In all my years of being a nerdy fangirl over things (books, movies, TV shows, etc.), the pinnacle of my fangirling has always been “does *thing* make me want to draw really bad fanart?” If yes, you can guarantee I was hooked. And probably shipping like crazy. I read this book as a beta reader, and my reaction was exactly that. I wanted to draw Diaz and Nora smooching. And maybe just Diaz being a badass with a sword.
I am unashamed.
First things first: Touch of Iron is not for the faint of heart, or those averse to gratuitous swearing. There’s also a hefty amount of graphic gore that made me make a face like this:
Nora was a great character to follow. And lil’ studious Owen. Honestly, all of the characters were so real that I couldn’t help but root for them all. Even Prince Bashan, the bastard, was such a great, nasty character that I loved him. The writing is witty, quick, laugh-out-loud at times and in other moments it’s so quietly heart-wrenching that it kills you a little. (I’m looking at you, Diaz.)
Perhaps the best part was the romance, or lack thereof. I’m kind of a killjoy when it comes to YA or NA novels anymore; I want gritty heroines and hints of romance, but when the romance becomes cannon I almost instantly get bored with it. The tension snaps. Touch or Iron definitely held out, tension wise, and basically this is me now: