Steam & Spurs - Johnny Stone

*Book source ~ Many thanks to Pink Flamingo for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.


Johnny Stone is a rough and gruff old-school Texan who has been through the grinder over his 50-some years. Once a soldier fighting for the Republic of Texas and later a Texas Ranger he’s now a bounty hunter picking and choosing the jobs he wants. When he agrees to go to Uranus to find and bring home the son of his client and he boards the airship the H.M.S Dreaming Star he has no idea he’s about to learn something completely new about himself. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?


This steampunk story was a little different than the other ones I’ve read. Airships in this book can go into space and when in space it’s not much different than sailing the ocean. People can open portholes or go up on deck without dying from lack of oxygen in the vacuum of space. So, a bit of a departure from traditional sci-fi. It’s hard to wrap my brain around, but if I could breathe in space then I might just go on that Mars expedition instead of staying firmly where oxygen is in abundance.


The writing is very good, the characters are well-developed, the plot is interesting and the BDSM scenes are hot, hot, hot. There’s a scene towards the end that reminded me of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean. It was very entertaining! The only problems I had were some editing issues (punctuation problems and several instances of homophones) and the ending was left a bit up in the air. Will there be more of Johnny & Rainia?