A wild race across the American Dominion keeps the story hopping in the second installment of Dryden’s sassy Steam and Seduction series. The protagonists in this tale will need all their wits and courage as a high-stakes competition turns increasingly deadly. Hang on tight: This is one competition you won’t soon forget!
Now that she’s done with university, Eliza Hardison is struggling to figure out the next move in her life. Workers’ rights are something she’s passionate about, and she is especially concerned about those individuals who mysteriously disappear and are presumed to have “gone west.” Matthew Pence is Makesmith Baron Dexter Hardison’s protégé, but it is time for him to strike out on his own. Competing in the Sky and Steam Rally from New York to San Francisco may be just the ticket. Dexter has his own entry in the race and he asks his cousin Eliza to drive/fly his machines. But it seems like sabotage is an ever-present threat. Although they each want to win, Eliza and Matthew realize they need to join forces just to survive. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Feb., 304 pp., $7.99)