Steel Dominance is the third book in my Steamworks Chronicles. The first one, Iron Dominance, won Best Erotic Steampunk 2011 at The Romance Reviews. Iron Dominance is also where Dankyo, my hero in Steel Dominance, first appears and where he discovers his desire to dominate his women.
To quote a Goodreads reviewer, A.R. Von – Dankyo is “amazingly hot, sophisticated, intimidating, desirable and mysterious.” Which sounds good to me, but I’d throw in military and strict too. He also reminded her of a more intense and sexy Bruce Lee. I’m not telling Dankyo that one as the man has an ego the size of an airship.
This book is set in the vast and imaginary steampunk Byzantine Empire. There are mysteries, murders, political intrigue, and a mish mash of other things such as BDSM relationship dynamics, some clockwork spiders with graffiti on their little minds, and the puzzle of the Clockwork Warrior.
Here’s a little excerpt to hint at the naughtiness Dankyo and Sofia get up to…
The bow viewing lounge with its three long reinforced windows was crowded with eager passengers. Dankyo had found them a spot at the front and stood behind her, his body up close, his chest pushing at her when he inhaled, and his palms heavy on her shoulders. She’d have protested and stepped away, but there was nowhere to go and no way to do it without seeming strange.
So instead Sofia breathed in and out with little tight movements, watched the scenery go by, and dug her nails into her skin.
Scenery, watch the scenery.
Ahead was the city of Byzantium with the crosses and domes of churches and mosques lacerating the sky, and farther to the right was a slithery silver hint of the Bosporus. Beyond that, just visible on the opposite bank, were some of the taller buildings of the rival Ottoman city. Centuries of off-and-on sieges had left Byzantium with stout metal walls shaping its outskirts, and they shone with gold and silver in the afternoon sun as if they intended to flare into molten incandescence at sundown.
A loudspeaker came on. “Time for disembarkation in twenty minutes. Passengers are advised to have their baggage in order.”
People either side of them moved away, and when only a few were left and Dankyo hadn’t said a word, she made to follow them. He stopped her. His hands tightened on her neck, and he shifted behind her until his lower body pressed into her buttocks.
Then he nipped her ear and spoke in a warm, rumbling tenor. His breath carried his words in deep to curl inside her mind and paralyze her with their power.
“This is Byzantium, where slaves do as their Masters bid them. Where no one will know if you surrender yourself to me. Not your friends; not your family.” As he spoke, he slid one hand down her front, following the curve of her breast, then lower, until the flat of his hand rested on her belly. He pulled her back against him, gentle but sure.
“Sofia, will you let me take you to the edge and beyond?”
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Dankyo and Sofia have many hot scenes, but there’s a hefty dose of violence mixed in with the BDSM and the sex, and the scheming of the bad guys. The emperor of Byzantium loves getting his own way, and has a habit of eliminating those who get underfoot. He rewards his assassin, Xiang, by giving her people she’d like to kill. And Xiang has a decades old need for revenge against Dankyo.
A brilliant researcher, Sofia must unravel the ancient puzzle of the Clockwork Warrior or her career will be in tatters. Yet the tomb of the warrior is in the dangerous city of Byzantium, inside the harem of the Emperor. She knew she’d have to pose as a slave – but not that her “owner” would be the incredibly bossy, gorgeous bodyguard she’s been assigned.
A life of military duty has left Dankyo unprepared for Sofia. He’s never met a woman quite like this. She’s smart and beautiful, and she’s something that he’s finding almost irresistible – despite the way she fights against masquerading as his slave, she’s submissive right down to the bottom of her soul. And that’s bringing out every dominant instinct in his body.
But even as he realizes she’s captured his heart, the city explodes into madness. Surviving seems impossible. Can love and a Dom who will never give up overcome sheer bloody-minded evil?
My favorite review quotes have got to be from Nix, at Scorching Book Reviews:
“This trilogy has been one of the most fascinating BDSM series that I have come across. Shying away from the BDSM-club trope, Cari Silverwood blends BDSM with Steam-Punk in an erotic suspense novel that blew me away. None of these books are easy reads; they are complicated, innovative tales that are unlike anything that I have read in the erotic genre.”
“There is A LOT of sex in this book. From the scene where Danyko has to take her to the orgy at the beginning of the tale (which is sinfully hot) right through to some MFM and FF action, there really is something for every taste … This is a BDSM book at heart; there is spanking with hands and belts, anal play, FF action, ménage action, restraints, sex-toy play, some lovely water scenes and some fantasy play. I loved it.”
Link to full review HERE!
Here’s a second excerpt that shows how much they love each other at the start of this story. Yes, that was sarcasm.
The door clicked shut behind her, and Dankyo strode past. He sat on the bed, making it dip and creak, and crossed his legs, showing black socks above his black shoes. As if she wasn’t ready to strangle, emasculate, and claw him to pieces, he unlatched his suitcase, pulled out a revolver, and proceeded to check its mechanisms.
The pistol made her pause only a second. He wasn’t going to shoot her. “If that’s for me to kill you, I don’t need it. My fingernails will do.”
He grunted and unloaded, then reloaded the gun.
Two sleeping places.
Wrong, wrong, wrong. Alarms rang in her head. “Um…” She almost didn’t want the answer. “Where are you sleeping?”
“Here.” He raised one eyebrow. “I’m here. You are there.” He pointed at the bedroll.
When she only frowned and pulled a face, he added. “Again, you are pretending to be a slave. I can’t do otherwise. There’s no other room in any case. And there are servants and passengers here. I trust no one.”
So she had to sleep in the same room as him? As this gargantuan man with muscles like rocks and a body as wide as a river barge? Surreptitiously, she flicked an assessing look over Dankyo. He was nicely built. Her mother would no doubt approve. God. Snap out of it. Stop drooling. My boyfriends, when I have them, are far less…dangerous than this.
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Here’s a link to my books page on my website where there are buylinks such as one to Amazon, and you can also find a longer excerpt:
If you’re curious about my next book release, it’s a contemporary erotic romance that skirts dubious consent and explores the idea of capture fantasy from a new angle.
Blurb for “Take Me, Break Me”:
Jodie is scraping the barrel trying to stay afloat. An idea arrives that could rescue her finances and bring her together in a kinky way with a man she never gave up on. She’s terrified and fascinated, and tempted as hell.
Capture fantasies rule her eBook. Re-enacting one in a documentary would surely be irresistible viewing to millions of women?
But Jodie and Klaus discover that underneath an ordinary man dark desires may lurk. What will win in the end? The man and lover, or the monster?
Out March 7th from Amazon, Smashwords, All Romance Ebooks.
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