When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother’s side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fariytales.
Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park and left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair.
Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.
About the Authors:
Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.
Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
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Armored Hearts by Melissa Turner Lee & Pauline Creeden is the first in a series of Fantasy Steampunk books. The story begins in 1894 with Tristan Gareth Smyth, the grandson of the Earl of Pensees. Tristan, or Gareth as he liked to be called, was bound to a wheelchair and longed to be just like other children, although he tried not to show it outwardly. He soon learns by accident that he has the ability to fly and so the adventure begins. The only other person who learns about his secret is his little aunt, Tabitha, the only person with whom he feels close to in the world. That is, until Jessamine visits from America and he soon finds out who she really is and that he can learn to take down the armor around his heart and let trust and love in.
I absolutely love steampunk and adventure and this book did not let me down. I could just imagine the wonderful inventions of the “bonnet” club and loved how they believed in improving life with their creations. The book is well written and true to historical facts. In these times, it still wasn’t popular for women to have any smarts at all, and men felt somewhat threatened by a woman who had her own thoughts and ideas. The times were beginning to change little by little and some people, like Jessamine’s parents, were trying to better working conditions in factories while others were still employing children for slave labor.
I also enjoyed how the authors weaved fantasy into the book as well with the Fae and how Gareth’s life is intertwined with them. The book is fast paced and once I began reading this, I honestly could not put it down. It was a fantastic flying adventure and I am excited to read the next book in this series.