Review: Skies of Fire (The Ether Chronicles #1) by Zoe Archer

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Book: Skies of Fire (The Ether Chronicles #1)
Author: Zoe Archer
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Date Published: April 3rd, 2012
ISBN: 0062109146
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***Review Copy provided by Edelweiss***
3 1/2 out of 5 Stars
Blurb: Man made of metal and flesh
  Captain Christopher Redmond has just one weakness: the alluring spy who loved and left him years before…when he was still just a man. Now he's superhuman—a Man O' War, made as part of the British Navy's weapons program—and his responsibility is to protect the skies of Europe. If only he could forget Louisa Shaw.
  A most inconvenient desire
  Louisa, a British Naval Intelligence agent, has never left a job undone. But when her assignment is compromised, the one man who can help her complete her mission is also the only man ever to tempt her body and heart. As burning skies loom and passion ignites, Louisa and Christopher must slip behind enemy lines if they are to deliver a devastating strike against their foe . . . and still get out alive.
      An interesting start to cool new steampunk series. There was a lot of action with the main characters being a Captain of a airship and a Spy. The story was good, with lots of the steampunk detail that I love.
  I loved that Christopher was a Man O' War, what a cool idea! He's superhuman, with the strength, speed and endurance that a human couldn't achieve otherwise. He withstood a very painful operation in order to become one shortly after Louisa left him. He's smart, courageous, loyal, kind, and super-sexy. What's not to like?
  Louisa was a strong and independent woman, and a spy in the British Naval Intelligence. She left Christopher after he asked her to marry him, being terrified of what might happen between them should they get married. She had real commitment issues and was afraid to see what would happen should they take the next step.
  I guess my main problem with the book was that I couldn't identify with the heroine of the story. While she had all of the qualities that I would normally like in a main character, I just didn't enjoy her. Christopher on the other hand was completely what I'd like in a hero. I think because I liked him but not Louisa, it dulled my enjoyment of the book. You should want the two main characters to be together in any romance and I just couldn't do that here.
  The book does have a good story though and it was well written, with great action scenes. So I will definitely be reading the next installment in this series because now I'm intrigued. Since I absolutely love the idea of a Man O' War I really want to see where else this series takes me.

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