Sunday, June 8, 2014

Noble Metals by L.A. Witt

Noble Metals

by L.A. Witt

 Ever since Robert Belton gambled away the money to stake his claim in the Klondike gold fields, he’s been stranded in Seattle working as a prostitute. When an attractive customer needs help hauling provisions to the frozen north, Robert eagerly volunteers.

Dr. John Fauth is only searching for one thing, and it isn’t gold. He needs platinum for the prototypes of his revolutionary inventions, and if he doesn’t find it in the Klondike, his university career—and his research—is over.

Getting to the Klondike is a grueling, dangerous journey, and just hours after leaving Seattle, John and Robert find themselves in over their heads. John is carrying an invaluable device that his competitors will do anything to get their hands on. And as the cold nights and mutual desire pull John and Robert closer together, they discover that they have much more to lose than gold or platinum.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley*

This one fell a little flat for me.  I was expecting more and I think I just got my hopes up.  I feel like I didn't get to know the characters well and I couldn't connect with them at all.  Their relationship didn't feel believable to me and I was beginning to wonder what they saw in each other that made them profess their love.  For me, they were just flat and one-dimensional. 
The worldbuilding was interesting and I liked the steampunk aspect.  The machines that the prospectors used to carry their gear over the passes were very unique and I just wished we could have learned more about them. 
I probably would given this book a higher rating if I had been able to like the characters more.  In a book that focuses mostly on the relationship between two characters, that is very important to me.

I am still a fan of L.A. Witt and look forward to reading her next book!

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