Release Date: May 6, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
The Kraken King has declared that Zenobia Fox is under his protection—and with her identity revealed, she needs that protection more than ever. But it comes with a price when Ariq demands that Zenobia reveal her secrets in return.
Ariq wants nothing more than for Zenobia to trust him, and he knows exactly which sensual tricks will breach her defenses. But although she urgently desires the powerful governor, Zenobia isn’t a woman who will be easily won with a few passionate kisses.
When his ambush goes awry, Ariq discovers just how deeply he can hurt her—but the real danger to Zenobia is one that he never expected
The Inevitable Abduction
It's been three weeks since I last read The Fox's Den, part 3 of Meljean Brook's THE KRAKEN KING serial, book 4 of her Steampunk series, The Iron Seas. I didn't have a hard time going back in the figurative saddle with Zenobia and Ariq as these two picked up where they left off the last time I was with them.
Let me start with the romance, there's still some push and pull but Zenobia is getting more bolder, even making the first move on Ariq, and Ariq is still consistent with his seductions. I know the tension is torture but there is virtue in holding off and not putting out at the first opportunity. As for the emotional side of things, these two are obviously falling for each other but they're still testing the waters somehow. Zenobia is naturally cautious, Ariq however is such a curious individual, he doesn't necessarily find Zenobia extraordinarily attractive but her personality and air of mystery is what's drawing him in. At least he's looking for Zenobia's substance and not focusing on the superficial stuff right? The best part is their secrets are finally out and hopefully their confessions will strengthen their bond and get this two rolling in the right direction.
The world building is marvelous! The places MBrook creates and takes us to is so vivid I can see it clearly in my head and sketch it out for you if I have the knack for drawing. This time she takes us to The Living City where infrastructures are built with coral strengthened by steel and much of it is growing. Good heavens, Dubai pales in comparison I tell you!
Now this part is entitled The Inevitable Abduction for a reason. I know I mentioned it in my previous review but once again [yawn!], Zenobia's been abducted. Really?! It's almost comical at this point. If not for Ariq's promise of a rescue I'd totally be pissing all over this one. Let's see what happens next and hopefully Zenobia's streak of getting kidnapped ends here.
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Publisher: McAlpin Press
After a series of strange deaths in the ponds of Hampstead Heath, Lady Jessica and her companions are called to investigate. The killings are believed to be the work of a malevolent water spirit, but there is also a black trail of suspicion which leads all the way to the heart of the Empire itself…
And so Lady Jessica book 1 ends and as per usual, it was riddled with suspenseful action, devious villains, clever plotting and counter plotting with the bad guy caught in the end by The Black Diamonds led by Lady Jessica McAlpin. Like the previous two episodes I love the action sequences, it's fast paced and very episodic. I have no complaints on the fantasy part of the tale, it's perfect and very exciting. Keith Dumble doesn't dawdle with his stories and I won't have it no other way.
However, KDumble still hold back in as far as showing us the human face of Lady Jessica and the rest of her crew for that matter. The characters remained one dimensional which is disappointing because they are quite an interesting group along with the rest of the cast of characters. I've been waiting for Lady Jessica's other layers, her backstory and her other facets to give her a personality if you get my drift. Unfortunately I'm left wanting in this area and Lady Jessica haven't changed or evolved in book 1.