Afternoon Delight: Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City by Meljean Brook

Afternoon Delight: Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City by Meljean BrookMina Wentworth and the Invisible City by Meljean Brook

Series: The Iron Seas #1.5
Genres: Steampunk Romance
Published by Berkley on August 7, 2012
Pages: 104
Format: Paperback
Source: Giveaway
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Eight months after The Iron Duke, can their marriage survive a new danger?

After Mina is called in to investigate the murder of an aristocratic bounder, her husband Rhys—known to the world as the Iron Duke—must overcome his fear for his new bride before his need to protect her tears them apart. But when she invites him to join her at the murder scene, a search for a mysterious killing machine puts her in more danger than ever before…a danger that leads straight back to Rhys.

The Delight

I had such a fantastic time with The Iron Duke that I immediately launched into this follow up novella that took place eight-months later.  What comes after the Happily Ever After for The Iron Duke and his Inspector?  It was great discovering the answer.

Review

Marriage is something neither the one time slave then pirate who became duke and the society outcast female copper ever thought possible.  And love?  To love so fiercely that it scares them and they are afraid to lose this wonderful thing together or to lose each other.

It was a sweet story in ways.  But yes, we had a good diverting mystery and follow-up of where everyone is at and what they are doing after the dust settles on the grand The Iron Duke ending.

I was glad to get this quick between story and a revisit with favorite characters in their Iron Seas world.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #279 SP
Mt. TBR #113

Recommendations

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I have heard some great things about this series. Glad you had this one ready to go!

    • Me, too. I’ve got two other novellas from the series tucked away in a couple of anthologies, but for the life of me I can’t find the one I have with the prequel story in it. Ugh. LOL I hope to keep going with the series in the new year if my library carries copies of the next books.

  • I do adore a great diverting mystery and I still need to read this author. I have book one on my list though so I can’t wait.

    • Mina is a great heroine. I think you’ll get a kick out of her when you get the chance to read this series.

  • I love when the novellas actually hit the spot. Sometimes they’re just fluff I could do without.

    • Yeah, the ones that are so short that there’s no development to speak of or a good plot are not my thing, either. This one felt more like a long epilogue that wrapped up the remaining thoughts on the romance, but gave another fun murder mystery for the pair to deal with.

  • I so need tot ry this series! I’m glad to see you had a good time with the novella

    • Yes!!! This is a great series for you, Melliane. 🙂

  • Sounds like such a fun series!

    • It really is, Melissa. I can’t wait to keep going with it. 😉