Synopsis: After freeing England from Horde control, Rhys Trehaearn, the Iron Duke, has built a merchant empire on the power - and fear - of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from a airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her is next possession.
With Horde blood running through Mina's veins, becoming Rhy's lover would destroy both her career and her family, yet the investigation prevent Mina from avoiding him...and the Iron Duke's ruthless pursuit makes him difficult to resist.
When Mina discovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. Now, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans - as Mina is tempted to give up everything for the Iron Duke.
Review: I plucked this book off the shelf at Barnes and Noble, on a whim. I didn't know the author has several other successful series. But after reading this, I can see why.
First, her alternative history world is well-developed, realistic and imaginative. Her characters are well-rounded, flawed and believable. The love story develops naturally, with realistic flaws and problems.
The story kept my interest, the secondary characters (three of which are featured in the next books in the series) are well-rounded and add a pleasant depth to the story, and the villian wasn't easy to idenitfy, which for a romance novel was refreshing.
In the end, this is a pleasent steampunk romance novel, and I'd recommend it to people who enjoy both steampunk and romance novels.
Note: This has several graphic sex scenes, but they are easy to skip if you wish.
Bookmarks: 7 of 10
Date Read: 2-10-2012