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Touch of Steal (Clockwork Agents) Mass Market Paperback – December 4, 2012

Book 2 of 3 in the Clockwork Agents Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Clockwork Agents (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451238826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451238825
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Heart of Brass

“Riveting! I couldn’t put it down. I can't wait for the next book!” —#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Victoria Alexander

"Fabulously entertaining—a great romance in an inventive, believable steampunk world!”—New York Times Bestselling Author Stephanie Laurens
“Rip-roaring…[a] thrilling tale set in steam-powered London. Cross layers her exciting romantic tale with mystery, treachery and even a serial killer. Riveting from beginning to end, this book is an exceptional launch to a series.”—RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)

About the Author

Kate Cross is also USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Smith. She has published more than twenty novels, which have been translated into several foreign languages. Writing steampunk allows her to combine her love of fashion, history, and science fiction. As Kady Cross she writes steampunk young adult fiction, and as Kate Locke she writes urban fantasy. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and five cats.

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The action, adventure, the romance, it was all so very good.
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He already doesn't trust his judgment when it comes to women and he can't help but feel that Claire's endgame is far more insidious than anyone realizes.
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I can't wait for the next book because these are now at the top of my Must Read Pile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ramblings From This Chick Blog on December 4, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't even know where to begin with this book. First I will say that prior to reading Touch of Steel, I had not read anything in the Steampunk genre before. Secondly, why haven't I? Yeah, I loved this book. For real. I love the mix of modern with historical. Kate Cross created a world that felt real to me. Not only did she create this wonderful fantastical world, but she created a group of characters that I was really taken with and I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen with everyone.

Claire Brooks is a spy on a mission. She is out to kill the man that she feels is responsible for the death of her beloved brother Robert. She almost succeeds when she is injured and then captured by the Wardens, a rival spy group. When she makes a deal with the Wardens that she will give up any secrets of the Company's (the spy group she works for) in exchange for her release to enact vengeance on her brother, she is in turn placed into the custody of Alistair Payne one of the Wardens top spies.

Alistair wants nothing to do with Claire Brooks. There is something about her he doesn't trust. He knows she is hiding something and he's bound to find out what it is. Yet, he made a promise that he would escort her to find the man responsible not only for the death of her brother, but the man responsible for his best friend Lucas's memory loss. Even though Alistair and Claire dislike each other immensely both can't help but find the other attractive. Though beyond a small kiss, neither acts on the growing attraction.

Slowly but surely the farther along in their travels they get the harder they are finding it to resist one another. Both find that they really can't trust the other, especially in the case of Alistair with Claire.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellief on January 13, 2013
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Touch of Steel, Clockwork Agents #2, by Kate Cross
Grade: A

"You try to be so hard and tough, but beneath that you are a good man, and no woman can resist that. I don't care how well-trained or determined she is. You will make her want to please you, to win your trust and the ultimate prize of your heart, and then she's lost."

Claire Brooks has been a spy for The Company, an American spy agency, since she was fifteen years old and joined with her brother Robert. Claire, aka The Dove, has betrayed her agency and is out for revenge on the man who killed Robert in a fire. On the hunt Claire is shot and ends up in The Warden's, the British spy agency, custody where she is shocked to be shown kindness and a chance to get her revenge by switching sides. Claire will do anything to avenge her brother's death and agrees to accompany Alastair Payne to capture the men involved.

Alastair Payne, Earl of Wolfred, always knew he would be a Warden just like his mother and father were but he never expected to be double crossed by her former mistress and left for dead. Now more robot than man Alastair is determined to show everyone that he is a good spy and won't let a woman get the best of him again. Until he meets Claire Brooks. Claire is not to be trusted but the more time together Alastair sees deeper into her soul and why she needs revenge. The love affair could ruin them both or cost them their lives but they both know it can only end in heartache.

Touch of Steel is hands down the best steampunk-romance book that I have read in 2012 and maybe ever. The world Kate Cross has created is amazingly complex with spies, double crossings and everyone out to save their way of life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan A. Brewer on August 20, 2013
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If you are into the steampunk books this is a must read. But you need to read Heart of Brass first
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tori @SmexyBooks on December 6, 2012
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Claire Brooks is on a mission of revenge. A deadly agent for The Company, Claire is determined to find the reasons her brother was killed, even if that means getting into bed with the Wardens of the Realm. When she is taken prisoner by the Wardens after being shot by a fellow agent, Claire agrees to help bring down The Company and accept whatever punishment the Wardens deem fit if they help her capture the rogue agent who her murdered her brother.

Alistair Payne, Lord Wolford, an agent for the Wardens, is still recovering both mentally and physically after his lover betrayed him and left him for dead. Struggling with past issues involving betrayal. Alistair agrees to partner up with Claire; he will help her capture the rogue agent while keeping a tight grip on her leash.

When Claire and Alistair go undercover as an affianced couple, both Claire and Alistair find it hard to discount the growing feelings between them. As they get closer to the capture of their target, each must decide what's more important...their loyalties or their hearts?

Touch Of Steel, the second in Ms. Cross's dark and intriguing Clockwork Agents series, submerges us back into the wonderful world of Victorian sediments and steampunk adventures. Riveting action, wicked spies, steamy romance, and an all-star cast keep us on our toes. Lush world building continues to evolve as we divulge deeper into the mechanics behind the Wardens of the Realm and their arch enemies, The Company. The Wardens are a secret government group who work behind the scenes to protect the monarchy and it's hierarchy, while The Company seeks to destroy it. One important aspect to remember is each group feels it is doing what is best for England and its residents and each will stop at nothing to achieve their objectives.
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