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- Book 3 of 4 in Iron Seas (4 Book Series)
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Brook is a good author. I say that because The Iron Duke blew rival urban steampunk romances out of the water with its action adventure and hot relationship. One would think that would make a good formula for the next novel, but no, Brook then writes a completely different hero/heroine and creates an even more chemically explosive couple than ever before. Each of her books are unique and yet compatible. If you love steampunk (real steampunk, not just clockwork everywhere) and, of course, true love, then pick up Riveted.
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Maybe the problem was that the author was trying to make a moral point in this book. I least I thinks she was. I'm still a little unclear on what it was though. If the moral was just that people have the right to love whoever they want and should have the freedom to do that I'm good with that but that wasn't what I took from this book. In this book her characters live in a secret society of lesbians and what to keep this a secret at all costs (and when I say all costs that means if you have to kill someone to keep your secret that's okay). The problem is I'm not sure why it was such a big deal to keep it a secret. There was only one character who had a problem with lesbians and even then it was just a verbal tirade. I never believed or saw any evidence that the villagers would be in danger if their way of life became known. So I had a hard time buying into the protect the village at all costs. On top of that, apparently it's only there village that needs to be protected since the heroines sister let another village of lesbians be killed in order to protect her own village without even trying to warn them, protect them or stop the villain.
The villain was one dimensional and well also boring. In fact I would say that the real villain was the heroine's sister who felt no guilt or shame about letting an entire village of innocent women be killed.
The romance was also boring. It had no heat or really anything interesting. None of the drama or fun of the first two books.Read more ›
Not that Ms. Brook is a bad writer. To the contrary, not only does she avoid my pet peeves, bad spelling, bad writing and sloppy plotting but she is more than competent at developing character, moving the plot and just writing well. No complaints on any of that, in fact, well done.
But I am not a fan of romance. The sex was interesting but not overpowering. I will note it was more graphic in this book and perhaps a bit more frequent but I did not count. But the fact remains that all the real action occurs in the final quarter of the book.
I will not gripe about it though. If romance is more to your taste then you will find the book very good indeed. If not, read The Iron Duke or Heart of Steel. I think you will find them more to your liking. And I will be looking for her next Iron Seas novel, she is a writer worth reading.
This review also appears on LibraryThing.The Iron Duke (A Novel of the Iron Seas)Heart of Steel (A Novel of the Iron Seas)
One reviewer complained about the subplots with same-sex love story(ies), saying that she just wants a nice boy-meets-girl story. Rest assured, at the heart of this story that's just what it is. Having said that, Annika comes from a culture of all women. I couldn't help thinking of the Amazons. If "Wonder Woman" were written today, what would we be thinking of the women on HER island? I think that the situation in Hannasvik is a reasonable one to draw given the premise of an all female culture, and Annika loves her mother and her sisters, and so it naturally flows that she would want those people she brings into her life to accept them.
All of the characters were very human. To her credit, even her bad guys had reasons for doing what they did and you could see where they were coming from.
This was a lovely, fun and exciting read.
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Quick & Dirty: A secret island of women, one woman searching for her sister, and one man determined to fulfill his promise to his... Read more
Riveted is the third installment in Meljean Brook's steampunk/adult romance series titled Iron Seas. I am LOVING this series! Read morePublished 6 months ago by featherlashes
I consider this one of the best steampunk series written. I highly recommend it!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great stand alone book in the Iron Seas series. New characters and interesting story line.Published 13 months ago by SuperMomofEight
I am really enjoying this series of stories. They open all sorts of new thoughts and dreams. They are why I read.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
I had a ton of fun with this story. I found the heroine Annika to be very relatable. I love her approach to being a "stranger in a strange land" when we meet her. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really like Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series. At first I thought Steam Punk? Meh. But after reading several novellas and the first two books I had really gotten into it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Readsalot
This is a part of a series that is a great read. It has sci-fi, historical, and steam romance. Funny with enjoyable characters.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer