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Riveted (The Iron Seas #3)

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Duke and Heart of Steel returns to the Iron Seas with a riveting new adventure of steampunk and passionate romance . . .

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
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Paperback, 413 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Berkley Trade (first published September 1st 2012)
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Jill

4.5 stars

The best steampunk romance I’ve read and the best in this series....

I want to feel as if my guts are riveted together, to feel as if I would do anything just for a kiss, or a touch, or to see them.

For four years Annika Fridasdottor has been searching for her sister who left their homeland when it was believed she'd put her village in danger. Now an engineer on the airship Phateon, Annika continues the hunt at every port-of-call. David Kentewess is a vulcanologist en route with his smal
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Kat Kennedy
The Iron Seas series is exactly my kind of shizzam. It's a buttload of plot, a healthy dose of characterizationion and then just the most delicious hint of sexy times - all grilled in some really fantastic world-building. It's almost like Brook is writing these books just for me! The reason is that I struggle with normal romance novels - I need romance novels that don't feel like romance novels because they're too busy being awesome sci-fi or fantasy etc with some sex in it. This is exactly what ...more
Felicia
I mean, I love this series, I just LOVE LOVE it. Steampunk + Adventure + Romance = Wunderbar! This book I think is even better than the last two in the series, but all three are up there. The world building and depth of character in these novels justifies everything I do with my book club, Vaginal Fantasy. I love highlighting books that don't get enough credit or widespread acknowledgment. I'm sure this one will be super popular on its own however, and it deserves it.

I don't want to spoil anythi
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Sep 02, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romance Fans


4.5 or 5 stars…Not what I was expecting. It was so much more!

Long Story Short
Annika searches for her exiled sister. When she finds her they will return to their secluded village in Iceland. Then, Annika meets David. He is searching for his mother’s homeland so he can bury her runes as per her dying wish. Unfortunately, his mother never revealed her origins, but Annika may hold the answers he needs.

My thoughts
As I said, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought there would be megalodons
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Jennifer
Riveted is the third installment in Meljean Brook's steampunk/adult romance series titled Iron Seas. I am LOVING this series! Although Riveted may not be my favorite in the series, it's still so, so good. I love this magnificent steampunk world Ms. Brook has crafted and the character building she has so delicately structured is amazing. The heroine Annika advocates for women to love who they love without judgment and empowers others to move forward despite their origins. She has struggled with b ...more
Mimi Smith
3.5 stars

And for the second time in two days I'm writing a review for a book I highly anticipated and wanted to love. And yet again:this is not how I wanted to feel about it. I don't know if it's my mood, or just me. I mean EVERYONE adores this book. I just... liked it. Oh, well.

I want to feel as if my guts are riveted together, to feel as if I would do anything just for a kiss, or a touch, or to see them. I want to feel as if I can’t live without them, and if I have to…if I have to live without
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Miriam
Annika left her hidden all-women community to find her missing sister. After years of searching whilst working as an airship engineer, she encounters David, a scientist who is looking for the hidden community in order to properly bury his mother's runes. Can they overcome pirates, social prejudices, mad scientists, evil plots, mysterious disasters, volcanic eruptions, and their own lack of flirting skills to find true love? And stop Iceland from getting blown up?

In an objective sense this is pro
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AH
So much fun! Annika and David sitting in a troll, K-I-S-S-I-N-G.... Well done!

There is so much to love about Meljean Brook’s The Iron Seas series. Each book stands on its own so you really don’t need to read the books in order. The world is imaginative and original and an alternative history to our own. For a brief synopsis of this world, I would recommend that you look at the author’s website for her Iron Seas Guide.

Riveted is steampunk done right. Oh, the whimsical steampunk technology! Giant
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Review posted on Demon Lover's Books & More

The world-building in this series is so vivid and descriptive, without being flowery, and all I could think of was This is what Steampunk should be. The world-building alone makes this a 5 star book, but when you factor in the characters and the originality, it makes me wish I could rate this book higher.

