Heart of Steel
by Meljean Brook
The second book her Iron Seas series, Meljean Brook provides another adventure of a lifetime. This novel features Sky Captain Yasmeen and Treasure-hunter Archimedes Fox, both of which had been introduced in her Iron Duke novel. This book starts on the ground running, one adventure after another, one surprise after another. I was glued to this book from start to finish like I haven't been since I read The Iron Duke.
After a series of unfortunate events, tuff as nails Captain Yasmeen agrees to work with Archimedes Fox, the man she threw overboard into a horde of zombies and somehow managed to survive. Yasmeen has been betrayed by countless men in the past, men who couldn't handle her position of power and she refuses to be drawn into the game again, except something about Archimedes continues to draw her to him. Archimedes Fox, a man with his own secrets, desires to feel emotions as strongly as possible and so he's choose to fall in love with Yasmeen for the heartbreak it will cause when she destroys it, but neither of them expect what happens next.
Like her previous novels, Maljean Brook provides a deep and diverse world filled with characters and a past that keeps me waiting for more. She manages to provide enough information that the storyline is never bogged down, but at times makes me wish I had something more to base her complex world on (hopefully she'll publish a guide or perhaps a prequel to before the Horde war ended).
I highly recommend her novels to anyone seeking adventure, whether its sci-fye, fantasy, steampunk, romance or even a western-ish like story.
I give this novel a 5 out of 5 for storyline/romance and a 5 out of 5 for bedroom steaminess.
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