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Heart of Steel (A Novel of the Iron Seas) Paperback – November 1, 2011

Book 2 of 5 in the Iron Seas Series

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Product Details

  • Series: A Novel of the Iron Seas (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780425243305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425243305
  • ASIN: 0425243303
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 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 (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,226 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

 “Meljean Brook has brilliantly defined the new genre of Steampunk Romance.” — Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author

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.

Customer Reviews

The adventure plot in this story was really fun.
AJ, The Original
Heart of Steel is a continuation of the utterly fantastic universe Meljean Brook began building in The Iron Duke.
Alexandra
The two main characters (Yasmeen and Archimedes) are very well done.
K. Eckert

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darlene on December 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this audiobook for review from Penguin Audio. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

This is the second book in the Iron Seas series.

I was initially disappointed that this book did not feature Mina from the first in the series, The Iron Duke. Rather, the heroine is Yasmeen who was also introduced in the series debut.

Yasmeen is the Captain of Lady Corsair, the airship. She is a wonderful character and extremely complex. I love that she is so head-strong and loyal. She initially comes across as cold-hearted and never lets her emotions interfere with her head (hence the title, Heart of Steel). She thinks of herself as practical, never allowing herself to become involved in matters of the heart.

Yasmeen's heart is slowly melted by the dashing Archimedes Fox. I loved Archimedes from the moment he was introduced! He is such a romantic and is undeterred from his conquest, Yasmeen, no matter how much she pushes him away. Although they seem like an unlikely match at the outset, you soon see that he is the yin to Yasmeen's yang. I thought they were perfect for each other! I loved their banter, and there a lot of humour:

Archimedes to Yasmeen: "Goddammit. Can't I save you just once?"

And there is sweetness:

Yasmeen to Archimedes: "Ah," she said watching his face. Her sneer mocked him. "It is easy to fall in love with a woman who is always making you feel more of a big powerful man. You ought not have picked me, after all."

Archimedes: "That isn't it." He didn't question his abilities. "It is simply difficult to know I offer nothing at all to the woman I'm falling in love with." Her expression lightened.

Yasmeen: "You offer me nothing? Stupid man.
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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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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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