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Perfect Steampunk Romance!,
This review is from: Riveted (Iron Seas Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
Firstly, I would like to point how how much I like the UK cover over the US cover for this book. The heroine of this book, Annika Fridasdotter, is described as being a Liberé or "a descendant of the Africans". In my mind, this means that there's a good chance that Annika is biracial. The person I pictured in my head while reading this book looks closer to the UK cover model than the US. Both are lovely looking women but, the UK one follows closer to the book's description. The image of David Kentewess is pretty much spot on...except I don't think David would have his shirt open like that. Just doesn't follow with how the character acts.
One aspect of this book that I want to touch upon is the village that Annika is from and their unique culture. I'll try to touch on this without giving too many spoilers away but, I really was surprised (in a good way) about this village. Annika's village is basically the Scandinavian Amazon's. I village of both tough and nurturing women only raising girls. The boys are either left with their fathers or the mother's permanently leave the village to raise their sons. This village is described in a way to make the women seem very vibrant. You have the mothering type women and the fierce type women that protect the village. Sexuality in this village is very open and accepting. If you fall in love with someone of the same gender or a man, there is no condemnation. This could have been really hokey and fairly hippie sounding but, I thought this village was very well done and really added to Annika's motivations and character.
Annika is a vibrant and hard working young woman that is trying to find her sister, Källa. By finding jobs on air ships, Annika is able to visit various ports throughout this world and attempt to contact her sister. Annika has a passion for clothing and style and is very talented at understanding and working the inner systems of the airship. She meets David Kentewess on one of the air ships stops and there's an instant interest between the two. David recognizes similarities between Annika and his deceased mother. Annika is David's only hope at find his mother's people and honoring her last request.
The romance between Annika and David slowly develops. Both characters are fairly guarded about their privacy and have a difficult time accepting another on an intimate level. The emotional aspect of their relationship is really well developed and it helps to make the physical aspect more passionate. I mean, WOW!!
This was a fantastic book and I highly recommend reading it!