Steampunk aficionados are in luck as Dryden kicks off the Steam and Seduction series, which is both smart and sexy. The marriage of convenience theme is used to great effect as these protagonists join forces for the good of their country. Dexter Hardison is a wonderfully honest and clever hero who finds an unexpected attraction to his spy bride. With plenty of steamy sizzle, ingenious gadgets and prospective danger, Gossamer Wing is just the ticket for a fun-filled ride.
Charlotte Moncrieffe was barely a bride when her husband was killed by a French agent while snatching plans for a doomsday weapon. Now, although the war with France has ended, the concern over the missing documents remains. As the daughter of a spymaster, Charlotte is well trained and she is the only one capable of flying the stealth dirigible Gossamer Wing. Baron Dexter Hardison is a formidable inventor who agrees to marry Charlotte and honeymoon in France in order to attempt to recover the long-missing secret documents. As their mission progresses they soon find both their lives and hearts are at stake. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Nov., 320 pp., $7.99)