Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden
Series: Steam and Seduction #1
Published by Berkley Sensation on November 5, 2013
Genres: Historical, Romance, Steampunk
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A Spy. An Airship. And a Broken Heart.
After losing her husband to a rogue French agent, Charlotte Moncrieffe wants to make her mark in international espionage. And what could be better for recovering secret long-lost documents from the Palais Garnier than her stealth dirigible, Gossamer Wing? Her spymaster father has one condition: He won’t send her to Paris without an ironclad cover.
Dexter Hardison prefers inventing to politics, but his title as Makesmith Baron and his formidable skills make him an ideal husband-imposter for Charlotte. And the unorthodox undercover arrangement would help him in his own field of discovery.
But from Charlotte and Dexter’s marriage of convenience comes a distraction—a passion that complicates an increasingly dangerous mission. For Charlotte, however, the thought of losing Dexter also opens her heart to a thrilling new future of love and adventure.
Welcome back to Clean Up Week at Books, Life & Wine! Today we are getting rid of Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden because…well…to be honest, I was bored.
So. I have seriously enjoyed a decent handful of Delphine Dryden’s work. In fact, Ms Dryden was my first “real” BDSM focused Romance – When in Rio. Before reading When in Rio, my only exposure to BDSM was “science fantasy” BSDM (i.e. Bound to Trust) and while I enjoyed the silliness of Bound to Trust, it IS silly while When is Rio is much more realistic.
I also greatly enjoyed The Theory of Attraction and simply fell in love with Ivan. So when I saw the blurb for Gossamer Wing, I quickly plunked down my money for a pre-order…and when I pre-order, I pre-order a DTB edition if at all possible. So on 03-Nov-2013 I received my MMPB copy of Gossamer Wing.
And I started the day it arrived…only to put it down because I was bored shitless. I didn’t really care about the characters due to the pace of the book – it was so slow but without any real character development happening. I didn’t feel the characters developed during my (admittedly short) time reading…nor did I feel any chemistry between the two.
So it sat.
Until I decided to push myself by placing it in the bathroom. I mean, I was bound to get stuck in there for periods of time and become a “captive audience.” I was sure this would help me get to the interesting parts of Gossamer Wing.
Instead, I discovered I would rather sit and twiddle my thumbs instead of force myself to read Gossamer Wing. 🙁 I would NOT read Gossamer Wing when I became a “captive audience.” In fact, I got irritated every time I saw the [beautiful] cover. And I would see that cover a lot. I kept Gossamer Wing in the sink drawer and I would see it every time I opened that drawer! Need a band-aid? See Gossamer Wing. Need a Tylenol? See Gossamer Wing. Acccck!
Eventually, Gossamer Wing was shoved to the back of the sink drawer…never to see the light of day until 2016…when I decided to officially DNF it.
I did try to give it another change here in 2016. I lasted a total of maybe 3 pages. I would rather eat this book than read it at this point in time. I have ZERO interest in the very boring activity happening in this very boring book.
So. It’s official! After 2 years and 7 months, I’m finally calling it. Gossamer Wing has finally been put out of my misery.