The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1)
by Kady Cross
Hardcover, 473 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
"She could feel blood trickling from her mouth and she wiped at it with the back of her hand. Vision finally clear, she saw that Lord Felix had also removed his waistcoat and was now rolling up his sleeves. The excited glint in his eye told Finley exactly what kind of lesson he intended her to "learn"...
...But Lord Felix August-Raynes was not a good man. And it was time someone taught him a lesson.
The warm rush of familiar power brought a smile to her battered lips. She gave up all attemps to keep it reined in. It was the only way she'd survive this night with her virtue and bones intact. It was as though she was watching herself from a perch on the ceiling- all she could do was observe as her other self took over. Her boots shifted on the bare floor, right foot forward, left foot back and pointed out. She raised her fists.
"Coming back for more, eh?" Felix grinned at her. "I like a little fight in my girls."I like this girl! She is so inproper and kick ass for her time. I mean when you read the book it's clear she is from the 1800s, but she also has a kick ass heroine attitude to her that is very 21st century. She won't let the Lord of the house beat her up and rape her, and every other one who has ever tried to take advantage of her has payed the price (not murder, but a heavy beat up). Since the beginning of the novel the character and the set up pulled me in. It's a very interesting book! Anybody read this one lately?
She grinned at him, causing blood to dribble down her chin. "Then you're going to love me."