Feb 10, 2016

DeeJay Reviews: EROS ELEMENT by @RandomOenophile

Eros Element
by Cecilia Dominic

Genre: Steampunk (19th Century)
Series: Aether Psychics #1
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Format: eBook 
Source: Provided by CBB Promotions and the author in exchange for an honest review

If love is the ivy, secrets are the poison.

Aether Psychics, Book 1 After enduring heartbreak at the hands of a dishonest woman, Edward Bailey lives according to scientific principles of structure and predictability. Just the thought of stepping outside his strict routine raises his anxiety.

Adding to his discomfort is Iris McTavish, who appears at his school’s faculty meeting in place of her world-famous archeologist father. Worse, the two of them are to pose as Grand Tourists while they search for an element that will help harness the power of aether. 

Iris jumps at the opportunity to prove her worth as a scholar—and avoid an unwanted marriage proposal—while hiding the truth of her father’s whereabouts. If her secret gets out, the house of McTavish will fall into ruin.

Quite unexpectedly, Edward and Iris discover a growing attraction as their journey takes them to Paris and Rome, where betrayal, blackmail and outright theft threaten to destroy what could be a revolutionary discovery—and break their hearts.

Warning: Allergen alert! This book was produced in a facility that handles copious amounts of wine, tea and baked goods. May contain one or more of the following: a spirited heroine, a quirky hero, clever banter, interesting facts both made-up and historical, and lots of secrets. It is, however, gluten free.

You say Steampunk and I'll always come a' callin'. That was this case with this book and for the most part, I'm glad I read it.

I loved the plethora of characters (the more the merrier). Edward was my favorite (I love dorks and brainy nerdism is super sexy). He was adorable, especially in the beginning with all of his little quirks. He was a bit of a stiff, but it was nice to see him kind of unwind as the story progressed. I always like female MCs to be feisty so I liked Iris right away. She was stubborn and hard-headed but in all the right ways. At times I felt kind of sorry for her with her personal situation, but overall, I thought she was a great lead character. Edward and Iris's blooming romance was darling to watch unfold. It took time to develop so the wait was excruciating but well worth it. There's much more to come for them as far as I can tell. I HATED Jeremy Scott and wasn't at all upset with how he ended up. Johan was hilarious and added just the right amount comic relief to the story. So overall, a great mix of characters.

I loved all the Steampunk elements and all magic surrounding them. I felt the world created was pretty good and I enjoyed reading about it. It was also a well-written book and that was a big thing for me. But a huge downside for me was the pacing. It was incredibly slow and that just made it really hard for me to finish. Pacing is like the biggest thing for me in fantasy type books and this one dragged on unnecessarily. So even though the plot is worthy of four stars, the pacing and over explanation of every single thing that happened really bogged down the experience for me. Otherwise, this is a good read.

I recommend this book to fantasy and steampunk lovers but beware, the pacing is slow and though the plot of this book is tied up, there are a lot of things that are left up in the air. I can't say its a cliff hanger ending but you can definitely tell the story isn't over. So be prepared going in that this is a series with a lot more story to tell.

Other books in the Aether Psychics series

Cecilia Dominic wrote her first story when she was two years old and has always had a much more interesting life inside her head than outside of it. She became a clinical psychologist because she's fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn't stop writing fiction. The first draft of her dissertation, while not fiction, was still criticized by her major professor for being written in too entertaining a style. She made it through graduate school and got her PhD, started her own practice, and by day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction she hopes will keep her readers turning the pages all night. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she's been told, is a good number of each. She also enjoys putting her psychological expertise to good use helping other authors through her Characters on the Couch blog post series.

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To buy her books, you can get them in trade paper and all ebook formats from Samhain Publishing.


  1. Thank you for the review and for participating in the blog hop!

    If anyone would like to check out Eros Element on sale, Samhain Publishing is having a 40% off sale this week for Valentine's Day: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5545/eros-element

  2. Thank you for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!


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