By: Melissa Turner Lee & Pauline Creeden
Cover art by Marcy Rachel Designs
Model Photographer: WinterWolf Studios
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.
*This is an exciting collaboration between a Steampunk writer and a Paranormal Romance author. Together we are blending the two cultures as seamlessly as possible so that fans of both genre will love what we’ve come up with.*
Armored Hearts by Melissa Turner Lee and Pauline Creeden is a Steampunk Fantasy book and is the first in the series. This is the first time I have read this genre and I think it is an awesome read. It is very different from any of the books I have read so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not but from the very beginning it had my attention.
Gareth Smyth is a young British Noble who has a disability from birth and is confined to a wheelchair. He is the grandson of Earl of Pensees. His whole life he has had to live with his disability and it has made him not a very happy young man. His young aunt Tabitha is the only person that he is very close to and lets in his life.
One day, Gareth saves a young girl and that is when he finds out that he has a special ability that he did not know exists. He now has a secret that no one else knows about except for Tabitha. What is this special ability that he is keeping a secret?
Gareth met Tabitha’s new friend Jessamine one day while she was at the house visiting. He thinks that she is a very pretty young woman but he doesn’t want anything to do with her. He tries to avoid looking at her and talking to her.
One evening, his grandfather has a talk with him that has to do with Tabitha’s future. What his grandfather is expecting out of him is not what Gareth wants to do. What will he do? Will he make the right decision?
Gareth’s journey with Tabitha and Jessamine has begun. Where will this journey take them? Can Gareth be able to accept Jessamine in his life?
Melissa Turner Lee and Pauline Creeden are two fabulous authors who have done an awesome job writing this book. I am really looking forward to reading the sequel. I definitely recommend my friends to read this book.
I give this book 4 Dandies!!
Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.
Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.