There are so many threads to the plot at work and they’re very subtle at first. Each strand leads you a different direction at first, but ultimatel
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Isa Lavinia
actual rating: 4.5 stars

I read this lovely book for the first time waaay back in 2012.
The thing is, I never did come around to writing a review for it, and since this is my fourth re-reading (yes, I know...) and I always end up loving it just a little bit more with each one, it was about time I stopped being lazy and just wrote a review.

The problem is... what do I have to say about a good book?
And that's the only kind of book Meljean Brook writes...

I love the characters, but I always love Brook'
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Melindeeloo
4.5 stars - Riveted was probably the sweetest of Brook's romances so far. I loved both Vulcanologist David, who has always looked for joy in life despite some major adversity, and airship engineer Annika, who sees herself as the rabbit her family and friends have called her - but who, when push comes to shove, is brave enough to do what must be done. There is an innocence to Annika, and to David as well, that is quite appealing and while neither of the pair fit well into the 'civilized' world, t ...more
MandyM
4.5 stars. Swashbuckling adventure, fearsome steam-powered creatures, and sweet romance make this a great read. The setting is divided between a helium powered airship and Iceland's volcanic landscape. David is a vulcanologist. He is infected with nanoagents and his body has been rebuilt with bio-mechanical limbs, which makes him very strong but also isolates him as others are repulsed by his differences. Annika is the engineer on the airship, Phateon. She has left her isolated Sapphist village ...more
Pamela / SpazP
This is a spoiler free review.
Riveted is the third book in Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series, and easily my favorite of the series, and most definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. I suspect it is going to be everyone's favorite in the series... no joke! While it is based in the same Iron Seas world, it is a completely new setting, Iceland, with new folklore and mythology. New characters, too! And oh how they simply shine. Annika and David both are so unique and strong in their own ways,
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Tamara
Well, that was a hot bath and a cup of tea on a rainy day of a book.

Hero - not an asshat! Heroine - not stupid! How amazing that that's remarkable. The worldbuilding is laugh-out-loud charming, the plot happens at the proper pace, there's a dastardly villain and just enough complexity to keep it from getting dull - all in all, pretty much perfect for what it sets out to be.

...that said. Yes, it's got that kind of prim political correctness about -isms that leads to easy answers that I don't th
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Jane Stewart
Not my kind of book. I was bored.

I have more patience with audiobooks and that’s the only reason I kept with it and finished. I felt like the author made a detailed outline and then colored-it-in-between-the-lines, trying to make it interesting. I felt no chemistry about the characters. I wasn’t interested in them. The flow wasn’t good. I didn’t see enough motivations. I’m still vague about why the bad guy did some of the things he did and what happened to him at the end. Some of the conflicts f
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Katie(babs)
One of the best books I've read this year. Meljean continues to astound me. David, the hero is adorable, a beta and rowl when it comes to making love.

I want my own troll. I will call him George. I'd like my own David also.
Anthi
Mar 18, 2012 Anthi marked it as to-read
At last!! An Iron Seas novel with a decent cover!! Actually I think I REALLY love this one! Can‘t wait...Now can we have the cover for Michael‘s book? PLEEEEEAAAAASE?
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Trade
Author’s Website: http://meljeanbrook.com/
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Iron Seas Series
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Warm
Romanceaholic’s Pet Peeves: Preachy
Romanceaholic’s Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred, Starvation

With one of the most creative st
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Meljean Brook delivers a stellar love story that is slow- burning but utterly romantic and satisfying. The yearning that both parties feel is translated so well on the pages that readers feel increased anticipation as they wait to see what happens next.

RIVETED begins a little slowly, warming up to the world and introducing these new characters and forging a bond between them. It isn't until half the book has passed that readers are completely sucked into the world that Brook has created. Such a
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Ashley
I loved the first two in Brook's Iron Seas trilogy. I mean, I just LOVED them. I've always had a thing for steampunk, and to see the genre done so wonderfully and with such deft writing really made me happy.

