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Heart of Steel

(The Iron Seas #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,898 ratings  ·  676 reviews
The Iron Duke introduced the gritty, alluring adventure of the Iron Seas, where nanotech fuses with Victorian sensibilities—and steam.

As the mercenary captain of Lady Corsair, Yasmeen has learned to keep her heart as cold as steel, her only loyalty bound to her ship and her crew. So when a man who once tried to seize her airship returns from the dead, Yasmeen will be damne
Paperback, Berkley Sensation, 311 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Penguin
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Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This seriously wins terrible cover of the year. I am so confused about this shirtless guy who looks like he'd be mopping in a fast food restaurant and he's holding a machete. So weird.

The BOOK however is really nice. Again, I love the lore of this steampunk world, it's the most interesting I've seen with the nanobot aspect and the Horde and the revisionist European history. This one had racy sexy scenes but it didn't seem to dominate as much as the last. I just loved the swashbuckley nature, and
Kat Kennedy
My tale begins when Heart of Steel was purchased and shipped to me by the glorious, RADIANT Elizabeth

I liked the Iron Duke - but there were some things holding it back from worshipping the ever-loving shit out of it.

Have you ever just known that if you were to meet a particular woman then you would immediately renounce men (or all other women) and devout yourself to them forever? Well, of course you do, you read my reviews - but I'm talking about someone other than me. That's how I felt about Ca
I’m not going to comment on the plot of this book because to be honest, I didn’t understand a word of it. That’s probably more about me and how I read than it is about the writing, and I hope to reread it at some point and get more out of it. Even as confused as I was, I enjoyed it a lot.

In The Iron Duke, Yasmeen threw Archimedes Fox off her airship into a throng of zombies, so you know going into this story that they have some interesting history. Fox doesn’t seem to be one to hold a grudge ho
“And what will you do if I fall in love with you, instead?”
He grinned. “Then God help us both.”

First impressions
Aaand of course Germany gets the cool cover. Again. Just look at it.

And compare it to this slimy thing we have. I wouldn’t like to be seen in public while reading this book. People would think I was reading an Erotica book. Yes, Erotica because most people wouldn’t know what an actual Erotica cover looks like. They are still optimistic and think it looks like the Germany cover an
3 1/2 stars

Last week, Noelle recommended three books to me based on my love of a song, my love of old-school girl hero fantasy, and lastly, based on my need for a mindless, no regrets sort of read. Naturally, I jumped all over that last one. I was promised “humor, action and adventure, some swoon for good measure and oh so much fun” with this book and I was not disappointed. Yes, this is in fact a sequel and no, I have not read the first book. I may have missed a few things here and there about
3 Stars for Heart of Steel: The Iron Seas, Book 2 (audiobook) by Meljean Brook read by Faye Adele.

I like the characters but something about the story just isn’t connecting with me. The narration is good but I think I’m hold off on the next book for now.
This book didn't have as much of an impact on me as The Iron Duke, but it was still a very welcome kick in the pants that got me off my string of mediocre reading. There wasn't as much sexytimes as I've come to expect in romance novels nowadays, but the chemistry, tension, and character building more than captured my interest in a fulfilling way during the time any other H/h in any other book would be getting down and dirty.

The adventure plot in this story was really fun. I had a great time tag
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
Not rapey! Hurray!

Real men aren't afraid of strong women. Or of colorful waistcoats.
First, let me say that I really loved the first book in this series, The Iron Duke, so I've been looking forward to reading this one for quite some time.
Alas, my love affair with Iron Seas is officially over. This was just...not good.

It started off all right, but as the novel wore on, the charm of the first book wore off. In the beginning everyone is out for vengeance!, or trying to start a rebellion!, or trying to avoid assassins!...'n stuff. At the end? Nothing happened. Talk about anti-clim
"Goddammit. Can't I save you just once?"
Yasmeen Corsair doesn't need a man to save her, she can save herself. She is the most badass airship captain ever - EVER!

And let's not forget Archimedes Fox -- adventurer, adrenaline junkie, former weapons smuggler, and one of the most charming bastards I've read about in a long time.

I loved these two characters. The story, for the most part, was great also, with enough action to keep me satisfied (view spoiler)
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yasmeen was a kick-ass heroine with a heart of steel.
Fox was a witty beta hero with his charming grin. He was such an incurable romantic that it was interesting to see how he melt Yasmeen’s heart:/ I think the author did a good job making these two characters a perfect match. +1

'Weird' steamy scenes

Awesome fighting scenes against zombies +1

The villains?
(view spoiler) -1

The ending?
The last few chapters were anti-climatic. -1
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Iron Seas is a series with an amazing world building, profound and various characters and lots of action. The best of steampunk mixed with the best of adventure romance. This sequel doesn't disappoint. ...more
Jill Myles
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was like...the sweetest romance to ever feature a bloodthirsty pirate captain and her cabin boy. LOVE.
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fun to read!

As I picked up this book, I was giddy with anticipation. Would it be as good as The Iron Duke? Would it be better? And my answer is…I loved this book more than The Iron Duke.

Reading this book made me happy. I had a goofy grin on my face. I didn’t really think much of Archimedes Fox in the last book. Didn’t think he would survive being tossed out to the zombies. Archimedes Fox is full of surprises. He is an adventurer, wily, a scoundrel, and get this – a romantic.

Yes, a romantic. Ar
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I don't always read steampunk, but when I do I read Meljean. If you liked the Iron Duke you will love this story. ...more
*2.5 Stars*

I’m sad to say that this is probably my least favorite Meljean Brook novel to date. The writing style I love was still there, but I never became engaged by the story. I think everything would have been different if I had enjoyed the characters more. I didn’t like Yasmeen much and I didn’t feel I knew Archimedes well enough to truly care.

