Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Review: Nights of Steel by Nico Rosso

Reading Nico Rosso's Nights of Steel made me realize how complacent I've become with my choice in material. Rosso's gritty steampunk offers a different, addictive voice. As the fourth book in The Ether Chronicles, I haven't read the others in the series, but it didn't feel like I was missing out.

Instead, the engaging characterization, descriptions and dialogue drew me in. The main characters -- Jack and Anna -- are bounty hunters, used to living on the out edges of the world, and alone. They possess a mutual respect for each other, and the rivalry grows strong. But, when a high-stakes case comes up, they'll need to band together, and perhaps even trust each other.

Rosso does such a good job setting up these characters, that the developing relationship and complications feel authentic.

"They paused to exchange a look before stepping close. A silent communication that they were sharing a room with a bit of an eccentric. But the look was too unguarded, too familiar. The steel returned to Anna's eyes. Jack set his jaw, feeling the familiar smirk he used to shrug troubles away."

Plus, I enjoyed the believable, technical descriptions -- flying motorcycles and mechanical animals -- that infuse the tale with its steampunk flair.

The only problem is now I'm more than a little curious about reading the first three books! One lucky entrant on this tour giveaway, will win exactly that!

Giveaway: There is only ONE winner in this Tour:

Winner will receive 3 books leading up to this one in the Ether Chronicles series by Nico Rosso and Zoe Archer (Night of Fire, Skies of Steel, and Skies of Fire) US ONLY

Nights of Steel
Book 4 of The Ether Chronicles 

Enter the world of The Ether Chronicles with Nico Rosso’s latest sexy steampunk offering, Nights of Steel (Avon Impulse; on-sale 11/6/2012; e-ISBN 9780062201102; $1.99). “Wild” West takes on a whole new meaning in Rosso’s version of America: airships roam the skies, and genetically engineered Man O’ Wars wreak havoc—and that’s nothing compared to the rising tension between bounty hunters Anna Blue and Jack Hawkins. This book is all about action—of every kind—and between the cool-as-heck characters, the surreal steampunk landscape, and the electrifying chemistry between the two protagonists, Nights of Steel is a must-read for fans of romance with an action edge!

Bounty hunter Anna Blue always finds her fugitive. But her latest mission is filled with mystery-a high price for an eccentric inventor. And her biggest rival, Jack Hawkins-a startlingly handsome, entirely unsettling man whose abilities match her own– is hunting the same bounty. Neither will back down.

When a rogue Man O’ War flies his airship into the California skies, guns blazing, Anna and Jack are forced to team up or die. But it isn’t the danger that has them ready to flare like gunpowder. They’ve circled each other for years as competitors only. Fighters and outsiders, they never thought they’d find a kindred soul. But as hot passion, and raw need draw them together, can they survive this mission long enough to track the most elusive fugitives…their hearts?


Nico Rosso was a writer in search of a genre until his wife, Zoe Archer, brought romance into his life in more ways than one. Through her he learned the romance genre was filled with vast opportunities for storytelling. He created the sci-fi romance Limit War series, sweeping readers off Earth to an interstellar conflict. Closer to home, he set off the apocalypse with The Last Night. And starting with the Ether Chronicles, he gets to write closer than ever with his wife. They created the steampunk world together and trade off, telling the romance tales that span the globe. You can find him on the web at www.nicorosso.com

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