Book Eighty-Five of 2014: Demon in Steam by Lexi Ostrow

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In the London Underground the Alliance of Silver and Steam is all that protects humans from demons.
Felicia Gannon is no stranger to the demons that lurk in the night. After her parents were murdered in front of her the Alliance took her in and trained her. Vengeance became her only drive.
Greyston Westham is more than just the devilishly handsome Captain of the Guard. He’s an Incubus Demon who hunts his own kind because they have no use for lesser demons like himself.
When a murderer is running lose that only the Alliance can deal with Felicia and Greyston are thrown together in a deadly game. Can she overcome her hatred of demons and give into the relationship that will save her life? Or will Felicia’s hatred be her doom.

“Demon in Steam” by Lexi Ostrow is a steampunk romance short story. However, some may say erotic.

I like the concept and the world isn’t filled with too much detail. That seems to be the problem with most science fiction books for me. There’s too much information that’s trying to show the world, but leaves you without character connection. This short story does have a bit of the character connection. You do get to understand character motives and learn a bit about the world in this short story.

The sex scenes are steamy and didn’t feel too much out of place. Granted, one was in an area I wouldn’t go for, but given the circumstances… it made a bit of sense.

The one thing I would have liked more is the character relationship. I didn’t really feel them being together was right. There wasn’t enough conflict between the two. However, given that it’s a short story, it makes sense.

There are minor editing issues, but it’s mostly a missing word or misplaced one. Nothing to really give me an issue.

All in all, it wasn’t bad. I’m really looking forward to the first book in the series Nightmare in Steam. It will help me understand the world and perhaps see how the two characters from this story interact.

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