A love story, with engineering. Hope and the Patient Man by Mike Reeves-McMillan #steampunk

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Hope and the Patient Man

The Gryphon Clerks

Written by Mike Reeves-McMillan

Genre: Steampunk

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When a promising date ends in head trauma and ruined trousers, Hope must confront the curse she accidentally placed on herself at the end of her first relationship. But can she do so while also qualifying as a Senior Mage, solving the mystery of her parents' toxic marriage, and helping two awkward friends communicate - all while periodically blacking out?

A love story, with engineering. About - and for - smart, nerdy women and the men who adore them.

Content warning: While it does not depict sex directly, this book does contain "adult situations" and what one reader has described as "delicate eroticism". If you are uncomfortable with these elements, this isn't the book for you.

Place in the series: This is a direct sequel to Hope and the Clever Man and picks up where that book leaves off, but it can be read as a standalone.

An excerpt from

Hope and the Patient Man


Here's what

Fans are saying

about the first book


A well-deserved five-star review!

It is so delightful to read a book where the author takes care with the mechanics of writing and the finer points of world building. I felt the world was carefully crafted, and because of that the world was believable.

Even though this isn't what I normally read, I would read more from this author, and do so happily knowing that I was in the hands of a writer who isn't just vomiting words on the page, but is a writer who cares about the craft of writing, the story, and the readers. More, please!

This novel has grabbed me the same way Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series did. I think by the end of the book you will see a land with more stories to be told.

Author Bio

Mike Reeves-McMillan

Mike Reeves-McMillan has a black belt, which holds up his trousers. He's not sure why authors make such a big deal of these, but they are certainly convenient, trouserwise. 

For someone with an English degree, he's spent a surprising amount of time wearing a hard hat. He's also studied ritualmaking, hypnotherapy and health science. 

He writes strange worlds that people want to live in. He himself lives in Auckland, New Zealand, surrounded by trees.