“ Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Christine Bell / Kindle Edition / Book is published 2011-04-25 by Carina Press „
The twisted tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell
I'm a time pirate-born in 1810, now a 21st-century woman. I travel through time trying to right wrongs without disrupting the fragile balance between what is and what can never be.
That's why it's vital that I go to 1836 and find the man who conned my brother out of his Time Travel Mechanism as quickly as possible. If the technology falls into the wrong hands, it could change the world as we know it. The notorious Duke of Leister definitely qualifies as the wrong hands. An amateur scientist of the slightly mad variety, he's bound to figure out how to use the TTM sooner rather than later.
I knew this wouldn't be easy. But I wasn't counting on him being as sexy as hell. Or winding up chained to his bed...
I don't often read Novella's - instead I typically prefer reading full length novels, but when this one crossed my path I was more than just a bit intrigued. Right from the beginning the cover and title really caught my attention. As well as the idea of a time travelling pirate, which unfortunately wasn't really something that was covered in all that much detail throughout the book. Instead the short novella really focuses on the meeting of the main characters of Stormy (our time pirate) and Devlin (the notorious Duke of Leister - who may possess technology that could ruin the future). There was a lot of chemistry between the two of them and their story was certainly interesting, but I thought that everything was just a bit hurried along. However, that could largely be due to the word constraints of a novella.
One of my favourite parts of this book was the reasons behind how the main characters of Stormy and her brother Bacon, got their names. They were adopted by the time pirate Gilly and transported from the early 1800's to the twentieth century, and rescued from a childhood and life that would have been unlikely to be a happy one. After Stormy watched 'The Wizard of Oz' she picked the name Dorothy Gale and then was later nicknamed Stormy for the colour of her eyes. Bacon's story had me chuckling to myself, he picked it when he was only 6 years old...
"Gilly, had gotten down on one knee and said "well, little master, what do you think? You can be called anything, whatever pleases you the most." At this direction, Bacon chose the things that made him happiest and there you have it: Bacon Frogs."
Right from the beginning of the story I liked Stormy - or Dorothy Gale. However, the relationship with Devlin, seemed to happen too quickly and didn't really have me feeling invested about the outcome. Although their relationship was a little bit steamy at times, this was more of a romance novella than anything else and there were some touching scenes between the pair of them.
This was an enjoyable story, the writing was entertaining and it flowed well at a nice pace. For an afternoon's worth of light reading then this made for a fun couple of hours, however, I really felt like there ought to be more. More background to the characters, more set up of the story, more time spent explaining and building the world. However, that doesn't mean that the author didn't work well under the limited number of words.
I would recommend this, especially if you are after a quick, enjoyable story. Just don't expect anything to in depth, I would have loved to have read more of this story. In fact I would be quite keen to find out whether Christine Bell has written any full length novels or possibly other novellas around the same characters.
GOOD - two out of five stars
Genre - Adult, steampunk romance
Published by Carina Press (April 2011) - Novella
E-book - 82 pages (under £2)
I received a copy of 'The twisted tale of Stormy Gale' by Christine Bell in exchange for an honest review.