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Touch of Steel The Wardens of the Realm are a group with extraordinary abilities dedicated to protecting England from any threat But in this steam powered world there s a fine line between enemy and ally Reeling f

  • Title: Touch of Steel
  • Author: Kate Cross
  • ISBN: 9780451238825
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Wardens of the Realm are a group with extraordinary abilities, dedicated to protecting England from any threat But in this steam powered world, there s a fine line between enemy and ally Reeling from her brother s death, beautiful American spy Claire Brooks has vowed revenge on the member of The Company who she believes to be responsible Stanton Howard But when sheThe Wardens of the Realm are a group with extraordinary abilities, dedicated to protecting England from any threat But in this steam powered world, there s a fine line between enemy and ally Reeling from her brother s death, beautiful American spy Claire Brooks has vowed revenge on the member of The Company who she believes to be responsible Stanton Howard But when she chases the man to London, Claire is captured by the Wardens of the Realm and placed in the custody of the Earl of Wolfred, the dashing Alistair Payne.Seeing the prospect of retribution slipping away, Claire convinces Alistair that she has defected and will help him take down The Company As they travel via steam liner, Claire and Alistair must pretend to be engaged Claire can t deny the growing attraction she feels for her pretend husband, but when Howard is finally within her reach, she will have to decide whether her true loyalties lie with The Company or with her heart

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    1. Aly on said:

      There's two things we can say about the Earl of Wolfred :- He's a real good man-He's not lucky in loveOnce in love with his best friend's wife, he began to believe maybe he had a chance with her after the man disappear for years. But when Lucas came back, Alistair's hope died. Then his last mission turned dramatic, almost tragic, when he was betrayed by an other woman he developed feelings for. When a member of the Company (the enemy clan) and former mistress of Lucas when he was amnesic, is cap [...]

    2. MadameMelli on said:

      Ich habe das bekommen, was ich erwartet habe: eine Abenteuergeschichte mit Liebe, deren erotische Teile nicht überhand nahmen. Ich mochte es, dass die weibliche Hauptfigur stark war, ihr Ziel vor Augen hatte und trotzdem auch schwach sein durfte, ohne dafür herablassend behandelt zu werden. Band 3 les ich direkt als nächstes!

    3. Beth (^v^)/ on said:

      “You’re not going to kill me in my sleep are you?.“ “No, I’d want you awake for that.”Kate Cross' second book in the Clockwork Agent series is a great steampunk adventure! I forgot how much I like this genre.This book was full of gadgets!Full of spy intrigue and murder!Full of manly-men with enhanced hearing and visionEnter: Claire. She's a spy with 'The Company."They are enemies with the Wardens. Our story begins with her chasing the man responsible for her brother's death. She's wi [...]

    4. Danielle on said:

      Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick I don't even know where to begin with this book. First I will say that prior to reading Touch of Steel, I had not read anything in the Steampunk genre before. Secondly, why haven't I? Yeah, I loved this book. For real. I love the mix of modern with historical. Kate Cross created a world that felt real to me. Not only did she create this wonderful fantastical world, but she created a group of characters that I was really taken with and I found [...]

    5. Abigail on said:

      I didn't know about Ms.Cross's various pen names when I picked up this book but things made a lot of sense once I did. The book is set in a similar world to her Steampunk Chronicles published under Kady Cross. The different pen names is a smart idea since the Steampunk Chronicles are a YA book and parents might not be to happy to find their children reading the rather more adult Clockwork Agents series that they found by searching for their new favorite author's books. Being a sucker for romance [...]

    6. Ellie on said:

      Touch of Steel, Clockwork Agents #2, by Kate CrossGrade: A“You try to be so hard and tough, but beneath that you are a good man, and no woman can resist that. I don’t care how well-trained or determined she is. You will make her want to please you, to win your trust and the ultimate prize of your heart, and then she’s lost.”Claire Brooks has been a spy for The Company, an American spy agency, since she was fifteen years old and joined with her brother Robert. Claire, aka The Dove, has be [...]

    7. Deborah Ideiosepius on said:

      The time is steampunk, the place is Britain and the story is thoroughly enjoyable.The world of espionage, in this book, is split into two factions. The Company formed in America to prevent British imperialism from taking over the land and then spread into other nations. They oppose The Wardens Of The Realm on all fronts. The Wardens, or W.O.R. work against them and for Britain or possibly an empire? Not too sure if Britain has an empire here.Claire is a top Company operative, smart, strong and [...]

    8. Amy on said:

      Well, I liked this one better than Heart of Brass, primarily because I found Claire to be much more like-able than Arden. I'm not totally sold on this series but the 3rd book, Breath of Iron, is about Dr. Evelyn Stone. Dr. Stone has intrigued me from the beginning and I do want to learn more about her backstory.