I wish I could say the same for Riveted, but I found this book quite problematic for a number of reasons. NOTE: Spoilers to follow.

Here's the thing: I think Brook bit off more than she could chew in terms of theme. I mean, we have disability politics, gay rights, Othering, and sociopathy, jus
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Carrie
I don't know what to say about this book that probably hasn't been said better by other reviewers. I loved it. The world-building isn't as intense as The Iron Duke, but the author makes good use of the foundations she built in the previous books. What is especially wonderful about Riveted is how different the story and the characters are from her earlier books. Even being set in the same world, the main characters in Riveted are very different types of people than ones we've seen before. Even to ...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
While in typical Meljean Brook fashion she takes a while to get there with the storyline, the imagination in this third instalment highlighting a different part of the Iron Seas world is off the chart. Love the trolls, the whale and the whole Icelandic setting, memories of my trip there in 2014. It really is a magical place.
Tiffany Reisz
Loved it! We're doing this book for my Wizard Books Book Club on Twitter (@WizardBooks if you want to join in). February 28th, 11AM L.A. time, 2PM NYC time, 7PM London time.

Adored Annika and David. They are one of the more emotionally realistic couples I've read in SF/F romance. Highly recommended.
dblue
4.5/5.0
I really enjoyed this installment in the Iron Seas series. It had a different setting and feel to it. It is definitely one of my favorites. I enjoyed the way it blended social issues into the story. The action was great ( I actually caught myself sitting on the edge of my chair bent over my kindle, caught up in the excitement of what was happening in the story - lol), the main characters are engaging and the romance very sweet. This is currently my favorite steampunk series.
Holly
I love how diverse these books are. Though they're set in the same world, each offers different flavors, just like in real life.

While I can't deny I love the men in Brooks' novels, I absolutely adore her heroines. Annika was no exception. She's strong and resilient, but has a soft core that makes her easy to relate to.

I kind of just want to review the book like this:

LOVE.

does that work?
Bree
Oh my gaaaaawd, I'll say something about this book if I ever stop crying.

New favorite book ever maybe.
Fifi LaFleur
I just love this book so much I can't tell you. I read it a year or so ago and I'm going to do a reread soon because I love it that much. Annika and David are marvellous. So much love, so much ache, David breaks my heart and I adore him like few other heroes. He is perfection. The relationship that he and Annika develop is beyond compare. Truly beautiful.

Reread complete! Just as good as I remembered. Two beautiful, vibrant souls who are both worldly and somewhat innocent and naïve make for one o
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Heller
Wow.

This was amazing, simply amazing. I just fell right into the world-building here. I've read a steampunk short story by Meljean months ago and enjoyed it so thought I jump in and give this full length novel a try, so very glad I did. Brook is a fantastic writer and I couldn't put this down.

The romance between David and Annika is so rich and delicious. I was rooting for them so hard to find love and they did in such a wonderful way that had me sighing and smiling. The chemistry between them
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Carrie
Reviewed for audiogals.net.

Narrated by Alison Larkin

Steampunk has recently become a popular offshoot of science fiction, even though it isn't new--think Jules Verne, or The Wild, Wild West. Steampunk is essentially historically-based science fiction with anachronistic technology. The Victorian era is a popular setting for steampunk novels, and the genre derives its name from the use of steam for power. But steampunk can be set just about anywhere and anytime with the right handling. Meljean Broo
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Jess
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

She looked up, met his gaze. “What I told you is true – I want to love someone first. Man or woman, I don’t care. I want to feel as if my guts are riveted together, to feel as if I would do anything just for a kiss, or a touch, or to see them. I want to feel as if I can’t live without them, and if I have to…if I have to live without them, I want to feel as if every moment I had with them was worth a lifetime of love. And I want to be loved that way in ret
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Book info: I am the author of the Iron Seas steampunk romance series. I've written a guide to the world (including a map) on my website.

I also write a paranormal romance series, the Guardians. That series guide is also on my website, including a "The Story So Far" feature, which allows you to catch up on all of the books that previously released in the series if you start after the first installm
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