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This review is from: Heart of Iron: A fresh, suspenseful take on vampires, werewolves and steampunk London (London Steampunk Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Will kissed her lips lightly, chasing away the questioning tone. "You know I love you," he said. Her body quivered against his, but he pressed a finger to her lips, stalling her. "I would die for you," he told her. "I'd kill for you. I faced down mechanical squid, rampagin' humanists, and lessons in etiquette for you. I danced at a ball for you."
Great sequel to 'Kiss of Steel' part of the London Steampunk series.
This is Lena and Will the beast of whitechapel's story. The pair have a history which began in the first book and came to a head in the novella 'Tarnished Knight' when they kissed. It has been a year since that incident and the pair continue to avoid each other however a situation forces them to reconnect igniting the old flame they had both tried to forget.
I have loved reading about Will so I was thrilled we would finally get his story. He is a werewolf and labelled the 'Beast of Whitechapel' with a fearsome reputation which no one dares mess with. He had a terrible childhood, he was sold by his mother and then caged and tormented until Blade his boss saved him. This shaped his life, he is untrusting of people, women especially, anti-social and lives up to his violent reputation. Lena on the other hand is a social butterfly, flirtatious, eloquent, the perfect lady. The pair are total opposites but whenever they are in each other's company they can't ignore the chemistry and tension between them.
The pair bring the best and worst out in each other. Will struggles to contain his beast around Lena making him do stupid things and Lena constantly goads him. However the pair also support each other. Will who has never felt more than a beast begins to see more to his future after encouragement from Lena, and Lena finally has someone to lean on and protect her. I loved reading about them falling, Will turned out to be quite the charmer (unintentional I think) my favourite bit is (view spoiler)
"Don't stare at me," she whispered.
"You're still the most beautiful woman I ever clapped eyes on."
A pitter-patter in her chest. "You shouldn't say such things."
He shrugged. As if it meant nothing to him.
Whilst it meant the world to her.
Lena annoyed me slightly when she continually refused to tell people what was going on even though it might be dangerous. However we get to see her grow as a person.
We get to see some old faces in Blade, Honoria, Esme and Rip although briefly. (I've got to say Honoria really annoyed me in this book, I didn't like how she thought she could boss everyone around and she seemed quite insensitive to anyone feelings)
The writing is great, however the old type speech wasn't featured as much in this book which was disappointing. There is plenty of action and mystery. The next book features a new character Rosalind and the leader of the Nighthawks, Lynch. This is becoming one of my favourite series after only 2 1/2 books. Just wished I'd found it later so I didn't have to wait for the next one.
"I will give you the world," he whispered, stroking the hair off her forehead. "I will protect you, I swear. I'll never let you hurt again, I promise. Just come back, Lena. Come back and let me love you."