    9. Stacy on said:

      I really didn't like this one solely because I hated both of the main characters, Alistair and Claire. Alistair was a traditional male IMO- he despised this woman because she worked for the Company, the Wardens enemies. Yet throughout the entire story he whines on how attracted he is to her, but he can't be with her, but he finds her attractive, but shes the enemy.on and on. Claire is no better. She started out like a cool female role-independant, fearless, ruthlesswhen she goes off on this miss [...]

    10. Cara on said:

      Loved this one too! I've liked Alistair since the first book so I was excited to get his story. I think one of my favorite aspects of this series is that all the characters are slightly older, more mature, all have sexual experience and prior relationships, including the accompanying emotional baggage. For me, that goes along really well with the premise of experienced spies and the gritty world this is set in, and makes the couples' journey together even better!

    11. Karissa on said:

      This is the second book in the Clockwork Agents series and was another fun steampunk romance. This was an entertaining read and is very heavy on the romance end of things. There is also a lot of action, adventure, and politics. This book continues the story of Company Agents vs the Wardens. However this time the story focuses on Alistair Payne (who was in the first book) and a dashing American assassin known as the Dove. This isn’t the best steampunk series out there but it is a fun diversion. [...]

    12. (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick on said:

      Originally posted at smexybooks/2012/12/review-Favorite Quote: “You’re not going to kill me in my sleep are you?.“ “No, I’d want you awake for that.”Claire Brooks is on a mission of revenge. A deadly agent for The Company, Claire is determined to find the reasons her brother was killed, even if that means getting into bed with the Wardens of the Realm. When she is taken prisoner by the Wardens after being shot by a fellow agent, Claire agrees to help bring down The Company and accept [...]

    13. Paranormal Romance on said:

      Turning her back on her former employers and living only for revenge, the heroine will risk anything to see the man responsible for her brothers death suffer before she ends his miserable existence. She's hunted this man for many months, gotten close enough to taste it on many occasions and yet every time he manages to slip away. The last time she had him in her sights she was badly wounded, barely on her feet, yet striving forward, vowing to live as long as it takes to see him dead. But once ag [...]

    14. May Mostly Romance on said:

      ตัดสินใจหยิบเล่มนี้มาอ่านเพราะถูกใจเล่มแรก Heart of Brass มาก แม้จะไม่ค่อยมั่นใจกับคาแร็คเตอร์ของพระเอกเท่าไหร เนื่องจากในเล่มแรกก็บรรยายมาซะหลายรอบว่า แอบหลงรักนางเอกเล่มแรกมานาน [...]

    15. Jenn on said:

      This was more like a 3.5 stars but that's not an option and it improved so much over the previous book in the series that I felt there should be a difference in star ratings. Don't get me wrong it included most of the same issues: important plot points occurring before the book begins and not offering a flashback or novella or anything that allows the reader to experience those all important occurrences, a higher focus on sex than is likely for the time period regardless of the fact it's a Steam [...]

    16. Jaclyn on said:

      I wasn't sure that I would like this one considering I could not get through the first book in the series, Heart of Brass, but who doesn't like a fake engagement plot?In Touch of Steel Claire Brooks has gotten herself captured by the Wardens, a shadowy organization that protects England. Claire was part of the American rival faction, the Company; however, since her brother was killed she has vowed revenge on those responsible. Disavowing her allegiance to the company, Claire agrees to help the W [...]

    17. Miscjoy on said:

      This is the second steampunk novel I’ve read and I’m not sure this genre is for me. So, please keep that in mind while reading this review. This also is the first novel I’ve read by Kate Cross even though this story is the second in her Clockwork Agents series. I think Cross does a thorough job of clueing in new readers to the series (more on that later) and it worked as a standalone read for me.There were some interesting aspects to the world-building with competing spy agencies and medic [...]

    18. Bailee Nessinger on said:

      Touch of Steel is a good book. The book takes place in London, England. Claire Brooks and Alistair, and Stanton Howard are the main characters in the book. Claire is an American spy also known as the Dove that left her organization in attempt to avenge her brother by killing his beloved killer Stanton Howard. Claire tries to catch her brother's killer she gets caught herself, and taken to the Wardens of the Realm. Then Claire is taken into custody she meets Lord Wolfred (Alistair) who is Lucas G [...]

