Summary: Gravely injured while fighting Howard, the murderer of her beloved brother, Claire Brooks falls into the hands of the Wardens of the Realm. As an agent for the Company, she is now at the mercy of her enemies and chooses to defect in order to reach her goal. Teamed up with Warden Alastair Payne, they hunt Howard while pretending to be engaged. An irresistible attraction develops between Alastair and Claire and they must decide if they are truly allies or enemies.
6 Tender Things about TOUCH OF STEEL by Kate Cross
(May Contain Spoilers)
A deadly agent who loves fiercely and loyally as evident in the way she hunts the murderer of her beloved brother.
Kate Cross created characters that show friendship at its best! Without knowing Claire, Arden and Luke stand beside Alastair’s decision to include Claire in the Wardens because they trust and love Alastair, no further proof was needed.
While Alastair has many faults, including coveting his best friend’s wife and being a stubborn ass, he is a good man. Publicly defending and proclaiming his love for Claire redeemed him in many ways.
4. The Heat
Erotic scenes between Alastair and Claire were hot and steamy.
“Touch of Steel” was quite the rollercoaster and while it turns out Claire’s brother was a huge dick, Claire at least got her happily-ever-after with Alastair as they continue fighting as Wardens of the Realm.
6. Breath of Iron
The Clockwork Agent series continues in Kate Cross’s next steampunk novel “Breath of Iron.”
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Summary: After 7 years of hoping that he was still alive, Arden Grey sees her husband with her own eyes, as he tries to kill her. Luke remembers nothing of their love or anything before he was Five, an agent for the Company. Working for the Wardens, the Company’s sworn enemy, Arden must find a way to get Luke to remember her and their life or risk them having to say goodbye forever.
7 Homely Things about Kate Cross’s “Heart of Brass”
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1. Arden Grey
Incredibly smart, Arden is not only employed as a woman but is an inventor. This woman has no problems telling the status quo to f-off and to take matters in her own hands. Even with her husband back in her life, she does not allow him to tell her what she can or cannot do.
“Heart of Brass” had the unique premise of the main hero and heroine already being married, just estranged.
Character development was done well and realistic that both Arden and Luke would be different after 7 years. It was a pleasure watching them fall in love and find their way back to each other again while still being who they are.
Kate Cross gives an honest view of marriage, it is never perfect and entails forgiveness and a lot of compromises.
The Clockwork Agents series takes place in 1898 London with added steampunk elements creating a vibrant, interesting setting.
6. Happy Ending
“Heart of Brass” was an overall imaginative and riveting story that came to a touching, happy conclusion.