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Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

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heart of iron
Heart of Iron
by Bec McMaster
London Steampunk #2
Steampunk, Paranormal, Fantasy
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Synopsis
In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…


Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget…

Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her.

With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts…

What I thought
I didn’t think I was going to be able to like this book more than the first one but I was very wrong. The way this series works is they are all companion novels, so you follow different main characters with each book. So technically you can read them in any order; however, you meet the main characters in the previous book and I liked the background you get.  This book takes place three years after the first book ends, and we follow Lena, Honoria’s sister, from book one and Will Carver Blades man.

Lena has gone back to join the Echelon blue bloods, because she felt like she didn’t belong in Whitechapel. Will being werewulfern is afraid he is going to hurt her. The romance in this second book runs hotter and is forbidden, which apparently I really liked.  I did not want to put this book down. I carried it everywhere I went until I was finished

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Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

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Kiss of Steel
Kiss of Steel
 by Bec McMaster
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Synopsis
When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it’s the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It’s been said he faced down the Echelon’s army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he’s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She’s so…innocent. He doesn’t see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he’s been seeking.

What I thought
Okay so let me start by saying that I do not usually pick up Paranormal Romance books. To be honest I don’t think I have ever read one before its just not something that I have ever felt drawn to.  When I started this review I thought the Sookie Stackhouse series would count but apparently after looking into it, they do not, they fall under fantasy/mystery go figure.

There was a blog tour for To Catch A Rogue (book 4) last October/November and I was sold on the idea of a Steampunk Paranormal Romance and the synopsis really piqued my interest. As I read some reviews it really sounded good to me so much so that I ordered the first book to give it a try. Let me tell you this did not disappoint, by the time I hit 150 pages I knew I needed the next book. So I ordered it and now I can not wait to pick it up.

Let me start with the setting. This world is based on Victorian London but with many changes. I love how she took this world and made it her own. In this world, you have blue bloods, which are loosely based on vampires since in this world Vampires are much worse. The steampunk elements are woven into this story very nicely and it is done so well that I felt like I could give this book to others even if they are not familiar with steampunk.

Honoria was a wonderful character I liked her from the beginning and I can’t wait to see what happens with her and her family in the upcoming books. Blade was the perfect brooding hero of the story.

I can’t wait to pick up the next book!

My Rating: /54.5 stars

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