Review ~ Armored Hearts by Melissa Turner Lee & Pauline Creeden

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Armored Hearts
Melissa Turner Lee/Pauline Creeden
Genre: Fantasy/Steampunk
Publisher: All Night Reads
Publishing Date: May 20, 2013
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Brief Description: “When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother’s side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales.
Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park and left behind, while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair.
Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.”

Briefly, I thought this novel would be ho-hum, as I am not usually inclined towards the Fantasy genre. Boy was I wrong. I read this non-stop late into the morning until, disappointingly, it was finished.
Elegant story-line and refreshing character development combine for an enjoyable read.
Characters and story-line keep surprising with twists and turns at every step. You find yourself rooting for the home team, which is a good sign when the novel draws you in. Highly recommended. Did not get the full complement of stars, as it is the first in the series, and sometimes subsequent novels in a series can disappoint and detract from the initial work.

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