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Subject: The Iron Duke - OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date Posted: 4/3/2011 8:57 AM ET
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I starte Meljean Brook's The Iron Duke last night and WOW - I can't put it down. Cool world building - hero is delicously alpha and the heroine is smart and tortured. Highly recommend.



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Date Posted: 4/3/2011 9:30 AM ET
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I really liked that book too.  I liked the novella, in the same world, in the Burning Up Anthology even better.  It's definitely a series I'll be following, but then again I like all of her books :)

Date Posted: 4/3/2011 9:49 AM ET
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I WISH YOU GIRLS WOULD QUIT THIS!!!  I HAVE MORE BOOKS ON MY WISH AND REMINDER LISTS THAT I CAN EVER READ---------------------NOW YOU HAVE MADE ME GO AND ADD ANOTHER!!!blush

I have never read this author.  I have read the Burning Up Anthology, but not  her story.  It's like I told my husband, I don't want to have to tape any new shows on our DVR because I can't keep up with all the new and older loved shows.  TOO much to look forward to!!!!!heart

Date Posted: 4/3/2011 2:57 PM ET
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This is on my wish list and I really want to read it.  I have been holding off to see what people are saying about it.  Just moved to the must get soon category!

Subject: Iron Duke
Date Posted: 4/3/2011 3:21 PM ET
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I read a lot, and this one really stands out. It is SteamPunk - alternate history, Victorian age with science fiction -steam engines, nanobots, airships. The world building is great.  I liked the heroinea lot - she is not kick-a$$, know-it-all but intelligent and brave, honorable and determined in a world that reviles her.

The novella There be monsters in Burning Up is also great. Both are on my Keeper shelf! Those two books I definitely recommend - for romance, adventure, parpanormal, science fiction...

Date Posted: 4/3/2011 5:59 PM ET
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I have been reading all day - children are being neglected, laundry in piles! Run and get this book:-)

Date Posted: 4/3/2011 7:11 PM ET
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I am soooo glad to hear this- I ordered Burning Up and the Iron Duke the other day from PBS on a whim!

Date Posted: 4/4/2011 9:40 PM ET
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This book was VERY good! Takes you to a whole other place. The story line is good and so are the characters. Complex, sexy, edgy, really cool. And the pic of the guy on the front ain't bad either. lol. Helps you imagine him while you are reading the book!

Date Posted: 4/5/2011 6:26 AM ET
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Finished the book last night. It was great! I can't wait for the next installment. Apparently it will be Lady Corsair's story. NICE!

Date Posted: 4/5/2011 1:54 PM ET
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I haven't read this one yet, but the short story in Burning Up was one of the best stories I have read in....a long time lol I wish it had been longer

Date Posted: 4/5/2011 2:15 PM ET
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Is there much romance in the book?  I know some steampunk UF don't necessarily focus on a lot of romance, sex scenes etc.

Date Posted: 4/5/2011 5:37 PM ET
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Lots of romance imo!

Date Posted: 4/5/2011 6:40 PM ET
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isn't it labeled a romance?

I just looked, and yea it's marked as paranormal romance



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Date Posted: 4/5/2011 9:06 PM ET
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Yup, its definitely a romance. The relationship between The Iron Duke and Mina is the focus of the story and of course they get their HEA:-)

Date Posted: 4/8/2011 2:03 PM ET
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I was at my local Borders today and all romance was 80% off so I bought The Iron Duke!  Can't wait to read it. :-)

Date Posted: 4/15/2011 9:31 AM ET
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I loved The Iron Duke, too!! It's been added to my keeper list and I'm eagerly awaiting her next book.  

Now the question is are there any other steampunk books out there like this that anyone could reccommend?

Date Posted: 4/19/2011 12:43 PM ET
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I don't consider it a "romance" and there's little sex at all as I recall.  

BUT - the love interest is central to the story and it is a superb book. As a romance reader, I loved it.  

If you've read Patricia Briggs, it reminds me of her books - there is a plotline well beyond romance (but not a "faux" plot just to drive the relationship) but you watch the romance unfurl throughout.  



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Date Posted: 4/19/2011 5:52 PM ET
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Why wouldn't you consider it romance Jasmine? Just curious. Funny how we all experience these books so differently. I guess for me a romance is a story where the romantic relationship between the hero and the heroine is central to the story and there is a happily ever after. Iron Duke had all of that imo. Also while there isn't tons of sex - there is very hot sex lol. AAR gave it a sensuality rating of Hot.

Date Posted: 5/9/2011 10:27 PM ET
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Loved it and the story in Burning Up--both keepers for me.  Blew through it pretty quickly if I recall.   I didn't know a whole lot about Steam Punk but sort of likened it to the TV series Wild Wild West (which I loved as a kid in reruns in the early 80's) and alot of what was presented in the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and some of the old Jules Verne books and movies I had read.  Loved the creativity and since I'm a romance reader I liked that it had that element in there as well.  For me the romance isn't just about insert tab A into slot B, the build up, tension and emotional connect even if it occurs from butt kicking action sequences all count towards romance.  In the first Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Sparrow doesn't obviously "do" anyone but he was viewed as a romantic character in that franchise.

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 11:31 AM ET
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I would definitely call it a romance -- if anything, I thought it a little too typical a romance -- and thought it had plenty of sex.

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 4:51 PM ET
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It's only $6.00 at Amazon right now for the print edition

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 10:02 AM ET
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I also LOVED this book,  Pre-ordered it after reading "Here There Be Monsters" in the Burning up anthology.  The next one is Heart of Steel due in November, and this is from her website:

I’ve also contributed a short Iron Seas novella to Wild & Steamy, an anthology coming to ebook this summer, 

The Iron Seas: I expect that Riveted (Iron Seas #3) will be available late 2012, with two more Iron Seas novels in 2013. These three books will probably be released on a six-month schedule.

I emailed her to gush about how much I enjoyed the Iron Duke and the short-story and she responded quickly and was very gracious and thanked me. 

 



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