The Kraken King Part II by Meljean Brook
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: April 22nd 2014
Genres: Romance, Steampunk
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The Kraken King, Part IIThe Kraken King and the Abominable Worm
As they continue their expedition across Australia, Ariq is determined to stay close to Zenobia and figure out what kind of game she’s playing—even as his admiration for the enigmatic woman starts to override his suspicion.
For Zenobia, revealing her identity to a man who once made his living outside of the law is out of the question—even though Ariq’s dashing looks and blunt manner are distractingly appealing.
But before anyone’s secrets or desires can be exposed, an unexpected attack threatens to destroy them all…
Helping her friend, Helene, Zenobia manages to talk Ariq into taking them to the smugglers dens with him where he will go to try and find information on the marauders. The airship that Zenobia was on was by no means the first that the marauders had attacked. Zenobia had pulled away from Ariq after her bodyguard overheard a conversation he had with his brother. Now Ariq must be in an enclosed space with her which he finds torturous.
Zenobia, despite thinking that Ariq is only after her for her secrets and doesn’t really want her in his bed, still is highly attracted to Ariq. He’s a benevolent leader to his people even though he is tough and could be deadly as well. They didn’t call him the Kraken King for nothing – he latches on and he never lets go.
While on their way to the smugglers dens with Ariq the group camps out but they must beware of the boilerworms. Zenobia has heard of them but she has no idea what they are. When one attacks it puts them all in danger. Ariq discovers more about Zenobia but only bits and pieces which make him believe she’s a spy for someone. He doesn’t care though – no matter what he vows to protect her.
Another fabulous installment in the series. My God! This one had me on the edge of my seat! When the boilerworm came I was completely freaked out (think Tremors worms only enhanced!) and I think I actually whimpered while reading because of what was happening. Intense is a mild word for that scene.
Again, Ariq and Zenobia are wanting yet not wanting each other. They try to stay away from each other but they just can’t seem to do it. I love the fact that Brook didn’t throw them together immediately and let the tension and misunderstandings follow into this installment. It made for some potent and emotional conversations between the two and has made me want to read more and more. I’m sure when these two finally get together it’s gonna be hotter than hell. I’m SO looking forward to that! 🙂
Rating: 4.5 out of 5