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Heart of Steel (A Novel of the Iron Seas) Paperback – Bargain Price, November 1, 2011
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Meljean lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.
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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.Read more ›
Paranormal Romance -Nov 1st, 2011
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a picky & judgmental reader, but this book has it all. Well-developed characters and plot, action, romance, and humor. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Rachel
I just love strong @ss-kicking heroines, and Heart of Steel gives readers a great one! Captain Yasmeen Corsair is an ice-cold mercenary and she sounds it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by featherlashes
3.5 Stars! The second book is actually quite a bit different then the first book although I enjoyed them both. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Danielle Taylor
A very sweet, slightly strange romance about letting your lover be who they are and loving them for it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sarkat
I loved the Iron Duke from page one. This book I put away four times before I could drag to the end. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fran
I DO LOVE THIS LADYS BOOKS AND I LOVE THE AMAZING WORLD THAT SHE HAS CREATED WITH THE IRON SEAS SERIES .
THANK YOU MS BROOKS I THANK YOU ARE A BRILLANT WRITE. Read more
Absolutely loved it. Meljean Brook has a knack for creating dream and drool worthy heroes. Archemedes has the charm of a darling little mischievous boy combined with the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by bookiewookie
I am amazed as usual. The story line flows, the characters are wonderful and the tale is marvelous. What a grand story.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
The author seems to be having great fun as she develops her Horde Earth. She is infinitely inventive with her world and its mechanical and biologic innovations. Read morePublished 10 months ago by IcewormAK