Iron Dominance ~ Cari Silverwood

  • Title: Iron Dominance
  • Author: Cari Silverwood
  • Series: Steamwork Chronicles #1
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Steam Punk
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewed by: Soo
  • Rating: 3 out of 5

Description:  Raised from childhood as an assassin, Claire finds her world knocked off kilter when Theo Kevonis, a rich, ex-Air Corp nobleman, rescues her from an airship crash. Being a soldier of a hostile nation she cannot reveal her identity, but Theo sinks his steely Dom fingers into her heart and soul, showing her the pleasures to be found in surrendering to his touch. Captivated, Claire cannot help but bind herself in lie after lie rather than risk losing the one man who’s ever loved her.
When her loathsome commander returns from the dead, her deceit is uncovered. Somehow, Claire must find a way to win back Theo’s trust and destroy the man who threatens them both.


Review:  No one plans on having a surprise attack be the saving grace that changes life forever. Claire is one of the few survivors of the crash. A connection forms between Claire and Theo as soon as they meet. A mixture of curiosity, desire and an infinite need to hold another in submission.

At first, the story reads like a dashing, seductive romance with a strong leading man and an inexperienced young woman. Here is every man’s fantasy. An exotically, beautiful young woman with golden eyes and a natural submissive nature. The lonely, loveless girl yearns for a firm hand and a place to belong. She’s found both in a man who towers over her, watches her with stark gray eyes, and commands her to things that she’s never thought to do in manners she’s never imagined possible.

I coo’ed the first handful of love scenes and the beginning of Claire’s lessons in D/s lifestyle. Theo had her in the palm of his hand–literally! She spent the first part of their exchange as a captive in his house and it was made clear at every encounter who is in charge.

The story lost me at the bear event, and the way Theo reacted to Claire trying to save the bear and the men from harm. It felt out of character for Theo to respond that with such passionate negativity.

The steamiest scene was the byplay on the aircraft! Being on the cross and over a clear glass. It must have been like flying without the wind whipping along the body.

I had a hard time falling back into the rhythm of the story and going along with Claire & Theo’s D/s relationship. It didn’t feel as genuine.

The outfits are outlandishly sexy! I love the buckles jacket and the black pearl corset. The steam punk vehicles and aircraft sound intriguing. Although the descriptions were a bit off and I wasn’t able to clearly draw a picture in my mind.

Dankyo is amusing! I hope there’s more of him in the series.

The story is a sensual, erotic dream with a grand power play. I would have grinned and stayed delighted from start to finish if the dream had not been darkened by the story falling out of sync. I’m curious to see what’s next!

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