ARC Review : Broken Promises by J.K. Coi


October 3, 2012 by thebookslayer

Broken Promises by J.K. Coi

Former ballerina Callie Carlisle is determined to rebuild her life with her new mechanical limbs. She’s just learned to accept the enhancements that saved her from certain death when she experiences uncontrollable twinges and flashes of light that obscure her vision. Terrified of literally falling apart, she resists telling her husband. Jasper’s already vowed to keep her out of harm, and she doesn’t want to worry him further.

When the War Office’s General Black arrives with an urgent mission—rescue the doctor who created Callie’s enhancements—she has no choice but to accept. A rogue agent and former patient of the scientist believes the biomechanical modifications he received are killing him, and he’s out for revenge.

Callie must reach the doctor before it’s too late. But with an overprotective Jasper at her side, and her alarming symptoms getting more frequent, will she be able to hold herself together long enough to save the doctor…and herself?

Steampunk BABY! You know me and I love Steampunk. I have to say that this book was a quick, tasty read.

Broken Promises happens to be the second book in the Seasons of Invention series, however, I skipped over the first book and went straight to this one. I have to say that after reading it, I found it to be a stand alone. Yes, I am sure that I would have learned more details about their past together and separate but it did not hinder the story. I was able to get the full picture thanks to the author allowing past scenes or mentioning past events throughout.

We start off with Callie packing up her dance studio. She has recovered from an accident that has left her with robotic legs from around the knee down, also a robotic arm and eye.

“But that wasn’t going to happen. She was no longer the famous Calliandra, prima ballerina. This was the studio of a woman who didn’t exist anymore . . . and the person who’d taken her place had been avoiding it too long.

Which is why she’d come here. To face her past before the servants took everything down. It was time to embrace the future.”

We learn that Callie was a prima ballerina until that fateful day when her husbands work caught up with him and leaked into Callie’s life.

Jasper or used to be Colonel Carlisle (C.C.) for British intelligence until Callie’s accident. He has supported his wife at every turn and only wants to see her happy.

Progress is slow but steady until General Black shows up with a “proposition”. He demands that Callie go on a mission to find Captain Dunsmoor who has gone rogue or defective. Captain Dunsmoor has also had changes made to him like Callie and the nanities that were injected in him and others have gone defective. Needless to say he is on a killing spree and must be stopped.

“What are these nanites doing to the people they have infected?”


Her heart lurched. He made it sound as if she were diseased. Perhaps she might even need to be put down, like they’d done to his stallion three summers ago when it had suffered from botulism.”

Jasper refuses to let his wife go without him so he volunteers as well and the journey begins.

There were :


“I suppose it will be much faster to travel this way,” she said, resigned.


He’d hoped disconnecting the timer would simply stop the process altogether, but Callie could be right. He couldn’t take the chance.

Renewed Friendships

She turned to Patrick, glad to see him looking much healthier than he had in the hospital in Manchester some months ago, although there were deep circles around his eyes and he was still too thin.

Rough Hot Sex

She tightened her legs around him. Every one of his driving thrusts slammed her against the wall. Her breasts bounced. Her heart pounded. The tremors of her climax startled her with their suddenness and intensity  tearing her apart and throwing her back just in time for his next thrust to start her going all over again until he followed her into the whirlwind of sensation with a gritted shout.


& a Dr. Jekyll (Dr.Helmholtz)

“It’s true he has delved more deeply into his research and accepts fewer specific cases. There are certainly restrictions, and we have less of the comforts of home.”

All mixed up in this deliciously dark book. 

I don’t want to give the whole book away so I will stop there. Just know that there is plenty of suspense, action and romance for all.

My favorite quote between Callie and Jasper was :

“I doubt you’ve ever done anyone’s bidding.”

“Only yours, my love,” Those tempting lips turned up in a teasing grin, making her melt inside. “It helps when you’re naked in my arms. I’ll gladly do whatever wicked thing you desire in the heat of passion.”

She smiled. “I’ll keep that in mind.”

Why did it get a 4.5 and not 5 stars?

There seemed to be a few inconsistencies such as the fact that Callie pointed out to Jasper not to disconnect the bomb even though Jasper was the one who worked for British Intelligence. It was just a few little things like that, that dropped the rating slightly down.

Overall, I would say that this is one Steampunk book you do not want to miss out on. As mentioned before it has a little bit of everything all wrapped up in a bite size novel. If this book was chocolate it would be Dark, bittersweet and good for you health. ;o)

Recommendation : If you are looking for a fast paced, dark Steampunk novel snatch this one up. It will keep you interested from beginning to end with plenty of steam to go around.
Rated : 

I want to say thank you to NetGalley and Carina Press for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review.


One thought on “ARC Review : Broken Promises by J.K. Coi

  1. Nice! I didn’t know this was part of a series, I have a copy of this book too and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. Thanks for the reminder.t

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