In a history very different from our own, the Civil War rages on in Texas. Zeppelins fill the air, steam power vehicles battle horses for space on the roads and bodies lay strewn through the wreckage of the Sisters of the Merciful Truth Convent, innocent victims of a local turf war. Three sisters, raised in the convent, emerge from the horror to find their lives of family and devotion over, and their separate lives of crime about to begin.
In lawless times, where faith and love battle doubt and hate, Justice now sees the world from behind the barrel of a gun. She falls in with a handsome and mysterious miscreant as she attempts to carve a place in the ruined world and search for her lost sisters. But when her life of crime catches up to her, Justice will learn the meaning of true love, and family ties.
As Justice walked down the dark hallway toward the back exit, a hand shot out of the darkness and grabbed her arm. She yelped, but she had her gun pointed into the shadows before the sound of her fear died away.
She cleared her throat.“You’d better come into the light and state your intent,” she said harshly. “I don’t kill for nothing, but if I feel threatened that’s not nothing to me, buddy.”
A masculine chuckle, sinfully sexy, emerged from the darkness.
“I’d put that down. I don’t kill women, but I hear you’re as tough as any man is and you kill just as quick.” When he spoke, his voice was rich like warm brandy and soft as velvet. It made Justice suddenly very aware that she was a woman. “I guess I could make an exception for you, but it’d be a helluva waste, Beauty, so let’s put our weapons down.”
“I’ll show you mine if you show me yours,” Justice replied, hand on her gun. “I can’t see you in the darkness. How can I trust you?”
He chuckled again. She hadn’t imagined it, the man sounded like sex. Justice was still a virgin, but she had certainly heard and seen enough, running with her rough crowd, to understand the complex mechanics of the act. If done right, it could be a very nice time. She just hadn’t found a man who could touch her heart. She had held that part of herself apart from who she had become. She had also held out the hope that if she died pure of body, it might balance out the unclean life she lead.
The voice stepped forward, and Justice had to back up. Close up, the man was even taller then she had thought when he had stood next to Jimmy. Life hadn’t been soft for him, his body was a machine made of sinew and muscle and he didn’t have an ounce to spare.
“Why did you grab me?” Justice demanded. Her voice sounded soft and uncertain to her own ears.
His bright blue eyes crinkled charmingly and his row of white teeth was bright in the darkness. His smile was wicked, but it made his face even more handsome. Justice was tempted to move the lock of thick dark brown hair out of his face, but she managed to restrain herself.
“I have a very profitable proposition for you. I’d like you to help me rob a train. Just the two of us, less people to split the profits with, are you in?”
“How do you think the two of us can pull it off?” Justice balked, “I’ve never been involved in a robbery with less than four people!”
“You, little lady, will be able to walk right up to the gold. We won’t even have to draw our guns.”
“I’m not crazy. I’ll even buy your train ticket.”
“I’m a wanted woman. I can’t very well stroll onto a train. There are wanted posters everywhere, with my picture all over them.”
“I’ve seen those pictures, sweetness. You in that lovely hat and that lovely trench coat, with your hair up under your hat? You look like a young man in the posters, not a woman. You could easily board a train in a respectable dress and loose hair. Not a single passenger would suspect you. I’ll even buy you a nice dress. What do you say?”
“You’re not a lawman, right?”
His laugh was loud and honest.
“Honey, I’ve been called a lot of things but ‘lawman’ isn’t one of them. You’d know who I am if you went north to Montana. My wanted posters out number yours two to one. I’m not exactly a law abiding citizen.”
“I need to think about this. I’m no coward, but I’m no fool and it’s a ballsy plan,” Justice told him. “I’ll be at the boarding house down the street until Friday. Come see me Friday morning and I’ll give you my answer.” She ended with a curt nod. As she left the alley she realized she had never even asked Sexy his name. It made her grit her teeth at her own stupidity. How was she supposed to investigate a nameless man?
Posted by Unknown on 14th Aug 2013
I really wanted to read this book the moment I read the blurb. This book is a great fantasy, steampunk. Three women in a convent in a wild west setting are captured, one raped and beaten when there town is attacked. They all go threw hell to survive but are forced apart and spend the new few years searching for each other. Wild west guns, taverns, and motorcycles, how cool is that!
