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By Heather Massey
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Release Date: March 2012
Length: 76 pages

Matthew Goddard is a lonely watchmaker in 1840 New England. One fateful day, he discovers the lover of his dreams in a dusty corner of the local general store—Isabel, a bisque porcelain mannequin head with mesmerizing, smoky blue eyes. When Matthew invites her to come live with him, she eagerly “accepts.” The couple embarks on a lust-filled affair, one fueled by Matthew’s wild imagination. In order to provide Isabel with a brass body and pretty clothes, he begins a secret side business selling clockwork sex toys to his wealthy female customers. Danger, however, threatens their idyllic romance when a disgruntled customer exposes Matthew’s forbidden business to the townspeople. Despite the growing menace, Matthew will stop at nothing in order to save his soul mate—and protect their love.

Reader Alert! Matthew Goddard’s lover Isabel may be a clockwork automaton, but that doesn’t prevent them from enjoying forbidden, uninhibited sex at every opportunity.

Matthew is a good clockmaker with a secret named Isabel, a doll.

While I like steampunk, I had a little bit of a problem when I first started reading this. Some of Matthew’s inventions sounded very nice, but I wasn’t quite sure where the author was taking this story for a while. Toward the end, I did have an ‘ah-ha’ moment and I really liked the ending.

This story is sort of bittersweet, and the workmanship that was described was fascinating once I got past the initial doll Matthew created. I also felt that Matthew did well to try to keep his personal life and his professional life separate under the circumstances.

Reviewed By: Lady Raven