Look, but don’t touch…
1914. Konstantin would love to hide in his laboratory and dissect the clockwork dragon captured from Russia, but the Archmages of Vienna have other plans. He finds himself shipped off to St. Petersburg as the scientific attaché to an ambassador. His orders? Look, but don’t touch. Of course, he considers this an impossible request with so much enemy technomancy to explore.
To make matters worse, Konstantin has to work with the dashing zeppelin commander Himmel, a man who should also be untouchable. They can’t act on the smoldering attraction between them without risking it all. Faced with an illegal relationship and a devious rival technomancer, Konstantin might not return from this mission in Russia without conquering the forbidden.
A companion novella to Shadows of Asphodel.
Konstantin jumped. Tonight, he had been alone in the laboratory; the other archmages and engineers had gone home long ago.
When he identified the interruption, his heartbeat skipped for an entirely different reason.
Captain Theodore Himmel smiled with a wicked glint in his honey-gold eyes. He smoothed his waxed mustache with steel fingers, still outfitted with the mechanical arm Konstantin had built for him.
“Are you alone?” Himmel said.
“Yes, which is why you shouldn’t—”
Without any regard for who might walk in, Himmel marched over and kissed him. When Konstantin gasped against his mouth, Himmel growled out a groan as if savoring the taste of him. The captain tasted rather like peppermint himself, Konstantin noted absently, his mind not quite done cataloguing and analyzing.
“I found myself smiling the entire time I read it. It was beautifully written (of course) and it made me fall a little more in love with this series than I already was. I would love to see more of the series from Konstantin’s perspective!” – Books and Ladders
“With a fast pace, lots of things going on and an engaging plot of war politics, this Russian adventure packs an entertaining combination of dragon machines, heartfelt and impossible romance, deadly enemies and swashbuckling zeppelins.” – Torre de Babel
“The parts I absolutely loved about the book were the steampunk, sci-fi/fantasy parts. Those rocked my world!!” – The Travelogue of a Book Addict
“Konstantin is a very dynamic hero, I found him to be just intoxicating with his strength and passion for clockwork items like the dragon. Even though the novel is set in 1914 Russia, the elements of Steampunk make it seem like an entirely new atmosphere. Between the zeppelins, clockworks and technomancy it provides a stunning backdrop for this intriguing story.” – WS Momma Readers Nook
“The setting was absolutely brilliant, I felt the cold weather, the sense of time and space while doing that snowy exploration with Konstantin: from The Trans Siberian Railway descriptions, to St. Petersburg.” – Writing from the Verge
“I was reading about Konstantin having a cup of tea on the train and it struck me, that Karen Kincy made it familiar for me, – I knew and loved this Russia, and it made me very happy.” – Nocturnal Book Reviews
“This short quick read is a love story. A HOT love story.” – Second Run Reviews
“I totally and completely loved this novella! I adored Konstantin in Shadows of Asphodel and was so excited to see that he got his own novella.” – Rickus Bookshelf
“I could barely put this book down. I started reading it one evening, passed out while reading (I’m sure you bookworms know that problem), and was almost late to work because I simply had to finish it the next morning.” – Alysha DeShaé