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Heart of Steel (A Novel of the Iron Seas) Paperback – November 1, 2011
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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
Praise for the Novels of the Iron Seas
“Meljean Brook has brilliantly defined the new genre of Steampunk Romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz
“A stunning blend of steampunk setting and poignant romance—smart, sexy, breathtaking, and downright addicting.”—New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews
“I can’t get enough of exploring the Iron Seas; every glimpse of this alternate history leaves me fascinated and hungry for more.”—All Things Urban Fantasy
“Truly a masterpiece!...This is steampunk at its fun and thrilling best!”—RT Book Reviews
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.
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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. You already give me what few men could. It is rare the man who has the confidence to let me be what I am, whether it is captaining an airship, climbing atop you in a steamcoach, or brawling in a tavern."
This book is more of an adventure than the previous book. I was swept up in their quest to find the da Vinci sketch. I really enjoyed the story!
Now that I have become accustomed to Adele's accent, I had no trouble at all with her narration. I thought she was well-suited for the book.
MY RATING: 4 stars! I really enjoyed it!!
There is still a lot of action and plenty of zombies but it isn't as intense as the first book. The romance has some humor and it's fun to watch the woman wanting sex and the man holding back. I enjoyed the cat and mouse game between the two of them before they team up and the interactions after they do. Not a lot of suspense in this one since you know who the bad guy is and I never really worried that the characters were in danger - it just seemed they would succeed.
This was a fun read with more humor and not as much angst as the first book. The characters were engaging and the world was interesting. If you loved the world building in the first book but not so much the hero or the romance give this one a try I think you'll really like it.
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