Title: Camilla's Consequences
Camilla is a sexual blackmailer. After a betrayal from her fiancé, she spends her days exacting revenge against men who are unfaithful. Armed with an iron resolve, her Panoptoscope and a handbag filled with instruments of castigation, she becomes a formidable adversary. Her quest for revenge has hardened her heart, but a small part of her still thirsts for passion and the heat of a man’s touch.
Hephaestus is a skilled metallurgist who hammers iron into any shape his imagination desires. When Camilla walks into his forge asking him to repair a pendant, flames of passion ignite between them. After Camilla receives letters that threaten to expose her, she seeks his protection as well as his love. However, in order to melt her heart, Hephaestus must resort to extreme measures to make her see that pardon, not punishment, is needed for love to grow and lust to be fulfilled.
Inside Scoop: Camilla witnesses all manner of erotic behavior, including male/male and fem-dom encounters. Her approach is very unique, even to this steampunk world!
Author: Helena Harker
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Art of Desire
Published by Ellora's Cave Source: Publisher
Published: 28 June, 2013
Genres: Erotic Historical Romance
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This is the second book I have read by Helena Harker, and my favorite of the two. A clever, well-written plot that utilize the wonder of steampunk creations to enhance her story, and fully developed characters with solid voices and intentions: even when they are misguided.
Camilla starts as a vengeful, angry and frustrated woman: hurt by an unfaithful fiancé, she has taken on the punishment of men as her personal pursuit. Blackmailing them with her modified filming device, she uses these bits of information gleaned to punish the unfaithful. I wasn’t a fan of hers at first, until her own narrative provides more interior dialogue she is wholly distasteful in her attitude, as she starts to share more the hurt little girl who is desperately clinging to the hope that there is a man out there for her is endearing.
When she stops to have a chain repaired at the shop of Hephaestus Alighieri (Bonus points Ms. Harker – very clever insertion) the admiration and tentative connection between the two is born, to great delight. Far more than just a tradesman, he is able to subtly warn her of the anger she is creating with her adventures in blackmail among the men of society.
From their subtle dance of attraction to the various acts that Camilla continues to film for her own vengeful ends, the sexual tension and scenes are well-described, often steamy and always exciting for the blackmailer herself. Again and again, each scene she films is accompanied by her own curiosity and narrations are increasingly enticing additions to the action being described.
This is, quite simply a terrific steampunk story that could actually work with or without the erotic scenes: although they do play a large part in the plot they merely add another level of excitement and steam to a story that is well-fueled by the steam-driven creations that are both unique and cleverly displayed. If you haven’t ventured into erotica or steampunk, this is a good start for both genres, and Harker has mixed the genres beautifully as both work to present a story that is essentially a woman learning the power of learning to move forward despite being hurt.
I received an eBook copy from the publisher for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.