Melting Steel by C. M. Seabrook
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Length: 168 pages
Keeley has waited her whole life for a knight in shining armor to come and save her from her difficult life. Early on she was left alone to take care of herself and her younger brother. She’s had quite a rough life, so to speak and she’s just trying to survive one day at a time.
Henry Caldwell has lived his entire life trying to figure out if the little girl he met twenty years ago was real or not. He had made her a promise that he would protect her but then she disappeared then he runs into her in a bar. Keeley can tell right away how arrogant Henry is, but there’s something about him that just draws to her.
The author does a great job of incorporating the history between the main characters into the story. We start out in the past when Henry & Keeley first meet; even back then Henry was drawn to her. He makes a vow to her to always protect her from the dragons and the bad men. But in real life, no one expects the promises of a 9-year old to be kept, do they? That’s what makes this book so good, in my opinion, because Henry is a typical alpha male protector who will always keep his word.
I do think there were certain parts of the story that were a little face paced, but I don’t necessarily think it is because the story is rushed. I think it’s more of an insta-love type storyline. The characters romance grows with each moment they are together. They have their drama; things from Keeley’s past spill over into their future together, not to mention Keeley’s cynicism – always worried that something is too good to be true. I think the C. M. Seabrook did a good job touching on Keeley’s past to explain why she is as jaded as she is. However, there are several references to a difficult past for Henry (to show he’s not just a spoiled trust fund kid) but there isn’t much delving into that subject – almost like it is just mentioned in passing. I wish there had been a little more to those mentions.