    19. Lindsay Mead on said:

      Read my review of Heart of Brass (Clockwork Agents, #1) here: bit/JX4tdPReviewI liked this book. I liked the gadgets, the characters, the pacing, and that we got to see a fair bit of the characters from book 1. I do have two complaints: 1.) The mystery was bad. There's a twist at the end, but I guessed it well near the beginning of the book. 2.) The ending scene was so unclassy. I don't want to say how, but if you read it you'll know what I mean. Not romantic even a bit-- cheesy really. That bei [...]

    20. Avry15 on said:

      I have read steampunk books before. I love the costumes (Victorian dresses) and the combination of history and modernity. In the past, I haven't liked how the mechanical terms takeover the story; sometimes it's hard to focus on the narrative. However, with TOUCH OF STEEL, romance and steampunk are perfectly balanced.Kate Cross did a wonderful job describing a vivid world of fan knives, metals, spies and historical England. The story flowed smoothly luring readers in the world she created. The te [...]

    21. The Window Seat on said:

      When I picked this book I couldn't tell if it was typical of Steampunk romances or not, but I figured it was a chance to read Steampunk and see if I liked it. I like Paranormals a lot so the idea of an alternate universe isn't that far of a leap right? Well, apparently it is.Since this is the first (and may be the last) Steampunk we have ever reviewed, it will be a mix of a review of the book and the genre. If I were to rate the book? Probably a B. If I were to rate the genre? Not for me. It is [...]

    22. Colleen on said:

      This was a really good book and I really enjoyed it. This book is the second book in the Clockwork Agents series and it is definitely in the steampunk genre. This book takes place mostly in England and on the Atlantic Ocean. Claire Brooks works for this American spy organization known as the Company and she is trying to avenge her brother's death by a member of her own organization. She then becomes a prisoner of the Wardens of the Realm, which is England's spy organization. In the process she m [...]

    23. Lee on said:

      [4.25 STARS]This series just gets better and better! The only detail that I seemed to have a hard time digesting was the fact that Claire and Luke had been lovers before and also that Alistair seems to always be getting the "left overs" from Luke. It seems like he's always falling for "Luke's woman" despite the authoring expressing that Alistair and Luke have the same taste in women. But even so, I kind of wished that Claire wasn't a past love of Luke, but rather a partner or JUST friends. But b [...]

    24. Mary on said:

      As soon as I finished this book, I went out and got the first one that I missed. A highly enjoyable series filled with plenty of secret agent-y shenanigans, the second book the Clockwork Agents series didn't disappoint. While steampunk can be rather hit-or-miss with me, this one worked because of the characters, the whip-smart dialogue and the fantastic tension between the characters. Super-spy Claire's hell-bent on vengeance against the man who she believes murdered her brother when she's injur [...]

    25. Beth Johnson on said:

      So much good stuff going on in this novel that I do not know where to start. Smart, confident, forthright heroine who knows what she wants and does not hesitate about changing directions to get it. Handsome, slightly broken, blustering hero who really does not want to like our heroine because they're on opposite sides. Add in fun with steampunk gadgets, a cruise ship, a mystery, and a wonderful dowager countess, and you have the makings for a brilliant romance novel. I loved every minute of this [...]

    26. Sarah on said:

      I enjoyed this book very much and was very happy to see Alistair finally find true love. The one thing I was looking for here was that we be shown the differences between the Company and the Wardens because book 1 didn't do a good enough job with that. We knew one was bad and one was good but that's not enough for me. I wasn't disappointed though because this time we did find out the Company's origins, what they believe in, and what they're fighting for. All in all, it had everything I was hopin [...]

    27. Kristi on said:

      Loved it. First of all, after meeting Alistair in the first book, recognizing how much he wanted to love someone, I just wished for him to have a starring role somewhere in this series. He definitely meets his match, and those unresolved issues he may have had when it came to Luke and Arden definitely fall by the wayside. When he meets Claire Brooks, takes on a mission with her and stumbles into love, it's a whirlwind. He reminds of a SteamPunk James Bond in some ways, especially with the modifi [...]

    28. Betsy on said:

      Characters: Assassin with a revenge motive. Damaged assassin hero.World Building: Interesting steampunk with various inventions.Plot: Marriage of convenience. Tracking suspect.Sex: MediumRead another: YesI skipped the first in the series because of the TSTL designation for that heroine. This heroine seemed stronger than that. Both characterizations seemed a little thin, though. Will try another, because I'm hoping for improvement and I like this genre.

    29. Julie Clarahan on said:

      This 2nd book in the series follows up with Simon, who is a friend of Luke and Arden from the first book. It was great to read more about Simon and the things that he had been through during his time as a Warden of the Realm. The adventures that he gets into with Claire Brooks heat up the pages of this book. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. Why, oh why, must they be published so far apart.

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