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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. An exciting, fast-paced and very, very sexy steampunk romance series.

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Strong chemistry keeps their romance steamy even as it unfolds slowly. A well developed and personable secondary cast with individual storylines that intersect and spike your curiosity. Cross allows us time with Lucas and Arden; letting us see how their relationship is progressing. We met other Wardens and various members of the Company. What I enjoy about this series is that everyone has hidden agendas; making for a more exciting story filled with many twists and turns. There are good and bad agents on both sides of the playing field.

Viable characters and intriguing conflicts keeps the story moving along and also continues to give more insight into our characters and their places in this secret world. Oct 26, Paranormal Romance rated it really liked it Shelves: romance-steampunk , pub , defect-scarred-hero , enemies-turned-lovers , plotted-and-reviewed , job-spy , read-twice , title-earl-or-countess , tortured-heroine , setting-england. Turning her back on her former employers and living only for revenge, the heroine will risk anything to see the man responsible for her brothers death suffer before she ends his miserable existence.

She's hunted this man for many months, gotten close enough to taste it on many occasions and yet every time he manages to slip away. The last time she had him in her sights she was badly wounded, barely on her feet, yet striving forward, vowing to live as long as it takes to see him dead. But once ag Turning her back on her former employers and living only for revenge, the heroine will risk anything to see the man responsible for her brothers death suffer before she ends his miserable existence. But once again he escapes and this time, she's captured by her enemies while unconscious in the streets.

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So she turns informer. She gives up her freedom, her secrets and everything she knows if exchange for the death of her true enemy.

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The hero has learned him lesson when it comes to woman- he's got the worse taste. Is he's not falling for his best friends wife, he's falling for a woman who betrays him and leaves him to die under the weight of a carriage- he bares the scars and the mechanic legs as reminders. When he meets the heroine, he knows what to expect. The Dove is a dangerous woman and not to be trusted. Beautiful as she is, it's obvious she'll use this advantage to try to get into his head through his cock but it's not going to work. He's responsible for her as they go on the hunt for the man wanted by his agency and he knows she means to betray him so he has his guard up from the start.

Problem is, she doesn't behave at all like how he predicted. Instead of being conniving and self centered she is honest and rather unsure of herself. It's easy to talk with her, to open up to her because she shares with him real emotions and feelings. She's beautiful but she doesn't use her wiles on him at all, in fact she rather despises relying on her beauty- rather she longs to be admired for her intelligence instead. And she is intelligent. Her quick humor and charm are captivating and the hero can see why so many men have fallen under her spell.

He tries very hard not to be one of them but he just can't help himself. Her raw passion and pain over her brothers death is clear in her eyes and in her whole body and he wants to help her, he wants to protect her. Hell, he wants her period. They struggle to ignore this attraction between them, knowing nothing can ever come of it but it's hard when all they can think about it being with each other. The heroine greatly admires the hero for his kindness, his strength and his wit- the hero feels the same towards her.

Their connection is almost instant and grows strong with each passing day until they know exactly what the other is thinking. Like he knows she means to betray him and kill this man before he can bring him in for questioning. But the hero entertains the idea of letting her have her revenge.

He imagines letting her escape and saving her from imprisonment but he never gets the chance to chose. When it comes down to her freedom of his life, she doesn't hesitate. And when given the chance to protect her in return, he'll put his career on the line for her. Another marvelous book. I do so hope this author writes more to the series but I can't get enough of the steampunk spy thrillers.

Once again I found myself in love with every character in this book and thought the chemistry between the hero and heroine was off the chain. Maybe, it felt a bit rushed. Maybe, I wanted a bit more development-we'll say? Time to allow the hero and heroine to really truly get to know each other. But regardless, I was enchanted from start to finish. I adore vulnerable characters and the heroine was so strong but so lost at the same time. Not knowing how to make friends or how to trust people but knowing that the man who should be her enemy is actually the best man she's ever known.

He in turn was a noble man, kind and devoted to those he trusts. Reeling from a betrayal and vowing to never trust again but it's in his nature to open his heart and the heroine makes it easy to like her. Great book was stellar characters and an exciting plotline. Please please let there be more in the series!!! This was more like a 3. Don't get me wrong it included most of the same issues: important plot points occurring before the book begins and not offering a flashback or novella or anything that allows the reader to experience those all important occurrences, a higher focus on sex than is likely for the time period regardless of the fact it's a Steam This was more like a 3.

Don't get me wrong it included most of the same issues: important plot points occurring before the book begins and not offering a flashback or novella or anything that allows the reader to experience those all important occurrences, a higher focus on sex than is likely for the time period regardless of the fact it's a Steampunk era, lots of modern slang in speech, and some contradictory views or actions.

That said they weren't nearly as pronounced as they were in this books series predecessor. The off screen action was definitely irritating and I don't really think that can be improved upon if events important to the story aren't occurring within the story. The other items were drastically better to the point that they were there, but they weren't so jarringly irritating as they were in the last book.

What I really considered the best improvement over the last book in the series was the pacing and excessive description. In Touch of Steel Cross provides lavish description without going overboard and slowing down the pacing of her novel.

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She doesn't miss a beat with creating this intriguing and fascinating world with all of it's gadgets and intrigues, however she doesn't allow her novel to drag in order to do so which as a reader I really appreciated. One of the things I really liked in in this was the increased focus on the spying and intrigue part of the story, the relationship and the interaction between the lead characters was still a focus but this story brought you a lot more into the thick of things in what they do than the previous story did.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series because if Touch of Steel is any indication Cross improves with each novel she writes. Definitely recommended. Dec 08, Jaclyn rated it really liked it Shelves: adventure , romance , steampunk-gaslight , spies. I wasn't sure that I would like this one considering I could not get through the first book in the series, Heart of Brass , but who doesn't like a fake engagement plot?

