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RIVETED (A Novel of the Iron Seas) by Meljean Brook
416 pages, paperback
Available now (September 2012)
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Review copy purchased
A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. Fishermen tell tales of giant trolls guarding the land and of seductive witches who steal men’s hearts. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magic—and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom.
Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on the airship, flying from port to port in search of her sister and longing to return home . . . but that home is threatened when expedition leader David Kentewess comes aboard.
Determined to solve the mystery of his own origin, David will stop at nothing to expose Annika’s secrets. But when disaster strikes, leaving David and Annika stranded on a glacier and pursued by a madman, their very survival depends on keeping the heat rising between them—and generating lots of steam . . .
While THE IRON DUKE is still my favorite in this series (mmm, RIVETED is a fantastic addition to Meljean Brook's intriguing steampunk romance novels.
There's an Icelandic twist to this one--a setting we don't usually see much of but one with great potential with its forbidding landscape.
Annika and David dance around one another as David searches for the mysterious place where his mother was born while Annika, who is from said place, refuses to divulge the location. And, of course, they fall for one another during the dance.
David's more of a Beta man than many of Meljean's guys. He's very cerebral, not overly aggressive--though he's stubbornly determined to achieve his goal--and pretty damaged both physically and psychologically in his past. Known as Rabbit in her village, Annika still has some rabbit-like tendencies though she's gained some confidence through her travels. They're a great compliment to one another.
Oh, and the trolls are awesome. (And, no, I'm not telling any more about them!)
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