Review: Tethered by Meljean Brook

Posted May 26, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 17 Comments

Review: Tethered by Meljean Brook

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Series: The Iron Seas #2.5
Genres: Steampunk Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on April 2, 2013
Pages: 187
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

I didn’t even know I needed it until I started reading this follow-up adventure for Archimedes Fox and Captain Corsair after their exploits in Heart of Steel.  I loved them, but I didn’t expect more.  As soon as I started reading this one, I knew I wasn’t ready to be done with them.


Tethered is book 2.5 in the Iron Seas series and doesn’t make for a good place to jump into the series.  The author spends little time on explaining the world or how the characters came to be in their circumstances because this story follows the events of the rest of the series though its a new adventure.

Archimedes and Yasmeen have plans to go on an artifact hunting venture after a brief visit to check in with his sister and with her old friend, but all that gets sidelined when Archimedes former partner tracks them down.  He needs help and he is willing to do anything to achieve his goal.

This book is a blend of exciting steampunk sky adventure, but also develops the love affair that started in the last book.  What does love look like for a dashing, daring strong-willed couple?  How do they balance their lives now that they are together?
And, beyond the romance, they both discover personal vulnerabilities that they can either work through alone or remember they are a couple and can rely on each other.  I enjoyed seeing the complexities in this story against the well-paced and finely tuned action side.

Okay, and when all’s said and done, I loved any reason to see Yasmeen and Archimedes in action together again.  I think they will always be one of my favorite book couples.  I can’t resist a dangerous lady sky ship captain and a charming adventurer.

This is a really great series with a bit of something for everyone who likes spicy hot romance, gritty adventures, developed and colorful characters, a fascinating and exciting world, and fun use of steampunk gadgetry and inventions.  This is the series I would point out to those who want to try steampunk, but aren’t sure all those mechanisms and steam are for them.


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About Meljean Brook

Book info: I am the author of the Iron Seas steampunk romance series. I’ve written a guide to the world (including a map) on my website.

I also write a paranormal romance series, the Guardians. That series guide is also on my website, including a “The Story So Far” feature, which allows you to catch up on all of the books that previously released in the series if you start after the first installment.

Goodreads info: I am slowly, slowly adding to my shelves and reviews. It’s unlikely that I will join many book discussions (especially of my own work) simply because I don’t want to stifle reader conversation.

Bio: Meljean was raised in the middle of the woods, and hid under her blankets at night with fairy tales, comic books, and romances. She left the forest and went on a misguided tour through the world of accounting before focusing on her first loves, reading and writing–and she realized that monsters, superheroes, and happily-ever-afters are easily found between the covers, as well as under them, so she set out to make her own.

Meljean lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

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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.

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  • So glad you enjoyed this one Sophia! It’s nice to be able to visit old favorites. I have heard a lot of good things about this author, but I’m not sure steampunk is my thing.

    Great review.

    • LOL, that’s okay. Although, this is one of the steampunk series that I would recommend to those who want to try it since there is a lot of action and intrigue and spicy romance to them.

      • How much Urban Fantasy is in Steampunk, if any?

        • This one leans more to sci-fi, but other authors like Bec McMaster and Gail Carriger have vampires and werewolves in her series.

          • Thank you! I am not clear on what Steampunk really is. I will have to do a bit of research.

            • I don’t know if this will help, but Steampunk is above all an alternate history type story. Most are set in Victorian era Britain and the big technology is things run on steam, hence, steampunk. But, there are actually variations on this that can take it to a different era and place or add paranormal elements to the sci-fi gadgetry. There is usually a strong action adventure and/or government intrigue to them.

              • That helps a lot. Thanks for breaking it down for me! I will have to find a ‘soft’ place to start to see if this is my thing.

                • Check out Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series or Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series.

  • That sounds like a really good one.

  • I will have to add this when I catch up with this series. Sounds like a good addition.

    • For sure! This series has zombies in it. 😉

      • Ahhh, so this was the zombie read for the month. Cool.

        • Yes, a few from this series and I also read Diana Rowlands first White Trash Zombie book. 🙂

  • Sounds like quite the reading adventure! A lady ship captain and an adventurer works for me. Thanks for the heads up on not jumping in here. You just never know!

    • It sure was. And, yes, this is a follow-up story to book two. This is a series where each main novel is a different couple, but its the first book, The Iron Duke where the world of the series gets detailed out. In fact, I think people should read it even before the two prequel shorts b/c of that. I liked the Iron Duke, but Heart of Steel is my favorite so far out of the first three. I still need to read Kraken King, the last book.