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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
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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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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.
THE STORY: Yasmeen is Lady Corsair, the mercenary captain of the airship by the same name. She tosses the adventurer Archimedes Fox from her airship when he makes a foolish attempt to take control. Despite his certain death, Archimedes manages to survive and makes a deal with Yasmeen to split the profits from a valuable da Vinci sketch that he had acquired from the zombie invested Venice. Yasmeen is determined to keep a cold heart because she knows that no man can accept her as his superior. Archimedes knows that he will fall in love with Yasmeen and she will break his heart. The adventure the two of them face will not only be recovering the valuable sketch, seeking revenge on the thieves but also the adventure of falling in love.
OPINION: I was not a fan of Yasmeen in THE IRON DUKE and I started out not liking her much here either. Quickly, however, I began to understand her motives and her pain and as she began to have feelings for Archimedes, I began to like her more. The relationship between the two was incredibly beautiful as it developed. Here was a woman with great pain in her past and a determination to be cold. Yet Yasmeen is not a cold woman at all. Archimedes in an incredible hero. Funny and romantic and deeply determined to feel everything in life, he is a perfect companion for the woman determined not to feel. Their romance was deeply moving and I wanted to read more. The adventure story was also quite exciting. It felt like an Indiana Jones adventure in the best way. I just kept turning the pages late into the night wanting to know how things turned out.
WORTH MENTIONING: HEART OF STEEL is followed by a companion novella TETHERED that should be mandatory reading for fans of this book. Tethered operates as an extended epilogue of HEART OF STEEL giving readers a look at the settled married life of Yasmeen and Archimedes.
FINAL DECISION: Absolutely fabulous. This love story grew on me as the book progressed. I loved both the adventure and the slow building romance between these two.
CONNECTED BOOKS: HEART OF STEEL is the second novel in the Iron Seas series. It can, however, be read apart from the first novel.
STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.
In this case Meljean Brook does a great job. Heart of Steel tells the story of Captain Corsaire and Archimedes Fox both featured in the Iron Duke. Archimedes's future was in question after being thrown off Lady Corsaire and left for the zombies.
I think this book was so good for me because it told it's own story. It didn't follow the same formula as the previous book. Yasmeen and Archimedes had their own chemistry and relationship.
Yasmeen was a great female character. Very strong and self-reliant. It was good to see her start to have feelings for Archinedes yet not sacrifice being strong. She didn't soften up her personality, she just made room to feel more.
Same with Archimedes. He didn't lose any of his masculinity by letting Yasmeen take the lead. I really hate it how a male character can be the most alpha until he meets the woman he falls in love with and then he loses it. I think it says more that he felt comfortable enough that he didn't worry about it in the first place.
This book seemed to move at a faster pace than the first book (which doesn't speak badly of either book), just something else to differentiate between the two.
I like this series and I look forward to continuing reading this series.
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