In Touch of Steel Claire Brooks has gotten herself captured by the Wardens, a shadowy organization that protects England. Claire was part of the American rival faction, the Company; however, since her brother was killed she has vowed revenge on those responsible. Disavowing her allegiance to the company, Claire agrees to help the W I wasn't sure that I would like this one considering I could not get through the first book in the series, Heart of Brass , but who doesn't like a fake engagement plot? Disavowing her allegiance to the company, Claire agrees to help the Wardens to track down two suspects that they are eager to apprehend.

Claire agrees to be partnered with, Alistair Payne, a Warden agent who has no respect for the beautiful spy that has betrayed her organization. As the pair work together, they learn more about each other, realizing that they companies they work for are not so black and white and that they aren't so different after all. I liked this on a lot more than the first in the series. For Heart of Brass I just couldn't get passed the premise where the characters were a separated married couple, where Luke, whose memory was wiped, was sent to kill his wife, Arden. I couldn't get into the plot and didn't like how Luke was cheating on his wife I know, I know, he had amnesia!

I liked the characters in this one so much more. Alistair and Claire both had their own baggage, but I liked how they helped each other through it. They're relationship developed at a more moderate pace compared to other romances but it was well done by the end. Here's hoping the next one's just as good. Oct 25, Miscjoy rated it liked it Shelves: the-book-pushers , steampunk. So, please keep that in mind while reading this review. I think Cross does a thorough job of clueing in new readers to the series more on that later and it worked as a standalone read for me.

There were some interesting aspects to the world-building with competing spy agencies and medical advances enabling the augmentation of the human body. This story seemed much more about Claire and her mission of revenge than it focused on any specific political intrigues between The Company and the Wardens.

None of the contraptions were that innovative. There were some minor inconsistencies with the technology as well like how could hotel servants come and go through a door that Alastair had alarmed to prevent Claire from escaping? However, compared to the previous steampunk book I read by another author, Cross does a much better job at integrating the steampunk elements into the narrative with her descriptions of the machines, how they worked and the sounds they made. I could hear the click-clack noises and purring whirs of the gears and mechanisms coming to life Feb 29, Bailee Nessinger rated it really liked it.

Touch of Steel is a good book. The book takes place in London, England. Claire Brooks and Alistair, and Stanton Howard are the main characters in the book. Claire is an American spy also known as the Dove that left her organization in attempt to avenge her brother by killing his beloved killer Stanton Howard. Claire tries to catch her brother's killer she gets caught herself, and taken to the Wardens of the Realm. Then Claire is taken into custody she meets Lord Wolfred Alistair who is Lucas Greys best friend decides to go on the quest with Claire insted him going with his wife pregnant.

While Alistair and Claire are trying to hunt down Stanton Howard they vow to hate each other but in the end find it hard to honor their vows to hate each other. Each of them will go to great lengths just to bring justice to Claires dead brother Robert, but end up getting the greatest shock of their lives. I liked that it started out with how Claire got taken into Warden custody then told the story from their instead of just starting with her with the Warden.

I also liked that you never expected what was going to happen, like when Claire was trying to find Stanton and he ended up getting away from them. I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading suspense and romance books.

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I liked the gadgets, the characters, the pacing, and that we got to see a fair bit of the characters from book 1. I do have two complaints: 1. The mystery was bad. There's a twist at the end, but I guessed it well near the beginning of the book. The ending scene was so unclassy. I don't want to say how, but if you read it you'll know what I mean.

Not romantic even a bit-- cheesy really. That being said, those two points did NOT ruin the book for me. They were small and barely notable. The romance was sweet and if you liked book one, than this is a must. Oct 04, Avry15 rated it really liked it Shelves: paranormal-romance , reviewed , fantasy , steampunk. I have read steampunk books before. I love the costumes Victorian dresses and the combination of history and modernity. In the past, I haven't liked how the mechanical terms takeover the story; sometimes it's hard to focus on the narrative.

Kate Cross did a wonderful job describing a vivid world of fan knives, metals, spies and historical England. The story flowed smoothly luring readers in the world she created.

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The te I have read steampunk books before. The terms used did not interfere with the story. The world building is done well, dropping the right amount of information just at the right time. Even though this is the second book, it is a stand-alone. I can't wait for Breath of Iron this summer and if ever there's a chance I will read the first book, Heart of Brass. It's a new world of wicked spies that I'm not willing to leave yet.

Nov 12, The Window Seat rated it liked it. When I picked this book I couldn't tell if it was typical of Steampunk romances or not, but I figured it was a chance to read Steampunk and see if I liked it. I like Paranormals a lot so the idea of an alternate universe isn't that far of a leap right? Well, apparently Since this is the first and may be the last Steampunk we have ever reviewed, it will be a mix of a review of the book and the genre. If I were to rate the book?

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Probably a B. If I were to rate the genre? Not for me. It When I picked this book I couldn't tell if it was typical of Steampunk romances or not, but I figured it was a chance to read Steampunk and see if I liked it. It is gritty and dark. The gadgets and gizmos as is typical of the genre almost take over the story! Whether it is the Velocycles or the aether guns, the discombobulator or the sentimentometer, it just felt like too much.

That stuff just didn't work for me. Can I honestly say that Cross wrote a vivid world? No complaints on the presentation, but the subject matter simply didn't appeal to me.