Touch of Steel
A Novel of the Clockwork Agents
By Kate Cross
(Signet, Mass Market Paperback, 9780451238825, 400pp.)
Publication Date: December 4, 2012
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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 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…
Kate Cross is also USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Smith. She has published more than twenty novels, which have been translated into several foreign languages. Writing steampunk allows her to combine her love of fashion, history, and science fiction. As Kady Cross she writes steampunk young adult fiction, and as Kate Locke she writes urban fantasy. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and five cats.
Praise for Heart of Brass
“Riveting! I couldn’t put it down. I can't wait for the next book!” —#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Victoria Alexander
"Fabulously entertaining—a great romance in an inventive, believable steampunk world!”—New York Times Bestselling Author Stephanie Laurens
“Rip-roaring…[a] thrilling tale set in steam-powered London. Cross layers her exciting romantic tale with mystery, treachery and even a serial killer. Riveting from beginning to end, this book is an exceptional launch to a series.”—RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)