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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 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."