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Romancing the Inventor

Parlormaid seeks scientist!

From New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger comes a delightful lesbian Victorian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing an imprisoned cross-dressing inventor.


Imogene Hale is a lowly parlormaid with a soul-crushing secret. Desperate to understand her own desires, she takes work at a local vampire hive, only to fall in love with the amazing lady inventor the vampires have imprisoned in their potting shed.


Genevieve Lefoux is heartsick, lonely, brilliant, and French. With culture, class, and the lady herself set against the match, can Imogene and her duster win Genevieve’s heart, or will the vampires suck both of them dry?

Set in Carriger’s popular steampunk Parasolverse, it’s full of class prejudice, elusive equations, and paranormal creatures taking tea. Perfect for those who enjoy Jenny Frame or Sarah Waters only bonus light hearted supernatural element. If Jane Austen dated Gentlemen Jack this charming stand-alone lesbian romance would be it.

Supernatural Society stories can be read in any order, but if you’re a stickler, this book falls in between the Parasol Protectorate series and the Custard Protocol series. Want more ladies in love from Gail? Try Competence. Meet Imogene and Genevieve again in Reticence.

Delicate Sensibilities?

This story contains women pleasing women and ladies who know what they want and pursue it, sometimes in exquisite detail.

Want another lesbian romance written by Gail, try Competence.


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Romancing the Inventor was an Amazon and Locus bestseller.

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Praise for Romancing the Inventor

“Romancing the Inventor is such an incredibly sweet, slow build romance and I totally fell for both of the main characters.”

Feeling Fictional

“I have needed a lesbian romantic comedy for ages and I finally got one so cute and romantic I’m pretty sure it has given me diabetes.... Romancing the Inventor has set the tone for a whole series with its sometimes light and fluffy, sometimes rather serious, and always tongue-in-cheek, storytelling. It has also really raised my expectations for Queer romantic comedy and having been given a taste I would like plenty more please.”

Are There Lesbians?

“It’s a wonderful story with two characters who are more than a match for each other. The combination is electric and sure to please.”

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