Sara reviews ‘Precious Metals’ by L.A. Witt. This book was published on October 27, 2014 by Riptide Publishing and is 152 pages long.
NOTE: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I love a good adventure and stories about law enforcement are always a plus. Throw in some romance and I’m hooked.
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For Constable Paul Benson of the North-West Mounted Police, monotony is a blessing. As a provision inspector below the Chilkoot Pass during the Klondike Gold Rush, he’s seen miserable conditions and gold fever turn civilized prospectors into madmen.
Joseph Starling is on his way to the Klondike to find the men who savagely beat him, murdered his eldest brother, and stole their mining machine. They’ll kill his youngest brother if Joseph doesn’t operate the machine for them—it won’t work without him. With time running out, Joseph must purchase an expensive ticket aboard a crash-prone airship. But the station is miles away through dangerous terrain.
Under orders, Paul grudgingly escorts Joseph, but quickly finds himself intrigued by the young man. As they make their way toward Juneau, it’s not just the need for warmth that drives them closer together. But neither man can draw an easy breath until they make it to the gold fields . . . and there’s no guarantee that Joseph’s brother will still be alive when they do.
I am now an L.A. Witt fan! I really enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to read more by this author. The characters were developed really well along with the romance. Joseph and Paul are not quite strangers as they journey to save Joseph’s younger brother. I felt like I was right there with them as the were getting to know each other.
The setting was also really interesting. The author used an alternate earth from an earlier time. The story takes place during the goldrush, but there are technologies used that did not exist then, but easily could have. It was steampunk, but not unrealistic. Very impressed with how it was put together. This is actually the second book in a series, but each novel can stand alone. No need to read them in the order they were written and I can’t wait to read the first book in the series.
The book was so well written that I kept feeling really cold even though I read it during the summer. There were many points in the novel where I would need to put it down and go make a nice hot cocoa to drink while continuing reading. Excellent story telling and an enjoyable read. Do yourself a favor and read this book!
10/10 pots of gold (100% recommended) -compares to 5/5 stars.