William Foreman’s help was needed if Prudence hoped to save Hastings Halt and not have to return to her father in defeat. Her uncle had left his property to her and she was determined to keep it and her independence. Stepping up to his door she had no idea what to expect, but her desperation drove her to extremes. Shocked at his bluntness, Prudence is still not put off when he asks her to strip and prepare herself to test the Great Steam Stimulator. If it will get him to help her figure out her uncle’s invention in the basement, she’d do it. It’s not like she was a virgin Miss. That had already been stolen from her, along with her future. No, to stay out from under her father’s roof, she would do whatever it took.
Working on the latest invention for the Acolytes of Concupiscence, William was not expecting such a beautiful woman to be the test subject for the erotic playtoy that needed to be put through its trial before he could deliver it to them. A maker of automatons, he had learned at an early age that he had a talent, but he is not prepared when his own mechanical like persona suddenly shocked into life as the presence of Prudence stimulated him in ways no other had before. This was a lady, a lady who should be awaiting calling cards for tea, not standing naked and waiting for him to use like a common prostitute for his research. Prudence had only the hope that the mysterious box would solve her monetary problems. With Will’s help, she could have a future of independence, but they both stubbornly refuse to accept their real attraction.
This book was an awesome and amazing visualization of steampunk erotica. I loved Prudence and William. They were both well-developed characters that were far from your typical hero-heroine but were sexy, smart and captivated my attention from the start. I enjoyed their flirty and fun story as they found passion and love amongst the mechanical creations that were a part of their lives. The “supporting” cast of very vocal characters were laugh-out-loud funny and stole more than a few scenes and made this book an even more entertaining read.