Heart of Steel, mean loyal and strong
Heart of Steel: Iron Seas Series #2
In this second full length novel of Meljean’s Steampunk series we find Yasmeen, Captain of the Lady Corsair the fastest flying ship in the sky, stopping to tell the sister of her last passenger, Archimedes Fox, that her brother died when she tossed him over board for trying to take over her ship. Zenobia took the news fairly well, since he had written to her in more than a month. They then struck up a bargain for Captain Corsair to feed Zenobia details of her adventures so she could write about them since her brother was gone and she didn’t have anyone to write about anymore.
In Port Fallow Captain Corsair meets up with Archimedes Fox again, and strikes a bargain to get his sketch back. Archimedes also vowed to himself before his last adventure that he would fall in love with Captain Corsair, Yasmeen warns him off telling him that she vowed never to love a man because one couldn’t let her be herself and set above him.
That night, after Archimedes leaves, someone gets on the ship, and kills Captain Corsair’s crew and blows the ship up. She is able to save one young girl, her strong box and herself barely. Archimedes sees the Lady Corsair blow up and joins the other pirates and sailors looking for any survivors. He dives until he is sick. For two months he listens and tries to find any clue as to who blew up the ship and where is sketch went to after he got it back. He knew that Yasmeen was a strong woman, and would probably never forgive him for drugging her before he left, so she wasn’t awake to help her crew.
Yasmeen wakes him up one night to finds out if he was the one to blow up her ship. When he assured her that he was not the one to do so, they made a bargain to find who did and to get his sketch back.
What followed is a delightful tale of a strong woman with a heart of steel that houses a fiercely burning fire and a man that is strong enough to let her be what she needs to be and respects her for it. I loved this installment in this series. I wasn’t sure if I was going to, from former introductions to Archimedes Fox I wasn’t sure he was going to be the mate for strong Captain Corsair, but he ended up being exactly what her heart and mind needed. Ms. Brooks has again stuck a hot iron with these two characters, and I eagerly await the next book. Excellent work, Ms. Brooks.