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  • Series: A Novel of the Iron Seas (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780425243305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425243305
  • ASIN: 0425243303
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rising star Brook has created two completely mesmerizing characters whose journeys in this gritty and treacherous world make for heart-stopping fun!" (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!) --RT BookReviews

About the Author

Award-winning author Meljean Brook has published eight novels in her Guardians paranormal romance series and Iron Seas steampunk romance series. She lives in Oregon.

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Meljean was raised in the middle of the woods, and hid under her blankets at night with fairy tales, comic books, and romances. She left the forest and went on a misguided tour through the world of accounting before focusing on her first loves, reading and writing-and she realized that monsters, superheroes, and happily-ever-afters are easily found between the covers, as well as under them, so she set out to make her own.

Meljean lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

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Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook
Paranormal Romance -Nov 1st, 2011
4 stars

This fresh continuation of the author's Steampunk series is playful, outrageous, and inventive.

Yasmeen is the tough and audacious mercenary captain of the Lady Corsair. Her latest passenger, the irritating if charming rogue and treasure hunter, Archimedas Fox died on her last flight. Feeling somewhat remorseful, she decides to visit his sister, Zenobia but finds Zenobia in danger. After quickly dispatching the miscreant, she tells Zenobia her brother is dead. For Yasmeen is in possession of a rare di Vinci sketch that he left behind and offers Zenobia a percentage of the sale. A strange generosity for a woman who is known to be utterly ruthless. But Yasmeen is assuaging her conscience, for she was actually responsible for Archimedas's death. But on her way back to her ship, she finds herself followed and drugged...

Archimedas admires the cunning captain and actually still has bit of a crush on her but that doesn't mean he will let her take his sketch, especially since he is deeply in debt and needs it to recoup his losses. After tailing Yasmeen, he tries to persuade her to return it. But the addition of others who also want the sketch complicates matters, and when Yasmeen's ship is burned the stakes only get higher. Will these two adventurers find love, the sketch, and stay alive to enjoy it all?

This was a playful even amusing book to read. Yasmeen doesn't take anyone's crap. I liked her brash confidence and can-do, no nonsense attitude. I felt that she and the hero could accomplish anything. She is a strong willed woman but unwillingly finds herself being persuaded and charmed by Archimedas even as she knows not to completely trust him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle-aholic VINE VOICE on March 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
So far I've read and enjoyed everything in Brook's Iron Seas: the novel Iron Duke and the two novellas. The fun kept on going with book 2, although it is a very different story from what has come before it.

There is still a lot of action, but it is a lot less intense than the first book. Also, no Alpha-hero, which I really liked. There tends to be lots of Alphas in the PNR world - kind of nice to have a strong hero who didn't need to be in control all the time. Yasmeen (and yes, I have a girl-crush on Yasmeen cause she kicks butt) would NEVER do well with a Rhys or Eben. She also wouldn't do well with someone who needed her to order them around. Instead, she needs someone who doesn't need to order her around, accepts her for who she is, and be willing to back her up. She begins the story believing that this man doesn't exist.

Enter Archimedes Fox famous explorer and hero of several popular novels, last seen in Iron Duke when Yasmeen dropped him overboard in zombie-infested Venice. Archimedes is not an Alpha. He doesn't want to give orders, doesn't want to take them either. He prefers doing things his own way. And he is captivated by Yasmeen. He would have to be to not be in a killing frenzy over their last meeting. There is some history between them, and they do play some cat and mouse in the beginning before teaming up.

This one has some steam, but there is definitely a slow-burn getting there. I did really like how the relationship developed. There is action, but I was never really worried about the characters, just looking forward to how they would eventually triumph. Probably very similar to one of Archimedes' "best selling books". I was a little surprised by how easy some parts were for them, but overall I still enjoyed it.

It was a fun read and I'll be looking forward to the next Iron Seas adventure. If you liked the world-building in Iron Duke, but not so much the Alpha-hero or intensity, you might like this one better.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
*2.5 Stars*

I'm sad to say that this is probably my least favorite Meljean Brook novel to date. The writing style I love was still there, but I never became engaged by the story. I think everything would have been different if I had enjoyed the characters more. I didn't like Yasmeen much and I didn't feel I knew Archimedes well enough to truly care.

I liked Yasmeen's character in The Iron Duke but I wasn't completely sold on her as a main character. It's easier for me to enjoy certain personality types when I'm only viewing them from a distance, not stuck following them around. Unfortunately, I didn't grow to love her as I had hoped, and actually spent the bulk of the book trying to figure out what Archimedes saw in her.

I understood his determination to fall for her in the beginning. That had more to do with his fear of losing control of his emotions (like he did when the Horde signal dampened his moods) and less to do with Yasmeen herself. Actually, what I disliked about her was what made her ideal for Archimedes's goal. He went in planning on getting his heart broken and relished the opportunity to feel in all its agony. It was only when he actually fell for her that he became interested in convincing her to fall as well. Before that, it was all word games and grand ideas.

Yasmeen was a hard character to like. Brook is particularly skilled at writing strong, but likable, women, so I was eager to delve into her character and see what made her tick. Based on The Iron Duke, I had a few predetermined views of her character. She tended more toward the hard, cold end of "strong" and she had a worrying tendency to view the world and its occupants in terms of power games and manipulation. Points for me for being dead on.
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