His name is Marcus. He lives with his grandmother because his father had been killed by a skitter, “a hand-sized mechanical leftover from the Society’s attempted coup against the newly crowned Queen”, while he watched. Ever since that awful day, he and his country have blamed the Toymaker for the death, as he was the one who built the skitter.
While on an errand for his grandmother one evening, he comes across a group of men beating a man near to death. Marcus is a trained aristocrat, so deals the group a blow and they disperse, leaving the man bloodied and broken on the ground. Marcus, being the kind-hearted man that he is, picks him up and takes him to his home. Marcus knows who the man he carries in his arms is, but his heart will not let him leave the man in the streets to die.
Robin Harris was a young genius when he and his machines were taken and used by the Society for their nefarious means. Robin is not what people think he is. He is not a killer, a heartless, soulless man who cares nothing for humankind. His heart is huge, and his wish is to help children who need what he can provide with his genius.
In the course of the story, Marcus discovers the real Robin, falls in love, and they embark in a relationship with some of the hottest sex I have seen written. The emotions and raw sensuality of the two characters are very well portrayed by Rhys Ford, very well developed so you understand the change of mind of Marcus, and you know the real Robin.
I loved this book and really got into it. Imagine my disappointment when it came to an abrupt stop. You get to meet and love Marcus’ grandmother, who is not what Marcus thinks she is, and laugh with and love her with Marcus. There are several other characters that make this book fun and heartwarming. I hope I get to read more of Rhys, and that the story of Marcus and Robin can continue. They are loveable and interesting.
Book Description The British Empire reigns supreme, and its young Queen Victoria has expanded her realm to St. Francisco, a bustling city of English lords and Chinese ghettos. St. Francisco is a jewel in the Empire’s crown and as deeply embroiled in the conflict between the Arcane and Science as its sister city, London—a very dark and dangerous battle.
Marcus Stenhill, Viscount of Westwood, stumbles upon that darkness when he encounters a pack of young bloods beating a man senseless. Westwood’s duty and honor demand he save the man, but he’s taken aback to discover the man is Robin Harris, a handsome young inventor indirectly responsible for the death of Marcus’s father.
Living in the shadows following a failed coup, Robin devotes his life to easing others’ pain, even though his creations are considered mechanical abominations of magicks and science. Branded a deviant and a murderer, Robin expects the viscount to run as far as he can—and is amazed when Marcus reaches for him instead.
Clockwork Tangerine was last modified: February 20th, 2014 by GGR-Review