Monday, September 10, 2012

A Buzz-Worthy Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster (Adult)

(*Adult Content)

(London Steampunk #1)
by Bec McMaster 
Release date: September 4th, 2012
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Adult Steampunk, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Format read: ARC

Summary

He craves her like no other...

Honoria Todd has no choice. 
Only in the dreaded Whitechapel district can she escape the long reach of the Duke of Vickers. But seeking refuge there will put her straight into the hands of Blade, legendary master of the rookeries. No one would dare cross him, but what price would he demand to keep her safe?

Ever since Vickers infected him with the craving, Blade has been quicker, stronger, almost immortal—and terrified of losing control of the monster within. 
Honoria could be his perfect revenge against the duke…
or the salvation he never dared to dream of.

MY REVIEW

I honestly don't know where to start, this book really exceeded my expectations. The author was able to uniquely combine quite a few genres - a paranormal, romantic, historical fiction with a few steampunk elements to it! I was blown away with Bec McMasters writing, unique characters and vampire...

Kiss of Steel takes place in the dark streets and mysterious fogs of London, where the poor are ruled by the blue-blood royals (humans infected with the vampire virus) and pay their taxes with pints of blood.
Honoria Todd is doing her best to keep her secrets and her little family together, but as hard as she tries to, she knows that her time is limited and that eventually her secrets will be discovered, and the enemy who hunts her will find her. Honoria is not a 'damsel in distress' by choice - she is strong, smart and very capable - but without her former social status, money and the proper care for her 'sick brother' - so when the local master, Blade, sends one of his people knocking on her door to bring her in for questioning, she has no choice but to go and hope that things work out, to her favor.
Blade, at first sight, looks brutal and there is no doubt as to why he is so feared. But Honoria does something to him that he has never felt in his whole existence. And he is determined to not only find out why, but wants to protect her... and, in his words, "make her mine."
The connection between Honoria and Blade is almost an instant kind of love, I say almost because of the pace of the story, not because of the typical 'light-switch' we see often. Every scene between these two was mesmerizing and entertaining, the banter was comical at times, and the attraction was steamy and written quite tastefully - definitely an adult read!

The story is told from both Honoria's and Blade's perspectives, it was so well written that you barely noticed the transition, you always knew who was speaking and thinking... though bits of the story were predictable, close to the end, there is a surprise and then things were left in the most perfect way! No loose ends, but with the possibility of a second book. Can't wait!




The second book to the London Steampunk Series, Heart of Iron
is set to be released on May 1st, 2013! 
Can't wait to read it!!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Bec McMaster

Bec McMaster lives in a small town in country Victoria, Australia, and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of Romance Writers of America, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not reading, writing or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds. 

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