11- The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
Liked: I like steampunk. I love romance. I love good action in romance novels, and this had plenty. Brook’s worldbuilding is awesome, and I thought the secondary characters were fantastic. Also: Mercenaries! Swashbuckling! Explosions! Everyone and their mother is obsessed with this book.
Disliked: The over-use of the word “shagging.” Sorry, I know I’m being 12 years old, but it made me giggle, especially in what is meant to be tender, seductive sexy-talk. Actually, that’s probably a point in this book’s favor. Mina was smart, but I didn’t lurrrrve her like I love other romance heroines. And yes, Rhys has a “past,” and he’s hot and everything, but attempting to coerce a heroine into having sex with you so that you’ll help her save her fourteen-year-old brother is ick, in my book. Like, I get it, and he comes around, but still.
I wanted to know more about Felicity and Mina’s relationship, and how it had developed past the Horde-Frenzy trauma, as well as the relationship between Mina and her mom, who have similarly devastating issues. Some of the technology stuff, too, was a little confusing: how do the nanoagents work, exactly? What exactly happened with Rhys’s? Maybe I wasn’t reading closely enough.
Mostly, my dislikes are colored by the character thing (a lot of plot/writing evils can be overcome by fab characters, in my mind). I’ll probably read the next one in the series, anyway.