Saturday, October 12, 2013

Mini Series Review: Kiss of Steel,Tarnished Knight and Heart of Iron


I've read the London Steampunk series by Bec MacMaster ages ago .. January or May 2013 and I loved it but I didn't get around to reviewing it. As the third book in the series has just come out (I think) I thought I would finally post my thoughts on the series in short mini reviews.

Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk #1)
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.

My Thoughts:
I'm in love! 
I loved the characters ,the plot ,the setting and the shifting point of view. Kiss of Steel had me hooked from start to finish. 
Kiss of steel is just like the romance novels I binge on when I need something light with steampunk,vampires,paranormal characters and an engaging plot that doesn't focus fully on the romance.So even though I wanted my romance fix it managed to keep me engaged with the main story.
Blade is your typical alpha male who isn't a jerk all the time. Honoria is a woman who's trying her best to make ends meet. I liked both the characters a lot but when I reread the series Honoria got on my nerves a little bit (That might have something to do with how much I'm in love with Blade) 
The vampires in this book are different from the normal vampires. Bec McMaster builds and introduces us to a whole new world of people and a different structure of society.
Overall this book left me wanting more and had me hooked. Fans of steampunk or/and paranormal romance should definitely give this book a gander.

Tarnished Knight (London Steampunk #1.5)
In the steam-fuelled world of Victorian London, vampires, werewolves and slasher gangs stalk the night and a man made partly of metal is about to discover just how far he'll go to protect the woman he loves…

After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John "Rip" Doolan thinks he's finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he's ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realized precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined.

For six months, Esme has waited for Rip to recover and take her as his thrall, not daring to hope for more. Too afraid to put her heart on the line, she is devastated when Rip reveals that he never had any intentions of making her his.

But when a savage gang of Slashers start causing havoc in Whitechapel, Rip and Esme have no choice. They must face up to the depth of the passion that burns between them and forge a new relationship…or risk losing each other forever.
My Thoughts:
Please note that this can be read as a standalone but contains spoilers for the first book in the series. Available free on Smashwords.
A short and sweet novella with Rip and Esme that left me dying for more. When it was over I wanted to scream in  frustration because I WANTED MORE!
Rip and Esme's story is much sweeter than Honoria and Blade's. They both have known each other for a long time but due to unforeseen circumstances there is a shift in their relationship dynamic.
I really like Esme. She's worldly and very different from Honoria. 
Rip is someone I would like to shake some sense into.
Fans of the first series or people who liked these characters will not be disappointed with this novella.

Heart of Iron (London Steampunk #2)
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…

SEE GOODREADS FOR full BLURB as it may contain spoilers

My Thoughts:
I wasn't a huge fan of Lena in the first book but after reading this novel I have a newfound respect for her. The girl has got guts and brains.
Will is a character I was very curious about in book 1 and all answers regarding him and his species are answered in this book.
While the first book focused on the blue bloods and mentioned humanists.This book focuses on werewulfin and humanists.
This book is much more intense than the first and has some pretty emotional and shocking scenes.
Overall, BRING ON THE NEXT ONE Ms. Bec MacMaster! 

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