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Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402270305
Pages: 437 pages
Genre: Romance/Paranormal/Steampunk
Series:  London Steampunk-1
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


In the mist-shrouded streets of London's dreaded Whitechapel district, werewolves, vampires, and a clockwork army are one step away from battle...

No One to Trust

Dangerous. Unpredictable. That's how people know the hulking Will Carver. And those who don't like pretty words just call him The Beat. No matter how hard Will works to suppress his werewulfen side, certain things drive him beyond all control. And saucy Miss Lena Todd tops the list.

Lena makes the perfect spy against the ruling Echelon blue bloods. No one suspects that under the appearance of flirtatious debutante lies a heart of iron. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can't wrap around her finger and the one man whose kiss she can never forget. He's supposed to be protecting her, but he might just be her biggest threat yet...


My Review: 

Kiss of Steel was the book that got into steampunk. So my expectations we pretty darn high. And for the most part, my expectations were met. Bec McMaster is turning out to be one of my favorite authors.

I really liked Lena in the last book and loved her even more in this one. She was strong, smart and brave. There were moments when her bravery bordered on foolhardy stupidity but not many and she remained likable through it all. Will is one of my favorite type of heroes--a love that started with Derek Craven from Lisa Kleypas' Dreaming of You. He's rough around the edges, doesn't speak the most eloquently and has an iffy background but he's kind, noble and gentle. I really loved him quite a lot. Possibly more than Blade.

I loved this book. I really did. It's the perfect continuation to a series that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The action was great. Usually I find myself drifting off during action sequences in novels but they were just as engrossing as the romance. The chemistry was also excellent. It was a slow burn. It wasn't insta-love at all even though Will and Lena were clearly in love before the book started. It took a good bit of work before they actually could be together--stubbornness, misunderstanding and such. It takes a while but don't get impatient like I almost did--their chemistry is worth it.

 I have been searching and searching for a steampunk series that is as good as this one---to burn time until the next book is released. But this is a pretty high standard to live up to. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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