by Cecilia Dominic
The scientific method: Love doesn’t obey it. Secrets skew the results.
Renowned aetherist Edward Bailey has a strict routine built on scientific predictability. Any deviation short circuits his carefully cultivated balance.
At a faculty meeting, the beautiful Iris McTavish appears in her famous archaeologist father’s place, and Edward is forced to accompany her on an undercover expedition to find an ancient element that will harness aether’s power.
Iris is determined to prove her worth as a scholar and save the financially ruined house of McTavish. But keeping her secret is difficult when she’s faced with Edward’s compelling gaze and unrelenting logic.
Amid clockwork spy devices and threats from a mysterious order who want to keep their secrets, Edward and Iris’s attraction sparks. But betrayal awaits them, and the discovery they seek could grind their hearts to pieces.