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Steampunk Romance

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The list author says: "A listing of the newest and best of steampunk romance, the next genre of romance to (perhaps) challenge the popularity of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

So what is steampunk? Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, speculative and alternate history which primarily takes place during the Victorian Age. Some common features of steampunk novels include a merger of well-known historical elements (corsets, carriages, etiquette, etc) combined with technology - particularly steam-powered technology (you might see types of blimps, advanced metal working, etc). Really, it's all up to the author's imagination (which makes each good steampunk novel different and unique). Adding strong romantic elements to steampunk is just beginning to really take off. Like urban paranormal romances, the main female characters tend to be tough and independent - aberrations if they were in a classic Victorian society.

Being as this is an emerging genre, it will be updated as more books are being published. Feel free to offer suggestion to add to the list.

*All books are strictly romance - not erotica. Some do have some strong sensuality, but the "steam" never overwhelms the story."
The Iron Duke (A Novel of the Iron Seas)
The Iron Duke (A Novel of the Iron Seas)
"A fantastic place to start.  The balance between the two major characters is fantastic.  The heroine is a detective solving a murder at the estate of the most popular (and reclusive) person in Britain.  He's definitely one of those classic tough, alpha males - but he is definitely flawed.  By the end of the novel, he isn't a masculine caricature, but human."
The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire)
The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire)
"The second best thing to read.  Yes, it's vampires.  That I know, but vampires aren't the good guys in this series.  It's reminiscent of both Beauty and the Beast and a bit of Romeo and Juliet."
The Native Star
The Native Star
"Steampunk western.  Who can resist steampunk set in the American Wild West?"
The Hidden Goddess (Veneficas Americana, Book 2) (Native Star)
The Hidden Goddess (Veneficas Americana, Book 2) (Native Star)
"Sequel to Native Star."
Clockwork Heart
Clockwork Heart
"Very interesting novel.  At first I thought it was going to deal with a love triangle between the heroine and two brothers - but thankfully that doesn't really happen.  The relationship between the two leads is gradual and slow; the world the novel is set in is fascinating."
Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
"First in the popular series about werewolves and yes, more vampires.  Doesn't matter though.  This novel is quick and witty.  Somehow Carringer has succeeded in writing a novel in which the attractive between her leads is palpable."
New Blood (Blood Magic)
New Blood (Blood Magic)
"Sorcery and steampunkish.  Europe is filled with wizards and witches. I particularly liked the first novel in the series, it was an interesting role reversal where the hero begins as a servant to the heroine."
Heart's Blood
Heart's Blood
"Sequel to Heart's Blood.  Good, but personally, I preferred New Blood."
Warrior (Blades of the Rose)
Warrior (Blades of the Rose)
"Very Indiana Jones-esque."
Wild Cards and Iron Horses
Wild Cards and Iron Horses
"Steampunk western.  It started off great, but by the end it just turned into something predicable and boring.  I would read a sequel however - I'm all for giving an author a second chance."
A Matter of Magic
A Matter of Magic
"Not technically steampunk, more of a gaslight/fantasy/alternate reality novel.  But a great book to add to your reading list if you want something light."
Illusion
Illusion
"Again, not really steampunk - but there are a lot of interesting elements at play here.  It's essentially a retelling of the French Revolution in an alternative reality."
Going Postal: A Novel of Discworld
Going Postal: A Novel of Discworld
"The romance in this novel is a bit understated, but it's funny and creative.  The BBC did a film version of the book which is definitely worth seeing, as well."
Encrypted (Encrypted Series Book 1)
Encrypted (Encrypted Series Book 1)
"The steampunk elements in this novel are fairly low-key, but definitely still present. I have to admit that I really wasn't not expecting much. Was I suprised!  The heroine is bookish and not overwhelmingly pretty and the hero is brave and honorable, but likes his puzzles just as much. But their interaction is fantastic and the plot line is great. This is simply a well-written novel."
The Emperor's Edge
The Emperor's Edge
"The sequel to Encrypted (although written first) is about the emperor's assassin Sicarius.  I read read Encrypted first and was immediately intrigued by the, then, 17 year old assassin.  This novel delves into his story and his brewing relationship with another strongly drawn independent woman."