Review: Skies of Fire

Skies of Fire
Skies of Fire by Zoe Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

I wasn’t sure what to think about this book when I first decided I wanted to try it. I was worried that it would end up being more 1 million dollar man with the girls fainting at the hero’s feat. But I really should have more confidence in Ms. Archer and her stories. Like her previous series (Blades of Rose) she found the perfect balance between the science fictional elements, the time period, and the characters.

If you’ve read her previous books, the character traits found in the hero and heroine are no surprise to you. Louisa (Lulu) reminds me of Astrid from Rebel. She is a completely independent woman, out to prove she needs no one, yet knowing deep down that she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. She is so afraid of giving up her hard fought control that she’s willing to risk her life, her mission, love and happiness to hold onto it.

Christopher (Kit) shouldn’t be described by his implants or special abilities. His ultimate strength is not in these, but rather in his ability to take the risks needed to achieve his goals, even when that goal is the object of his desire.

The story is a classical boy meets girl, girls walks out, boy runs into girl again years later scarred by the loss. But, instead of allowing the pain each feels to control their reactions towards each other, I was glad to see each was able to set it aside and move forward, especially Kit. I git giddy to see adults in romances actually act like adults and understand that people do things for a variety of different reasons and not just to harm the other person.

Beyond the romance, the premise of the book is downright fun. You get a great story choke full of flying ships, bombs, superman type strength and the totally unbelievable presented in a believable manner. Every unbelievable feat shown, whether it be Kit’s super strength or Lulu’s chemistry knowledge, has a specific task in pushing the book forward and avoiding it from bogging down. None of these elements are thrown in just to show off or impress. Which leads to Ms. Archer hitting another home run with this series. For those that liked the Blade of the Rose, this is a must read!

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