May 31, 2013

Tour Stop Review + Giveaway: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Series: London Steampunk 2
Format: Digital ARC
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Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: NetGalley c/o Sourcebooks
Genre: Steampunk
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.

Now I know what the mad gushing is all about! London Steampunk is one heart pounding series thanks to the sexy characters and non-stop action. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading Bec McMaster's series, it's a lot like Kristen Callihan's Darkest London, knicker-bunching historical romance with a good dash of steampunk paranormalcy. 

I binged on the series, reading the books and the novella in succession and like most recent readers, I have no idea why I waited so long to read McMaster?! A few mentions before I move to HEART OF IRON. Kiss of Steel is book 1 and a wonderful intro to the series. Blade is one sexy motha and the world building is fantastic! I love how McMaster didn't clutter it with automatons and impossible gadgetries and instead focused on the myth of blue bloods, vampirism and the Echelon. The series as a whole is very character driven and each personality is very distinct especially Blade's posse. I'm not a big fan of the infamous cockney accent but with Blade, Rip and Will, I won't have it any other way. I also appreciate how McMaster gave the very loyal Esme, Blade's housekeeper, her own HEA in Tarnished Knight. And for those who are thinking of skipping the novella, I suggest you don't. It holds critical events that kick started Will and Lena's story in HEART OF IRON.
All these games you play... I wonder what you'd do if I played 'em back? - Will
I liked HEART OF IRON better than Kiss of Steel. Although Helena Todd exasperated me at first with her social climbing tendencies and tireless teasing, I have to admire her chutzpah. The girl is brave and has more moxie than her big sister, Honoria, she's perfect for the verwulven, Will! At first I thought Lena is some harebrained debutante, bent on scoring a rich patron that will spoil her with every luxury London can give. I'm so happy to be proven wrong because Lena is not only a clockwork engineer (although McMaster didn't necessarily use this term) but an activist too! I'm all for girl power and I can't help but admire Lena and her many facets. Her loyalty to her family coupled with good intentions, though misguided at first, is impressive. The girl is very cunning and resourceful, she'll make for a great spy!

Will for his part is such a sweetheart! Despite being a werewolf, he's far from domineering. He's very loyal to Blade and protective of Lena. He made my heart ache on several instances when Lena continued to tease him and he just sat there suppressing his desires for her because he knows being with her will not only ruin Lena's reputation but will make her an outcast as well. Unrequited love or even the infinitesimal possibility of it is a bitch and my heart went out to Will the entire time Lena was dangling herself in front of him. That said, the sexual tension in HEART OF IRON is a killer! Midway I was having blue balls from all the make out sessions Will and Lena were doing and for a pair of virgins, these two are far from innocents!

HEART OF IRON or London Steampunk for that matter is a terrific series a lot of you will love!  The tightly coiled romantic tension, the impressive world building, the fantastic character developments, heart-pounding action and layered plot will have you flipping the pages non-stop, peeing, sleeping and eating is optional LOL. But seriously, I adore how cohesive the books are in the sense that we still get to see characters from previous books and read how they're living their HEA's. McMaster built a world with a continuous, streamlined timeline, it's one of the best world building I've ever read thus far. 

Now book 3, My Lady Quicksilver (October 1, 2013 as per Goodreads), is about Rosalind and Lynch but I'm hoping that book 4, Forged by Desire (August 2014), will be Leo Barrons and Lady Aramina's story. These two made my heart go pitter-patter and despite the rivalry of their houses, it's quite obvious they have the hots for each other. I'm still a sucker for forbidden love and I have a feeling if these two  do decide to hook up, it'll be epic!

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My name is Bec McMaster and I live in a small country town in Victoria, Australia, with my boyfriend and a beautiful dog named Kobe. I grew up either with my nose in a book or writing, and never understood why other people didn’t get to watch ‘all the movies in their heads’. Following a lifelong love affair with fantasy, I discovered romance at the age of sixteen and haven’t looked back.

When I’m not writing I like to read, go hiking with my boyfriend, pore over travel brochures, and go to the gym. I’m addicted to travel and love to set my books in foreign places. It’s the next best thing to travelling there. One day I vow to see the entire world, whether it’s by plane, paper or imagination.

As a multiple finalist in RWA contests, I’ve had the pleasure of winning the unpublished RWAustralia Emerald, the RWNZ Clendon, the Georgia Romance Writers Maggies, the Winter Rose Award, and the Valley Forge Sheila. I’m a member of RWA (USA, Australia and New Zealand) and am represented by Jessica Faust of BookEnds; LLC.

I’m so grateful to get this chance to pursue my dream, so thank you to everyone who reads my books. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them!

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  1. My current favorite is Meljean Brook's The Iron Seas series. I also love Kristen Callihan's Darker London series.

    This book looks really interesting and I have a feeling I'd love it once I read it!

  2. The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone.

  3. Glad you loved it too! I agree Heart of Iron is just a teensy bit better than Kiss of Steel. I liked all the intrigue, well...and Will. ;)

    1. Yes, Will is so yummy and so dashing despite his cockney accent :D

  4. Meljean Brook's The Iron Seas series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Like the sound of Will and not being domineering but playing part well!

    1. Yes, he is a dashing hero, and I love their little role reversal where Lena is the pursuant

  6. I love, love, LOVE this series! I haven't read many Steampunk books but if they are all this good that might have to change! Great review. :)

    1. Me too, I like ParaSteampunk, if it's the hardcore ones my brain freezes.

  7. I have yet to read one...soon, very soon!

  8. I love this series. I am so glad you like it too.

  9. I love the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger! Can't wait to read the spin-off with Prudence!


  10. My favorite steampunk series is Devon Monk's Age of Steam. I own Dead Iron and Tin Swift

  11. OO yes yes much gushing about this series:) You gotta try Chaos Born by Aussie author Rebekah Turner..she is only digital via Escape Publishing imprint of Harlequin. She is steampunk and I gave 4.5 stars I think for a debut author. It is a very promising series!!


    1. OK, I will check that out and thanks for the rec, Matey! Muah!

  12. I have yet to read any steampunk books but I can't wait to change that!

    Jolene A


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