damaged foot is just unbelievable to me. Regardless I love the idea of a kick ass heroine. And it's fiction so why not have a miraculous recovery?I feel like the investigation was too drawn out and the book was full of speculations. I would've liked more to the plot. Maybe a side story or two to give it more meat. I think the series has potential to grow and I would actually read more. I hope for more steampunk features and more plot and character development. 4 stars
Heart of Gold by Lilliana Rose is book two in her steampunk Clockwork Mysteries series. In this book we are reunited with Vickie as she works to begin her private eye investigation business but the thing is is that her husband, George wants her to be able to defend herself because of course you never know who or what you will come up against in that line of work. So she jumps on board and begins training lessons with Julio. Her friend Ruby joins her of course in these lessons. Things are going good until Vickie takes a shot at the punching bag a little harder than expected and manages to catch Julio by surprise to the point that the bag knocks him down and seemingly out. Julio is out cold and Vickie quickly becomes concerned but her butler has been directed to NOT call a doctor in the event that something should happen with Julio but to call Mr. Quin instead. Vickie is concerned and wishes to call a doctor or to at least provide some sort of assistance to Julio. She checks to see if he’s breathing or just to check his heart and what she hears instead of a heartbeat is a ticking like one would hear from a clock. Vickie is of course intrigued and determined to find out the meaning of this. When she tries to tell her husband and her friend Ruby, who is more than a little hot for Julio, they both dismiss her and say that it was either nothing, she heard wrong or that maybe he had a pocket watch on his person. But Vickie is determined to find out the truth that lies at the bottom of this mystery. But will she go too far this time in trying to delve out the truth?Heart of Gold is the first book that I have read by Lilliana Rose but since I am a fan of steampunk novels and love a good mystery I decided to give this book a try. I am very happy to say that though this story is part of a series it is not necessarily necessary that you have read the first book in this series to understand what is going on. This story can be read as a stand-alone but there are some hints and references that touch back to the first story in this series. You get a nice taste of the steampunk element from the cars, the elements in the town and even in their clothing which I really love. Some stories I’ve read have only dealt with the environment around the characters but the fact that the author takes the time to incorporate it further I really like and appreciate that.Vickie is a strong character. She is very determined to prove that she can handle whatever comes her way and that she can get stronger and be stronger no matter what. She pursues this mystery but she doesn’t just barrel in head first without a thought. She’s very balanced because she takes time to think, analyze and try to come to the answers but then she still utilizes action when it is necessary. She’s a good friend to her friend Ruby by trying to protect her and keep her safe as well. There are some spelling errors that show themselves repeatedly “hoped” when it should be “hopped” but other than that this is a very well written book that flows very well and the further you delve into it the more engaged the reader becomes. Especially the closer you get to the end and the pieces start to all fall together and form the complete picture. I really love it. That being said I really enjoyed this book and despite some of the editorial errors I am rating this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. This is an engaging steampunk mystery that really brings you in and makes you want to know more as the main character works to puzzle through a mystery that has landed in her lap and prove to her husband that she can do this. If you’re looking for a good book and you like steampunk with mystery then this is the book for you.
Vickie is back and she is determined to become a private investigator. With her luck at solving a crime she was involved in, she convinces her husband, George it is time for her to open shop as a P.I. With obvious reservations, George requires her to learn self-defense before she can start advertising and taking on clients. I'm mixed about Vickie. She is determined which is good. She is also a bit delusional. She firmly believes in her skills as an investigator. I am not sure if Ms. Rose is writing Vickie in this way as a tongue in cheek poking fun of bored housewives. Because Vickie comes across as a nosy busy body who is bored at home and needs a hobby. Not that there is anything wrong with this, I just can't seem to like Vickie. She rubs me the wrong way. I guess it is because Vickie truly believes she has mad skills and I see her as an amateur with dumb luck and a penchant for trouble. I do like her sidekick Ruby. Ruby is funny and a good sport even if all she wants is a man for some good times. The one I feel badly for is George. He really is a good husband and puts up with so much from his wayward wife.The plot of this story I did enjoy. I liked the clockwork spin in the story. It is a bit light for a steampunk but definitely in line with a steampunk romance. The villain is easy to figure out from the beginning. The poor automations were the ones who lose out in this story. Well, and Ruby who doesn't get her man at the end. Vicki's harebrained sleuthing antics does make the story humourous. For those who enjoyed Nancy Drew stories in their childhood, here is a steampunk variance for grownups. Recommended for romance-mystery readers who enjoy a zing of steampunk.*provided by NetGalley
*** Four and a Half Stars***Heart of Gold by Lilliana Rose is book 2 in The Clockwork Mysteries Series. This is a series that keeps getting better and better with each new release. New characters. Old characters. It doesn't matter who they are, if Ms. Rose puts them in the story, you will instantly fall in love with them. The latest installment in Vickie’s story will make you smile, and have you walking away with the feeling of hope and love. Vickie is pursuing her dream of becoming a private investigator and her husband George is happy to support her venture with one stipulation – she must learn the art of self-defence. With her best friend, Ruby, they commence lessons with the mysterious Julio Ferris as their instructor. Vickie is determined to master the art of self-defence and Ruby is as equally determined to snare the attention of Julio!Vickie and Ruby are fantastic characters. They are so strong, refreshing, and charming. I loved how bold Vickie is and I loved the fact that even though she had this tough exterior, her deepening love for George is enchanting to follow from when we first met them in Change Of Heart.There is more of the steampunk factor in this sequel that will please lovers of steampunk and the characterisations of Julio and Mr Quin are well developed as fascinating voices during the mystery component in this novella. I was really excited to observe the humor element in Heart of Gold, particularly early in the story, showing extra depth to Lilliana Rose’s lyrical style of storytelling.Lilliana Rose is an author who continuously pours her heart and soul into her books and her readers feel that in every single page. I can't wait to dive back into another beautiful world that Ms. Rose creates in this series. Very wonderfully done!
