Review: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

Posted May 31, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 10 Comments

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Review: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
The Iron Duke
by Meljean Brook

5 Stars

Released: 5 October 2010
Series: Iron Seas #1
Published by Berkley Trade
Genres: Steampunk
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback


“…not only had a great romance, it had a plot that kept me enthralled and has established a world that I can’t wait to read more about.” ~ Under the Covers

The Iron Duke is England’s hero. The former pirate turned lord saved England from the Horde when he destroyed their tower, freeing people from Horde control. So when Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth is called to investigate a murder that happened on his lawn she approaches with trepidation and a dash of excitement. But the Iron Duke, Rhys Trahaearn, is more than she expected, as is the powerful attraction she feels for him. Together they investigate the killing and discover their may be more to this than a simple murder, the whole of England could once again be at risk…

Why did it take so long for me to pick up this book?! Before this I had read a few novellas by Meljean Brook within the Iron Seas series, which all inspired me to add The Iron Duke to my TBR pile, if I had known how much I would have enjoyed it, I would have picked it up immediately. 

What fascinated me most about this book was the world that Brooks has created, steampunk is a great genre in allowing authors to let their imagination run rampant. But what I liked about The Iron Duke was although there were some great visuals and original ideas it all made sense and gave the impression that it was well thought out making everything hang together beautifully. It wasn’t just a string of weird and wacky things strung together with a convoluted plot thrown in to try and make sense of it. 

As for the romance, not only does Ms Brooks know how to world build, she writes up some pretty potent and sexually charged romance as well. Once again I ask, why didn’t I start this sooner? Rhys and Mina had sexual tension rolling off this book in waves, the pull between them was undeniable and I had a fantastic time watching as their relationship built up from a mutual attraction to so much more. 

This was a fantastic read, one of my favourites so far this year, it not only had a great romance, it had a plot that kept me enthralled and has established a world that I can’t wait to read more about. I have just become Meljean Brooks number one fan!


Iron Duke, TheBook 1 Heart of SteelBook 2 RIVETED, A Novel of the Iron SeasBook 3 Kraken King, TheBook 4

The Iron Duke: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Heart of Steel: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
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The Kraken King: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads I Our Review


About Meljean Brook

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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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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10 responses to “Review: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

  1. Elizabeth

    i have been seeing this book for a while and have not taken the plunge…not really sure why though….but i definitely will now…thanks suzanne

  2. Amber

    I have this one. I just haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I will definitely be moving it up on my pile. 🙂

  3. Glenda

    I still haven’t read any of Meljean’s books and every time a read a review, I ask myself why I haven’t yet….

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