If you want to dip your toes into the world of the Iron Seas, but you’re not ready to commit to a full length novel, this might be a good chance to get your feet wet. You won’t get the depth and full experience of the novels, but it is enough to give you a feel for the setting and tone. This story is a complete standalone and can be read at any point in the series.
The novella follows Elizabeth, who is on the run from her father. One of his men, Caius, caught up to her once before and she doesn’t plan to let it happen again. What she doesn’t realize is, Caius no longer works for her father. Now, he is actually trying to help her stay one step ahead of the goons on her tail. He’ll do anything to keep her free, even if it means she’ll never know how much he loves her.
I don’t want to give too much away, because this is a novella and there are some pretty interesting twists in a short time. Elizabeth has a very good reason for running, one that made me sit up and pay attention. It made her very sympathetic. But it was Caius who stole the show. I loved how he loved Elizabeth and regretted how he had once treated her. And the sexual tension is great. My favorite part about the book, though, was how the two of them made their way toward each other, never believing that other could feel the same.
It’s not perfect. It felt like things wrapped up rather quickly. It did well to invest me in this romance, but then after all the build, everything resolved a little too neatly. I liked it overall, though, and it reminded me of how much I enjoy this world and Meljean’s writing.
I hope there are more Iron Seas stories to come.
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by Meljean Brook
Release Date: November 25, 2013