Riveted was probably the sweetest of Brook's romances so far. I loved both Vulcanologist David, who has always looked for joy in life despite some major adversity, and airship engineer Annika, who sees herself as the rabbit her family and friends have called her - but who, when push comes to shove, is brave enough to do what must be done. There is an innocence to Annika, and to David as well, that is quite appealing and while neither of the pair fit well into the 'civilized' world, they both fit well together - even when it looks like their individual quests will keep them apart.
My nits are that while I loved that Brook takes her time building the relationship between David and Annika, the story does drag just a tad as the two initially get to know each other, but once the story gets rolling and David and Annika decide to take a chance on each other, the way that Brook develops the relationship is really really good. Another minor nit is that there is an exceedingly creepy bad guy whose exit from the story is really odd and anticlimactic. And finally, not exactly a nit but a warning, the real reason that Annika must keep her hometown a secret and the attitudes held by some of the characters in reaction to that reason are going to be a touchy subject for some readers.
So the bottom line on Brook's latest Iron Seas steam punk romance is that I really loved seeing another corner of the Iron Seas world. Brook's world building - with trolls, leviathans, and airships galore - is truly amazing and fortunately the people who 'live' there are every bit as fascinating. I loved Annika and David, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that since Mina/Rhys and Archimedes/Yasmin have both gotten after the HEA shorts, we will get to see just a little bit more of Annika and David sometime in the future.