Title: Noble Metals
Ever since Robert Belton gambled away the money to stake his claim in the Klondike gold fields, he’s been stranded in Seattle working as a prostitute. When an attractive customer needs help hauling provisions to the frozen north, Robert eagerly volunteers.
Dr. John Fauth is only searching for one thing, and it isn’t gold. He needs platinum for the prototypes of his revolutionary inventions, and if he doesn’t find it in the Klondike, his university career—and his research—is over.
Getting to the Klondike is a grueling, dangerous journey, and just hours after leaving Seattle, John and Robert find themselves in over their heads. John is carrying an invaluable device that his competitors will do anything to get their hands on. And as the cold nights and mutual desire pull John and Robert closer together, they discover that they have much more to lose than gold or platinum.
(Publisher's Note: This book was previously published by a different press; it has since been edited extensively and expanded by over 10,000 words.)
Author: L.A. Witt
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Finding Master Right, Capture and Surrender, After the Fall, Static
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: July 14, 2014
Genres: Erotic Historical Romance, Historical Romace, M/M Erotica, Male Male Romance, Steampunk, Suspense
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I started reading this book and all of a sudden I had a soundtrack playing in my head. North To Alaska by Johnny Horton. (Am I showing my age again?) I have never had a book inspire a soundtrack this strongly before. But, well gee, we are in Seattle getting outfitted to sail North, to Alaska. What else was going to play? Then things started to happen, and the soundtrack got muted. I am a bit familiar with the era this story was written about – the gold rushes to the frozen north. In this case, they are actually headed to the Klondike.
I found it an interesting twist having one of our main characters show up as a male prostitute. And then, to have the story go steam punk! Wow! That blew my mind. I have read some Steam Punk, but it was usually a space opera or happening in a city setting like London. So, to find it in 1890’s Alaska was kind of fun. It was done so well, that it had me wondering, “They didn’t really have these ‘mechs’ did they?” And we mustn’t forget the star of the story, a “device” that detects “noble metals”, like “Platinum, mostly. Rhodium, iridium, things of that nature.”– John speaking to a Canadian Mountie. Oh yes, there are Canadian Mounties in this.
This was a very well done story in every respect. The characters were well developed and likable. (Except the sleazy bad guys. *shutters*) I could feel the hardships John and Robert were enduring as they trekked across Alaska. Brrrrr! (You may want to read this when it is really hot out, because it was darn cold on their journey.) Their developing relationship . . . *sigh* It was really very sweet, in a hot kind of way. Then there is the heart stopping action! OMG! There were a few gasps! Several “oh no’s!” Some tears. And finally, great joy! Yep, a bit of a roller coaster of emotion.
If you like mm and/or historical romance with a little steampunk and adventure, then you need to read this.