Noble Metals was my first m/m steampunk book and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It was a fast-paced and interesting adventure with two great lead characters. Robert is currently working in a brothel as a bartender and a prostitute. When a handsome stranger comes in one night looking for someone to go north with him Robert quickly offers to go. The other man, Dr. John Fauth, is on his way to Klondike, not to look for gold like the other men, but to look for platinum. John is a scientist with a lot to lose if he can't find the platinum he needs to finish his experiments. The two men head out together on a dangerous adventure that leads not only to the nobel metals but to friendship and love.
This story was set in the late 1800's during the gold rush to Klondike. The steampunk component comes into play as there were all kinds of interesting machines and John is working on inventing a communication device that will show sound and the person's picture. It sounded very much like Skype. Both Robert and John were great characters and they really clicked together. You could tell from their first scenes together they were going to be a good couple. They were loving without being too sweet and their sex scenes were done well.
I thought the book moved along at a quick pace and it was an easy but fun read. I liked the steampunk part of it a lot and as I've already said I really liked the two main characters. I am looking forward to when the next book comes out in the series and I will definitely continue with this series.
Ever since Robert Belton gambled away the money to stake his claim in the Klondike gold fields, he’s been stranded in Seattle working as a prostitute. When an attractive customer needs help hauling provisions to the frozen north, Robert eagerly volunteers.
Dr. John Fauth is only searching for one thing, and it isn’t gold. He needs platinum for the prototypes of his revolutionary inventions, and if he doesn’t find it in the Klondike, his university career—and his research—is over.
Getting to the Klondike is a grueling, dangerous journey, and just hours after leaving Seattle, John and Robert find themselves in over their heads. John is carrying an invaluable device that his competitors will do anything to get their hands on. And as the cold nights and mutual desire pull John and Robert closer together, they discover that they have much more to lose than gold or platinum.
(Publisher's Note: This book was previously published by a different press; it has since been edited extensively and expanded by over 10,000 words.)