Before she opens her Private Eye Business Vicki's husband wants her to take self defense classes. Vicki and her best friend Ruby take these classes with Instructor Julio. What Vicki doesn't know is because of these classes she will have to put her sleuthing skills to the test. You will fall in love with Vicki and Ruby and all of there antics. Ruby is interested in Julio but Vicki thinks there is something odd about him. Vick and Ruby will have you laughing many times during this story. They are two strong, funny, and interesting. They succeed in bring much attention to themselves. The secondary characters all added so much depth to this story also. I will admit that sometime Vicki had me yelling no, what are you doing, use your head!?!?! during the book. You know that is a great character to get a response like that out of you. There is plenty of steamy, panty melting sexy scenes in this book. Vicki and George are rekindling their marriage and it is Hawt. Even though George does have to put up with his wife's antic of sleuthing that get her in trouble, he is there for her. I did love the steampunk part of the books. Ms. Rose did a great job of writing in detail so that you felt like you were there. The only thing that I wish there was a little bit more of was the doing of Mr. Quin. Great quick read that had some angst, romance, and mystery to it. This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review. Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.
I received this in exchange for an honest review.When Vickie wants to start a private eye business, her husband, George insists that she take self defense classes. A good idea, (and a good supportive husband) , Vickie is joined by her best friend, Ruby. Though she joined for moral support, Ruby sees their trainer, Julio as a potential mate. Yet Vickie thinks something is amiss with him, and she soon finds out she's right and sets off to solve her first case. This is book 2, which I didn't know before starting it. But I didn't feel too lost. There was one character that I wasn't sure who he was and the reference to 'experiments' and Vickie's history w/ her husband were probably explained in book 1, but again I felt this carried itself enough. This is also partly an 18+ read which I didn't know before reading. I didn't mind it at all, just wasn't expecting it. However, unlike most smut that's pointless and only has "sexual trigger words", this had meaning and wasn't gratuitous - it was between Vickie and her husband, so NO man whore which is a good thing!A good short read that I enjoyed!
I thoroughly enjoyed this steampunk story. I haven't had an opportunity to read much steampunk yet, but wow, was this good. Vicki and Ruby have such wonderful and funny best friend moments. I love the fact they are doing a self-defense course together (reminds me of something my best friend and I would do). Vicki is learning self-defense because she plans to open her own private eye business, but her husband George wants her to be able to defend herself first. Smart idea really. As this is the second book in the series, there is some mention of the first book, but nothing too glaring that would make readers have to read the first book before enjoying this one (I have not had a chance to read the first book yet either). We also get some hot romance as Vicki and George work on their marriage and rekindling the fire. They are an adorable couple!
For a short, more erotic-than-plot-driven story, Heart of Gold was more entertaining than I expected. The sex scenes weren't the best. Everything dances: hands, tongues, bodies, EVERYTHING. Also, Vickie apparently needs to wear diapers because of all the pooling occurring in between her legs. That's no how vaginas work, lmfao. Despite this being an erotic mystery, I kept picturing Vickie as a teenager. She was moody and literally threw temper tantrums. Imagining it as a teen novel (ignoring the sex) made it more fun, though. I wish more had been devoted to the mystery, because I was actually interested in that. Also, it's me, so I completely shipped Vickie with her whore-y bff. Overall, fun, hilarious for the wrong reasons, and a quick read.
I have read this authors stories before and have really enjoyed them, so this was a natural to try.This is the first time I have tried the steampunk theme. I would mention that I haven't read the first book in the series, so I was confused aboutthe background story of the main characters i.e. what happened between Vicki and Georgeher husband and who was Ruby to Vickie.I am guessing that if you had read the previous book, this story would have made more sense.The problem would have been solved by having the author do a quick recap at the beginning ofthis story.There was a plot and mystery to this story which does get resolved in this story, so no cliffhanger.I would recommend this author and this series.