I liked Yasmeen’s character in The Iron Duke but I wasn’t completely sold on her as a main character. It’s easier for me to enjoy certain personality
Sep 07, 2020 marked it as to-read-maybe-maybe-not  ·  review of another edition
7th Sep 2020 - DNF at 43%. I have no idea why the hell I'm struggling to engage with this one since I loved book 4 and was very much entertained by book 1. May try to read again at a later date. ...more
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steampunk
Original thoughts: Mmmm. I loved Yasmeen in The Iron Duke, but I didn't much care for Archimedes. I was fairly excited about the book nevertheless, because I loved the Iron Duke so much.

But now, with this horrible cover my doubts have returned. Seriously, except for the sword, there's nothing good to say about this cover. And I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by it's cover and all that jazz, and I won't, but it does influence my excitement.


Ha. I was so wrong. This book was delicious. B
I am very seriously considering upgrading this one to five stars. Heart of Steel was recommended by a friend whose taste is very similar to my own, so I looked past the heinous cover (thanks to my ereader) and aversion to steampunk and gave it a try. And, holy moly, am I glad I did. Heart of Steel is seriously badass.

-Yasmeen is a fantastic lead character. She's tough and smart and capable. I loved her as the captain of an airship, and her loyalty to her crew.
-Archimedes Fox is delightful. He's
4 Aeronautical Steampunk Romance Stars

I enjoyed this story, though not quite as much as The Iron Duke (*winks at Rhys and Mina*). Even though the characters were somewhat difficult for me to relate to, I found them both charming and compelling enough to set aside two other books in hopes that Archemides Fox would win the heart of Lady Yasmeen Corsair.

Perhaps reading the audio version of Heart of Steel kept me more interested than I would've been otherwise. The narrator has a gorgeous set of pip
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook is book two in her fabulous Iron Seas series. Last year, The Iron Duke ended up being my favorite book of the year. Heart of Steel is very different from The Iron Duke. The world is the same but the roles are reversed, plus the Steampunk elements are not so obvious. Here, the heroine is the alpha while the hero is a perfect example of what a beta should be. Whereas The Iron Duke was heavier on the sexual aspect regarding the main characters, in Heart of Steel it’s ...more
Mar 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Best of a very good series. I die thinking about Archimedes. He’s cinnamon roll, charming, and so, so in love with Jasmin. Ugh. So good.
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Heart of Steel is the story of Yasmeen, who is the captain of the Lady Corsair, and Archimedes Fox, adventurer. They had met up in The Iron Duke story and their adventure continues in this book.

Archimedes is so cute! He is so smitten with Yasmeen and he believes she will break his heart which he hopes to fully embrace. It's really unknown why besides the fact that he takes life head on and seems to want to have every experience. We get to know a lot about Yasmeen although maybe not all the answ
"'You fear more, you dare more - and now you love more."

Heart of Steal, the second book in Meljean Brook's Iron Seas steampunk series, is the continuation of the Yasmeen - Archimedes Fox story that the reader was first introduced to in The Iron Duke. At the end of The Iron Duke, Yasmeen, aka Captain Corsair, pushed Archimedes off the Lady Corsair airship into a canal in zombie-infested Venice. The reader wasn't sure if Archimedes lived or died. Before Archimedes took the plunge into the Venetian
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Favorite Quote: “Give her a heart of steel.”

“A heart of steel? But…why?”

“Because there is no other way to survive.”

When Captain Yasmeen tossed Archimedes Fox over the side of her ship in The Iron Duke for having the sheer gall of trying to commandeer it, she tosses him in a canal which shows Fox that she wasn’t trying to kill him per say, just give him a little wake up call. She also relieved him of a certain valuable sketch that he d
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Posted at Lots of good quotes in this one!

All romance books tell the story of how a couple meet and fall in love. Some couples are odd. Some couple are good. Some couples are creepy. And some couples are so perfectly matched they make you swoon each and every time they appear on the page together. Yasmeen and Archimedes are one such couple.

We meet both Yasmeen and Archimedes in The Iron Duke, the first book in Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series. I liked th
”I have a collection of fine waistcoats and a handsome face.” He stepped back to let her take in the full effect of both, and her smile spread to the edge of a laugh. Perfect. “You’ve already proven susceptible to them, and refrained from killing me at least twice: when you discovered who my father was after I first boarded your airship, and again when you threw me from it. I’m certain that means we’re destined to be together.”

Yasmeen is the mercenary captain of Lady Corsair. She is lethal,

Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
4 stars

Heart of Steel is a slower paced story compared to The Iron Duke, but is just as vividly written. The plot includes treasure hunting, fleeing from infectious zombies, intrigue, and a romance that takes it time for the hero find his way into the heroines' "heart of steel."

Archimedes Fox is the perfect beta hero for Yasmeen, captain of the Lady Corsiar. She does not need a man to complete her. The men she has loved in the past did not respect her boundaries, instead they would try to domin
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow! I really enjoyed this one a lot! I loved the action and adventure! I also REALLY loved Archimedes and Yasmeen! Their banter and the sexual/romantic tension was GREAT! The only thing i had a hard time with was all the history...whether it was of the Horde or Da Vinci or someone/something else...any and ALL OF IT! was too in depth and involved that i found my self crossing my eyes during those parts of the books. Other than that it really was a wonderful addition to this fun and unique s ...more
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audio, steampunk
I loved it, and yet, it always seemed an arms length away, if that makes sense. I didn't feel immersed in the story, as I was often a bit flummoxed by the world and history and dense writing. I read The Iron Duke, but I almost felt like I had skipped a book. But, the great characters, and some really beautiful passages about love and longing, made this a four star for me.

1/6/13: listening to the audio, and it is AWESOME!
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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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The Iron Seas (5 books)
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