Genres: Steampunk Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on April 2, 2013
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.
Romance Roundabout #183