I really feel in love with these characters. They're survivors and so well rounded that I wanted to read more about them. Steel, our bad boy, not such a hero was great. He was sexy and hot and of course, a bad boy. The only issues I had was how rushed the book was. One moment she spoke about never giving up her virginity and the next moment she's giving it up to a virtual stranger. However, the book was still really entertaining and wonderful.
Fallen Angels by Ashlynn Monroe was a great read from beginning to end!
Posted by Unknown on 17th Apr 2012
Reeling from the shooting, Justice hears her remaining sister screaming in the rectory. She runs in to the kitchen where her sister , Purity, is being raped. She shoots him dead. Men from the Family come to the rescue to clean up the remaining invaders. Justice feels extreme guilt from killing the men.
Four years later, Texas has changed. The rebels had taken control of Galveston on New Year’s Eve in 1863. The remaining sisters, now Fallen Angels, are living there. Purity is now a dance hall girl and prostitute. Justice has become a gunslinger. Their sister, Grace, is still missing. During their escape, she was kidnapped.
Justice lives for finding her sister. She has a lead that Grace may be in Santa Fe. Purity is angry with both sisters and doesn’t want to help anyone. She just wants to drown herself in drink.
A mysterious man makes Justice a proposition that she doesn’t know if she can refuse. He has a plan for robbing a train that he thinks can’t fail. Will Justice find her sister? Who is this mysterious stranger? Should she help him with the train robbery? Why is she so attracted to him? Will the Fallen Angels ever find peace?
Steam punk is a difficult genre to write in. Like all science fiction, the world needs to be set up for the reader in a way that it is easy to understand. I think this was a valiant attempt but it was just too short and too much going on. The time sequences with flashbacks and current time are also a bit confusing. If you like steam punk it is a good try, but if you aren’t very familiar with the genre it will be a bit confusing.
Posted by Amanda on 5th Nov 2010
This story was fast paced and very nicely told. I read in one sitting because I just had to know what happened. I'll be watching this Author for her next release!
Posted by Bella on 1st Nov 2010
In this Steampunk history of Texas, a Civil War battles on and unprincipled men attack a convent killing all but three sisters. These three sisters leave what used to be the protection of the convent and make their lives on their own, unfortunately separating in the process.
Each sister attaches herself to a life of crime in one way, shape, or form. One sister, Justice, has made robbery her life. She agrees to one more robbery in order to have the funds to look for her other two sisters. But she never expected to fall for the mysterious man who brings her into his world for her last heist. Then, the law gets the best of her and she quickly learns the things that really matter.
Ashlynn Monroe has written an action-packed tale of outlaws, lost innocence and love found when least expected. Interestingly enough, this is the first time I've ever read a Steampunk story. And yet, I was intrigued by the mix of funky technology and Wild West ambiance. At first, I thought the main character, Justice, and her sisters, Purity and Grace, were named so as religious sisters. But even after leaving the convent, these women maintained their allegorical names which made them all the more magnetic.
Jeremiah is an unlikely hero. As instigator for the train heist, one isn't sure if he's honorable or just another man in this war torn time, looking out for number one. But his actions prove that he may be just what Justice needs in her life. Toward the end of the story, things got a little hairy, making me wonder if they'd experience a future much less a happily ever after. But Ms. Monroe navigates the intricacies of the plot with ease and I'll only say that readers should reach the end of the story, as I did, thoroughly satisfied.
Posted by LynnMarie on 29th Oct 2010
There is love, action, adventure and plenty of genuine emotion in this Steam Punk romance. I loved the twists and turns and especially, Justice. She’s tough, but honest and true to her feelings. Her love for her sisters and the man that torments her thoughts is well described.
Ashlynn Monroe has written a book about overcoming adversity, maintaining family ties, and the meaning of true love. If you’re interested in trying out this popular new sub-genre of romance, or just like a good read with engaging characters and a good story, then Fallen Angels is a book you must try.