One man has swiped bounties from Viola, the Brass Violet, for years. Longstanding rivals, they’ve only had brief encounters, and if she had a choice, she’d avoid him entirely. When he saunters into her bar with an offer to work together on a job, the proper response would be to shoot him down and send him back to Shantytown. However, curiosity’s a wicked beast, and Viola needs to know why, after so many years of stealing her marks, he’d approach her now.
The man is insufferable, annoyingly cavalier, and tends to stir up memories she’d rather forget–but she needs assistance on this job and he’s offering aid and blueprints which could cut their work in half.
Given the intense way he looks at her though, working together isn’t all he has in mind. Van Clef is known for his persistence and, with his charm, he wins women over effortlessly. Viola’s not so easy though–she’s wise to his tricks. But if he wants to play the game, she will gladly rise to the challenge. By the end of this bounty, she’ll be the one leaving him in the dust.
This was a very interesting book for me.
I have recently come to love the steam punk genre, and I have to say that this book had a real steam punk feel to it.
Viola was a very interesting character, I loved how we got to see how even though she wanted to be accepted as more, she was still willing to fight to get to that point. She knew it wasn’t easy, yet she didn’t give up on the dream she had.
Van Clef was also an interesting character, I thought it was a great balance between the two that made them work so well together.
And the twists at the end completely caught me off guard!
Overall, I still enjoyed this book, and I will be sure to read more books by this author in the future.