The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale
- Christina Bell
Publisher: Carina Press
E-Arc Courtesy of netgalley & Carina PressI'm a time pirate—born in 1810, now a 21st-century woman. I travel through time trying to right wrongs without disrupting the fragile balance between what is and what can never be. That's why it's vital that I go to 1836 and find the man who conned my brother out of his Time Travel Mechanism as quickly as possible. If the technology falls into the wrong hands, it could change the world as we know it. The notorious Duke of Leister definitely qualifies as the wrong hands. An amateur scientist of the slightly mad variety, he's bound to figure out how to use the TTM sooner rather than later. I knew this wouldn't be easy. But I wasn't counting on him being as sexy as hell. Or winding up chained to his bed...
The Twisted Tale is a fun time travel romance with a great leading lady. Stormy has a great voice having grown up both on the streets in the early 19th century and in the 21st century so she knows how to take care of herself and her innocent, trusting brother Bacon. When Bacon loses his Time Travel Mechanism in a game of cards, Stormy has to pose as a fortune teller to get the device back. However, the Duke certainly seems to have more than just his own fortune on his mind – and Stormy has to use all her womanly wiles to stay one step ahead.
This is a relatively short novella, but I was never bored and really enjoyed the banter between Stormy and the Duke as each tried to find out what the other was really up too. The romance was perhaps a little quick for my liking (I like some wooing first!), but felt in context for the story. As with a lot of Carina Press stories, I liked the fun element of the story and was in a much better mood by the end. A thoroughly enjoyable time travel romance that will lift the spirits and leave you with a smile on your face.
Recommended for fans of historical romance and Gail Carriger. 8 out of 10.