I really do love Brooks's Iron Sea's books. I read the first two a few weeks before this one came out, and I was glad I had three I could gobble up at once. This book is probably my favorite of the three so far. It was different and I liked that difference.
Our main characters were BOTH vulnerable. They had their own strengths, but when it came to love and sex, there wasn't the normal 'alpha male' thing going on. Our male had his own issues and hang ups he had to get past, and I'll be honest, as much as the alpha male can turn me on(omg Barrons... Yes please) I liked the vulnerabilities David had, body hang ups he had (body hang ups from a guy? Shock! Granted the rest of his body was supposedly beautiful, but still, it was a nice change of pace).
I liked Annika. I liked that she realized her own strength, I liked that she wasn't helpless, and it wasn't David that brought out her strength, but instead helped her see her own strength. She had travelled the world on her own, she WAS strong. She just didn't believe it.
Mainly I loved the story. This was so much more than a romance. I liked the sick in the head villain. I liked that his evilness was explored through mental issues instead of just blowing things up. I liked the social commentary that has been going through this entire series and was backed up more in this book. gasp! A village of all women has some lesbians!! How shocking to the horribly Victorian world. Oh wait, it's still shocking to our world now sadly :(
Overall I was pleased with my purchase. I think this book will appeal to people who aren't even fans of romance. The beginning was a little slow, but it picked up and even left me with moist eyes at the end. I really connected with our two main characters and that, to me, is the most important piece of enjoying a book. If I hate a main character? Bam- it's over.