Dark romance full of Gothic suspense and action,
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This review is from: Kiss of Steel: A dark, fresh take on vampires and steampunk London (London Steampunk Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
The author definitely knows how to capture the reader with imaginative adventure packed with action, danger and an element of Gothic suspense. The set up of the story was in Victorian Era blended well with historical, paranormal and steam-punk features. The male lead Blade is a true blood leader of the rookeries, with his other companions protecting the city of London, but he was cast aside and doomed for the horrific crimes he committed and everyone fears him. I was intrigued by his character and the more a read the more my curiosity grew to know him better and he did not disappoint me. Blade is ruthless, dark and dangerous, but under that gruff exterior lays a man with tortured soul in desperate need of love and acceptance of who he is and the heroin Honoria unleashed his darkest cravings for blood but also exposed his tender side the one that he could not believe to have. Honoria was very smart and strong-willed and new the consequences for asking Blade for protection that she would have to pay. She was brave and would not hesitate to protect her loved ones...I liked that ear of innocence in her and Blade could not have missed that too, so it was delightful to watch his inner tremors of wanting to claim Honoria for himself and at the same time being scared his own needs... I like their chemistry together and slow building of feelings...especially Hooria was more resistant to Blade charms and at time her stubbornness got to my nerves but it did not deterred from enjoying the reading. I wish the author could have made Honoria more attractive, as there was too much emphasis on her skinniness and compare to Blade's masculinity, they did not complement each other at times..but that is my personal preference..it may not be an issue for others. Suffice to say, the author showed their love was believable and i rooted for them to have their happiness and I wanted so much for Blade to accept his inner beast even if that beast murdered his own sister....under the horrific tortures he was forced to take and the guilt that followed him like a shadow.
The final battle was just freaking awesome and the intensity kept me on edge and I was caching my breath because Blade was strikingly good with his battle skills and furious with his beast to unleash his vengeance on his long time enemy Vickers that led to his sister's death and who he have become. Barrons was another character..I enjoyed reading..he was so complex that you never new on which side he would be the good or the bad...we later learned that he was Hooria's brother and I want him to have his own story too!