Book Review: Clockwork Heart (Clockwork Love, #1) – Heidi Cullinan [ARC]

 

Clockwork HeartRELEASE DATE: Feb 2, 2016
Format: Novel
Genre: Historical/Alternate History/Steampunk
Length: 240 pages, ebook
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Ebook ISBN: 9781619227231
Print ISBN: 9781619233959
Characters: Johann Berger, Cornelius Stevens

First, let me tell you what I told myself immediately after finishing this book – “I need to reread the whole thing right away and enjoy it all over again!”lol. I just loved it! I feel that no matter how good the previous books of the author are (e.g., Nowhere Ranch, Dance With Me, Love Lessons etc…), this book just totally surpassed them all or maybe I’m still on that after-reading-an-awesome-book glow but seriously man, this is now my favorite book from Heidi Cullinan.

The book is a steampunk novel set in an alternate historical universe involving a beautiful, kinky tinker named Cornelius Stevens who saves an enemy soldier using clockwork parts. The soldier is Johann Berger, who woke up half-human half clockwork and who eventually learned that he’s got the clockwork heart as well – a weapon that their warring countries would kill to get their hands into. Chaos ensues as the enemy hunt Conny, Johann and their pirate crew to obtain the clockwork heart. With their hearts and lives on the line – they both knew that it’s going to be all or nothing for them.

Je te veux dans la bouche. Prends-moi par derrierre, la sur la table, et fais-moi hurler de plaisir. Tu veux bien faire cela pour moi, mon doux Johann?

Sex and (almost) magic. Truth. It’s deliciously magical with the steamy sex between Cornelius and Johann and some random… … … … yep, you get the point. The setting was truly fascinating to read I feel like being transported along with the characters. Yes! The old Europe! I can smell the air of Calais, I could see the Austrian Mountains, the Alps etc… The side characters are awesome! At first, I didn’t like Valentin (Conny’s BFF) but he eventually mellowed and I feel like his story needs to be told asap as well. I think I would be seeing his book in the future (with Captain Crawley, hopefully). Oh, and the pirates! Whoop! What a kick-ass crew! They should put a “Love Wins” tagline in their airship to be honest because they’re just so freaking awesome!

I couldn’t stress enough the super-awesomeness of this book! It’s just too lovely! I simply cannot wait what’s next for the series! What an epic start of a series! Heidi, you missy are way too fab! Highly recommended!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her family. Heidi also volunteers frequently for her state’s LGBT rights group, One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage.

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and impartial review.
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